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Positive outcomes for Regional Swimming in WA

Swimming WA (SWA) CEO Mr. Darren Beazley and Development Manager, Mrs. Carolyn Morrison recently return from a 2-day trip to the northwest of WA meeting with key stakeholders in the region.

The two were in the Pilbara to attend a workshop with the Department of Sport and Recreation, Karratha, Hedland, Paraburdoo, Wickham swim clubs and the Shires of Roebourne and Ashburton.

The aim of the workshop was to discuss the strengths and challenges in the Pilbara region and then work with DSR Regional Manager (Brendan Cullinan), Manager Recreation Services & Facilities for Town of Port Hedland  (Graeme Hall), and Club Development Officer for City of Karratha (Sam King) to created a specific strategic plan for Pilbara region.

For Mr. Beazley, who also spoke about the new Swimming WA strategic plan and how if relates to all regions and the Pilbara region specifically, was impressed with the outcome of the visit.

“In the short time that I have been at SWA I have been extremely impressed with the commitment of our Regional Clubs to the sport. The work of the ‘Region 6 Committee’ in the past is to be applauded.

“Our two (2) day visit to Karratha and surrounds resulted in a very clear mandate for the Region 6 Committee toward providing leadership to all seven (7) SWA Clubs in the Pilbara and to address local issues at a local level.

“I have come back from Karratha not only very confident in the ability of the Committee’s administrative abilities, but more importantly, their commitment to work collaboratively to grow the sport in the Pilbara. That in itself will be a huge challenge due to the transient nature of the population in the Region, but I believe that the Committee now has a very clear sense of where it sees swimming heading in the next four (4) years and has the ability to work with SWA to deliver excellent outcomes for our swimmers, our coaches and our officials.

“I wish them well for what is shaping to be a highly exciting swimming season in the Pilbara”, he said.

Both Mr. Beazley and Mrs. Morrison also toured the new $64 million Karratha Leisureplex, which will host the Hancock Family Medical Foundation Pilbara Championships from November 21-23.

“The Pilbara region is lucky to have such a fantastic facility in the Karratha Leisureplex.

“Boasting an outdoor Olympic size pool and a large leisure area, with four 25m lanes, Swimming WA hopes that this facility will boost club membership significantly in the region and we look forward to coming back here in November for the Hancock Family Medical Foundation Pilbara Championships,” Mrs Morrison said.

(See the SWA Pilbara photo album on Facebook)

In addition to attending the workshop and looking over the Karratha Leisureplex facility, the two are carried out research and planning into the BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series (BASS) Community visit to Karratha which SWA will be conducting during February 4-5, 2015.


Christmas comes early with Swimming WA

September saw Swimming WA (SWA) deliver an Open Water Swimming (OWS) event for the remote community of Christmas Island. The event formed part of the Participate Celebrate Festival for the island community.

86 competitors took part in the event, with 11 of those participants being people who travelled up from the “Mainland”, utilising travel packages offered by SWA.

Three Swimming WA event operators travelled to Christmas Island to deliver the event that saw competitors take part in a variety of open water swim events, ranging in distances from 500m up to 5km; all of which were held in the pristine waters of Flying Fish Cove.

The reaction from both the locals and mainland participants post the event was extremely positive, with one local saying “ It was one of the most organised events the island has ever seen”.

A chaperoned “Kids Race” was organised on the day for swimmers aged between 4-7years. Many of the participants used kickboards and other floatation devices to swim the approximate 150m of the course. The swim saw the kids enjoy a leisurely swim out to the end of the jetty, then parallel with the shore and back into the finish.

For SWA Commercial and Operations Manager Chris Rowohlt, the event provided SWA, the peak swim body in Western Australia, with valuable experience in planning and delivering a regional open water swim event.

“The success of this event shows that swimming truly is sport for everyone, no matter your age, ability, location or competitive spirit.

“Swimming WA is committed to expanding our OWS to regional areas. The Christmas Island Swim was the first step in what we hope will be one of many OWS events staged by Swimming WA throughout the state in the years to come. 

“We have experienced an 18% year on year growth rate in participation of our metropolitan OWS, as more and more West Australians realise the benefits and enjoyment associated with open water swimming,” he said.

The 2014/15 Swimming WA Open Water Series begins on Sunday 2nd November 2014 and will run through until the March long weekend in 2015. The series will consist of 8 rounds up and down the Perth coastline from Rockingham to Sorrento. For more information on how to enter visit the OWS website.


State Funding for Regional Swimming Organisations

The West Australian State Government has announced it will be injecting $642,000 worth of funds towards the continued development of sport and recreation in regional areas, with the sport of swimming one of the many beneficiaries.

The Minister for Sport and Recreation, Mr Terry Waldron, acknowledged the significant role that sport and recreation played in regional areas, with the funding to be allocated to 70 regional sporting organisations across 21 sports including swimming.

Administered by the Department of Sport and Recreation, the funding will be provided through the State Government’s Regional Organisational Sustainability Program (R-OSP), which recognises the need to assist organisations at a regional level.

“Our State sporting associations do a great job but our regional associations really have their finger on the pulse with regard to the challenges their clubs are facing,” Mr Waldron said.

“This funding assists with areas such as training and retaining volunteers, recruiting and training officials and coaches and running events.

“Ultimately, this money enables organisations to improve how they operate, assists in the development of their sport and provides locals in our country areas with access to sport and recreational activities.

“Organisations such as the Great Southern Tennis Association, Broome Soccer Association and the North West Regional Gymnastics Association now have access to funding to support their activities over a 12-month period.

“Ultimately, this funding will maximise participation and bring the community together.”

The announcement from the State Government has been well received by Swimming WA, the peak body for swimming in Western Australia.

Swimming WA CEO, Mr Darren Beazley said he was delighted with the announcement.

“Swimming WA is delighted with the State Government’s announcement and their continued support of sport in Western Australia. If swimming is to reach its ambitious growth targets over the next four (4) years, it must work with Regional bodies and Clubs and assist them to become stronger and capable of handling the increase in demand.

“Minister Waldron is correct in his goal of assisting State Bodies to operate better and to take a leading role in sport development. The support of the State Government is greatly appreciated and will do much to ensure that swimming is part of the Western Australian way of life.”

In July this year, the Minister announced $7.2million in Organisational Sustainability Program (OSP) funding for 47 State sporting associations. The money will go towards developing sport and recreation from grassroots to elite levels over the next three years.

The regional swimming organisations that will be recipients of the Regional OSP funding are:

Central Midlands Zone 3 Country Swimming Committee WASA Inc

Geraldton Amateur Swimming Club Inc

Region 2 Swimming WASA (Great Southern)

Region Six WA Swimming Association (North West)

South West Region 1 Country Swimming Committee WASA Inc


WA Swimmers Go 1-2 at Top Level Open Water Event

A day after completing the 10km Open Water Pan Pacific Championships race off Maui, West Australians Simon Huitenga and Rhys Mainstone were back racing in the waters off Waikiki Beach, this time contesting the 45th Annual Waikiki Roughwater Swim.

A field of 850 competitors took to the water to contest the 3.84km open water event. In the end it was the 2013 Australian Open Water Swimmer of the Year, Simon Huitenga, who held off a pack of world-class open water competitors, including Mainstone, to secure victory in a time of 45.36.

Fellow West Australian Rhys Mainstone finished in second place; five seconds behind Huitenga with Yasunari Hirai from Japan grabbing third place in a time of 45.48.

For Huitenga, it was a standout performance and showed great resolve, with the swimmer from Perth City able to bounce back from the disappointment of missing out on a medal (4th) at the 10km Pan Pac event, to power home to victory.

The Open Water event at the Pan Pacific Championships in Australia was cancelled due to poor water quality. This resulted in the senior meet being moved to Hawaii, with the reschedule providing Huitenga and Mainstone the opportunity to contest the Waikiki Roughwater Swim, which attracts hundreds of competitors from around the world to Waikiki every year.

“It was the first time I have done this race, so I followed Rhys” Huitenga said after his win.

“On the way in I could see the waves coming so I held back a little bit. I picked up this little runner that spat me out, took me about 200m and gave me a couple body-lengths lead, which was enough to hold them off,” the victorious Huitenga said.

As for Mainstone, who hails from the UWA Swim club, he too was buoyed by his strong performance.

“It was a solid race from all the boys. I was really waiting until the final turn to try and catch a wave, but I was too far to the left and Simon was more to the right where the waves were breaking a bit more,” Mainstone said.

Swimming WA congratulates Simon and Rhys on their outstanding performances.


Tommaso returns to the West Coast

Fresh from achieving gold medal success at the recent Glasgow Games and Pan Pacific Championships on the Gold Coast, this month Tommaso D’Orosgna returned to where it all began, the West Coast Swim Club.

The 2014 WA Swimmer of the Year took time out of his busy schedule of training and university study to mentor members of his former club, imparting both wisdom and encouragement to the squad members. Tommaso also spoke to the West Coast Club members who were recently selected in the State Short Course Team who will represent Western Australia at the Nationals Championships in Canberra during September.

The most popular question asked was “What was it like to race Michael Phelps”, but no doubt the highlight was when the Olympian, who was back in Perth after a hectic month of elite level swimming, displayed his gold medals from the Comm Games and Pan Pacs.

For West Coast Swim Club President, Steve Hill, it meant a lot to the club to have their favourite son return to where his decorated swim career began.

“To have a guy like Tommaso, who started here as a youngster, go through the system and represent Australia, talk to the kids about enjoying their swimming was terrific. There was a lot of excitement on the pool deck and it is just unreal that he comes back and gives his time to the Club,” Hill said.

As for Tommaso, the swim figure seemed to get just as much out of the visit as the young swimmers.

“Swimming is such a great sport. It is so good seeing so many youngsters just jumping in and having a great time. It was great to come back and spend some time with my Club”, D’Orsogna said.

Tommaso will enjoy a week back home in Perth with family and friends before getting back into training with an eye on the BHP Billiton Super Series in Perth during January 2015 and a long-term goal of the Rio Games in 2016.

Medal Success for WA Swimmers at Junior Pan Pacs

The Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Hawaii wrapped up over the weekend with our WA swimmers again producing top performances at international level.

Swimming WA members Damian Fyfe (West Coast), Sacha Downing (Perth City), Grace Hull (Breakers) and Tamsin Cook (West Coast) all picked up medals during the meet, with fellow West Australian Brett Fielding (Perth City), Simon Huitenga (Perth City) and Rhys Mainstone (UWA Uniswim) performing strongly in the 10km open water race.

Damian Fyfe competed in the B-Final of the Boy’s 400m Freestyle, finishing in second place in a time of 3:57.34. Fyfe, who hails from the West Coast Swim Club, later joined teammates Jacob Hansford (NSW), Samuel Young (QLD) and Joshua Parrish (QLD) in forming the relay team that claimed the bronze medal in the Boy’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay.

Fyfe’s strong showing has also seen him selected in the State Short Course Team who will represent WA at the National State Teams in Canberra from September 26-28.

Another West Coast Swim Club member selected in the State Short Course Team is Tamsin Cook. The 15 year old grabbed a silver medal for her country at the Junior Pan Pacs in the Girl’s 400m Freestyle. The Swimming WA member finished in 4:10.91. Tamsin’s time was good enough to beat all but one competitor in Courtney Harnish from the USA, who won in a time of 4:09.36.

Fellow West Australian Sacha Downing also swam in the Girl’s 400m Freestyle event, finishing in sixth place in the final with a time of 4.16.12.

Downing, who claimed silver earlier in the meet during the Girl’s 800m Freestyle, was also a part of the Junior Pan Pacific Championship open water team, who were joined by with the senior swimmers from the Pan Pacs on the Gold Coast.

Western Australia was well represented by Downing, Brett Fielding, and Grace Hull in the junior team and Rhys Mainstone and Simon Huitenga in the senior team.

 At just 15-years-of-age Breakers Swim Club member Grace Hull showed her potential in the open water race, bagging silver in the Junior Girl’s 10km event with her time of 2:03:13.00.

Hull attributed her strong performance to a solid preparation leading into the event.

“My training has been much more open water focused this year and I guess that’s paid off”, Hull said.

“It was a lot flatter out there than I expected and I just went for it, I thought I had finished fourth so to get onto the podium in second place and take home the silver medal is incredible,” she said.

A member of Swimming WA, Hull’s talent and potential in the open water arena is there for all to see, yet Grace said she doesn’t want to turn her back on the pool events just yet.

“I’m still quite young so I think I’ll keep my options open and train for both pool and open water and just see where it takes me.”

Hull’s teammate Sacha Downing finished just outside the medals in fifth place, hitting the gate in 2:03:41.00

In the boys 10km swim, Brett Fielding posted a Top 10 finish in the grueling event stopping the clock in a time of 2:05:47.00 to grab eight spot.

When the Open Water portion of the Pan Pacific Championships in Australia was cancelled due to poor water quality, the senior meet was moved to Hawaii. Australia’s Open Water Swimmer of the Year, Huitenga was the in the lead pack that approached the finish line of the 10km swim in a sprint finish. The member from Perth City eventually claimed fourth in a time of 1.52.13. Mainstone, a silver medalist at the 2009 Junior Pan Pacs, completed the course in a time of 1.55.00 to post a Top 10 finish.

In other swimming news, Round 2 of the FINA World Cup meet in Dubia was completed over the weekend. Following on form a strong showing at the previous round in Doha, Lennard Bremer from Westside Christchurch Swim Club claimed another 5th place in the Men’s 200m Breaststroke. It was another crack field at the Dubia meet with the world’s best Daniel Gyurta, setting a new World Record in the event.

Swimming WA congratulates all of its members for their outstanding performances on the international stage.

WA Olympic swimmer Sally Foster Launches book – ‘Born to swim’

WA-born Olympian Sally Foster has added another title to her name – author.

Foster, who now swims under her married name of Hunter, has released a new book ‘Born to Swim’, featuring extracts from her diary in the lead-up to the London Olympics, alongside those of her great-aunt Evelyn de Lacy, who swam at the controversial 1936 Berlin Games.

De Lacy was a West Australian swimmer who, as a 16 year old in 1933 set a State record in the 100-yard freestyle at Crawley Baths.

In 1936 she set sail for Berlin with the Australian Olympic team – and its live kangaroo for a mascot - oblivious to the controversy surrounding the Games, which were contested as the world was on the edge of collapse.

De Lacy qualified for the semi finals in the 100m Freestyle in Berlin and wrote with delight of touring the airfields of the Reich and mock bombing raids, along with standing in Hitler’s box in the Olympic stadium.

Seventy-six years later, Foster qualified for the 2012 London Olympic Games. Inspired by her great-aunt’s journal, she too decided to keep a diary, charting her experiences from the swimming trials in Adelaide to the starting blocks in London, where the Australian swim team found itself embroiled in controversy.

 Despite competing some seven decades apart, Foster and de Lacy, who went on to win a gold medal in the 110 yards freestyle, silver in the 4x110 yards freestyle relay and bronze in the 3 x 110 yards medley relay at the 1938 Empire Games in Sydney, both share common experiences in their writing - the drama of swimming for their country at the highest level and the changing times.

‘Born to Swim: The Diaries of Sally Foster and Evelyn de Lacy, Olympic Swimmers’ is out now

Sally will also be at HBF Stadium (Challenge) on Saturday, August 30 between 10.30am & 11.30am to sell and sign copies of her book Born To Swim.

Thanks to Rockingham & Kwinana swimming clubs for allowing her to do this at their swim meet.

Western Australian Short Course Team Announced

Swimming Western Australian Inc. (SWA) is pleased to announce the team to represent the state at the upcoming Australian Teams Short Course Championships. The Championships will be held at the AIS in Canberra from September 26th – 28th and will be an opportunity for the members of the Western Australian team to test themselves against the best in Australia.

Bud McAllister has been named Western Australian Head Coach and is excited at the opportunity to lead the state programme. The highly-regarded American, best known for coaching US swimmer Janet Evans to four Olympic titles and six world records, has already made a positive contribution to elite swimming at the Northern High Performance Training Centre in Joondalup.

“The West Australian team has an opportunity to put all of the hard work that they have been doing over the winter to the test in Canberra. I was really pleased to see the improvement of many of our swimmers at the recent SWA Short Course Qualification meet held at HBF Stadium. There is some real talent amongst our ranks” McAllister said.

The team will comprise 33 swimmers who hail from regional WA and the metro area. Swimmers to watch include Tamsin Cook, Damian Fyfe & Grace Hull who are a part of the Australian Junior Pan Pacs team currently competing in Hawaii.

The team travels to Canberra on Wednesday 24th September for the three (3) days of competition.


The Western Australian Team;

Alex Chin                                                 Westside Christ Church

Alex Milligan                                             West Coast

Andrea Ho                                                Perth City

Ashleigh Glover                                          West Coast

Austin McAleese                                         Rockingham

Braga Verhage                                           West Coast

Brittany Beesley                                         Arena

Brody McGowan                                          Breakers

Claire Coten                                              South Shore

Damian Fyfe                                             West Coast

Darian Murray                                            Western Sprint

Demi Byrne                                               Breakers

Emma Hargrave                                          West Coast

Ethan McAleese                                           Rockingham

George Harley                                             Breakers

Grace Hull                                                  Breakers

Grace Walton                                               Peel Aquatic

Hadley Lindsay                                            West Coast

Jake Smith                                                 Breakers

Jessica Cannon                                            West Coast

Kieren Pollard                                              Breakers

Megan Stephens                                            Perth City

Michael Verran                                             Guildford & Kalamunda

Nicholas de Bomford                                      Arena

Nicholas Rollo                                              Perth City

Rachel Gower                                              West Coast

Sachi Morrow                                               Leisurepark Lazers

Shelby Carstons                                            West Coast

Sian Munks                                                  West Coast

Taj Jones                                                      Perth City

Tamsin Cook                                                 West Coast

Teleah Canavante-Belankendaal                          Rockingham

William Rollo                                                  Arena


The Western Australian Coaching and Support Staff;

Head Coach: Bud McAllister

Team Coach: Carey Martin

Team Coach: Will Scott

Team Coach: Dani Dielesen

Team Coach: Deb Jones

Team Manager: Hayden Williams

Team Manager: Jennifer Jones (Breakers Swimming Club)


The Western Australian Technical Officials

Mentor Official: Lesley Arrowsmith

Technical Official: Trevor Verran

Technical Official: Steve Hill

Technical Official: Barbara Kelly

Technical Official: Fiona Christie

Technical Official: Simon Holland


On behalf of SWA and the entire swimming community of Western Australia, congratulations to those who have been selected to wear the ‘black and gold’. We wish you the very best of luck in Canberra.

WA Swimmers set to shine overseas.

The Junior Pan Pacs have kicked-off at the Kihei Aquatic Centre in Maui, Hawaii with five young WA swimmers representing their country.

Swimming WA members Damian Fyfe (West Coast), Brett Fielding (Perth City), Sacha Downing (Perth City), Grace Hull (Breakers) and Tamsin Cook (West Coast) will be competition at the international event, which runs from the 28th August through until the 1st of September.

With a maximum of two Australians able to progress to each A-Final, competition was fierce amongst the seven young Australian swimmers competing in the Boy’s 200m Freestyle. Progressing through to the A-Final was Damian Fyfe who qualified for tonight’s final with a time of 1.51.72 behind Queensland’s Sam Young, who stopped the clock at 1.51.66.

In the Girl’s 200m Freestyle, 16 year old Tamsin Cook barely missed out on qualifying for the A-Final, touching the wall in 2:01.20 during her heat swim. Tamsin was the third fastest Australian behind three-time Australian Age Champion Shayna Jack (1:59.63) and Chelsea Gillett (2:01.11). Tamsin will now compete in the B- Final later tonight.

Our Junior Pan Pac representatives in Open Water, Brett Fielding, Sacha Downing and Grace Hull will be competing later in the meet.

Fellow West Australians Simon Huitenga (Perth City) and Rhys Mainstone (UWA Uniswim), who were scheduled to compete in the Open Water event at the recent Pan Pacs held on the Gold Coast, had their competition moved to Hawaii due to poor water conditions.

In other international swimming news, the first leg of the FINA World Cup was held in Doha, Qatar overnight. Lennard Bremer from the Westside Christchurch Swim Club raced in the 200m Breaststroke Final.  Bremer claimed 5th place in a star-studded field that included current World Record Holder from Hungary Daniel Gyurta and current European Champion Marco Koch from Germany in a time of 2:07.94.

Nomination of candidates for Swimming WA Life Membership open

Swimming WA (SWA), the premier swimming body in Western Australia, is accepting nominations for Life Membership of Swimming WA.

The objective for Life Membership of Swimming WA is to acknowledge the dedicated and selfless contribution of the person/s who has/have provided high quality volunteer service to SWA over an extensive period.

Nominations for SWA Life Membership may come from any area or level of expertise within the sport of swimming in Western Australia and shall have no boundaries as to the environment (i.e Club, Technical Official, Swimmer, Administrator, etc), field of endeavour, age or sex.

Both the nominator and nominee shall be current members of SWA.

The following criteria shall be the basis for the evaluation and selection of a Life Member of SWA:

1)    A testimonial from the nominator/s that outlines a brief biography of the nominee;

2)    A description of the level of personal sacrifice the nominee has made to the sport of Swimming in WA;

3)    A description of the level of involvement of the chosen area of endeavour that contributed to the SWA’s outcomes;

4)    Two (2) specific examples of extemporary contribution that positions the nominee above other SWA members;

5)    The number of years dedicated to service of SWA.


For further information, please don’t hesitate to call the SWA office (08) 9328 4599.

Nominations close 5:00pm on Thursday 11th September 2014.

Download the SWA Life Membership nomination form here

Nominations should be mailed to;


Mr. Darren Beazley

Chief Executive Officer

Swimming WA Inc

PO Box 205

Leederville WA 6903

Tomasso and team topple USA at Pan Pac Finals

Tomasso D’Orsogna has capped off a big month of elite level swimming with gold at the Pan Pacific Championships on the Gold Coast over the weekend.

Fresh from his individual bronze and relay gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, D’Orsogna and his Australia teammates in James Magnussen, Cameron McEvoy and Matt Abood toppled the star-studded American team of Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Olympic 100m freestyle champion Nathan Adrian to claim gold in 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay Final.

Starting as underdogs, Australia were in third place behind Brazil and the Americans heading into the final leg before Cameron McEvoy, who won the individual 100m freestyle title earlier in the meet, powered the Australians home stopping the clock in a time of 3.12.80 ahead of the US (3.13.36) and Brazil in third (3.13.59)

The victory by D'Orsogna and his Australian teammates was Australia’s first in the 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay at the Pan Pacs since 2002 and gives the team great confidence in the build up to Rio 2016.

“Those guys are fierce competitors in the relays. For us, we just needed to get in there, not get too overwhelmed with the home crowd and use it to the best of our ability," he said.

"For us, it's just about developing this team that we've got and really moving forward as well as we can towards Rio."

Earlier in the meet, D’Orsogna had gone head-to-head with the 18-time Olympic Champion in Phelps during the final of Men’s 100m Butterfly. After a strong first 50m where he turned in second, the product of Perth’s West Coast Swim Club was fourth in 52.67, narrowly missing out on another podium finish. The 2014 Wa Swimmer of the Year was again in the water as part of the 4 x 100m Medley Relay team which finished in third place.

The meet also saw fellow West Australian Sally Hunter return to form with a silver in the Women’s 200m Breaststroke Final. The 29-year old’s time of 2.23.33 was a new personal best in the event.

Sally will be in Perth later this week to launch her book “Born to Swim”. Visit the Swimming WA website during the week for more details.

D’Orsogna to take on Phelps in Pan Pac Final

WA’s Tommaso D’Orsogna is set to go head-to-head with American superstar Michael Phelps in the Men’s 100m Butterfly Final at the Pan Pacific Championships on the Gold Coast.

D’Orsogna, the 2014 WA Swimmer of the Year,  clocked a time of 52.56 to qualify sixth fastest for tonight’s final. The 23 year old Olympic and Commonwealth Games medalist will line up along side the 18-time Olympic champion in Phelps, who qualified second fastest (51.57) behind compatriot Ryan Lochte (51.55).

Tommaso, a product of the West Coast Swim Club in Perth, was the fastest Australian qualifier. He will be joined in the final by fellow London Olympian Chris Wright who had a solid performance in his heat, stopping the clock in 53.12. 

Tonight’s final can me seen live on Channel 10 with coverage of the meet to start at 5:30pm (WST).

More to Come

More Medals for Brianna and Nic

Swimming WA members Brianna Throssell and Nicholas Brown have continued to post fantastic results at the Youth Olympic Games, both bagging a bronze medal during night 5 of the competition.

It was a busy evening of swimming for Perth City’s Throssell, who contested two finals. Brianna first hit the water in the Women’s 50m Butterfly Final and put in yet another strong performance. Her time of 26.72 saw her finish a fingernail from landing on the podium, with the third placed Slovakian, Nastja Govejsek clocking a time of 26.70.

Moments later, Briannna was again back in the water, this time lining up in the Women’s 200m Freestyle Final. Better suited to the 200m distance races, Brianna came home strong, eclipsing her previous best time to claim her fourth bronze of the meet. Throssell’s time of 1.58.57 shaved well over a second off her PB set back in April of 2014.

The Perth City Swim Club member has two more opportunities to add to her bronze bonanza with the Women’s 100m Butterfly and Mixed 4 x 100m Medley Relay to come on Friday.

Joining Brianna on Friday in the Mixed 4 x 100m Medley Relay will be Western Sprint’s Nicholas Brown. Nic claimed bronze earlier in the week and secured his third medal of the Youth Games in the Men’s 4 x 100m Medley Relay. Brown swam strongly during the Butterfly leg to help Australia secure third place behind Germany and the Russian Federation who claimed gold.

Nic also has a chance to add to his bronze bounty when he contests the heats of the 200m Butterfly later today. He then closes out the meet with his Swimming WA teammate Throssell in the final event of the Swimming competition at the Youth Olympic Games on Friday.

Visit the Swimming WA website for future results.

WA’s Nicholas Brown wins Bronze

Swimming WA member Nicholas Brown has added another bronze to Australia’s medal haul at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing last night, after coming third in the Men's 100m Butterfly.

The 18-year-old from Perth powered home behind Russia's Aleksandr Sadovnikov and gold medalist Li Zhuhao from China, hitting the wall in a time of 53.18                 

"I don't really have the speed to go out with the other boys so I tried to work that back 50 as best I could," he said shortly after the race.

Nicholas’ father, and Western Sprint Swim Club President Ian Brown, is in China watching his son. He spoke with Swimming WA and is understandably proud of Nic’s achievements so far at the Youth Olympic Games.

“Nic’s time of 53.18 is quite a big improvement on his previous best. He had never been under 54secs coming into the meet so this is a fantastic result for Nicholas and the work he has been doing with his coach Dion Mepham.” he said.

Brown’s first individual medal at the Games follows on from the early success both he and Perth City’s Brianna Throssell enjoyed at the beginning of the meet.

Nicholas will be back in the pool today joining teammates Grayson Bell (QLD), Kyle Chambers (SA) and Nicholas Groenewald (VIC) in the Men’s 4 x 100m Medley Relay.

Wednesday wi

ll be a big day of competition for our WA swimmers, with Brianna Throssell looking to add to the three bronze medals she has already collected during the meet, when she competes in the Women’s 50m Butterfly Final tonight. Brianna will also be contesting in the Women’s 200m Freestyle Final later in the day.

Visit the Swimming WA website for future results.

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SWA seeking State Team Manager

Expression of Interest - Assistant Team Manager, State Team Short Course

Swimming WA is currently seeking expressions of interest from parents and club volunteers for the role of Assistant Team Manager for the WA State Age Short Course Team.

The position will be an unpaid role that will work alongside SWA staff handling tasks associated with the Western Australian State Age Short Course Team; specifically a team training session in Perth and attending the national competition in Canberra.

Swimming WA is wishing to offer ongoing opportunities to the successful applicant.

Expressions of interest should address the following

·      Any previous experience managing a traveling sports team
·      How this role will benefit your club in the future
·      Your willingness to assist SWA in future opportunities such as squad camps/clinics and traveling state teams

 Applicants must comply with the following:

·      Be available to assist with team training and presentation session on Saturday 20th September.
·      Be available to travel with the team to Canberra from Wednesday 24th – Sunday 28th September.
·      Possess a current Working with Children Check.
·      Possess a current Police Clearance.

Interested parties should send their expressions of interest to hayden.williams@wa.swimming.org.au by 5pm Monday 25th August.

Bronze Medals for two WA Olympians

Bronze medals for two WA Olympians

Australia has won its third medal at the Youth Olympic Games in China, with two West Australian swimmers leading the charge.

Brianna Throssell (Perth City) and Nicholas Brown (Western Sprint) were part of the Mixed 4x100m Freestyle Relay team that secured bronze on the first day of competition.

The team of Throssell, Brown, Kyle Chalmers (SA) and Ami Matsuo (NSW) did their country proud, coming from fifth in the final leg to bag the first medal in the pool of the Nanjing Games, in a time of 3:31:76 behind the host city China.

For Perth’s Nicholas Brown, the excitement of securing a spot on the podium at the Youth Olympics was reward for years of hard work.

“I can’t really explain it, it’s something we dream of as swimmers every time we get in the water when it is cold and miserable outside and to have it actually around our necks is just unbelievable. Even though it is a bronze it just feels amazing,” Brown said shortly after the race.

Throssell, a rising star in Australian swimming, backed up the success in the Mixed Relay by posting a personal best time of 2:09:65 in the Women’s 200m Butterfly final to claim a bronze medal of her own on Monday.

“I am pretty stoked at the moment”, she said.

“A bronze medal and a PB - I couldn’t be happier”.

Shortly after Brianna was back in the pool, once again helping Australia to claim its third bronze of the meet in the Women’s 4 x 100m Medley Relay. After a slow start (6th place), Throssell’s Butterfly leg catapulted Australia from fifth place to third.

After her early success Brianna will enjoy a rest day today before hitting the pool again on Wednesday for the Women’s 50m and 200m Butterfly events.

For Western Sprint’s Nicholas Brown, he has qualified fourth fastest for the final of the Men’s 100m Butterfly, which will be contested later tonight (Perth time).

Swimming at the Nanjing Youth Olympics will continue at the Olympic Sports Centre Natatorium through until Day 6, 22 August. Stay tuned to the Swimming WA website for more results throughout the competition.

SWA Appoints Coach Coordinator

Swimming WA is pleased to announce that Eleanor Cribb has been appointed Coach Coordinator. The role attracted a large number of high quality applicants from across WA and interstate.


Ms Cribb comes to SWA from a highly successful career at the office of Tony Krsticevic MLA (Member for Carine) and has had experience in sport having worked for the City of Stirling as a Club Development Officer.


Working in a Sports and Club Development role with the Confederation of Australian Motorsport, Ms Cribb was involved in arranging and coordinating Club Management, Coaching and Volunteer workshops right across the state.


Ms Cribb possess a Bachelor of Business degree (Sports Management major) and was the recipient of the WA Sports Federation Awards for Excellence in Sports management. She is in the final stages of completing a Post Graduate Certificate in Communications.


Swimming WA is delighted to have someone of Ms Cribb’s expertise join our ranks and we wish her well in her endeavours to assist WA coach development. 

Western Australian Girls in Top Form in Pasadena

The Australian Swim Team has completed a golden five-day meet at the Para Pan Pacs in Pasadena, topping the medal tally with a total of 55 gold. The Australians completed the final day at Brookside Park’s Rose Bowl Aquatic Centre with six gold, five silver and two bronze medals for 55 gold, 24 silver and 16 bronze and a total of 95 medals. Western Australia's Madeleine Scott took the gold in the SB9 100m breaststroke in 1:23.09 with Katherine Downie taking the bronze in 1:25.09 and the Silver in the S10 100m freestyle (1:03.15). At the conclusion of a fantastic event for Western Australia's two rising stars, Madeline Scott finished with a half dozen to her name including an incredible 4 gold medals and 2 silvers and Katherine Downie bagged a sensational 7 medals, including 3 gold (all in personal best times), 3 silver and 1 bronze.
SWA President Jeanette Bailey congratulated the performances;
"Swimming in Western Australia is so proud of the performances of Madeleine and Katherine in the USA. These girls are so dedicated and are fine ambassadors not only for the sport, but for our state. No doubt they will be looking forward to a well deserved break and we look forward to welcoming them back to Perth soon".
On behalf of the entire Western Australian swimming community, well done Madeleine and Katherine!


And the winner is..

The winner of our recent online competiion to celebrate the start of Commonwealth Games is Kathryn Fielding.

Kathryn has won a beautifully framed and autographed print of WA swimming's favourite son, Olympic Silver medalist and former world record holder, Eamon Sullivan.

Thank you to all those who entered and stay tuned to the Swimming WA website and Swimming WA Splash e-Newsletter for more chances to win.

WA swimmers help steer Australia to record medal haul in Glasgow

Western Australian swimmers have helped steer Australia to a record medal haul at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

London Paralympian Kat Downie added to the WA tally on the final night of competition at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre, winning silver in the para-sport 200m IM.

Downie clocked 2:31.98 to finish behind New Zealand’s Sophie Pascoe (2:27.74), with Canadian Aurelie Rivard taking the bronze medal in 2:32.09.

Australia won two gold and six minor medals during the final session last night to complete an impressive haul of 57 medals - 19 gold, 21 silver and 17 bronze.

It surpassed Delhi 2010 and Melbourne 2006 (both 54) as the most medals collected at a single event, though Australia had three more gold four years ago.

WA swimmers claimed seven of the medals in Glasgow with Tommaso D’Orsogna, Sally Hunter, Madeleine Scott and Downie collecting between them two gold, four silver and a bronze.

D’Orsogna - Swimming WA’s Swimmer of the Year for 2014 - was part of the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay that took gold on night two of competition and swam in the 4x100 medley relay that went on to win silver. 

He was also part of the Australian clean sweep in last night’s final of the 100m freestyle - one of the most anticipated races of the Games - taking bronze in 49.04 behind relay team-mates James Magnussen (48.11) and Cameron McEvoy (48.34) - his first individual long-course international medal.

D’Orsogna, who is now based in Queensland, finished his Commonwealth Games campaign with a fifth place in the final of the 100m butterfly, clocking 52.45 behind South Africa’s Olympic champion Chad Le Clos, who was too strong for the rest of the field, grabbing gold and setting a new Games record of 51.29.

Meanwhile, Hunter - Swimming WA’s 2013 Swimmer of the Year - won gold as a member of the 4x100m medley relay.

She will also return from Glasgow with a silver medal after finishing second in the 200m breaststroke behind fellow Australian Taylor McKeown.

At 29, Adelaide-based Hunter is one of the oldest members of the Australian swim team but is still setting new benchmarks, posting a personal best time of  2:23.33.

Having now dropped more than five seconds off her personal best time this year, Scott won silver in the women’s para sport 100m breaststroke final in 1:21.38 with teammate and friend Downie finishing sixth overall in 1:24.04.

Scott went on to finish fourth in the 200m IM in 2:40.61

In the first event of the swimming program, West Coast swimmer Jessica Pengelly qualified for the final of the 400m individual medley, finishing seventh overall in 4:47.00 behind teammate Keryn McMaster, who bagged bronze (4:36.35).



Swimming WA (SWA) today released the 2014 Australian State Teams Age Short Course Championships selection criteria for Coach, Official and Athlete representatives of Western Australia. The criteria have changed since last year in direct response to a change in philosophy by SWA and due to structural changes within SWA staffing.

SWA Technical Director Mr. Bernie Mulroy explained the rationale behind the new selection criteria;

“SWA is undergoing significant change at the present moment and reviewing the manner in which we manage certain elements of the sport. High performance is a key area that has undergone a significant review in recent months and part of that review is to question how we manage our State programmes.

Our philosophy is to develop WA swimmers in a “holistic sense” and in order to do that, SWA will ensure that our coaching structures, the selection of our officials and the selection of athletes is managed in a coordinated manner. Our goal is to surround our talent within support structures that will not only achieve results in Canberra in September, but also in the longer term.

SWA is seeking a head coach of the WA contingent to compete at the Australian Short Course Championships and four coaches to support that role. For the past two years, the WA head coach was the SWA Coaching Coordinator. However, the role has altered significantly from what it was and this provides and opportunity for coaches at SWA Member Clubs to be considered, which I am sure will be seen as a positive development.

SWA is also looking to use the Championships to reward coaches and officials that are striving to achieve elite performances and the Association plans to work with these people who are so important in achieving our objectives in the high performance pathway. SWA will invest in our coaches and officials to assist them improve and develop for the benefit of the athletes in the immediate and longer term” he said.

The updated Selection Criteria can be found at the following link;

Selection Criteria

Applications addressing the selection criteria and including the necessary checks are to be made in writing to the SWA Technical Director and mailed to the address below;

Attn: SWA Technical Director

Swimming Western Australia Inc.

P.O Box 205


WA 6903


Applications close 5.00 pm August 15th 2014.

SWA appoints new Marketing and Communications Manager

Swimming Western Australia (SWA) recently appointed Luke McManus as the new Marketing and Communications Manager.

After receiving a high number of applications and great interest in the vacant Media and Communications Coordinator position, SWA saw it important to increase the role and responsibilities of the post to align with the new strategic direction of the organisation.

Luke comes to SWA with nearly 14 years of media and communication experience working for some of Australia’s largest media and sporting organisations, both nationally and internationally. Luke’s unique skill-set has more recently seen him conduct subcontract work for many Perth business organisations, assisting them with their internal and external communications and marketing strategies.

“I am thrilled to be taking up the position of Marketing and Communications Manager with Swimming Western Australia. The sport of swimming is very much a part of the fabric of Australian lifestyle and Western Australia has a long history of elite swimming champions. However, there is a lot of hard work ahead in taking swimming in WA to the next level and I am excited by the challenge.”

Swimming WA's Favourite Son Announces Retirement

Swimming Western Australia (SWA) Inc., the peak body for swimming in Western Australia is sad to farewell one its favourite sons today. Eamon Sullivan announced his retirement on Australian breakfast television this morning.

A Western Australian champion who will turn 29 years old next month, Eamon Sullivan is recognised as one of Australia’s most exciting stars of the pool. Sullivan commenced competitive swimming with the Uni Swim Club and attended his first Nationals whilst at that Club. Eamon then moved to West Coast Swim Club and trained under Grant Stoelwinder who was the Club head coach at that time.

It was under the tutorage of Stoelwinder that Sullivan’s swimming career took off. With Grant's guidance and his specific high intensity program for sprints, Eamon became an international swimming sensation. At the 2008 Australian Swimming Championships held at the Australian Olympic Park Aquatic Centre, Eamon broke the long-standing record of Alexander Popov for this swim twice, with a final time of 21.28 seconds. According to Grant, this was a 'perfect swim'. Eamon attributes his faster swim to a 'few words' from Grant.

Sullivan made his Australian Team debut at the 2004 Athens Olympics as a member of the 4 x 100m Freestyle relay. From a relay swimmer to the leading man, Eamon swam his way to the top of Australian sprinting before conquering the world and becoming the World Record holder in the 50m and 100m Freestyle in early 2008. At his second Olympics in Beijing in 2008, he twice broke the 100m World Record. Australia claimed Silver and Sullivan has the distinction of being the only man to beat the lead off U.S. team member, Michael Phelps.

Later in the same Games, Eamon broke the World Record in the 100m semi-finals, eventually claiming a second Silver medal when touched out by Frenchman, Alain Bernard, by less than half a second. Sullivan came away from the Beijing Games with two silver and one bronze medals, the best performance by a male athlete on the Australian Swim Team. 

Eamon competed in the 2010 Commonwealth Games after overcoming hip surgery at the start of the year in which he demonstrated a strong return to form winning gold in the 4 x 100m Freestyle and 4 x 100m Medley relays and a bronze in the 100m Freestyle. He continued with his strong swimming form in 2012, qualifying for the London Olympics, and swimming in the finals of both the 4 x 100m Freestyle and the 50m Freestyle.

SWA President Jeanette Bailey spoke from Perth today;

“Western Australia is a state with a long and proud history of swimming. Once in a while our sport unearths a champion capable of capturing the imagination of the Western Australian public, the nation and even the world, with performances that are truly world class. Eamon Sullivan did that and can be characterised as a true Western Australian champion.

From his very early days in WA Club swimming at Uni Swim and West Coast Swim Clubs, to his involvement in State and National teams, Eamon has always been a source of inspiration, willing to help young and emerging swimmers and to pass on his vast knowledge and experience in this most demanding of sports. He is a great guy in and out of the pool.

On behalf of the entire Western Australian swimming community, we wish Eamon well in his retirement and thank him for his truly amazing contribution to swimming in Western Australia”.

$7.2million for West Australian sports

$7.2million for West Australian sports 

Forty-seven State Sporting Associations (SSAs) will share in $7.2million in funding over the next three years to help develop sport and recreation from grassroots to elite levels.

Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron made the announcement about the Organisation Sustainability Program (OSP) funds today at nib Stadium, where he was joined by representatives from sports receiving the funds - ranging from football and netball through to skateboarding and surfing.

“This money will help State Sporting Associations - the peak bodies of each sport - stay sustainable by delivering a variety of activities and opportunities that address community need, developing talent and enriching sporting culture, and encouraging maximum participation,” Mr Waldron said.

“The Government is committed to working with sport and active recreation organisations to develop a philosophy of good governance and continuous improvement.  Ultimately, the strength of these groups enhances the capacity and vitality of the West Australian community through sport and recreation.

“Western Australia continues to boast a strong sporting culture and vibrant SSAs have a lot to do with that.”

Through OSP funding, $7.2million will be provided to 47 State Sporting Associations through annual and three-year agreements.  Some of the recipients include Swimming WA, Westcycle, the WA Football Commission, Athletics WA, Basketball WA and WACA (cricket).

Registrations for the next Officiating Course open

London 2012 Swimming Officials match onRegister for the July Officiating Course 

Saturday 26th July, 2014

Venue: Swimming WA Offices, Beatty Park Leisure Centre, 220 Vincent Street, North Perth

Duration: 9:30AM - 12:30PM 

Course Content

9:00am: Judge of Stroke/Inspector of Turns

10:30am: Starting

Courses are free and open to all who meet the Pre-requisit Criteria


Have attended a "General Pricinciples" course or have proof of completion of the On-LIne "Introductory Level Officiating General Principles"

To register your attendance or for more information please contact Swimming WA Membership & Development Coordinator, Kate Reynolds, via email kate.reynolds@wa.swimming.org.au


Online Course for General Principles Course

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