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Swimming WA appoints new Country Coordinator

 

Swimming WA (SWA) is pleased to announce that Deb Harlow has been appointed as the new SWA Country Coordinator. 

 

Deb was announced as the Country Coordinator at the 2014 SWA Annual General Meeting in October. Deb nominated for the position and was elected. Her term as SWA Country Coordinator will be for the next 2-years.

 

As the Swimming WA Country Coordinator, Deb’s role will be to:

 

Deb spoke to the Swimming WA website about her excitement in taking up the position as Country Coordinator.

 

“I am very honoured to be the Swimming WA Country Cooordinator and I am excited about the positive direction we can take swimming in WA, by helping the communities improve and develop,” Harlow said.

 

“Being able to support, not just the swimmers, but the committees, the infrastructure and administrators in managing their clubs well is an important part of my role.

 

”I am really exciting to be working with Swimming WA with everything they have to offer, working with the Strategic Plan which is so positive and helping develop not only the swimmers in regional areas, but building the clubs, recruiting swimmers, developing memberships and volunteers is something I am really looking forward to.”

 

Deb was in Esperance recently along with SWA CEO Darren Beazley and SWA Development Manager Carolyn Morrison for a meeting with the Goldfields Regional Swimming Committee and members of the Esperance, Kambalda and Kalgoorlie Swim Clubs. The meeting provided SWA and the Goldfields Regional Swimming Committee the opportunity to discuss the SWA 2015-18 Strategic Plan and issues facing the Goldfields Region that SWA needs to be aware of. 

 

After meeting in Esperance with the Goldfields Regional Swimming Committee, SWA Development Manager Carolyn Morrison said Deb Harlow was the “ideal” candidate for the position as SWA Country Cooordinator.

 

“Deb is an ideal candidate for her understanding of Regional Swimming, having been involved with Kalgoorlie Swimming Club since 2009 and her ability to see the vision that SWA has for Regional Swimming and help to implement it,” Morrison said.

 

Deb will be attending the SWA Regional Coordinators workshop in Perth on 15th November held at Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR). The workshop will again see SWA CEO Darren Beazley and SWA Development Manager Carolyn Morrison attend along with DSR Regional Managers, spending the day discussing Regional issues and creating a strategy for growth, increased participation and education in the Regions. 

Challenge Yourself this summer with SWA Open Water Series

Entries to the Swimming WA (SWA) 2014/15 Open Water Series are now open!

The SWA Open Water Series (OWS) has been running for over 6 years and sees more than 3,200 West Australians take to the stunning waters in and around Perth.

The OWS consists of 8 unique rounds across the Perth metropolitan area, which runs through from November 2014- March 2015. With distances ranging from 500m-10km, the OWS caters for swimmers of all levels and will stage events in:

 

With the Cottesloe round only two weeks away, entries for the 1.25km, 2.5km and 5km swim events can be made through the OWS website.

To kick off the New Year, the unique Point-2-Point event will be held on Sunday 11 January. Now in its second year, this event is establishing itself as a highlight of the open water swim circuit with both solos and duos competing together as participants swim along the stunning Perth coastline from Leighton to Swanbourne.

The Round 6 Australia Day Swim will prove to be a major event spectacle in the WA open water calendar. Held on the white sands of Sorrento Beach, this round will be a family event with fun for everyone on the beach and in the water. This round is also the Rottnest Rehearsal for those looking to qualify for the 2015 Rottnest Channel Swim.

The BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series SwimtheSwan event will see our river round take place in front of the Perth skyline, and the season will close in the crystal blue waters of Rockingham on the Labour day long weekend on Monday 2nd March, 2015.

Registrations for the series can be made through the updated www.openwaterswimming.com.au website.

The OWS is riding the popularity wave building behind mass participation sport, with the OWS experiencing a strong increase in participation numbers with thousands of West Australians taking part in the 2013/14 Series. SWA expects the 2014/15 Series to be no different, as SWA continues to be the market leader in running open water swim events in Australia.

SWA’s OWS is widely recognised as the number one open water swim series in Australia and will be expanding in 2014/15 with the introduction of the OWS Regional Series. In a first for the Series, three new events will be staged in regional western Australia with the inaugural event to be held in Geraldton on 30 November 2014.

SWA is looking forward to seeing you all down on the beach and in the water this summer for the 2014/15 OWS. For more information please visit the OWS website or like the Swimming WA Facebook page.

 

Stephen Donovan: A Story of True Sportsmanship

 

Swimming WA (SWA) is extremely proud of our sport and in particular of our wonderful athletes that make our sport the #1 participation sport in Australia.

 

Following the recent SWA Open & Age Short Course Championships (Oct 2-5), SWA received a letter from Jodi Swift, Head Coach Lesmurdie Legends Swimming Club. Jodi told SWA of an extraordinary act of sportsmanship by one of our members, Mr. Stephen Donovan from the South Shore Swimming Club.

SWA is so immensely proud of Stephen’s empathy for his fellow competitor that we not only wanted to share his story with rest of the swimming world; but the wider community with the hope that we can all be a little bit more like Stephen.

Below is Jodi’s letter:

 

I am the coach of Lesmurdie Legends Swimming Club and have been at the State Open and Age Championships over the past 2 days. Today I watched the most rewarding event and in my mind, the most heartwarming and greatest show of sportsmanship I have seen on the pool deck for a very long time.  I felt I must share this with you.

I noticed a young man, Pat Ricciardo enter the grandstand today to begin his prerace preparation.  I noticed Pat because he was dressed in his Australian Representative shirt, tracksuit and wool lined jacket and I felt a true sense of pride come over me as he proudly put on his Australian Swimming cap with his name, Ricciardo emblazoned on it. He preceded to the warm-up pool obviously a young man on an important mission.  I remember thinking to myself I must watch his race as I was interested to see his performance, as I concluded, he must have represented Australia, perhaps at the recent Commonwealth Games in Scotland.

I watched Event 57 with a big smile on my face, as again I was overwhelmed with a sense of pride for the young men in this event, who have no doubt have faced many obstacles in their life, and yet have overcome adversity and have all succeeded in their chosen sport of swimming.  Although many young swimmers have dreams of representing Australia, Pat Ricciardo is obviously and deservingly, very proud of his achievements.

At the completion of their race, three of the boys made their way to medal presentations and were joined by Pat, at the medal table.  The medal winners were presented, to alarmingly quiet applause and perhaps, unnoticed by the audience in the grandstand.  Unfortunately Pat was not one of the medal recipients.  These boys now had my full attention and the attention of the parent sitting next to me.  Little did I know I was about to witness an outstanding display of sportsmanship and empathy that is rarely witnessed in life, let alone at Challenge (HBF) Stadium.

Straight after the medal winners got off the dais I watched as the bronze medal winner, Mr. Steph Donovan of the South Shore Swimming Club approached Pat at the medal table, just as the volunteers were telling Pat that he had not won a medal.  Pat was obviously disappointed with his performance and displayed his anger on deck, as the next swimming race got under way.  At this point, Stephen, with his bronze medal still swinging around his neck, went to Pat and placed a friendly arm around Pat's shoulder.  Pat's cap had flicked into the pool and again Steph was eager to help his fellow competitor.  Thankfully at this point, an Official had gone to get a pool scoop to retrieve Pat’s Australian Team cap.

Stephen, still with his caring arm around Pat’s shoulder, steered Pat towards the seats at the back of the medal table. Pat sat down in the chair, arched his back and leant his head back over the chair.  Steph, in an exemplary and very natural way, then placed both arms around Pat’s shoulders and laid his head comfortingly on Pat’s chest, obviously feeling the pain and anguish that Pat was going through.  I could not hear whether Steph was talking to Pat or not - no words were needed, I too could feel Pat's anguish and I had tears in my eyes as Steph was displaying a huge sense of empathy for his fellow competitor and was trying desperately to comfort Pat, who was obviously disappointed in his own performance.  I could not take my eyes off the pair of them as the drama unfolded.  By this stage I had a lump in my throat and I could feel the tears on my cheek.

Steph, however, kept a cool head and did not leave Pats side, the whole time keeping his reassuring arm around Pat. After Pat's cap was returned by the Official, Steph still refused to leave his mate and proceeded to walk him back to the grandstand, the entire time Steph had his arm around Pat’s shoulder.

The 2 boys re-entered the grandstand near to where I was sitting.  Again I could not take my eyes off them, as it was clear to me that Steph was not finished yet.

Pat, still upset with himself then proceeded with his own post race routine packing his gear back into his bag, and yet still Steph kept a comforting hand on Pat’s back stroking his back and making sure he was ok. I am not sure who was with Pat at the pool, but I assume it was his Mum, who had also noticed Steph's caring attitude.  Pat’s Mum began talking to Steph and eventually gave him a thanking hug.  This was the only time Steph took his arm off Pat, to reciprocate the hug.  Obviously some friendly words were exchanged and Steph then proceeded to begin the walk back to his own family and squad.  Before leaving Pat, Steph gave Pat one more big hug from behind, unnoticed by Pat as he was still packing his bag.

Unfortunately, by this time I was in tears, as was my swimmers parent that was sitting next to me.  I was unable to speak at this point, but thankfully the parent sitting next to me was able to, although very feebly and unfortunately quietly, shouted out "Well done mate".  Steph then proceeded to walk back to his own crowd.  We on the other hand turned to each other, we were both blubbering at this point, and smiled through our tears, as we both knew we had just witnessed a truly memorable moment.

I just wanted to apologise to Steph for not being able to congratulate him on his bronze medal winning performance in the pool today, as I was unable to speak. More importantly, I wanted to congratulate Steph and tell him what an outstanding young man he is.  His performance out of the pool today, was a gold medal performance and displayed a heart of gold and a huge amount of compassion and empathy for his fellow competitor.  I have never seen true sportsmanship in all its glory, displayed, as it was today. Congratulations to you Steph, although I do not know you personally, you will forever be with me and I am bursting with pride at your performance.  You have reiterated to me today what sport is all about. You are a hero and a true gentleman.

I recently read that an example of an amazing person is not a footballer or someone who is good at sport, but someone who faces adversity with hope, faith, empathy and strength.  Steph you displayed the true definition of amazing today.  You Steph Donovan are an amazing person.

On my return to my pool and squad, have no doubt Steph that I will be telling the whole squad about you, your achievement today and most importantly your Heart of gold. In my eyes today, you won not only the gold medal but also Swimmer of the Year.  You have done yourself, your parents, your club, your squad and your coach proud.

Steph, I send you the very best of wishes and good fortune and I have no doubt that you will succeed in all of your endeavours in the future, no matter what they may be.  You have brought a ray of sunshine to my life today and touched my heart Although we do not know each other, you will forever be with me Best wishes to you and my heartfelt congratulations to you.

 -       Jodi Swift Head Coach Lesmurdie Legends Swimming Club

  

Stephen Donovan, we salute you!

 

Swimming WA 2014 Conference

SWIMMING WA Commences New Season with a Splash!

Swimming WA (SWA) today held its 2014 Annual General Meeting where a new Patron was announced and two new members were elevated to Life Member status.

The 2014 SWA Annual General Meeting took place on Saturday 11 October at the University of Western Australia was attended by over 150 SWA Club delegates, coaches and Officials. It was with great pleasure that SWA President; Mrs Jeantte Bailey announced that Ms Ginia Rinehart has been appointed to the position of Patron of Swimming WA.

“Swimming WA is a very proud member of the Western Australian community. Our strong belief is that swimming has appeal to the entire Western Australian population”, Mrs Bailey said.

“The Association has an obligation to promote and encourage participation in all forms of swimming. Swimming WA is delighted to have Ms Ginia Rinehart accept the position of Patron and we look forward to working with her in promoting our message and ensuring Swimming WA returns to being a major part of the WA sporting landscape.

“The next 4-years present a unique ‘moment in time’ for our sport we can truly deliver on our vision and ensure that swimming is a part of the Western Australian way of life.”

Ginia Rinehart, Director of Hancock Prospecting Group, said it was a “privilege” to be announced as Patron of SWA and was proud to accept the position,

“The Hancock Family Medical Foundation has proudly been involved in Swimming WA for a number of years, and we are honoured to be associated with an organisation which supports strong values, excellence, dedication and community spirit. To take on the position of Patron of Swimming WA is a privilege and one that I am proud to accept,” Ms Rinehart said.

“Success in the pool has always been an important driver of Australia’s national pride and with so many amazing achievements and 'personal bests' being set, it is a fantastic time to be a part of the resurgence of Australian Swimming and the sport of Swimming in Western Australia.

“I am looking forward to working with Swimming WA’s Board and Management over the coming years to continue with the expansion and ongoing success of the organisation.”

In addition to Ms Rinehart’s announcement, two long-standing and highly respected SWA Technical Officials in Mr Greg Wilson and Mr Peter John Lawless received Swimming WA Life Membership in 2014. The two nominees, selected by the SWA Honours and Awards Committee, have been tireless contributors to the Sport of Swimming in WA.

Greg Wilson has dedicated 25-years of service to the sport. Having an aptitude in the area of Officiating, Wilson became a highly qualified Official, achieving A-Grade Status. In addition to his tireless work as an Official, Mr Wilson served on the SWA Technical and Education Committee for 10-years, of which for 9 of those he acted as Committee Secretary. Greg Wilson remains a tireless contributor to the Sport of Swimming which has seen him become a Swimming WA Life Member at the 2014 AGM.

For Mr Peter John Lawless, like many dedicated volunteers in the sport, his pathway through the ranks of swimming began as a parent and spectator. Mr Lawless' long spanning contribution to the education and advancement of the Sport of Swimming in WA included sitting on the Technical Education and Officials Committee for 16-years. Lawless, who was inducted in the Swimming WA Hall of Fame in 2011, has achieved lofty heights in the world of Swimming including officiating at the Commonwealth Games and FINA World Championships. His contribution to the evolution of Swimming in WA left and indelible mark and has earned him SWA Life Membership in 2014.

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State Records smashed at 2014 SWA SC Championships

The 2014 SWA State Open & Age Short Course Championships concluded today, with a number of state records tumbling throughout the course of the 4-day swim meet. 

At the completion of the competition, eight State Short Course records were lowered during the Championships, held at HBF Stadium from 2nd – 5th of October 

Ethan McAleese from Rockingham set two new state record times. Swimming a personal best time of 2.09.36 in the 200IM, the youngster from Perth's south broke the 14-year old State Short Course Record which has stood since 2003In another personal best time of 4.04.74, Ethan also broke the 14-year old State Short Course Record in 400m Freestyle which has stood since 2003. 

Jack Wilson, a 12-year old from the Breakers Swim Club, broke the 13yrs/U State Short Course Record for the 1500m freestyle in an impressive personal best time of 17.10.14. 

The Breakers swim Club had another state record set when club members Benjamin Vafeas, George Harley, Jack Smith and Brody McGowen lowered the new state mark in the Boys 16yrs/U 4x100m Medley Relay to 3.50.36. The team took nearly 2.5 seconds off the previous best time for the event.

Tommy Sucipto from Leisurepark Lazers broke the Open 100m Breaststroke State Short Course Record in a time of 59.75. The record, previously held by WA Olympian Jim Piper, had stood since 2005.

Nicholas Brown from Western Sprint, who recently claimed 4 bronze medals at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing China, broke the 17-18yrs 100m Butterfly State Short Course Record in a personal best time of 52.76. The previous state record had stood since 2002. 

Brianna Throssell from Perth City, who also travelled to the Nanjing Youth Olympics picking up 7 bronze medals of her own in China, broke the Open 200m Freestyle State Short Course Record in a time of 1.56.89 previously held by WA Olympian Blair Evans. 

The Perth City member then joined teammates Sacha Downing, Georgia Truscott and Kate Bird in the Womens 4x100m Freestyle. The foursome broke the 1998 State Short Course Record for the event in a time of 3.49.70. 

It was a highly successful competition for the WA swimming community, with 64% of the 434 swimmerswho contributed to 2769 individual entries and 129 relay entries, improving on their entry times. 

At the conclusion of  2014 SWA State Open & Age Short Course Championships, the Short Course Winter Shields went to: 

Metropolitan: 

  1. Perth City          1,362.50 

  1. West Coast        776 

  1. Rockingham       758 

Regional: 

       1Peel Aquatic      335.50 

       2GMAS               155 

       3.Broome              66 

      

SWA State Open & Age SC Champs gets underway

The 2014 SWA Short Course Open & Age Short Course Championships kicks off today, with hundreds of athletes descending on HBF Stadium to compete during the four-day event.

 

Running from the 2nd to 5th of October, the 2014 SWA Short Course Open & AgeShort Course Championships will have over 40 clubs attending the championships from all corners of our great state, some as far as Albany, Kalgoorlie and Broome.

 

There are a total of 2800 individual entries coming from the nearly 450 swimmers who will contest the event.

 

The swimmers, aged 13-years and over, will be hoping to make a qualifying time to gain entry to the Australian Short Course Championships to be held in Adelaide from the 5th to 9th of November.

 

There are a total of 129 Club relay entries which all go towards a point score for the winning club – both Metropolitan and Country – for the prestigious Winter Shield Award.

 

The program of events can be viewed here with live results being posted on the Swimming WA website throughout the meet.

 

          

SWIMMING WA SIGNS NEW LEGAL PARTNER

The Western Australian Swimming Association Inc. (SWA), the peak body for swimming in Western Australia is delighted to announce that it has signed a sponsorship agreement with Western Australian law firm, Kott Gunning.

The agreement is the second sponsorship announcement for SWA in the past week and forms part of the Association’s more commercial approach to its role to grow participation numbers across the State.

SWA Chief Executive Officer Mr Darren Beazley welcomed the Kott Gunning announcement:

“Swimming in this State has a remarkable opportunity over the next few years to re-establish its place as the dominant participation sport in WA. In order to achieve this objective, SWA must partner with the best possible commercial partners in the State and Kott Gunning is such a partner. As our exclusive legal partner, the team at Kott Gunning will be important strategic advisors ensuring that our expansion into new areas is managed professionally and in a manner that will ensure strong foundations on which to build”.

The agreement will see Kott Gunning as the naming rights partner to the new “Kott Gunning Coach Development Programme” aimed at increasing the number of high quality coaches in Western Australia. The partnership is also good news for all 87 SWA Clubs across the state. Kott Gunning prides itself on having a strong relationship with the Western Australian community, developed over 95 years. The firm will provide support to those Clubs that may require legal advice from time to time.

Kott Gunning Managing Partner, Stephen Williams, also welcomed the announcement:

“Kott Gunning is pleased to be a sponsor of Swimming WA and in particular, naming rights partner to the Coach Development Program. Swimming is a sport that reaches all levels of our community and to be able to assist in developing the highest quality coaches for our State and subsequently, the highest quality swimmers, is a goal that we strongly support. We are also pleased to be involved at Club level as circumstances arise.”

 

Kott Gunning will address the SWA membership at the Annual General Meeting on October 11th at UWA.

 

About Kott Gunning

Kott Gunning is a progressive, independent corporate and commercial law firm. The firm aims to set the standard for cost-effective, business-minded legal advice that’s tailored for its clients.

Founded in 1919 in Perth, it is one of Western Australia’s most established and respected law firms – and one of its most adaptable. Kott Gunning has been a robust part of the legal landscape for more than 95 years.

A client focused law firm, its areas of practice include Corporate, Commercial and Finance, Litigation, Arbitration and Mediation, Property, Building and Construction, Insurance, Risk, Employment Law, Government and Private Client services such as Family Law and Wills, Estates and Trusts.

For more information or to contact Kott Gunning, visit their website.

            

Sunshine State takes sixth straight title

The battle for state supremacy in 2014 has concluded with Queensland taking its sixth straight title at the State Teams Age Short Course Championships at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.

 

With a total of 2,108 points Queensland took the lead early and couldn’t be caught despite a desperate chase from second placed New South Wales on 1,756 and Victoria on 1,529.5.

 

After winning 8 of the 11 relays on offer, the depth in the Queensland team played a major role in securing their victory this year.  At the end of the final event, Queensland took out a number of individual and team awards including: the boy’s 16/17 years swimmer of the meet through Samuel Young, the girl’s 13/14 and 15/16 years swimmers of the meet through Minna Atherton and Alanna Bowles as well as the champion male and the champion female team overall.

 

New South Wales were also dominant force this year, stealing points in a number of events previously dominated by Queensland.

 

One of the New South Welshman stealing the spotlight was 15-year-old Matthew Wilson who collected the male swimmer of the meet for the 14/15 years age group for his efforts.

 

Wilson started this morning’s session with a new meet record in the boy’s 14/15 years 50m breaststroke, hitting the wall in a time of 28.28 for the win. Queensland swimmer Zac Stubblety-Cook came into the wall for second in 29.56 with Victorian David Schlicht third in 29.94.

 

Wilson then backed up in the boy’s 14/15 years 400m individual medley to set yet another record and take the win in a time of 4:25.35. Tasmanian Jacob Vincent was second in 4:30.29 with Queensland swimmer Samuel Wendt third in 4:32.52.

 

To top off an excellent morning in the pool Wilson then took out the boy’s 14/15 years 100m breaststroke less than an hour after the 400m IM setting another meet record with his time of 1:01.63. Stubblety-Cook was again relegated to second place in 1:02.25 with Health Macleod third in 1:04.22.

 

Wilson picked up an incredible seven individual titles and five meet records over the weekend and will leave as one to watch for the future.

 

Four more meet records were set on the final morning of competition starting with triple Australian Age Champion and Junior Pan Pacific Championship representative Shayna Jack.

 

Jack (1:57.08) took the title and set a new meet record in the girl’s 15/16 years 200m freestyle when she turned up the speed in the final lap to take the win ahead of teammate Alanna Bowles (1:58.59) and Victorian Lushavel Stickland in 2:01.31.

 

Then Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific Championship debutant Alanna Bowles continued Queensland’s run of success picking up another title and another meet record, this time in the girl’s 15/16 years 200m butterfly.

 

Bowles knocked over a second off the previous record, which she also held, to successfully defend her title from 2013 in a time of 2:10.34. Bowles’ teammate Lucia Lassman had to settle for second place in 2:13.26 while Tamsin Cook from Western Australia was third in 2:13.37. 

 

South Australian Ella Bond had also had a speedy start to the session when she stopped the clock in a time of 31.34 in the girl’s 15/16 years 50m breaststroke. Bond eclipsed the previous record of 31.53 set in 2011 by Jessica Hansen to take the win ahead of Mikayla Smith (32.33) from Victoria and Rachel Gower (32.76) from Western Australia.

 

The records continued to fall when West Australian Braga Verhage took out the boy’s 16/17 years 50m breaststroke in a time of 28.24. Verhage just edged out Jayke Small (28.35) from New South Wales with Queenslander Grayson Bell (28.43) rounding out the top three.

 

After setting a record in the 50m breaststroke, Verhage was back on top again in the boy’s 16/17 years 100m breaststroke, touching in a time of 1:02.43 for the win. West Australian Alex Milligan was just a touch off first place in 1:02.45 while Joshua Simat was third in 1:02.85.

 

In other events…

 

Girl’s 13/14 years 50m Breaststroke

In the girl’s 13/14 years 50m breaststroke Queensland’s Chelsea Hodges (33.21) stole the win from New South Wales swimmer Brooke Peterson (33.23) with just 0.02 separating the two. Hodges’ teammate Megan Bogatie was third with a time of 33.67.

 

Girl’s 13/14 years 200m Butterfly

New South Wales added another win to their tally this morning when Rachael Robinson finished first in the girl’s 13/14 years 200m butterfly. Robinson clocked a 2:19.15 touching ahead of Queenslanders Gemma Cooney in 2:21.12 and Emma Siddle in 2:21.97.

 

Boy’s 14/15 years 200m Freestyle

In the boy’s 14/15 years 200m freestyle it was Queenslander Daniel Jacobson who picked up the points for his team, taking the win in 1:51.88. Second place went to Tasmanian Jacob Vincent in 1:52.38 with Callum Lowe-Griffiths (1:54.05) third.

 

Boy’s 16/17 years 200m Freestyle

Australian Age champion in this event Samuel Young asserted his dominance in the boy’s 16/17 years 200m freestyle, hitting the wall almost two seconds clear of his closest competitor in a time of 1:47.69. Young was too quick for Damian Fyfe who took second spot in 1:49.66 and Ryan Leonard who was third in 1:50.32.

 

Girl’s 13/14 years 200m Freestyle

Queensland took a clean sweep in the girl’s 13/14 years 200m freestyle with Minna AthertonMikayla Messer and Krily Siebenhausen taking the top three spots and all the points on offer for the event. Atherton was the fastest of the three, hitting the wall in 2:02.23 followed by Messer in 2:03.04 and Siebenhausen in 2:03.26.

 

Boy’s 16/17 years 400m Individual Medley

New South Wales took the bragging rights in the boy’s 16/17 years 400m individual medley with teammates Hayden Hinds-Sydenham (4:23.30) and Ryan Leonard(4:23.56) finishing first and second respectively. West Australian Austin McAleese was third with his time of 4:24.70.

 

Girl’s 15/16 years 100m Breaststroke

South Australian Ella Bond backed up after her speedy start this morning to add another win to her tally, this time in the girl’s 15/16 years 100m breaststroke. Bond clocked a 1:08.65 to finish ahead of Mikayla Smith in 1:10.63 and Calypso Sheridan in 1:11.52.

 

Girl’s 13/14 years 100m Breaststroke

Queenslander Sarah Beale stepped up to take first place in the girl’s 13/14 years 100m breaststroke hitting the wall in 1:11.65, getting the better of Brooke Petersonand Chelsea Hodges who dead-heated for second place in 1:13.30.

 

Boy’s 16/17 years 1500m Freestyle

The Boy’s 16/17 years 1500m freestyle went to West Australian Brody McGowan who finished the 60 laps in a time of 15:40.58. Second place went to fellow West Australian Nicholas De Bomford in 15:46.79 while Reece Brennan from Queensland was third.

 

Mixed 8x50m Freestyle Relay

The final event of the State Teams Age Short Course Championships was not short on entertainment value as the swimmers in the mixed 8x50m freestyle relay put on a show.  The final lap left VictoriaQueensland and New South Wales to fight for first place, going stroke for stroke to the wall. Victoria had the best touch on the wall, recording a time of 3:15.16 for the win. Queensland finished second, just 0.10 behind with a time of 3:15.26 with New South Wales third in 3:15.63.

 

Full results are available online at http://liveresults.swimming.org.au/sal/2014ST/

 

Point Score

 

1 Queensland – 2,108

New South Wales – 1,756

Victoria – 1,529.5

Western Australia – 1,291.5

South Australia – 1,033

Tasmania - 266

7 Northern Territory – 127

 

2014 State teams Short Course Awards

 

Champion Team: Queensland – 2,108

Male 14/15 years swimmer of the meet: Matthew Wilson

Male 16/17 years swimmer of the meet: Samuel Young

Female 13/14 years swimmer of the meet: Minna Atherton

Female 15/16 years swimmer of the meet: Alanna Bowles

Champion Male Team: Queensland 970

Champion Male Team 14/15years: New South Wales – 540

Champion Male Team 16/17 years: Western Australia – 449

Champion Female Team: Queensland - 1,121

Champion Female Team 13/14 years: Queensland – 566

Champion Female Team 15/16 years: Queensland – 535

State Teams showcase new kids on the block

The first two sessions of the 2014 State Teams Age Short Course Championships have seen nine meet records broken as the battle for bragging rights kicked off at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.

The team of 33 swimmers from WA are doing their state proud with some strong performances. After two days of competition the team has on overall PB rate of 77.3%.

In the 16/17 boys 400m Freestyle Brody McGowan managed to grab third place and in the process smashed his previous personal best by nearly 3 seconds.

Braga Verhage defended his 16/17 boys 50m Freestyle crown winning in a time of  22.43. He then backed that up came in second in the 16/17 boys 50m Butterfly in 23.72, equalling the previous record but was beaten by .01 and Hadley Lindsay claimed third place in 15/16 Girls 50m Freestyle. 

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In other results, it was Tasmania’s Jacob Vincent on daye one who was the first to set a new State Teams standard when he hit the wall in a time of 3:53.29 in the boy’s 14/15 years 400m freestyle, knocking over two seconds off the previous record from 2012.

Vincent, who also holds the 15 years Australian Age title in the event, was too strong for the New South Wales duo of Nathan Robinson (3:58.70) and Callum Lowe-Griffiths (4:00.09) who finished second and third respectively.  

In the corresponding girl’s event Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific Championships debutant Alanna Bowles asserted her dominance, finishing over three seconds clear of her closest competitor in the girl’s 15/16 years 400m freestyle with a time of 4:05.98.

West Australian Tamsin Cook picked up the points for second place clocking 4:09.51 while Queenslander Phoebe Hines was third in 4:15.12.

The boy’s 16/17 years 50m butterfly saw Queensland’s Dominic Richardson and West Australia’s Braga Verhage in a tight tussle for the title with Richardson taking the win and setting a new meet record by the smallest of margins. Richardson stopped the clock in 23.71 with Verhage a fingernail behind in 23.72. New South Wales Swimmer Vincent Dai was third in 25.08.

The final record for the session came in the boy’s 14/15 years 200m individual medley with New South Wales swimmer Matthew Wilson successfully defending his title in a meet record time of 2:01.45. Queensland’s Rory Scott (2:06.95) was second with Liam Brodrick rounding out the top three in 2:07.00.

In other events…

Girl’s 15/16 years 50m Freestyle

Junior Pan Pacs medallist Shayna Jack was too strong in the girl’s 15/16 years 50m freestyle, hitting the wall first in a time of 25.25. Victorian Elyse Woods was second in 25.63 with West Australian Hadley Lindsay third in 25.77.

Boy’s 16/17 years 50m Freestyle

Braga Verhage opened his State Teams campaign with a win in the boy’s 16/17 years 50m freestyle, clocking a 22.43 to get the better of Brayden McCarthy (22.56) and Vincent Dai (22.62)

Girl’s 13/14 years 400m Freestyle

The girl’s 13/14 years 400m freestyle saw the Australian Age champion in the event Mikayla Messer prove too fast for the rest of the field as she took top spot in a time of 4:17.42. Messer finished over three seconds ahead of Tasmania’s Ariane Titmus in 4:20.73 and Bethany Mounfield from South Australia in 4:20.90.

Boy’s 16/17 years 400m Freestyle

Queensland swimmers Reece Brennan (3:51.53) and Max Carleton (3:56.90) took the top two spots in the boy’s 16/17 years 400m freestyle with Brody McGowan from Western Australia taking third place in 3:56.93.

The second day of the 2014 State Teams Short Course Age Championships at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra saw a number of junior swimmers rise through the ranks and make their mark at the meet. 

New South Wales swimmer Matthew Wilson is one of the talented teenagers to prove his potential, the 15-year-old, who collected four Australian Age titles in April this year is showing off his skills and proving a master of many strokes.

Wilson won his fourth individual title of the meet after taking out the boy’s 14/15 years 100m freestyle in 50.11. His versatility is obvious with his titles coming from three different disciplines after winning the 50m butterfly, the 200m individual medley and the 200m breaststroke earlier in the meet.

Queensland picked up second and third place with Andrew Ryan clocking a 51.69 and Bryan Poon a 51.94.

Wilson then helped the New South Wales boy’s 14/15 years 4x100m medley relay team to victory and a new meet record. William Yang, Christopher Hoare and Zachary Attard joinedWilsonto stop the clock at 3:44.53.

The New South Wales team stole the win from Queensland (Will Walsh, Zac Stubblety-Cook, Cameron Usher and Andrew Ryan) who finished in 3:44.93 with Victoria (Ryland Brian, Heath Macleod, Joseph Sinclair and Sam Washington) rounding out the top three in 3:55.01.

Another athlete on the rise is Junior Pan Pacs representative Minna Atherton. Fourteen-year-old Atherton added a second meet record to her tally after backing up from a win in the 200m backstroke this morning to take top spot in the girl’s 13/14 years 100m backstroke tonight.

The 14-year-old was the only swimmer to dip under the one minute mark when she hit the wall in a time of 59.43. New South Wales swimmer Courtney Taylor was the next best placed swimmer, coming in to touch in 1:02.59 with Imogen Watson third in 1:03.84.

Atherton’s third record for the day came in the girl’s 13/14 years 4x100m freestyle relay, when she combined with Laticia-Leigh Transom, Krily Siebenhausen and Gemma Cooney to clock a time of 3:45.76 for the win.

New South Wales (Rand Youssef, Rebekah Sefton, Nathasha Ramsden and Katie Strachan) were second with Victoria (Julia Hawkins, Elodie Latour, Florence Elliot and Sophie Caldwell) third in 3:52.80

Atherton is one to watch in the future after making the finals of the 50m backstroke at the 2014 Australian Championships at just 13-years-of-age.

In other events…

Girl’s 13/14 years 800m Freestyle

The girl’s 13/14 years 800m freestyle kicked off session three with Queenslander Mikayla Messer blitzing the field to finish in a time of 8:50.79, over six seconds ahead of the rest of the field. Second place was decided at the touch with South Australian Bethany Mounfield (8:57.34) just getting the better of West Australian Claire Coten (8:57.35) to steal the points by 0.01 of a second.

Girl’s 15/16 years 100m Backstroke

With a win in the 200m backstroke earlier this morning, Amy Forrester was back in the water tonight and continued her winning ways, taking out the girl’s 15/16 years 100m backstroke in a time of 1:01.00. Finishing just behind her was freestyle specialist Shayna Jack in 1:01.47 while Monique Rae rounded out the top three in 1:01.83.

Boy’s 14/15 years 200m Butterfly

New South Wales swimmer Zachary Attard scored the points in the boy’s 14/15 years 200m butterfly stopping the clock in a time of 2:05.01 to take the win convincingly. Victoria’s Joseph Sinclair secured second spot in 2:07.73 while Queensland’s Will Walsh touched third in 2:08.48.

Boy’s 16/17 years 200m Butterfly

Queenslander Dominic Richardson took a clean sweep of the butterfly events following his win in the boy’s 16/17 years 200m fly tonight. After winning the 50m fly on day one and the 100 this morning, Richardson was proving his potential in the event. The 17-year-old successfully defended his title when he stopped the clock in a time of 1:58.42 well ahead of Bowen Gough who was second in 2:02.45 and Austin Mcaleese, third in 2:02.69.

Girl’s 13/14 years 200m Breaststroke

Queensland swimmer Sarah Beale impressed in the girl’s 13/14 years 200m breaststroke, dropping four seconds from her seed time to take first place in a time of 2:32.24. Victorian Keilani Trewavis was second in 2:35.59 with Francesca Fitzhenry from new South Wales third in 2:37.50.

Girl’s 15/16 years 200m Breaststroke

Victoria picked up some much needed points when Mikayla Smith (2:28.39) stole the win at the wall in the girl’s 15/16 years 200m breaststroke. Smith relegated New South Wales swimmer Rebecca Cross (2:28.43) to second place by 0.04 of a second with Calypso Sheridan taking third place in 2:29.03.

Boy’s16/17 years 100m Freestyle

Queensland’s Brayden McCarthy came very close to setting a new meet record in the boy’s 16/17 years 100m freestyle.  The 16-year-old stopped the clock at 48.99 just outside the previous record of 48.45 set by Cam McEvoy in 2011. Vincent Dai took the points for New South Wales in second with a 49.18 while Samuel Young was third in 49.90.

Girl’s 15/16 years 400m Individual Medley

Backing up after setting a new meet record in the 800m freestyle this morning didn’t faze Alanna Bowles as she was back in the water tonight, this time taking the win in the girl’s 15/16 years 400m individual medley.  Bowles finished almost a lap ahead of the field with a time of 4:41.60 with Mikayla Smith second in 4:50.43 and Rachel Wood third in 4:50.72. 

Boy’s 14/15 years 200m Backstroke

The boy’s 14/15 years 200m backstroke saw New South Wales swimmer Callum Lowe-Griffiths take the title in a time of 2:02.54. Lowe-Griffiths was too quick for Queensland’s Will Walsh who finished second in 2:04.36 and Rory Scott who was third in 2:04.76.

Girl’s 13/14 years 400m Individual Medley

New South Wales went one-two in the girl’s 13/14 years 400m Individual medley, taking all the points on offer for the event. Sienna McDonald was first in 4:57.92 with her teammate Francesca Fitzhenry second in 4:58.12. Third place went to Tess Bastian, just outside a top two finish in 4:58.18.

Boy’s 16/17 years 200m Backstroke

The boy’s 16/17 years 200m backstroke saw three swimmers fighting for first place, going stroke for stroke all the way to the wall. Queenslanders Clyde Lewis (2:00.74) and Lachlan Neill (2:00.76) eventually got the better of Bowen Gough (2:00.86) from Victoria with the boys all hitting the wall within 0.12 of a second.

Boy’s 14/15 years 1500m Freestyle

In the boy’s 14/15 years 1500m freestyle Tasmanian Jacob Vincent added another title to his collection, hitting the wall in a time of 15:31.83 for the win. Nathan Robinson was second in 15:33.18 with Daniel Jacobson taking third spot in a time of 15:44.12.

Girl’s 15/16 years 4x100m Freestyle Relay

Queensland continued their relay dominance in the girl’s 15/16 years age group with a win in the 4x100m freestyle relay.  The team of Shayna Jack, Kayla Hoey, Alanna Bowles and Sarah Johnson took the title in a time of 3:42.66 ahead of Victoria (Lushavel Stickland, Elyse Woods, Samantha Howe and Mikaela Cornelissen) in 3:43.86 and New South Wales (Emma Hargrave, Tamsin Cook, Brittany Beesley and Hadley Lindsay) in 3:46.11.

Boy’s 16/17 years 4x100m Medley Relay

In the boy’s medley relay the Queensland team of Tom Jeffries, Grayson Bell, Dominic Richardson and Brayden McCarthy were too strong for second and third placed West Australia (Braga Verhage, Alex Milligan, Alex Chin and Damian Fyfe) and Victoria (Adam Howgate, Samuel Williamson, Bowen Gough and Caiden Gill). Queensland hit the wall in 3:39.55, leaving WA and VIC to battle for second place points with WA securing second spot in the touch with a time of 3:42.14 to Victoria’s 3:42.53.

With just one session to go Queensland maintain a 300 point lead over New South Wales with the states hoping to play catch up in the final session tomorrow morning.

The final session will commence at 9:30am tomorrow morning at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.

Live results are available at http://liveresults.swimming.org.au/sal/2014ST/

       

Don’t GET SOME… GIVE SOME!

Like many of us in the community, Olympic swimmer Travis Nederpelt's life has been touched by cancer. It is because of this reason that Travis will take part in the Ride to Conquer Cancer, looking to raise much-needed funds to fight the deadly disease.

Hailing from the Perth City Swim Club, Nederpelt is a decorated swimmer who represented Australia at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and 2008 Beijing Games. It was during the countless hours staring at the black line at Beatty Park, that Travis forged a strong relationship with Matthew “Gluey” Glucina. Tragically, at the tender age of just 28 years of age, Matthew passed away in early 2014 following a battle with cancer.

In days barely gone by, it was not uncommon for Travis to be swimming a 3km threshold set at Beatty Park and feeling that he could go no further. It was at these moments of despair that Travis would hear an almighty roar echo through the stands. This tribal like roar was from his mate “Gluey”. Matthew’s encouragement could inspire even the most broken soul into one more effort. The call that Travis and others at Perth City would hear was “GET SOME!!!”.

“This is one of the many ways that one of the greatest champions I have met would come to our aid when we required”, the Commonwealth silver and bronze medallist said.

“Matthew’s helping nature did not stop when he got out of the pool. He was always there to help others.”

This year to honour his mate “Gluey” and his helping nature, Travis will be taking part in the Ride to Conquer Cancer, a 2-day cycling adventure on Oct 18-19. In doing the inspiring 200km ride, the record eight-time winner of the popular Swim Thru Rottnest event is hoping to raise funds that will go towards medical research into cancer.

“For those of you in the swimming community who personally knew Gluey, they will know that he was a man who lived for others.

“So the best way to honour his life is to give generously yourself. My personal goal is raise at least $5,000.

“It is my wish that these funds help prevent the world from losing another champion like Gluey.

“It is with this in mind that I call for you not to GET SOME but to GIVE SOME!”

To assist Travis in reaching his fundraising goal, donations can be made here.

State Teams to showcase emerging junior swimmers

The annual State Teams Age Short Course Championships are returning to the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra this Friday September 26 to Sunday September 28 with close to 200 of the best junior swimmers from across Australia coming together to compete.

 

The swimmers, aged between 14 and 17 for boys and 13 and 16 for girls, will race to win points for their respective state or territory as they battle for bragging rights in the team based competition. 

 

Queensland are the reigning champions, having won the State Teams Title five years in a row and with a number of rising stars on their side they will no doubt be looking for title number six this weekend.

 

Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific Championship representative Alanna Bowles will bolster the Queensland team alongside a number of international junior representatives including gold and silver medallist from Junior Pan Pacs Shayna Jack and bronze medallist from the Youth Olympic Games Grayson Bell.

 

At just 16-years-of-age Bowles made her senior team debut this year finishing fourth in the 800m freestyle final at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and narrowly missing the women’s 200m butterfly final in ninth place.

 

Bowles will have a busy schedule in Canberra, taking on the 200, 400 and 800m freestyle, the 200 and 400m individual medleys and the 200m butterfly events.

 

The sixth title won’t come easily and the ‘sunshine state’ will face tough competition from New South Wales and Victoria, who both got close to spoiling Queensland’s clean sweep in 2013 with less than 200 points separating the top three teams last year.

 

Don’t discount South Australia, with talented teenagers Ella Bond and Kyle Chalmers fresh from the Youth Olympic Games on their side or Western Australia with Junior Pan Pacs open water silver medallist Grace Hull and bronze medallist from the 4x100m medley relay Damian Fyfe flying the flag for WA.

 

Swimming Australia Performance Pathway Manager Jamie Salter said with another busy year ahead the event was a great opportunity for young swimmers to focus on winning points for their State rather than chasing times.   

 

“The State Teams Age Short Course Championships is a curtain raiser to the to the domestic racing season, it’s a fantastic chance for Australia’s emerging junior swimmers to practice their race skills in a team environment before the focus shifts to the Australian Age Nationals and then potentially the World Juniors or the Commonwealth Youth Games next year,” Salter said.

 

With four sessions across this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the weekend is set to showcase some of Australia’s best young swimmers as they battle for state supremacy.

 

The first session will commence at 4:30pm on Friday September 26 and continue on Saturday at 9:30am.

 

You can send your support to our WA team by using the #Swim4WA.

 

For full information and session times visit http://www.swimming.org.au/article.php?group_id=7615

        

Swimming WA announces new partnership with SCODY Pty Ltd

Swimming WA (SWA) today announced a new 3-year agreement with SCODY Pty Ltd.

 

Swimming WA, the peak body for the sport of swimming in Western Australia, represents 83 swim Clubs and has over 6500 members statewide.

 

The partnership agreement will see SCODY, a market leader in custom high performance sporting apparel; become the Official Clothing Supplier of Swimming WA, delivering distinctive and original designs to Swimming WA and its members.

 

Swimming WA Chief Executive Officer Darren Beazley was thrilled by the announcement and welcomed the new partnership formed with SCODY.

 

 “The next few years represents an opportunity for swimming in Western Australia to increase the number of participants and awareness of our sport. The support of partners such as SCODY will do much to help SWA achieve these goals,” Mr. Beazley said.

 

“Swimming WA is thrilled to have the support of SCODY for the next few three years. Our State team competing in the Australian Short Course Championships in Canberra at the end of the month will be wearing SCODY tracksuits proudly. To Bernard Schrieber (SCODY Director) and the entire team at SCODY, welcome on deck.”

 

SCODY has a significant history in producing the best Australian made High Performance clothing. Helping athletes achieve their best is a value shared by Swimming WA.  Whilst swimming is a sport for everyone, one of the aims of SWA is to provide pathways that produce high performance swimmers for Australia.

 

 

The new partnership will see members of the Swimming WA community also benefit from the agreement, with discounts on SCODY products being offer to financial SWA members.

 

SCODY is delighted to have agreed a 3-year partnership with Swimming WA.  Bernard Schreiber the Director of SCODY Pty Ltd expressed his delight on the announcement.

 

“We are thrilled and excited to have finalised the agreement with Swimming WA for the next 3-years.  This agreement signifies a strong partnership of similar ambitions, helping athletes achieve their best and investing in the future of the sport,” Mr. Schreiber said.

 

“At SCODY we are passionate about providing athletes with the highest performance garments and we are honored and proud to have the members of Swimming WA wearing SCODY in the near future and for many years after that.”

 

The current alignment between Swimming WA and SCODY will run through until the year 2017.

 

For further information, please contact:

 

Luke McManus

Marketing and Communications Manager

Swimming WA

e: luke.mcmanus@wa.swimming.org.au

p: (08) 9328 4599

 

Allen Johnstone

National Sales and Marketing Manager

SCODY

e: allen@scody.com.au

p: (07) 3193 2100

www.scody.com.au

         

Records tumble at SWA 2014 Short Course Championships

The 2014 SWA Junior Short Course Championships concluded over the weekend, with 11 state records being broken.

 

524 athletes from around the state and country packed HBF Stadium in Perth’s western suburbs to compete at the Junior SC Championships, with a total of 2551 individual entries recorded for the competition.

 

The swimmers, aged from 7-12 years, had to post a State Short Course Qualifying time to be eligible to compete at the meet. SWA Junior Short Course Championships and are the pinnacle of the Winter Short Course season.

 

Of the 11 State records to fall, 10-year old Adrian Todoro did more than half of those. The young swimmer smashed 6 state record times, some of which had stood for over a decade. Todoro, who will soon be moving to the Breakers Swim Club in the north, even bettered his own state record time in the Boys 10yr 200m Breaststroke.

 

Not to be out done was Lauren Robinson. The 12-year old from the Guildford Kalamunda Swimming Club, broke 3 state record times, including the Girls 100m and 200m Individual Medley, which had stood since 2002 and 1999 respectively.

 

Two more athletes were able to post new state record times; both going below their own previous state mark. Kate Harrison, from the Perth City Swim Club broke her own state record in the Girls 10yrs 50m Butterfly. Jack Wilson, from the Breakers Swim Club, set a new state record time in the Boys 12yrs 800m Freestyle event.

 

At the conclusion of the event, two boys and two girls were awarded the Swimmer of the Meet title, with awards being handed out to best swimmers in the U/10 and 11-12 year categories.

 

The recipients of those awards were:

 

Boys 10yrs/Under    -     Adriano Todoro (who is moving to the Breakers Swimming Club)

 

Girls 10yrs/Under    -      Rhianna Hepburn* (Perth City Swimming Club)

 

Boys 11yrs/Over     -      Robert Bonsall (Arena Swimming Club)

 

Girls 11yrs/Over      -      Lauren Robinson (Guildford Kalamunda Swimming Club)

 

To view photos from the 2014 SWA Junior Short Course Championships, visit our Facebook page.

* Due to a technical issue immediately following the completion of Event 120 at the Junior SC Championships, the system did not update Rhianna Hepburn’s overall point score for the meet.

 
Therefore SWA wish to apologise for this disparity and advise that the correct winner for the Girls 10yrs and Under Swimmer of the Meet Award should have been awarded to Rhianna Hepburn.
 
Rhianna will now be presented personally with a Swimmer of the Meet trophy by Darren Beazley, CEO of Swimming WA.

Swimming Australia - Hypoxic Training Position and Statement

The Australian Swimming Coaches and Teaches Association (ASCTA) and Swimming Australia Ltd (SAL), have identified risks revolving around the practice of Hypoxic Training.

ASCTA and SAL have jointly formulated strict guidelines on any such activity. We advise any teachers, coaches and others utilising this performance enhancing skill - primarily in competitive environments - to revise their position and policy immediately.

Ultimately, our stance on hypoxic training is, it:
- Has NO place in recreational swimming;
- Has NO place in learn-to-swim; however,
- Has a role to play in the sport, to help the development of competitive swimmers, under controlled conditions, by qualified coaches.

The safety and welfare of our members is our first priority. We want to promote a safe and secure learning and
training environment.

Please see link here for the Position Statement and Policy.

                                  
Mark Anderson, CEO, Swimming Australia                        Ross Gage, CEO, ASCTA

Seven WA Officials selected for National SC Championships

Swimming WA is proud to announce that seven WA Swimming Officials have been selected to officiate at the National Short Course Championships later this year. 

 

The National Short Course Championships will be held in Adelaide from November 5-9, and is an important event on the national swimming calendar. This meet will act as the selection event for Australian Swimmers for   the National World Short Course team. 

 

The 12th FINA World Swimming Championships will be held in Doha, Qatar on 3-7 December 2014.

 

Swimming WA would like to congratulate the following WA officials on their selection:

 

Ryan Arblaster

Ian Arblaster

Dot Harris

Kaye Bolger

Kate Reynolds

Jacqui McNamara 

Nick Short

Junior stars to appear at the SWA Short Course Championships

This weekend, over 500 swimmers from around the state and country will converge on HBF Stadium for the 2014 SWA Junior Short Course Championships.

 

The SWA Junior Short Course Championships, which will run from September 20-21, and are the pinnacle of the Winter Short Course season.  The event signifies the end of the winter swimming season, before the focus shifts to the summer long course season that kicks off in October.

 

The swimmers, aged from 7-12 years, had to post a State Short Course Qualifying time to be eligible to compete at the meet.

 

Swimmers from the far reaches of the state including the Goldfields of Kalgoorlie, Newman and Broome in the north and Margaret River and Albany in the south, will be in action this Saturday and Sunday.  The event will also see swimmers from NSW form part of the 2550 swim and 178 relay entries.

 

The program of events can be viewed here with live results being posted on the Swimming WA website throughout the meet.

 

At the conclusion of the event, two boys and two girls will be recipients of the Swimmer of the Meet, with awards being handed out to best swimmers in the U/10 and 11-12 year categories.

 

For more information click here.

        

New opportunity to join the Swimming WA team

Swimming WA (SWA) has an exciting new opportunity to join the State’s peak swimming organisation as the Open Water Series (OWS) Regional Events Coordinator.

SWA is one of the leading sporting organisations in Western Australia, representing 85 swimming clubs and more than 6,000 registered swimmers across the State.

Swimming WA is a values-based performance driven organisation, which strives for the relentless pursuit of excellence.

The Swimming Australia Foundation has provided seed funding to establish a Regional Open Water Series in Western Australia over the next three (3) years, which has contributed to the creation of this exciting contract position as OWS Regional Events Coordinator.

The OWS Regional Events Coordinator is employed to work closely with relevant stakeholders; particularly local regional stakeholders including local government, swimming clubs and surf lifesaving clubs, to deliver multiple-regional open water swim events. This position will assist in a wider West Australian population gaining access to organised mass participation events.

The key outcomes of this position are to actively lead and deliver open water swim events in regional Western Australia. This will be achieved by working closely with SWA swimming clubs, local government, local stakeholders and SWA staff. The role is responsible for achieving sustained high performance in the delivery of SWA Open Water Swim events in line with SWA's market leading position.

Establishing close working relationships with SWA event stakeholders, commercial and corporate partners and internally with officials, volunteers and all members of staff (in particular the Commercial and Operations Manager, the Marketing and Communications Manager and the OWS Metropolitan Events Coordinator) will be essential to the successful achievement of this position's objectives.

 

To apply, click here

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.

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 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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Four West Australians named on Commonwealth Games team

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Commonwealth Games hopes for West Coast star

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WA swimmers set for Nationals finals stage

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WA swimmers on trial in Brisbane

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Swimming WA announces new CEO

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