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A Summer With So Much Promise

As we emerge from a wonderful Short Course season where Western Australian swimmers from across the State produced some very fast results, there is an air of excitement and expectation in the lead up to summer.The WA State Short Course team will travel to Canberra to compete in the 2018 State Championships from October 3rd - 5th.To State Team Head Coach Will Scott and the team, our very best wishes to you all. I know that you’ll do the State proud!

This weekend the industry comes together for the 2018 SWA Conference.We have been very pleased that mots of our Clubs will be represented and I remind those Clubs that have yet to register that it is not too late to have someone from your Committee to attend.This year’s AGM will be held at 11.00 am and will see two people join the SWA Board. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Lara Mist and Travis Nederpelt for their service on the Board over the past three years.You have both made significant contributionstothedirectionofswimminginWAandasmembersoftheSWAHallofFame,wehopeto see your smiling face around the sport in the yearsahead.

After almost a year of consultation and hard work, our CEO will publicly release the SWA Strategic Plan 2019 - 2024. My thanks to those of you who took the time to contribute at either the Workshops or to the drafts that were sent out for comment

It is an ambitious Plan that will see major changes in the sport across the State.These changes are necessary to address the competition that swimming faces for new Members. Our Regions and Clubs need the ‘tools’ to compete and this Plan outlines how SWA will provide those ‘tools’. Exciting times ahead.

Finally, the 2018 Swimming Australia Awards will be held on October 28th in Melbourne.The 2017/18 Westpac Volunteer of the Year Julia Roberts (Kambalda SC) will our representative and is in the running to take out the national award.We wish Julia the very best and hope that she enjoys the night with thanks to Westpac.

The weather is warming up and the 2018/19 SunSmart Long Course season kicks off October 13th & 14th, so make sure you have signed up to be part of a summer with plenty of promise!

Best wishes,  

Louis van Aardt

SWA President

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