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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 Butterfly later in the day.

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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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