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Sunshine State takes sixth straight title

Swimming WA - 29/09/2014
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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

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Western Australia claimed two bronze medals at the 2014 Australian Swimming Championships tonight - while veteran swimmer Eamon Sullivan delivered a stark warning to world champion James Magnussen. Perth City teenager Brianna Throssell came home in third place in the final of the 200m butterfly on the penultimate night...


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West Australians bound for Commonwealth Games

West Australians Katherine Downie and Madeleine Scott will go back to their roots after qualifying for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Westside swimmer Downie clocked 1:25.15 to finish second in the final of the Para Sport 100m breaststroke at the 2014 Australian Swimming Championships in Brisbane tonight - securing her...


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Throssell flies into finals at Australian Championships

West Australian Brianna Throssell has qualified second fastest for the final of the 50m butterfly at the 2014 Australian Swimming Championships. The 18-year-old Perth City swimmer won her semi final at the Brisbane Aquatic Centre tonight in 26.72, just outside her personal best time. She will line up tomorrow...


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WA pair ready for finals showdown

West Australian sprinters Yolane Kukla and Holly Barratt will go head to head with the fastest girls in Australia in the final of the women’s 50m freestyle at the 2014 National Swimming Championships in Brisbane. Kukla has qualified sixth fastest for tomorrow night’s race after clocking 25.24 in the...


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WA sprinters eye off finals berth

WA’s fastest women will bid for their place in the final of the 50m freestyle at the 2014 Australian Swimming Championships in Brisbane tonight. Yolane Kukla, Holly Barratt and Brianna Throssell have all qualified for the semi-finals where they will continue their quest for one of the top eight...


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WA swimmers on trial in Brisbane

More than 40 swimmers from WA have converged on Brisbane in their quest to make the team for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Para Pan Pacs and Hancock Prospecting Pan Pacific Championships. Western Australia has 41 swimmers taking part at the 2014 Australian Swimming Championships, which start today at the Brisbane...


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Commonwealth Games hopes for West Coast star

WA swimmer Jess Pengelly will be looking to selectors to secure her spot on the Australian team for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The West Coast swimmer was third in the final of the 400m individual medley at the 2014 Australian Swimming Championships in Brisbane tonight, clocking 4:44.32 to finish...


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WA swimmers set for Nationals finals stage

WA has four finalists competing on the opening night of competition at the 2014 Australian Swimming Championships in Brisbane. West Coast swimmer Jess Pengelly earned her place in the final of the women’s 400m individual medley after clocking 4:48.69 and will go into tonight’s race fifth fastest. Queenslander Keryn...


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Swimming WA announces new CEO

Swimming WA is pleased to announce the appointment of Darren Beazley as its new chief executive officer.  A West Australian businessman and esteemed sports administrator, Mr Beazley is currently serving as CEO of the Florida-based USA Cricket Association (USACA), a post he has held since February 2013. He will...


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Sensational results at end of summer meet

Congratulations to all swimmers who took part in the 2014 Swimming WA End of Summer Sensation at Challenge Stadium at the weekend. There was some fantastic racing over the course of the weekend with plenty of PBs across the board. Cash prizes have been awarded to the highest individual...


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Students to wear school colours with pride

WA students will get the chance to represent their school and school association at the 2014 SunSmart Schools Associations Meet later this month. The meet on Sunday, 30th March is open to students aged 12 – 19 and will serve as a qualifying event for the 2014...


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Swimmers line up for final round of Open Water Series

Brett Fielding and Sacha Downing will be looking to tie up the 2013-2014 Swimming WA Open Water Series this weekend. Fielding and Downing are top of the male and female standings going into the final round of the series at Rockingham on Monday. The pair will race over 2.5km...


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Laver, Bellis rule the waves at Rotto

Paul Laver conquered his demons on Saturday, taking out the solo Rottnest title with an almost record-breaking time. Laver, who two years ago was pulled out of the water with hypothermia while attempting the solo crossing, crossed the line in 4:14:04, just 14 minutes shy of the all-time record. The...


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Important information

Attention members! The Swimming WA staff will be away from Monday, 24th February to Wednesday, 26th February.  If you have any urgent queries please contact the SWA office as someone will be at Beatty Park taking calls.  All queries will be seen to when we return while urgent messages...


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WA swimmers set their sights on Hawaii

Western Australia looks set to make up three quarters of the Australian open water team at this year’s Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Hawaii. Sacha Downing, Grace Hull and Brett Fielding have met the selection criteria for the event, which takes place from 28th August to 1st September, after...


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Swimming WA welcomes new Board member

Swimming WA is pleased to welcome to its Board Kerrynne Batten. Ms Batten is a certified practicing accountant and Finsia Fellow with significant experience in risk management, governance and assurance roles in the public, private and government sectors. She has a solid understanding of sporting...


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Women encouraged to apply for rural coaching scholarships

Nominations are now open for the 2014 Women in Swimming Rural Coaching Scholarship (WSRCS), with all female coaches in remote areas encouraged to apply. The initiative, offered by Swimming Australia in conjunction with the Australian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association (ASCTA), provides candidates with opportunities to access high quality...


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Huitenga named Open Water Swimmer of the Year

Jarrod Poort and Simon Huitenga after finishing 1-2 in the Swim the Swan10km race on Sunday.


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Swimmers flock to Swim the Swan

As the sun began to rise over the Swan River in Perth, hundreds of open water swimmers gathered at the Barrack Street Jetty for the 2014 BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series Swim the Swan challenge. With over $100,000 worth of cash and prizes up for grabs - and the 10km...


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Australia takes the honours at 2014 BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series

Australia has wrapped up the BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series in Perth with a memorable victory over Croatia in the men’s water polo, and a dominant display of racing by the Australian Swim Team. With the Aussie Sharks defeating Olympic Champions Croatia 12-9, Australia made it a clean sweep in the...


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Aussies light up the pool in Perth

Competition on night one of the BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series.


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D'Orsogna gets BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series call up

West Australian swimmer Tommaso D’Orsogna has been named on the Australian swim team to compete at the BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series starting this Friday.


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WA swimmers recognised for services to the sport

Swimming WA would like to congratulate Yolane Kukla and Kat Downie on being awarded the Order of Australia medal.


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Magnussen win leads record-breaking night at State Champs

James Magnussen eased through to the finals of the 100m freestyle at the 2014 Swimming WA State Open & Age Championships last night - and warned he’s got plenty left in the tank.


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Missile fires and girls shine on final night of State Champs

James Magnussen took out the100m freestyle final at the 2014 Swimming WA State Open and Age Championships – but it was the women who stole the show on the final night of competition.


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Sprint king geared up for blue ribband event

James Magnussen has turned his attention to the 100m freestyle despite qualifying fastest for the 200m final at the 2014 Swimming WA State Open & Age Championships.


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Magnussen starts 100m campaign at WA State Champs

James Magnussen made light work of his 100m freestyle heat to qualify fastest for tonight’s semi final at the 2014 Swimming WA State Open & Age Championships.


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Magnussen cruises to semi finals at WA State Champs

James Magnussen provided a touch of class to the third day of competition at the 2014 Swimming WA State Open and Age Championships this morning.


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World champion Magnussen fired up for Perth campaign

James Magnussen will test the waters in Western Australia for the first time on Wednesday morning at the 2014 Swimming WA State Open and Age Championships.


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Sprint kings on show at 2014 SWA State Champs

Australian team members Andrew and Matt Abood and WA-born Olympian Tommaso D’Orsogna provided plenty of entertainment in the final of the men’s 50m freestyle at the 2014 Swimming WA State Open & Age Championships tonight.


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Swimmers go the distance at State Champs

Perth City swimmer Brett Fielding proved himself a force to be reckoned with over distance on the second day of competition at the Swimming WA State Open & Age Championships. Fielding took out the State title in the 14 and over men’s 800m freestyle after cruising home in 8:42.67...


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D'Orsogna heats up the pool on opening day of State Championships

Olympic bronze medallist Tommaso D’Orsogna returned to his home State to stamp his mark on the 50m freestyle on the opening morning of the 2014 Swimming WA State Open & Age Championships today.


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2014 SWA State Championships off to a record-breaking start

The 2014 Swimming WA State Open & Age Championships got off to a flying start with visiting American teenager Shane Blinkman setting the bar high for the local swimmers on the opening night of competition.


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Missile set to fire at 2014 SWA State Championships

Australian sprint king James Magnussen is set to raise the competitive bar at the 2014 Swimming WA State Open & Age Championships in Perth next week.


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New head coach for WAIS swimming program

The Western Australian Institute of Sport and Swimming WA are delighted to announce the appointment of Bud McAllister as head coach of the WAIS Northern Suburbs High Performance Training Centre.


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WA-based open water swimmers lead the charge in New Zealand

West Australian-based swimmers claimed the top two places in both the women’s and men’s 10km at the New Zealand Open Water National Championships at the weekend.


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Vale Matthew Glucina

Swimming WA would like to express its condolences to the family and friends of Matthew Glucina who sadly lost his battle with cancer this week.


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West Australian trio qualify to Swim the Swan

WA will have three representatives in the Australian open water team at the 2014 BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series in Perth next month.


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National recognition a boost to swimming in WA

Swimming WA would like to congratulate the Challenge Stadium based High Performance Training Centre consortium on being awarded Podium Performance Centre status by Swimming Australia.


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New Swimming WA Website and Membership Database

Please follow the link for important information for Clubs regarding the new site and membership system.


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Record-breaking turn out for Round 3 of Open Water Swim Series

Swimming WA broke its own record for the number of swimmers competing in an open water race during Round 3 of the 2013-2014 OWS Series this month.


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Tuart Hill Marks 50th Anniversary

Tuart Hill Swimming Club will mark its 50th anniversary with the launch of a book showcasing the history of the club. Anniversary celebrations will be held at Tuart Hill Swimming Club pool from 12 noon to 4pm on 1st December and will also include a display of memorabilia and a club swim.


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Swimmers Get Ready to Brave the Wave

The 2013-2014 Swimming WA Open Water Series kicks off this weekend with hundreds of swimmers expected to brave the wave during the first round at Cottesloe. Around 400 swimmers are expected to take to the water at the iconic beach tomorrow for the first of eight rounds in the series.


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Swimmers receive Country Athlete scholarships

Swimming WA would like to congratulate this year’s Country Athlete Scholarship recipients. The Country Athlete Scholarship program is a Department of Sport and Recreation initiative to support talented regional athletes in their pursuit of State and national representation. This year 11 swimmers from the State received a scholarship.


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Swimming WA Open Water Series attracts record numbers

The second round of the 2013/2014 Open Water Series gets underway this weekend and is set to feature the biggest number of swimmers ever seen in a Swimming WA open water event. Entries for the event at City Beach on Saturday have topped almost 500 - with 20 late spots available on the day – up from 374 swimmers in 2012 and well on track to beat the 510 entries in Round 6 at Sorrento during the 2012/2013 series.


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Western Australian Institute of Sport invests in the future of swimming

Swimming WA has welcomed the announcement of a second High Performance Training Centre (HPTC) in Perth. The State Government through the Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS) has confirmed it will invest $300,000 over the next three years to the program, which will be located in Perth’s northern suburbs.


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Swimming WA confirms CEO appointment

Swimming WA is pleased to announce that following a thorough recruitment process, the current acting CEO, James Young, has been appointed to the role for a further five months. Young will lead the organisation through the summer long course season before taking on a personal project in early 2014.


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Swimmers learn from the best at Squad Camps

More than 60 swimmers from WA seized on the chance to take their swimming to a new level at squad development camps in Perth last week. Gold and Silver squad members came together for a three day/two night training camp led by acclaimed Queensland-based coach Matt Brown, with the assistance of Nudgee Brothers swimmers Jack McLoughlin (World Junior team member), Buster Sykes (2013 Australian Open 200m breaststroke champion) and Jared Gilliland (2013 Australian Open 400m individual medley silver medallist).


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Conference brings Swimming WA community together

Clubs, officials and coaches came together at the University of WA at the weekend for Swimming WA’s inaugural combined conference. More than 120 people attended the two-day gathering, which was held in conjunction with the SwimWest Coaches and Teachers Conference, an Officials Forum and incorporated Swimming WA’s Annual General Meeting.


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