Message from the President
Welcome to your April edition of e-Splash.
March was an action packed month in the pool. The Great Southern and North West regions hosted their 2017 Championships with great success. It was fantastic to see our country communities come together. I would like to extend a big thank you and congratulations to Wagin Swimming Club and Karratha Swimming Club for doing such a professional job of hosting these two iconic events.
In Perth, Saturday 25 March saw Swimming WA host Australia’s biggest ever Optus Junior Dolphins Carnival. This unique programme encourages children from five to eight-years-old to dive into fun, non-competitive swimming with their friends. This national programme is great news for our Clubs as it offers a unique opportunity to grow their membership base. For parents, this is the perfect introduction to swimming for their kids. Plus, all kids aged seven and under get free Swimming WA membership.
Swimming WA’s Open Water Swimming Series had a very exciting month – delivering its last event for the 2016/17 Series on Saturday 18 March with the Suburbs to City swim. More than 200 swimmers braved the rainy conditions to swim the 1.3km from South Perth Foreshore to Elizabeth Quay. This was followed by Series presentations and the 2017 Membership Function at Embargo Bar. It was brilliant to see so many Swimming WA members in one place. Thank you all for coming along, we hope you enjoyed the morning.
March also saw Swimming WA’s newest ambassador Libby Trickett OAM visit Perth. Over a busy five days Libby swam in the Suburbs to City event, was the key note speaker at the inaugural Westpac Women in Sport Lunch, visited St. Hilda’s Swimming Club, had lunch with some of WA’s up and coming swimmers and spent many hours speaking with influencers from all over WA about why swimming is an essential part of the Western Australian way of life, and encouraging everyone to sign up to their local Club.
It was an inspiring visit for all, we can’t wait to have Libby back again soon.
Lastly, on 27 March, Swimming WA hosted a send-off at Subiaco Oval for the 182 Western Australian swimmers as well as coaches and officials who are off to Brisbane for the Open and Age National Championships. It was a great evening which included a key note speech from Danny Green about mental preparation.
My speech that evening was focused on realising dreams and achieving success. I read out a letter from that national head coach, Jacco Verhaeren, addressed to the athletes, in which he provided some inspirational advice including the following:
“success always starts within yourself. It is your passion and love of the sport that drives you every day to do the hard work that got you to this level. Fuelled by the dreams you may have about national or international success. And of course greatly supported by your parents, your club, your State and of course by the work your coach puts in every day. Be assured that all these people are as passionate about you succeeding as you are yourself.”
Good luck to each of our athletes at Nationals.
Although the weather is cooling down, there’s still plenty to get involved with in April. Make sure to check out the Swimming WA calendar and keep getting involved this month.
I’d like to wish you and your family a very happy Easter, and I look forward to seeing you on pool deck soon.