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$64 Million venue to host Hancock Family Medical Foundation swim meet

This weekend, ten swimming clubs from three regions will converge on Karratha for the 2014 Hancock Family Medical Foundation Pilbara Championships.


The new $64 Million Karratha Leisureplex will host the 2014 Hancock Family Medical Foundation Pilbara Swimming Championships from November 21-23.


The Hancock Family Medical Foundation Pilbara Championships competition is held annually in a pool of 6 or more lanes 50m in length, at a centre north of the 26th parallel and brings together the regions of the Pilbara, Gascoyne and Kimberly to compete on a team basis.


Nearly 300 swimmers from the Karratha, Exmouth, Pannawonica, Broome, Paraburdoo, Hedland, Tom Price, Newman, Carnarvon and Wickam Swimming Clubs will be assembling for the regional swimming competition.


The 2014 Hancock Family Medical Foundation Pilbara championships will be held over 3 days during the last weekend in November, starting on the Friday night through to Sunday.


Proceedings will get underway at 5.30pm on Friday with a Welcome to Country and the Australian National Anthem officially opening the competition .The Athlete’s Oath will be read by Karratha Amateur Swimming Club and Beth Rogers will read the Official’s Oath.


There will be three (3) pennants awarded at the end of the meet on Sunday November 23 for the following:


The March Past Pennant


The Outright Pennant -The club, which earns the most, points from the meet


The Handicap Pennant - The winner will be decided by adding the clubs points


(The Handicap is worked out by: Total nominations of Club X Total available points

Divided by Total nominations for meet)



For Deborah Watts, President of the Karratha Amateur Swimming Club, it was exciting for the Town of Karratha to host the major regional event.


“This is our second season at the Karratha Leisureplex – with the success of the North West Open earlier this year – Karratha is very excited to host another major event on the North West swimming calendar.


“I would like to acknowledge the support of the Hancock Family Medical Foundation, the City of Karratha and the wonderful staff at the Leisureplex. Without their support this event would not be possible,” Watts said.


“This year Karratha has taken the big step to offer clubs the ability for competitors to entering individually using My Swim Results. As volunteers are getting harder to find and retain – clubs need to embrace technology that is available to us that will make our volunteering time easier and more rewarding.


“My thanks must also go to my committee members and club members. We have all pulled together to make this a wonderful weekend of competition.


“To the competitors – I hope you have both an enjoyable and a successful weekend in the pool.”


The Pilbara and Gascoyne Regions will also take this opportunity to hold their Annual General Meetings during the Hancock Family Pilbara Championships. The venue for the next Pilbara Championships will also be decided during the 2014 Hancock Family Medical Foundation meet.


The Hancock Family has been providing swimming in WA will their generous support over many years. It is a relationship that transcends ‘sponsorship’. The team at the Hancock Family Medical Foundation is part of the swimming WA ‘family’. Swimming WA and the regional communities that compete at the Pilbara Swimming Championships would like to take this opportunity to thank the Hancock Family Medial Foundation for their support.  



Swimming WA partners with The West Australia Newspaper

Swimming WA, the peak body for the sport of Swimming in Western Australia, today announced a new sponsorship agreement with paper giant The West Australian Newspaper.


The 12-month partnership will see the West Australian Newspaper Ltd come on board as a Gold Level sponsor and Official Print and Digital Media Partner of the Western Australian Swimming Association (Trading as Swimming WA).


Swimming WA represents 85 swim clubs and has over 6,500 members statewide.


Swimming WA Chief Executive Officer Darren Beazley was thrilled by the announcement and welcomed the new partnership formed with The West Australian Newspaper.


“Swimming WA is delighted to have The West Australian Newspaper come on deck and get behind swimming in Western Australia.


“The support provided by The West Australian Newspaper will allow us to enhance Swimming’s profile by promoting our swim meets and events. This aligns with the Swimming WA mission of providing opportunities that will increase participation in aquatic activities producing life-long swimmers and champions in our community,” Mr. Beazley said.


“The partnership with The West Australian Newspaper is an important pillar in the strategic direction our organisation is heading over the next 4-years, as we strive to ensure Swimming is an essential part of the Western Australian way of life.”


The sponsorship agreement will include advertising and promotional support through both print and online, including joint activations.


As a Gold Level sponsor, The West Australian Newspaper will also provide cash support in the way of an Athlete Scholarship. The scholarship funds will be awarded to an open swimmer, over the age of 18 years, based on performances achieved at the Australian Open National Long Course Championships held in Sydney during April 2015.


For Brett McCarthy, Editor of The West Australian, it was pleasing to form a partnership with a “great sport” like swimming.


We are pleased to partner Swimming WA to help promote not only a great sport and healthy endeavour but an essential life skill”, Mr. McCarthy said.


For further information, please contact:


Luke McManus

Marketing and Communications Manager

Swimming WA

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

p: (08) 9328 459    

Kids across the State to benefit from Dive & Try Swim Meets

The SunSmart Dive & Try Swim Series is WA’s premier junior novice swim programme, and has been running in Western Australia for more than 40-years. The swim meets are staged throughout metropolitan and regional Western Australia and cater for swimmers aged between 6-14 years of age, including children with disabilities.


The SunSmart Dive & Try Swim Series provides children with the opportunity to become involved in Australia's leading aquatic sport by encouraging them to race against their friends at a fun and friendly swim competition with modified rules.


Swimming is a great way to stay healthy by living an active lifestyle. Swimming is an inclusive sport – it does not matter what your background or capability is – swimming is for everyone.


This year there will be 17 Dive & Try Swim Meets held around WA, with the first meet of the season being held in Kambalda on November 9. The Kambalda Dive & Try Swim Meet saw 43 swimmers take part in swimming races, with the Kambalda Swimimng Club registering 4 new members to their club as a result of the meet. 


The next SunSmart Dive & Try Swim Meets will be held at the Swan Park Leisure Centre in Midland on Saturday November 22. It promises to be a great atmosphere with plenty of fun planned for the swimmers. The meet will start at 10:00am and registrations close Tuesday November 18. Registrations to the Dive & Try Swim Meet hosted by the Swan Hills Swimming Club can be made online - click HERE to register.


Further Dive & Try Swim Meets will be held later in the year including Saturday November 29 at Trinity College in Perth and Sunday December 7 at Mt Barker Memorial Pool. 


For more information on the SunSmart Dive & Try Swim Series or to find a location near you click HERE

WA National Stars watch record field at City Beach

A record 624-registered entrants signed up for Round 2 of Swimming WA’s 2014/15 Open Water Series (OWS) at City Beach on Sunday.


On a beautiful 29C Perth spring morning, WA’s brightest and best swimmers, Coaches and Officials who represented the state at the recent Australian Short Course Championships in Adelaide, including Brianna Throssell, Tamsin Cook, and Lennard Bremer, were beachside to watch the record field take to the water for the 1.25km, 2.5km, 5km and 10km open water swim events.


An early southwesterly breeze was not what doctor ordered for the swim competitors, as conditions out on the water were made difficult, with the course having swimmers head up into the teeth of the 15-20km winds and ocean swells.


First to cross the line were the swimmers from the 1.25km swim events. Guy Harrison-Murray was first out of the water in the Men’s 1.25km, finishing in 18:44.10 ahead of Nicholas Throssell (19:42.30) and Kyle Lee (19:53.20).


In the Women’s 1.25km event, it was Rosie Wood who claimed the gold medal with her time of 21:05.50. Rosie finished ahead of Courtney Lee (21:37.60) and Louise Hewitt (22:19.60) who finished in second and third respectively.


For those competing in the events 2.5km, 5km and 10km, it was tough going with the course extending to the southern groin at City Beach, right into the heart of the stiff south westerly breeze.


Benjamin Hewitt was able to handle the conditions best taking out first for the Men’s 2.5km event in front of Nicholas Rollo and Solomon Wright. In the Women’s event, it was Ashleigh Glover (35:38.40) getting the better of her West Coast teammate Sian Munks (35:38.80) in what was a photo finish. Officials had to refer to the video to split the two swimmers with Georgina Kovacs (35:51.90) coming over the line in third place.


In the Men’s 5km swim, Andrew Donaldson mastered the condition to complete two laps  of 2.5km course and come out of the water in first place ahead of Alexander Freeman and Gareth Evans. For the women, Perth City’s Heidi Gan took line honours in front of Jaimie Bowler and Lily Cawood.


The 10km swim leg saw competitors complete 4-laps of the rectangular course. The stiff sea breeze made the swim to the southern end of the course a hard day at the office for competitors, whilst the journey north offered some reprieve with the wind and swell propelling swimmers along the coast.


First to cross the line for the 10km event was Bradley Smith, who finished in 2:07:35.90, nearly two and half minutes clear of the second placed Lachlan Tassell (2:10:05.00) and 13 minutes clear of the third placed Paul Newsome (2:20:08.00).


For the women, grinding out an overall win was Megan Stephens (2:23:47.10), who was over three minutes clear of the second placed Naomi Watters (2:27:08.90) with Caitlyn James coming home third in 2:31:09.80.


The focus of the OWS now shifts to the double-header on November 29-30, with the first Regional OWS event to be held that weekend.


Round 3 of the metropolitan OWS will be held at Coogee Beach in the south on Saturday, November 29. It will be the first OWS event with a 500m swim, and with over 1160 registered entrants for the opening two rounds of the OWS, the next round at Coogee will no doubt see another bumper crowd attend.


Following the Coogee event, the OWS will head north to stage the first of three regional open water swim events for 2014/15, with Geraldton’s Champion Bay Beach hosting the first OWS Regional event on Sunday November 30. Distances for the event start at 500m through until 5km.


To join in on the OWS action and be part of the record-breaking season, challenge yourself today and enter by visiting www.openwaterswimming.com.au


Photos from the event can be seen on the Swimming WA Facebook page and images can be purchased from the DC Images website.



Stephen Donovan becomes World Champion


Many in the swimming community and regular visitors to the Swimming WA website would have already heard of the name Stephen Donovan. Back in October of this year, Stephen shot to prominance after he showed a great act of sportsmanship towards fellow swimmer Patrick Ricciardo at the State Open Short Course Championships. The story had a great impact on the community and circulated far and wide.


Now Stephen Donovan’s name is once again making headlines, this time as multiple World Champion!


Donovan is currently competing at the Down Syndrome Swimming World Championships in Mexico. The swimmer from the South Shore Swimming Club has shown the world what he is made of, so far bagging three gold and three bronze medals.


Donovan won his first World title of the meet in the Men’s 400m IM. He dominated the field completing the short course event in a time of 6:51.87 to grab gold for his country. Donovan’s times was over 8 seconds clear of the second placed swimmer from Portugal and more than 30 seconds in front of the third placed Canadian swimmer.


Donovan’s busy meet program has seen him also claim individual medals in the Men’s 200m Backstroke and 400m Freestyle, finishing in third place and collecting bronze in both events.


The 24 year old would once again taste success in three different team events. Donovan and his teammates would finish first in the Men’s 4 x 100m Medley Relay, grab gold in the Men’s 4 x 50m Medley Relay and finished on the medal dais claiming the bronze medal in the Men’s 200m Medley Relay.


“Stevo” as he is know, has held multiple Open T21 World Records over the years in both short course and long course events and has more opportunities to add to his bulging collection of World Championships medals. Currently the Short Course World Record holder in the 200m Butterfly, Donovan will be one of the favourites for the event later in the meet.


Superfins Swim Club member Patrick Ricciardo is also competing at the World Championships in Mexico. The 26 year old is swimming at his sixth Down Syndrome World Championships and can be very proud of his achievements in representing his country on the world stage.


The 7th Down Syndrome World Championships are being held in Morelia, Mexico. The Championships began on Sunday November 7 and go through until Saturday November 15.


For photos from the event and results visit the South Shore Swimming Club Facebook page.

SWA Operational Committees Announced

In accordance with Clause 33 of the Swimming WA (SWA) Constitution, the three (3) SWA Operational Committees have now been formed.

These Committees are essentially ‘CEO Committees’ and provide expert advice and assistance to the Chief Executive Officer as he works toward delivering the SWA Strategic Plan 2015 - 18. The Committees have a specific strategic charter and play a crucial role in providing a wide range of opinions and views in matters that impact the long term growth plans for swimming. Each appointment is for two (2) years.

In a bid to address the dwindling numbers of members in the Association over the past ten years, the composition of these Operational Committees has changed to be more inclusive and more diverse. Each Committee comprises a wide range of expertise and people from a related background within the sport.

“In forming these Committees, I have deliberately attempted to involve a far wider spectrum or experiences and skills sets. Each Committee has a representative from the coaching fraternity, an athlete representative, a representative from the Clubs, a Regional Representative and of course, experts relevant to the charter of the Committee” SWA CEO Darren Beazley explained.

“These dedicated volunteers will assist me address the challenges that face Technical Officials, Open Water and our Pool Events as SWA attempts to tackle some of the major issues facing our sport”.

SWA President Jeanette Bailey welcomed the new appointments.

“SWA is delighted that so many volunteers expressed an interest and were willing to serve on these Committees. Not everyone has received a chance to serve this time around, but a fresh approach and ‘new blood’ is good for the sport and long overdue. That said, there are many opportunities to help the sport other than serving on a Committee, so I encourage anyone that wants to help deliver our new Strategic Plan to contact the office and make your services available”, Baily said.

The Committees will serve from November 15th 2014 - September 30th 2016. The Committees are:

SWA Open Water Committee Principle: A well planned and innovative Open Water Swimming (OWS) competition structure will deliver relevant and timely OWS events in acknowledgement of a developing and varied opportunities to meet the needs of SWA, affiliated Clubs and swimming individuals for competitive swimming external of still water venues that will contribute to a capable and diverse swimming team in WA.

SWA Technical Committee Principle: A person, who performs the role of a Technical Official, in whatever capacity, will encourage and acknowledge the contributions of all other Swimming WA officials and promote a positive environment of collegiate effort in interpreting and delivering international and national rules of the Sport of Swimming.

SWA Competition Planning and Review Committee Principle: A well planned and innovative competition structure which delivers relevant meet programmes in acknowledgement of the needs of SWA, affiliated clubs and swimming individuals will contribute to a capable and strong swimming team in WA. 

More gold as WA swimmers finish Nationals on a high

West Australian Swimmers Madeleine Scott and Sally Hunter have both claimed gold on the final night of competition at the Australian Short Course Championships in Adelaide.


The nation’s best swimmers came to Adelaide vying for the National Short Course titles, and with the hopes of gaining selection on the Australian Short Course team, that will fly to Doha for the World Championships in December of this year. The 5-day swim meet came to a close last night at the South Australia Aquatic and Leisure Centre.


Commonwealth Games representative Scott added a third gold medal to her haul with a win in the Women’s 100m Butterfly Multi Class (MC). The victory rounded out a stellar performance from the 18-year old of the Leisure Park Lazers Swim Club, who finished the meet with 3 golds and a silver medal.


In the Women’s 200m Breaststroke final, Western Australian Sally Hunter successfully defended her national title with a time of 2:20.05 to win comfortably. The London Olympian’s time was more than 3 seconds clear of her Commonwealth Games teammate Tessa Wallace (2:23.38) who bagged the silver, with Jessica Hansen (2:23.71) collecting the bronze.



It was thrilling finish in the Men’s 100m Freestyle final, with Commonwealth Gold Medallist Tommaso D’Orsogna fighting it out with Pan Pacific champion Cameron McEvoy and Commonwealth record holder and three-time national champion Matt Abood.


McEvoy jumped out of the blocks, splitting 21.88 to hold an early lead. Fellow Olympian Tommaso D’Orsogna finished like a freight train in 48.86 but was unable to reel in McEvoy (46.85), going down by the barest of margins, 0.01 of a second. Abood was third in 47.14. All three will represent Australia in Doha.


Paralympian Katherine Downie capped off an amazing meet with yet another medal. Downie was awarded the bronze in the Women’s 50m Backstroke MC final with her time 32.32. The Westside Christ Church swimmer finished what was a very full meet program with 2 gold and 2 silver medals. An outstanding achievement. The 18 year old took to Twitter to send her thanks for the support she received throughout the championships.


Young Tommy Sucipto signaled that he is a swimmer to watch in the future with yet another strong showing in an open National final. The 18-year old from the Leisure Park Lazers Swim club, finished in a dead heat for third place to grab a podium finish and another medal in the Men’s 50m Breaststroke final to go along with his silver medal in the Men’s 100m Breaststroke.


Perth City swimmer Brianna Throssell line up in yet another final, this time coming home fourth in the Women’s 100m Butterfly. Throssell heads home from the meet as a two-time national champion and can now start concentrating on the World Short Course championships in December.


Other West Australians to feature in finals action on the last night of competition were Holly Barratt (4th) and Yolane Kukla (6th) who competed in the Women’s 50m Freestyle final.


Youth Olympic representative Nicholas Brown (Western Sprint) lined up in the final of the Men’s 200m Butterfly finishing just outside the medals in a time of 1:55.02 to claim fourth, in what was a strong showing by the 18-year old.


In the final of the Men’s 1500m Freestyle, it was Rhys Mainstone (UWA Swimming Club) flying the West Australian flag to complete the distance event in a new personal best time of 15:13.59, which was good enough to be sixth best.


Liam Smith from the Swan Hills Swim Club, also finished sixth in the final of the Men’s 50m Backstroke MC.


At the conclusion of the event, the Australian Short Course team was announced, with three West Australians making the team to represent the country at the December World Championships. At 29, Olympian Sally Hunter is the oldest and one of the more experienced swimmers on the team with 18-year-old Brianna Throssell the youngest. They will be joined by 2014 WA Swimmer of the Year Tommaso D’Orsogna who also gained selection in the Australian Team.


The Australian Swim team will be looking to cap off a successful year in the pool in Doha, following on from their recent performance at the Hancock Prospecting Pan Pacific Championships on the Gold Coast and their record gold medal haul at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.



Downie does it again

Katherine Downie has claimed her second national title at the Australian Short Course Championships in Adelaide.


Downie (Westside Christ Church), who claimed gold in the Women’s 200m IM Multi Class (MC) on Thursday, won the Women’s 50m Freestyle MC title on Saturday night with a time of 28.80. Madeleine Scott also competed in the final finishing fourth.


The two stars swimmers have dominated the MC events so far during the meet and would meet again later in the evening for the final of the Women’s 100m Breaststroke MC. This time it was Scott (1:20.14) getting the better of Downie (1:23.16) to claim the silver medal in the event, with Downie coming home fourth.


The Men’s 50m Butterfly final came down to a touch on wall, with Tommaso D’Orsogna bagging silver behind fellow Commonwealth Games representative Jayden Hadler who took the win and the short course national title in 23.06. D’Orsogna (23.13) claimed the silver medal position by a fingernail, getting the better of bronze medallist Daniel Lester (23.14) by just 0.01 of a second.


West Australian Sally Hunter picked up her second medal of the meet in the Women’s 100m Breaststroke final. Hunter, the defending champion and dual Olympian finished fast in a time of 1:05.34 but was unable to reel in Leiston Pickett (1:05.21) with Victorian teenager Jessica Hansen third in a personal best time of 1:05.76 – moving her into the Australian All-Time Top 10.


In the Women’s 200m IM final, Hadley Lindsay (2:16.11) from the West Coast Swim Club and Sigrid De Vries (2:17.43) who swims for the Westside Christ Church Swim Club, finished ninth and tenth respectively.


On the eve of the final night of competition, the action at the South Australian Aquatic and Leisure Centre is going to be hot. WA will be well represented by our swimmers throughout the finals as the 5-day swim meet comes to a close.


Sunday night Tommaso D’Orsogna will line up in the blue ribbon event, the Men’s 100m Freestyle. In what will be a hotly contest race, the 2014 WA Swimmer of the Year qualified second fastest for Sunday night’s final with a time of 47.28. He will go up against the likes of Cameron McEvoy (47.00) and 50m Freestyle champion Matthew Abood (47.62).


Two-time national champion Brianna Throssell will line up in the final of the Women’s 100m Butterfly and will be looking to round out what has been a breakthrough meet for the 18 year old from the Perth City Swim Club with another strong performance.


Tommy Sucipto will also be hoping to add another medal to his collection in the Men’s 50m Breaststroke, qualifying fourth fastest (27.42) for Sunday’s final, while Holly Barratt (Rockingham) and Yolane Kukla (Arena) will be wanting to land on the podium after the final of the Women’s 50m Freestyle.


There will be more opportunities for our WA swimmers to qualify for a busy night of finals action on Sunday night, with preliminary events set to get underway at 7:30am WST.


For live results follow Swimming WA on Twitter or visit www.liveresults.swimming.org.au



Downie makes it 3 medals in 3 days


West Australian Paralympic swimmer Katherine Downie has picked up her third medal in as many days at the Australian Short Course Championships.


On night three of the national short course titles, Downie lined up in the final of the Women’s 100m Backstroke Multi Class (MC). Having already collected gold and silver medals on the opening two days of the competition, Downie put in another top class performance on the national stage with a time of 1:08.26 to bag silver behind Taylor Corry (1:07.86).


In the final of the Men’s 200m Breaststroke, it was a nail-biting finish with Lennard Bremmer (Westside Christ Church Aquatic) narrowly missing gold behind Jake Packard (2:07.38) with Tom Fraser-Holmes (2:07.46) in third. For Bremmer, his time of 2:07.45 was 0.08 of his PB time for the event and was good enough to claim a silver medal at the Short Course titles.


Following on from her unofficial World Record in the Women’s 50m Butterfly MC on day 2, Madeleine Scott lined up in yet another final, this time finishing fifth in a time of 1:05.70 for the Women’s 100m Freestyle MC.


During the final of the Women’s 400m Freestyle, West Australians Jesse Pengelly and Tamsin Cook lined up along side the likes of Emma McKeon and Kylie Palmer. Both Pengelly and Cook hail from the West Coast Swim Club and finished in seventh (4:08.52) and ninth (4:11.79) respectively. For the 15 year old Cook, the experience of racing in yet another final at a national open meet is invaluable.


Other West Australian swimmers to feature in finals on day three of the Australian Short Course Championships were Yolane Kukla (Arena) and Holly Barratt (Rockingham). Kukla finished seventh in the Women’s 50m Butterfly hitting the wall in a time of 26.81. As for the 26-year-old Barratt, she finished the final of the Women’s 100m Freestyle in  new personal best time of 53.99 behind Emma McKeon (51.83) and Bronte Campbell (52.14).


The penultimate night of competition gets underway on Saturday evening at the South Australian Aquatic Leisure Centre, with finals set to start at 4:00pm WST. For live results visiting www.liveresults.swimming.org.au



WA Swimmers grab more gold at National Short Course

WA swimmers continued to bath in gold at the Australian Short Course championships in Adelaide yesterday.


Madeleine Scott claimed her second national title in as many days grabbing Gold in the Multi Class (MC) 50m Butterfly. The 21-year-old Glasgow Commonwealth Games representative from the Leisure Park Lasers swim club hit the wall in 31.27, a new unofficial world record!


Scott was back in the water later in the night, joining Katherine Downie in the final of the Women’s 200m MC IM. The two had met the previous day during the final of the 50M Breaststroke MC that was taken out by Scott, with Downie in second place. This time around it was Downie who was crowned national champion for the event, with Scott finishing fourth in the final.


Perth City’s BriannaThrossell (8:16.19) also won her second national title in two nights, when she got gold in the Women’s 800m freestyle, after a thrilling finish with Olympian Jessica Ashwood (8:16.77) while Katie Goldman took the bronze in 8:19.44.


It was fantastic for swimming in WA to see out of the fourteen swimmers who contested the timed final of the Women’s 800m freestyle event, five of them were from Western Australia being Throssell, Tamsin Cook (West Coast), Grace Hull (Breakers), Kate Bird (Perth City) and Jessica Pengelly (West Coast).


Pengelly also managed to grab a bronze medal of her own during the previous night of competition in the Women’s 400 IM.


In the Men’s 100m Breaststroke, two West Australians Tommy Sucipto and Lennard Bremmer lined up in the final. Sucipto claimed a silver medal with a time of 58.33 with Bremer finishing seventh in 1:00.31.


2014 WA Swimmer of the Year Tommaso D’Orsogna(50.80) missed the Australian title in the Men’s 100m Butterfly by 0.03. The Olympian from Perth was touched out on the wall by David Morgan (50.77) in the final.


Another West Australian swimmer to join in on the medal grab was dual Olympian Sally Hunter. Hunter picked up a bronze in the Women’s 50m Breaststroke final on Thursday with a time of 30.40.


Bobby Jovanovich (UWA Uniswim) and Holly Barratt (Rockingham) were others to feature in finals on Thursday, both finishing fourth in their respective 100m Backstroke finals. Jovanovich posted a PB time of 52.01 behind Mitch Larkin, who set a new Australian and Commonwealth record time of 49.25 to claim gold. Barratt hit the wall in a time of 58.73 behind Emily Seebohm who also posted a new Australian and Commonwealth record time for the event of 55.47.


The focus of the 5-day swim meet now shifts to the finals on Friday night. West Australian will once again be well represented in the finals as our swimmers look to add to the medal rush at the Australian Short Course Championships that finish on Sunday November 9.



WA stars claim National titles on night one at Australian Short Course Champs

Young West Australian swim stars Brianna Throssell and Madeleine Scott have both claimed National titles on the opening night of competition at the Australian Short Course Championships in Adelaide.


The first day of the five day swim meet saw some strong performances by a host of West Australian swimmers as the National Short Course Championships got underway yesterday at the South Australian Aquatic Leisure Centre.


Qualifying fastest for the final of the Women’s 200m Butterfly, nearly 3 seconds clear of her nearest rival, Brianna Throssell had a clear path to winning Gold with a time of 2:04.73. Smashing her previous personal best, the 18 year old from the Perth City Swim Club finished over four seconds clear of the rest of the field and now sits sixth in the world standings.


In the final of the Women’s 50m Breaststroke Multi Class (MC), it was a 1-2 result for West Australians Madeleine Scott and Katherine Downie. Scott managed to get the better of Downie in the Women’s 50m Breaststroke MC to take the title in a time of 36.81, with Downie securing the silver in a time of 37.61.  Scott and Downie will be back in the water again tonight contesting the final of the Women’s 200M IM MC, with Downie qualifying third fastest and Scott fifth fastest.


Commonwealth Games and Para Pan Pacs medallist Madeleine Scott then got the second day of the competition off to a speedy start when she set an unofficial World Record in the heats of the Women’s 50m Butterfly MC . Scott hit the wall in a time of 31.53 to move through to the final.  


Tommasso D’Orsogna continued his strong performances in the 100m Butterfly, qualifying second fastest for Thursday night’s final. The 2014 WA Swimmer of the year hit the wall in a time of 51.07 and will start next to Jayden Hadler (50.93) as he looks to add the Men’s 100m Butterfly National Short Course title to his name.


Two more Western Australian male swimmers will also be contesting finals on night two of competition. 19 year old Tommy Sucipto from the Leisurepark Lazers Swim Club posted a time of 58.85 to qualify second fastest for the final of the Men’s 100m Breaststroke.


In the Men’s 100m Backstroke, Bobby Jovanovich from the UWA Uniswim will be fighting it out in Thursday night’s final to gain a spot on the Australian team that will travel to Doha in December for the World Short Course. Jovanovich posted a time of 52.51 to qualify fourth fastest behind Mitch Larkin who claimed a new Australian and Commonwealth Short Course record with a time of 49.44.



The first of 20 SunSmart Dive & Try meets to be held this weekend!

The first SunSmart Dive & Try swim meet of the 2014/2015 Season will be held this Sunday November 9 at the Kambalda Amateur Swimming Club.


The closing date for electronic entries was Tuesday, but Kambalda's Registrar, Julia Roberts has informed Swimming WA that they will be taking registrations on the day. 


The SunSmart Dive & Try Swim Meets have been held in Western Australia for the past 41 years. The Dive & Try Swim Meets are designed to be Swimming WA's introduction to swimming competition for junior swimmers who may or may not be members of swimming clubs. The meets are designed to encourage junior swimmers in Western Australia to participate in swimming with all swimmers being rewarded for their efforts.


The SunSmart Dive & Try Swim Meets are friendly, fun swim competitions with modified rules which provide an opportunity to become involved in one of Australia's leading sports. The meets cater for 6-14 year-olds, including children with disabilities. 


Preliminary meets are held at various clubs all over the State and the top 10 swimmers (eight swimmers and two reserves) from the combined club SunSmart Dive & Try Swim Meets are then selected to participate to the SunSmart Dive & Try Final to be held in May 2015.


Registration Process


Registration for all Sunsmart Dive & Try meets is electronic. No fees are payable at the time of Registration. However, each club has set an entry fee of $2.50 per event which is payable on the day of the meet. There may also be an additional cost for pool entry. Please refer to the venues program for additional details.


New venues will be added during the season, so if you do not find a competition time that suits your family visit our page again for updated information.

West Australian Swimmers and Officials head to Nationals

A group of 41 athletes and Officials from Western Australia have descended upon Adelaide for the 2014 Australian Short Course Swimming Championships.


The National Short Course titles will be held at the South Australian Aquatic and Leisure Centre from Wednesday the 5th through until Sunday the 9th of November.


In total 34 athletes from Western Australia have travelled to the “City of Churches” where the Australian Short Course Championships will provide our athletes with the opportunity to gain selection on the Australian Short Course team competing at the World Championships in Doha next month.


The WA athletes vying for National Team selection are:


Paul Bailey (Westside)

Holly Barratt (Rockingham)

Kate Bird (Perth City)

Lennard Bremer (Westside)

Nicholas Brown (Western Sprint)

Tamsin Cook (West Coast)

Claire Coten (South Shore)

Sigrid De Vries (Westside)

Katherine Downie (Westside)

Ryan Evernden (Perth City)

Rachel Gower (West Coast)

Hadley Lindsay (West Coast)

Emma Hargrave (West Coast)

Adelaide Hart (West Coast)

Grace Hull (Breakers)

Bobby Jovanovich (UWA)

Yolane Kukla (Arena)

Rhys Mainstone (UWA)

Georgia Marshall (Swan Hills)

Alex Milligan (West Coast)

Sachi Morrow (Leisurepark Lazers)

Kirsten Pannekoek (Guildford Kalamunda)

Christopher Paunich (Westside)

Jessica Pengelly (West Coast)

James Raymond (Westside)

Madeline Scott (Leisurepark Lazers)

Luke Smith (Leisurepark Lazers)

Liam Smith (Swan Hills)

Justine Spurr (Westside)

Belinda Spurr (Swan Hills)

Tommy Sucipto (Leisurepark Lazers)

Brianna Throssell (Perth City)

Greg Tidboald (Westside)

Kieran Trump (Perth City)


You can send your support to the WA swimmers competing at the Nationals by using the #Swim4WA hash tag.


Also heading to Adelaide will be a team of seven Technical Officials from Western Australia who have been selected to officiate at the National Short Course Championships over the next 5 days. Those chosen for the Australian Championships are Dot Harris, Kate Reynolds, Kaye Bolger, Ryan Arblaster, Jacqui McNamara, Nick Short and Ian Arblaster. Swimming WA congratulates all on their selection.



The Premier starts the OWS season off with a bang


The Hon. Colin Barnett MLA, Premier of Western Australia was on hand to start over 550 competitors at the opening round of Swimming WA’s Open Water Series (OWS).


In front of hundreds of competitors and hundreds more beachside, the Member of Cottesloe fired the gun to send the 1.25km, 2.5km and 5km waves on their way.


“It was great sight down here at Cottesloe beach this morning, 550 swimmers, a record in Swimming WA’s open water swim series,” the Premier told the Swimming WA website. 


“It was great to see West Australian’s out enjoying our beautiful coastline, enjoying the sport of swimming and this mass participation in sport is something we are great at.


“I am very pleased both as the Premier and the Member for Cottesloe to be down here and be the starter of the event. It was a lot of fun and great day for swimmers in Western Australia.”


The conditions in the crystal clear water were ideal for the competitors as they made their way around the 1.25km course in front of a huge crowd in what Swimming WA CEO Darren Beazley describe as a “fantastic turnout”


“It has been a fantastic turnout today at Cottesloe with record participation numbers for the event.


“It really does tell us that Western Australians love open water swimming and get out in our magnificent weather and experiencing the joys of swimming in the ocean.


“One of the great things that came out of today was that we had people aged from 13-years up to 73-years, so it shows you the diversity there is and that swimming is for everybody,” Beazley said.


It was a fantastic atmosphere at one of Perth’s most iconic beaches with Network Ten’s Tim Gossage keeping supporters and the public well informed of the action happening in and out of the water.


In what was a great spectacle for the competitors and spectators alike, with the hundreds in attendance creating a human tunnel as the competitors raced up onto the beach towards the finishing line with some thrilling finishes.


The first competitors to cross the line was Timothy Kuruckchi, who took 18:01 to complete the 1.25km course finishing in front of Rahul Jegatheva (18:10) and Hamish Rose (18:22).


In the women’s 1.25km race, only 4 seconds separated the first two place getters with Nicola Hamilton (18:00) striding up the sand just ahead of Carolyn Morrison (18:04). The two were soon followed by Brooke Rego (18:20) who claimed third place.


For the 2-lap race, it was yet another tight finish for the women with Sarah Jessop (35:44) marginally beating Erin Jeffery (35:47) and Shelby Carstens (35:50) in what was an exciting finishing in the 2.5km race.


In the men’s 2.5km race only 5 seconds separated the top 3 place getters. In the end it was Nicholas Rollo (32:42) who was able to scamper up the beach to take out the win only metres ahead of Reilly Kennedy (32:44) and Ben Brabich (32:47).


In the 5km races, last year’s OWS male and female series winners Simon Huitenga and Sacha Downing staked strong claims for the titles in 2014/15 with both tasting victory. For the inform Huitenga, the 2014 Australian Open Water Swimmer of the Year, it was a comfortable win in the end clocking 1:01:46 to complete the 4-lap course. Huitenga crossed the line nearly two minutes ahead of Brett Fielding (1:03:34) and Zachary Bevan (1:03:42).


As for Downing, she was able to edge out Perth City teammate and the 2013 OWS female runner-up Heidi Gan, with the two completing the 5km test in 1:03:47 and 1:03:52 respectively. The two were followed by Georgia Smith who finished in a time of 1:06:39 to take third.


For view all the age group categories winners and top place getters click here.


The focus for the OWS now shifts to round 2 at City Beach on Sunday 16 November 2014. Confirmed entries for the second metropolitan round in 2 weeks are already strong and could well sellout like the first round at Cottesloe.


For more information on the OWS visit www.openwaterswimming.com.au or like Swimming WA on Facebook to view photos from the event.




The Western Australian Swimming Association (Swimming WA) is the peak body for swimming in the state and member of Swimming Australia. Representing 87 Clubs across the state and with more than 6,500 members, Swimming WA’s vision is;


“To ensure swimming is an essential part of the Western Australian way of life”.


Swimming WA is a not for profit sporting organisation that is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board is comprised of elected and appointed directors representing a range of diverse talents and expertise that play a crucial role in ensuring the growth of swimming across the state.


Following the Swimming WA AGM in October, the Swimming WA Board is calling for Expressions of Interest to fill the vacant Board Appointed Director role for the next three (3) years. Board positions are voluntary and require a significant commitment both in terms of contribution of strategic advice to the Board and Chief Executive, attending monthly Board meetings, serving on various Committees and strategic Projects as required.


For more information, please click here or call the office on (08) 9328 4599 to discuss with the Chief executive Officer.


Expressions of interest close at 5.00pm on Wednesday 12th November.

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