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June 2019
Masters Swimming is a great community for people of all abilities. Don’t be shy and join a club!  Jon Hawton. 

Welcome to Masters Swimming NSW Monthly News. We hope you enjoy our new look digital newsletter. You can subscribe or unsubscribe to this newsletter at any time. All newsletter versions can be viewed on the Masters Swimming NSW website. We will also keep you informed with other important alerts regarding Masters swimming throughout the year. Happy reading! 

Sport NSW Community Sports Awards

Two very special members of Masters Swimming NSW have been recognised at the 2019 NSW Community Sports Awards:

Distinguished Long Service Award – Tony Tooher (R)
Tony has been a member of Masters Swimming NSW since 1988, primarily active within the Warringah club before moving into committee positions for the State office. Tony currently serves as Vice President for the NSW Board of Directors as well as maintaining an active role on pool deck as timekeeper and starter throughout the year. Tony’s long history with the organisation and amazing recall makes him an invaluable asset to fellow board members, volunteers and competitors.

Huge congratulations also go to Masters Swimming NSW member, Greg Lewin for his continued efforts in coaching. Greg was a finalist in the Community Coach of the Year category. 

                                 

UPCOMING MEETS


MASTERS SWIMMING NSW
RELAY MEET

MENS, WOMEN'S & MIXED TEAMS

Sanction N2019/07CH
Sunday 21st July 2019
Peninsula Leisure Centre 
Blackwall Road, Woy Woy

Short Course – 25m, indoor heated pool with anti-wave lane ropes. This pool has a current survey, World, National and Branch records can be set.

Entries close: Midday Friday, 19th July 2019 for all entries. Head to www.mastersswimmingnsw.org.au
 

WARRINGAH MASTERS
NSW BRANCH POINTSCORE MEET

FEATURING THE ‘ROOTIN TOOTIN’ MEDLEY SHOOTOUT

Sanction Number N2019/07K
Sunday 28th July 2019
Warringah Aquatic Centre (WAC)
Aquatic Drive, Frenchs Forest

Short Course – 25m, 8-lane indoor heated pool with anti-wave lane ropes. This pool has a current survey, State and National records can be set. 

Entries close: Midday Friday, 19th July 2019 for all entries. Head to www.mastersswimmingnsw.org.au
 

RYDE AUSSI MASTERS
NSW BRANCH POINTSCORE MEET


Sanction Number N2019/11N
Saturday August 31, 2019
Ryde Aquatic Centre 
Victoria Road, Ryde. 

Short Course – 25m, 8-lane indoor heated pool with anti-wave lane ropes. This pool has a current survey, State and National records can be set. 

Entries close: Midday Friday, 23rd August 2019 for all entries. Head to www.mastersswimmingnsw.org.au
 

 

UPCOMING NSW MEETS

 

September 8, 2019
MSNSW Long Distance Championships 
8:30 am - 5:00 pm. Knox Grammar School, 7 Woodville Avenue, Wahroonga, NSW

September 29, 2019
Seaside Pirates BPS 
8:00 am - 5:00 pm. Knox Grammar School, 7 Woodville Avenue, Wahroonga, NSW

October 12 & 13, 2019 
MSNSW Short Course Championships
Various times. Peninsula Leisure Centre, 243 Blackwall Road, Woy Woy, NSW 

November 2, 2019
Port Macquarie BPS
11:00 am - 5:00 pm. Port Macquarie Olympic Pool, Gordon Street, Port Macquarie, NSW

November 9, 2019
Novocastrian BPS
10:30 am - 5:00 pm. Charlestown Swimming Centre, 54 Dickinson St, Charlestown, NSW
 
November 24, 2019

Hills BPS
8:00 am - 5:00 pm. Galston Aquatic Centre, 412 Galston Rd, Galston, NSW
 
December 7, 2019

Wests Auburn Long Distance
10:30 am - 5:00 pm. Ruth Everuss Aquatic Centre, Church Street, Lidcombe, NSW

WOULD YOUR CLUB LIKE TO HOST A MEET IN 2020?

The 2020 meet calendar is already in draft form! If your club would like to host a meet nominate two choices of dates now! If you have any questions regarding meets you can contact our head office via email at admin@mastersswimmingnsw.org.au or call 02 8736 1232.

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND CLINICS

Masters NSW is holding a swimming camp at Thredbo on the October long weekend. There are spots left for medium and fast lane swimmers.

The camp will run from the afternoon of Friday 4 October until the morning of Monday 7 October. The afternoon swim sessions will run from 5 – 7 pm and the morning sessions from 8:30 – 10:30 am. Anne Smyth and Greg Gourley will be the head coaches. The coaching goals will be both to improve form and gain fitness. The camp has been running for a few years now and most who go find that they come back fitter.

Accommodation is at is Boali lodge. This is semi luxury with three meals per day and a lovely lounge room. The lodge has queen bed room as well as loft rooms with four single beds. If you are coming as an individual, then you will need to share. We will discuss sharing arrangements with the individuals and allocate people to rooms as best as we can. This price for Boali is $420 for the three nights (including meals) plus $75 for each swimmer for use of the pool and leisure centre.

Susan is collecting the $420 right now! If you would like to come please contact Susan immediately via susanleech12@gmail.com

The $75 for the swimming will be paid to the pool on Friday 4 October at 5:00 pm ready for the first session.

If the price is a show stopper, but you would like to come please register with Susan. There are some self-catered spots in a private lodge that are also available.

You can download the full flyer here.

UPCOMING SEMINARS AND COURSES


COACH COURSE 
Date: 25 August, 2019
Venue: Sports House, 8 Parkview Drive, Sydney Olympic Park.
Course conducted by Paul Bailey and the Coach team. Open to all. Further information to be released shortly.
 

MASTERS ATHLETE SEMINAR
Date: 13 July, 2019
Venue: Sports House, 8 Parkview Drive, Sydney Olympic Park.
Time: 1-4 pm.
Author Peter Raeburn will be at Sports House on Saturday 13 July talking to us about the Masters Athlete. This is a fantastic opportunity to listen to an expert on the topic of The ageing swimmer. Please share this with your club to give all interested the chance to attend. Contact Jillian at admin@mastersswimmingnsw.org.au to book your seat. Payment of $45 must be made to Masters Swimming NSW for your place to be secured. BSB 012 129, account no. 197994001 with your name as reference.
The Masters Swimming NSW bank details are as follows. 
BSB: 012 129. Account No:197994001
Please reference your name with the payment. 

DON'T FORGET TO ENTER YOUR POSTAL SWIMS!

2019 WINTER 3 X 400M – BUNBURY MASTERS SWIMMING CLUB POSTAL SWIM

May 1 - June 30 

Sanction Number PS04/19

3 x 400m Winter Postal Swim

Don’t forget to lodge your entries if you were timed for three x 400m swims since 1st May!  Please post your entry to the address below before Friday 12th July, 2019. Postal Swim Coordinator - PO Box 329, Bunbury WA 6231
or email : secretary@bunburymasters.asn.au

All results, certificates and medals will be forwarded to the nominated club address on the entry form within 8 weeks of the completion of the Postal Swim.

Need more info on Postal Swims? Head to www.mastersswimmingnsw.org.au


IMPORTANT THINGS REGARDING MEMBERSHIPS

There will be a price rise of $5 for 2020 memberships.

Clubs should discuss their proposed fees now so they are ready for the 16 month opportunity from 1st September.

The six month membership option has officially opened! As of 1st July 2019 clubs can choose to take up this offer. 
 
2020 MASTERS SWIMMING NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Lock the dates into your calendars! The 2020 Masters Swimming Australia National Championships will be hosted by Masters Swimming NSW at the Sydney Olympic Park and Lake Parramatta venues in April of 2020. Head to the website www.mastersswimmingnsw.org.au to check out a whole lot of information on the venues, accommodation options and so much more! Official programme of events below. 

ENTRIES
Entries will open in September 2019. Further details announced throughout the year. Please invite your club members to join the event page on the Masters Swimming NSW Facebook page. For all enquiries regarding this event please email the Masters Swimming NSW Head Office at admin@mastersswimmingnsw.org.au

2020 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS OFFICIALS AND VOLUNTEERS
EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

If you can help by being part of this exciting event, please register your interest by filling out the online form HERE, or email Jillian at admin@mastersswimmingnsw.org.au

SPONSORSHIP REQUESTS
We are currently seeking suitable sponsors to help fund the 2020 Masters Swimming National Championships in Sydney. If you know of a brand or organisation that may be interested in hearing about our sponsorship packages, please contact Jillian. There is a range of advertising, cross-promotion and social packages available. 

WANT TO HOST A  RAFFLE FOR YOUR CLUB?
Clubs have the chance to host a raffle on one day of the event, one day has gone already to a forward looking club grabbing the opportunity to fund raise and they get to keep all the proceeds. 


LAKE PARRAMATTA IS ON AGAIN! 

We are hosting another trial Open Water swim at Lake Parramatta in October! Watch this space for details. This will be a test event ahead of 2020 Nationals. 

Check out the post event wrap-up from the first Lake Parramatta swim! 
Manly Masters Swimming Club has just held a CPR course for their members so we now have 10 more qualified people on pool deck looking after us! Thank you Manly!
Wollongong Masters Swimming Club conducted a Timekeepers course ensuring all their members are confident at the 2020 National Championships. Have you thought about upskilling your members? 

Article
How do you know when you are ready for squads? 

There are many reasons why swimmers, once they reach a certain level, join a squad. From my experience, one of the key reasons, besides training for an event, or to maintain swim fitness, is for the comradery. Swimming is not a solo sport. Yes, we may swim alone but the swimming community is a strong and bonding group. Within each squad there is a unique culture which can envelope and raise you. Lifelong and deep friendships are a common occurrence.  But how do you know when you’re ready to make the move and sign up for squad training?

Full article live at MSNSW. 

COACHING CORNER
Bilateral Breathing. Why swimmers should be encouraged to breathe both sides. 

Swimmers who only breathe to one side often have a number of stroke flaws which tend to develop when breathing to only one side. These include crossovers, scissor kicks, timing problems and poor catch technique. Rotation can be less on the non-breathing side and over-rotated on the other. It can be a cause of shoulder injury as the non-breathing side becomes weaker while the dominant arm is under more stress as it is in a constant state of having to make up for the weak arm. 

 Many elite swimmers do not race bilateral but they train practising bilateral breathing. An effective training method is to swim alternating breathing side every 25.

 The advantages of bilateral breathing:

  • Helps to develop a symmetrical and balanced stroke with equal power on both sides, reducing chance of shoulder injury
  • Helps to swim straight in open water races and keeps options open – e.g. breathing away from swell, keeping eye on competitors
  • Gives you a tactical advantage in pool races – keeping an eye on the opposition
  • Breathing to non-dominant side may actually be faster and more efficient as bad stroke habits have had less chance to develop.

 Testing most efficient breathing side:

 At a 3 day Swim Smooth Coaching Course Greg Gourley and I recently attended, the efficiency of each breathing side was tested with interesting results. You can do this set with your squad.

Breathing Side Test Set: (good pace with at least 30 second recovery)

6 x 100 as:

  • 1 & 2 to the right only
  • 3 & 4 to the left only
  • 5 & 6 Bilateral

Note time of each 100. Was one side quicker in time?

At the course was ex-world champion NZ Triathlete Sam Warriner who was very surprised at her results. She had only ever breathed to one side and after swimming the Test Set found she was actually faster in time breathing to her non-preferred side.

In conclusion, it’s so easy for swimmers to say that bilateral breathing is too hard and give up on it but encourage your squad members to give it a go, particularly in training.

Keep swimming!

Anne Smyth

Masters Swimming Australia and Masters Swimming NSW Coach of the Year 2014. This article was written on behalf of MSNSW Coaching Team.

Masters Swimming NSW Coaching Team Update

The coaching team is comprised of a group of MSNSW Coaches, interesting in fostering and developing a coaching network for MSNSW. 
Di Coxon-Ellis is the director of coaching and Anne Smyth is the team leader of the group. Other members are: John Kulhan, Paul Bailey, Greg Gourley, Caroline Makin, Bill Moorcroft, Jane Noake, Peter Johnston and Peter McGee. Recently Greg Lewin from Ryde (our 2018 National and NSW Coach of the Year) and Leisa Cass (Tuggeranong) joined the team.
 

Promoting Masters Swimming

Events have been held recently around NSW promoting Masters Swimming.  Stroke Workshops have been held at Ulladulla, Pambula and this weekend Goulburn to encourage local swimmers to join a Masters Club. A huge thanks to members of the Coaching Team: Greg Gourley, Peter McGee, Paul Bailey, Leisa Cass and Anne Smyth who ran these events. Thanks also to coaches Tony Goodwin (Manly), Tom Boyce (Tuggeranong) and Sue Keey (Sapphire Coast) who also helped at these events.
 

Coaching Shirts

MSNSW have Coaching Shirts for sale. These shirts are a fantastic way of promoting Masters Swimming and give the professional look! If you would like to purchase one please fill out the online form as soon as possible. 
 

Winter Coach Focus

Over the Winter months, it is a excellent time to focus on technique in all strokes. A weekly stroke focus is very effective. An email at the start of the week to your members can be helpful so all swimmers know what the focus for the week will be. There are many swimming clips available on you tube which can be linked, demonstrating a technique or drill. This enables your swimmers to come to the session prepared and equipped to tackle a new drill. Obviously the entire program would not be on one stroke – just possibly a drill focus and a small set within total program.

QUOTE OF THE MONTH
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