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ASA release details of National Masters conference

All ASA Masters swimmers are invited to join our newly appointed Masters Officer Sharon Lock at a conference in Loughborough on Saturday 1 November 2014.

The conference is free of charge and features guest speakers, workshops and an open forum to provide an opportunity to discuss issues effecting Masters swimming with the ASA Technical Committee.

This will allow us to look at ways in which to harness your knowledge, skills and passion for the sport and use these to build a dynamic and vibrant Masters infrastructure.

The conference will run from 9:30 – 4:30 and will consist of both morning and afternoon sessions, with a break in between in which lunch and refreshments will be provided. A detailed programme will be released in September, but the day will be structured as:

Morning Session

  • Welcome & Introduction to day
  • Guest Speaker: Steve Bratt (Otters Head Coach)
  • Guest Speaker: Jane Asher (via video)
  • Open Forum with an opportunity to Discuss issues relating to Masters with the Committee and ASA Professional Staff

Afternoon Session

  • Breakout Sessions and Workshops
  • Where do we go from here and building momentum

The afternoon will be concentrated around focus groups and will give you the opportunity to have your say about the future of Masters, and help to help make that future a reality!

Workshops/focus groups will include

  • Meet management – Looking at the way competitions are run and what systems are needed to maximise efficiency.
  • Masters coaching – Discussing how much Masters coaching is available and what is needed to improve the Masters coaching opportunities, training and provision.
  • National Masters Identity – Looking at the current Masters image and how we can galvanise GB masters ready for London Europeans in 2016.
  • Masters Newsletter and Website – Looking at what is currently created and how/if you would like to see this changed or improved.
  • Volunteering and Officials – Discussing how we can get more people to volunteer as officials at Masters Events.
  • Marketing – How we can raise awareness of Masters Swimming using marketing tools and promotional materials.
  • Non-competitive Masters swimming – Discussing ways in which we can encourage more Masters Swimmers to compete. If they don’t compete, try to discover the things they want to get from Masters swimming.
  • Supporting Masters – What do we know about Masters Swimmers? What resources and support can we supply Masters Swimmers?

If you are interested in attending the conference on 1 November 2014, then please fill out the online registration form,   Click here

Strange happenings at the Masters National Championships 2014

This was the long course championships held at the Swansea pool which is an 8 lane 50m pool with a 4 lane 25m warm up pool. It also has ~20 rows of banked seats along the length of one side of the pool with straight access to the pool side. A real boon to the swimmers as there were over 600 entries and no shortage of places to sit. It took place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (13-15 June).

  • On the Saturday night just after midnight, some ‘kind’ man decided to smoke a cigarette in his room. So everyone was awakened by an incredibly effective fire alarm and we all gathered  outside in the car park. There were a lot of swimmers in the hotel from  Basingstoke Bluefins club. A few of their women had onesy night attire with ‘Bluefins on tour’ on the back. Takes club kit to a new level  !!
    I understand the smoking offender will get a large fine which will  cover the fire brigade callout and the specialist team to clean the room.   As it was Premier Inn we should get our money back for that disturbed night.
  • Approximately 14 relay teams  got disqualified before they even got on the starting blocks. I don’t have chapter and verse on this but my understanding from others is that a new rule has just come in concerning relays and this was the first meet to      implement the rule.
    If a relay team has a member who is not swimming an individual race, that swimmer must register themselves for the competition. As they will not be paying any money (its done as a team) it is not clear how that is done. A lot of teams didn’t know about this new rule and others who did, thought they had done the right thing only to find they hadn’t. Some people had travelled a long way to find they had no swim, so there were a lot of unhappy people. It seems as if the advertising of the new rule has not been great and maybe it would have been better public relations to be more lenient in these circumstances.

Ron celebrates over 40 years with Stingrays

There is a picture of Ron with a large group of Masters swimmers at Five Rivers pool, in the May 22nd edition of the Salisbury Journal. There is also a report of the event. He was given a very tasty cake and a signed picture of the Masters swimmers in the club whom he has coached for many years. He also had presents from both the club and the grateful masters swimmers.

I understand he got thrown in at the end ! Perhaps he will get his revenge by giving us extra hard training.

Masters Swimming Officer joins the ASA

1 April 2014

The ASA is delighted to announce that Sharon Lock will be joining the association in June as the first ever Masters Swimming Officer.

A committed and popular Masters competitor Sharon won through against an exceptionally high quality field of candidates and can’t wait to take up the challenge

Commenting on her appointment Sharon said
“I would like as many people as possible to share in the enjoyment and enthusiasm I feel for Masters swimming, whilst providing a quality service for all Masters swimmers and helping the Masters community to take ownership for the future of Masters. I am excited and proud to take up this role, and look forward to a very busy but thrilling future.”

100-104 World record

    February 2014

John Harrison (Godalming Swim Club)  has just moved up to the 100-104 age group and took part in the SE region long course meet swimming.

In the 50m freestyle his time of 1m 31.19s broke the previous world record of 1m 40.46s which had stood since 1994.

In the same meet he broke the 100m freestyle world record with a swim of 3m 23.1s. This was originally last set in 1994 again with a time of 4m 05.28s.

He had a busy weekend in which he also took the 50m backstroke world record with a time of 1m 32.2s. His margin was bigger as the previous record was 1m 50.73.

All thee records which he broke had been held by Tom Lane of the USA.

It clearly does you good to keep the training going !

6th Fastest in the World

Congratulations must go to our Masters Swimmer Julia Kemp who recently swam in the Masters World Championship 2010 in Gotenburg. She competed in the 200m backstroke event and came 6th in her age group with a time of 3.19.37. Marvellous result Julia, WELL DONE.