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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 

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

10:30am: Starting

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


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