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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 five of the medals in Glasgow with Tommaso D’Orsogna, Sally Hunter, Madeleine Scott and Downie collecting between them a gold, three 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.

He was then 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.

Hunter - Swimming WA’s 2013 Swimmer of the Year - will return from Glasgow with a silver medal after finishing second in the 200m breaststroke behind fellow Australian Taylor McKeown.

The 29-year-old, now based in Adelaide, 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 RELEASES 2014 SHORT COURSE SELECTION CRITERIA

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

Leederville

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

Pre-Requisits:

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

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