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Clubs Can Pre Purchase Relay Day Tickets Now

How to Pre-Purchase Relay Day Tickets for Your Club?

This year, we will again be offering Clubs the opportunity to pre-purchase tickets for Ronald McDonald House Charities Relay Day. The Relay Day is the biggest day of the Championships, and this is a great opportunity for your Club to beat the queues. Clubs can choose pick-up or postage. Orders need to be receieved by 8:00am, Monday 27th November 2017.

Click the link below to order yours now!

CLUB PRE-PURCHASE ORDER FORM - RELAY DAY

Huge success for Queenslanders at the Swimming Australia’s Gala Awards Dinner!

Emily Seebohm and Emma McKeon reign supreme at Swimming Australia's Gala Awards Night!

Two of Australia’s queens of the pool, Emily Seebohm and Emma McKeon were the big winners at Swimming Australia’s Gala Awards Dinner, presented by Hancock Prospecting in Adelaide tonight.
 
Triple-Olympian Seebohm (Brisbane Grammar) was awarded the Olympic Program Swimmer of the Year while McKeon (Griffith University) took home the coveted Hancock Prospecting Swimmer’s Swimmer and, along with Paralympic golden girl Lakeisha Patterson, one of two prestigious Mrs. Gina Rinehart Patron Awards.
 
The Paralympic Program Swimmer of the Year Award went to Brisbane’s Commonwealth Games gold medallist and Rio Paralympic freestyle star Rowan Crothers (Yeronga Park); the Open Water Program Swimmer of the Year went to Sunshine Coast Rio Olympian Chelsea Gubecka (Kawana Waters); the Short Course Swimmer of the Year to world champion and world record holder Mitch Larkin (St Peters Western) and the AIS Discovery of the Year to Shayna Jack from Commercial.
 
The who’s who of Australia’s most successful Olympic sport, including Swimming Australia Patron, Mrs. Gina Rinehart, Olympic legend Dawn Fraser, Swimming Australia President John Bertrand AO and the current Australian Dolphins stars walked the blue carpet at the Adelaide Convention Centre.
 
And it was a night which saw Australia’s leading ladies of the pool make the biggest splash.
 
The 2017 Olympic Program Swimmer of the Year, Seebohm, put together a stellar year, coming back to her best after overcoming a disappointing  Rio campaign and then the revelation of her complications with endometriosis to win her fifth World Championship gold medal at this year’s FINA World Championships in Budapest when she successfully defended her 200m backstroke crown and also picked up a silver and two bronze medals in a stand-out meet.
 
Seebohm showed her true champion qualities to mix it with the best of the best, regularly pushing, arguably the world’s No. 1 all-round Swimmer, in Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu to the limit over both long and short course.
 
Her efforts both individually and in Australia’s relay teams underline her value as one of the country’s finest ever.
Seebohm has been a part of the Australian Dolphins Swim Team for 11 years and is a force to be reckoned with on the world stage and this year’s individual gold in the 200m backstroke, bronze in both the 100m backstroke and the 4x100m medley relay plus a silver medal as a heat swimmer in the 4x100m freestyle relay is a testament to the 25-year-old. 
 
And there is no stopping Seebohm - a three-time Olympian who wants to emulate Leisel Jones and make Tokyo her fourth Olympics.
 
“I have said I want to train up until 2020 and like Leisel go to four Olympics and be recognised  as one of Australia’s best ever swimmers,” said Seebohm, who was last month honoured to receive a nomination for the prestigious Sport Australia Hall of Fame Don Award - for athletes who have led by example and most inspired the nation.
 
It is the second time Seebohm has won the Olympic Program Swimmer of the Year Award - after sharing the award with two-time individual world champion Bronte Campbell in 2015.
 
And in a great night for her Club Brisbane Grammar, coach David Lush also gained due recognition when he was named Olympic Program Coach of the Year.
 
Alongside Seebohm came Emma McKeon, Australia’s MVP on the Dolphins team in Budapest, who displayed all the values of a team player, winning six World Championship medals - four silver and two bronze - the most by any Australian woman in a long course world championship - earning her both the Mrs. Gina Rinehart Patron Award and the vote from her peers as the Hancock Prospecting Swimmer’s Swimmer.
 
McKeon, 23, won silvers in the individual 100m butterfly and 200m freestyle as well as her valuable legs in the 4x100m freestyle and 4x100m Mixed Medley relays and bronze in the 4x200 freestyle and 4x100m medley.
 
Paralympians Patterson and Crothers have continued to show the strengths of an Australian Para Swim Team regarded amongst the best in the world.
 
Patterson, the Rio gold medallist and world record holder continues to inspire those around her and Australians who have followed “Lucky’s” story.
 
This year also saw a breakthrough for Yeronga Park’s S10 classification Swimmer Rowan Crothers, who was the stand-out performer at the Canadian Open Meet after the postponement of the World Para Championships, with his outstanding freestyle wins and contributions to Australia’s relays - improving his 100m long course freestyle time to 51.15 and just two days ago becoming the first Australian to break 50 seconds for Short Course 100m freestyle.
 
Australia’s stand-out marathon swimmer, Chelsea Gubecka was voted the Open Water Program Swimmer of the Year for her top 10 effort over the Olympic 10km distance, in Budapest, finishing 9th in a stand-out field of Olympic and World Champions.
 
Her coach Michael Sage was named Open Water coach of the year; while Olympian Rob Van Der Zant was named Hancock Prospecting Paralympic Program Coach of the Yearand Dean Boxall (St Peters Western) was named Youth Coach of the Year.
 
The Optus Club of the Year was awarded to Bunbury Swimming Club in WA while the Optus Local Legend went to stand out Tasmanian volunteer technical official Tracey Rowell.
 
Swimming Australia Gala Awards Dinner list of winners:
 
Olympic Program Swimmer of the Year: Emily Seebohm (Brisbane Grammar)
Paralympic Program Swimmer of the Year, Rowan Crothers (Yeronga Park)
Hancock Prospecting Swimmer’s Swimmer of the Year: Emma McKeon (Griffith University).
Open Water Swimmer of the Year: Chelsea Gubecka (Kawana Waters)
Short Course Swimmer of the Year: Mitch Larkin (St Peters Western)
Hancock Prospecting Olympic Program Coach of the Year: David Lush (Brisbane Grammar)
Hancock Prospecting Paralympic Program Coach of the Year: Rob Van Der Zant
Open Water Coach of the Year: Michael Sage (Kawana)
Youth Coach of the Year: Dean Boxall (St Peters Western)
Mrs. Gina Rinehart Patron Awards: Lakeisha Patterson, Emma McKeon
Optus Community Award; Josh Beaver (Ivanhoe Neons)
Optus Club of the Year: Bunbury Swimming Club (WA)
Optus Local Legend of the Year: Tracey Rowell (Tasmania)
Roger Smith Technical Official of the Year: Damien van de Berg (Cobram)
AIS Discovery of the Year: Shayna Jack (Commercial)
Services to Australian Swim Team: Rhys Mainstone, Richard Eliason, Teigan Van Roosmalen

Article: https://www.swimming.org.au/NewsCentral/Emily-Seebohm-and-Emma-McKeon-reign-supreme-at-Swi.aspx 
 

Watch Cate Campell - World Short Course Record Breaking Swim

Congratulations Cate Campbell and coach Simon Cusack! New short course 100m freestyle World Record - 50.25! Such an inspiration!

Video: https://swimswam.com/watch-cate-campbells-5025-100-free-wr-race/ 

2017 Medal Shots LC Preparation Meet

Head to our event page for more information - https://qld.swimming.org.au/page.php?friendly_id=2017-medal-shots-long-course-preparation-meet 

Tickets available online now: https://events.ticketbooth.com.au/event/medal-shots-lc-preparation-meet 

2017 State Teams Championships - QLD Team!

Congratulations to the QLD Team who will be competing at the 2017 State Teams Championship in Canberra from the 22nd - 24th September.

 

2017 Club of the Year Awards

Nominations are now open for the Swimming Australia 2017 Club of the Year Awards! 

We know all clubs are great, and we want to see yours recognised for the great club it is!

The Swimming Australia Club of the Year award aims to recognise and reward swimming clubs that are demonstrating a commitment and passion for supporting all members to become the best swimmers they want to be whilst effectively managing and strengthening the clubs infrastructure. The award will recognise swimming club development and achievements between 1 July 2016 and 31 June 2017.

Selection Criteria

Swimming Australia will consider applications from clubs that meet the following selection criteria:


1. Affiliated with state or territory association
2. The head coach is an accredited swimming coach with ASCTA

The nomination form will measure the development and successes of the club against the following key activity areas:

Club Achievements, Club Environment, Club Committee & Governance, Members, Fundraising / Sponsorship / Grants, Facilities, Workforce and Volunteers and Diversity and Inclusion

Club of the Year Panel

Nominations will be reviewed and graded by the panel consisting of:


Paul Malcolm – General Manager, Swimming Australia Ltd
Tim Bingham – Club Development Manager, Swimming Australia Ltd
Elise Mace – Volunteer & Member Services Coordinator, Swimming Australia Ltd

 

Club of the Year Awards and Prizes


The winner of the Swimming Australia Club of the Year 2017 will be announced at the Swimming Australia Swimmer of the Year awards night. The winning club will receive two tickets, flights and accommodation to be present at the awards night to receive the winner’s trophy. The top 10 placed nominations will be rewarded.


Winner – Club of the Year 2016 Trophy, $2,000 and an athlete visit to the club.
2nd Place – $1,000 and an athlete visit to the club.
3rd Place – $500 and an athlete visit to the club.
4th-10th Places – $150 of Sports Community Vouchers to be redeemed on webinars and resources for the club.
Application Process

To nominate your swimming club for the club of the year award a nominated representative of the club committee or the head coach must complete this nomination form and submit by email to clubs@swimming.org.au with the subject line “Club of the Year – Application” or in writing to: Club of the Year, Swimming Australia, Level 2, 50-56 York Street, South Melbourne, VIC, 3205

Nominations close at 5pm AEST Monday September 18, 2017.

Eloise Gannon Foundation at the 2017 McDonalds SC Champs

Swimming Queensland is a proud supporter of the Eloise Gannon Foundation. The Eloise Gannon Foundation will again be present at this years 2017 McDonalds QLD SC Championships.

At this event the foundation will focus on highlighting the critical role that Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) play in saving lives when people suffer Sudden Cardiac Arrests caused by arrhythmias.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest does not discriminate. It affects people of all ages, and can be triggered by high levels of activity, like when you’re playing sport. This is why the Eloise Gannon Foundation is passionate about advocating for sporting clubs to acquire AED's.

At the  2017 McDonalds QLD SC Championships, the Eloise Gannon Foundation will:

This is a very important initiative, supported by Swimming Queensland, and we ask that our clubs and their members get behind the efforts of the Eloise Gannon Foundation by donating, participating in the lucky draw and visiting them to find out more about how defibrillators save lives."

https://www.eloisegannonfoundation.com.au/ 

SQ Welcomes Andrew "Herbie" Howard to the Team!

Swimming Queensland is pleased to announce that Andrew ‘Herbie’ Howard has joined Swimming Queensland as the Para Swimming Development Officer in a part-time capacity.

Herbie has previously been involved with SQ’s Membership and Participation Programs, and we are excited to have him involved in a wider capacity now.

Herbie has extensive coaching experience at all levels of swimming, and his passion for Swimmers with Disability make him a welcomed addition to the SQ Development Team. He will join SQ’s other team members Drew McGregor, Brant Best and Barry Prime at the McDonald’s Queensland Short Course Championships in a coach mentor role.

Qld Wrap Up - 2017 FINA World Championships

Queensland swimmers, coaches and officials have been in action in Budapest, Hungary, at the 2017 FINA World Championships.

The first night at Duna Arena saw our Queenslanders starting strong. The first medal was won by the Women’s 4x100m freestyle relay team. The team winning a silver medal, including Queenslanders Shayna Jack, Bronte Campbell, Emma McKeon and Brittany Elmslie. The second night of finals saw Emma McKeon take home the silver in the 100m butterfly.

Emily Seebohm was the next Queenslander on the podium, with a bronze in the 100m backstroke. The Women’s 200m freestyle final saw Emma McKeon add another silver medal to the tally. While, the 4x100m mixed medley relay team also took home a silver. The team included Queenslanders Mitch Larkin, Emma McKeon and Bronte Campbell.

The next medal for Queensland was the Women’s 4x200m freestyle team, with Madison Wilson, Emma McKeon and Ariarne Titmus taking home a bronze medal as part of the team. Gold was the next medal on the cards, with Emily Seebohm swimming her heart out in the last 50m of the 200m backstroke final to touch first.

With the conclusion of the final night of competition at the 2017 World Championships, Queensland took home a last medal in the Women’s 4x100m medley relay. The all Queenslander team dug deep in the final, holding on to the end to take home the bronze medal – Emily Seebohm, Taylor McKeown, Emma McKeon and Bronte Campbell.

In the Open Water events, Queensland swimmers showed their strength across a variety of distances. The team included Jack Brazier, Chelsea Gubecka, Kareena Lee, Jack McLoughlin and Kiah Melverton.

Not only were Queensland swimmers performing in Budapest, Queensland Technical Official, Erin Collis, started every one of the Men’s events throughout the competition. In addition, eight Queensland Coaches, plus Drew McGregor (SQ Coach Development Director) and Brant Best (SQ Coach & Club Development Officer), were in Budapest as part of the Paulus Wildeboer Scholarship. The aim of the scholarship is to expose these coaches to an educational experience designed to help further their coaching knowledge and skills whilst witnessing the best swimmers in the world compete.

Queensland Swimmers’ Results Summary – Pool and Open Water

Event

First Name

Surname

Result

 

Men's 50m Backstroke

Mitch

Larkin

18th

 

Women's 50m Backstroke

Emily

Seebohm

4th

 

Men's 50m Butterfly

David

Morgan

33rd

 

Women's 50m Butterfly

Brittany

Elmslie

21st

 

Men's 50m Freestyle

Cameron

McEvoy

9th

 

Men's 50m Freestyle

James

Roberts

22nd

 

Women's 50m Freestyle

Bronte

Campbell

6th

 

Women's 50m Freestyle

Shayna

Jack

13th

 

Men's 100m Backstroke

Mitch

Larkin

6th

 

Women's 100m Backstroke

Emily

Seebohm

Bronze Medal

 

Women's 100m Breaststroke

Taylor

McKeown

9th

 

Men's 100m Butterfly

Grant

Irvine

7th

 

Men's 100m Butterfly

David

Morgan

14th

 

Women's 100m Butterfly

Emma

McKeon

Silver Medal

 

Men's 100m Freestyle

Jack

Cartwright

7th

 

Men's 100m Freestyle

Cameron

McEvoy

4th

 

Women's 100m Freestyle

Bronte

Campbell

7th

 

Women's 100m Freestyle

Emma

McKeon

8th

 

Men's 200m Backstroke

Mitch

Larkin

15th

 

Women's 200m Backstroke

Kaylee

McKeown

4th

 

Women's 200m Backstroke

Emily

Seebohm

Gold Medal

 

Women's 200m Breaststroke

Taylor

McKeown

7th

 

Men's 200m Butterfly

Grant

Irvine

12th

 

Men's 200m Butterfly

David

Morgan

16th

 

Men's 200m Freestyle

Alexander

Graham

34th

 

Women's 200m Freestyle

Emma

McKeon

Silver Medal

 

Women's 200m Freestyle

Ariarne

Titmus

17th

 

Men's 200m Individual Medley

Clyde

Lewis

15th

 

Men's 400m Freestyle

David

McKeon

8th

 

Women's 400m Freestyle

Leah

Neale

16th

 

Women's 400m Freestyle

Ariarne

Titmus

4th

 

Men's 400m Individual Medley

Clyde

Lewis

21st

 

Women's 400m Individual Medley

Kaylee

McKeown

16th

 

Men's 800m Freestyle

Jack

McLoughlin

13th

 

Women's 800m Freestyle

Ariarne

Titmus

14th

 

Men's 1500m Freestyle

Jack

McLoughlin

11th

 

Men's 4 × 100m Freestyle Relay

Jack

Cartwright

Disqualification

 

Men's 4 × 100m Freestyle Relay

Alexander

Graham

Disqualification

 

Men's 4 × 100m Freestyle Relay

Cameron

McEvoy

Disqualification

 

Women's 4 × 100m Freestyle Relay

Bronte

Campbell

Silver Medal

 

Women's 4 × 100m Freestyle Relay

Brittany

Elmslie

Silver Medal

 

Women's 4 × 100m Freestyle Relay

Shayna

Jack

Silver Medal

 

Women's 4 × 100m Freestyle Relay

Emma

McKeon

Silver Medal

 

Women's 4 × 100m Freestyle Relay

Emily

Seebohm

Silver Medal

*

Women's 4 × 100m Freestyle Relay

Madison

Wilson

Silver Medal

*

Mixed 4 × 100m Freestyle Relay

Brittany

Elmslie

8th

 

Mixed 4 × 100m Freestyle Relay

Alexander

Graham

8th

 

Mixed 4 × 100m Freestyle Relay

Louis

Townsend

8th

 

Mixed 4 × 100m Freestyle Relay

Madison

Wilson

8th

 

Men's 4 × 100m Medley Relay

Mitch

Larkin

9th

 

Men's 4 × 100m Medley Relay

Cameron

McEvoy

9th

 

Men's 4 × 100m Medley Relay

David

Morgan

9th

 

Women's 4 × 100m Medley Relay

Bronte

Campbell

Bronze Medal

 

Women's 4 × 100m Medley Relay

Shayna

Jack

Bronze Medal

*

Women's 4 × 100m Medley Relay

Emma

McKeon

Bronze Medal

 

Women's 4 × 100m Medley Relay

Taylor

McKeown

Bronze Medal

 

Women's 4 × 100m Medley Relay

Emily

Seebohm

Bronze Medal

 

Mixed 4 × 100m Medley Relay

Bronte

Campbell

Silver Medal

 

Mixed 4 × 100m Medley Relay

Grant

Irvine

Silver Medal

*

Mixed 4 × 100m Medley Relay

Shayna

Jack

Silver Medal

*

Mixed 4 × 100m Medley Relay

Mitch

Larkin

Silver Medal

 

Mixed 4 × 100m Medley Relay

Emma

McKeon

Silver Medal

 

Mixed 4 × 100m Medley Relay

Kaylee

McKeown

Silver Medal

*

Men's 4 × 200m Freestyle Relay

Jack

Cartwright

4th

 

Men's 4 × 200m Freestyle Relay

Alexander

Graham

4th

 

Men's 4 × 200m Freestyle Relay

Clyde

Lewis

4th

 

Women's 4 × 200m Freestyle Relay

Shayna

Jack

Bronze Medal

*

Women's 4 × 200m Freestyle Relay

David

McKeon

4th

*

Women's 4 × 200m Freestyle Relay

Emma

McKeon

Bronze Medal

 

Women's 4 × 200m Freestyle Relay

Leah

Neale

Bronze Medal

*

Women's 4 × 200m Freestyle Relay

Ariarne

Titmus

Bronze Medal

 

Women's 4 × 200m Freestyle Relay

Madison

Wilson

Bronze Medal

 

Men's 5km

Jack

McLoughlin

23rd

 

Women's 5km

Kiah

Melverton

7th

 

Women's 5km

Kareena

Lee

10th

 

Men's 10km

Jack

Brazier

17th

 

Women's 10km

Chelsea

Gubecka

9th

 

Women's 10km

Kareena

Lee

19th

 

Men's 25km

Jack

Brazier

21st

 

Women's 25km

Chelsea

Gubecka

9th

 

Mixed 5km Relay

Kareena

Lee

4th

 

Mixed 5km Relay

Jack

Brazier

4th

 

Mixed 5km Relay

Kiah

Melverton

4th

 

Mixed 5km Relay

Jack

McLoughlin

4th

 

* Heat Swimmer

Board election and Life Membership awards at the 2017 SQ AGM

The SQ 2017 Annual General Meeting was held on Sunday 30th July at the Brisbane Aquatic Centre. We are pleased to report that Michael Cox was re-elected as SQ President, and Michele Watson, Mark Twyford and Rachel Vickery were re-elected as SQ Directors. 

SQ are also delighted to anounce the following people were awarded SQ Life Membership in recognition of their long and meritorious service to swimming in Queensland: Erin Collis (NQ), Theresa Manning (NQ), Gail Smail (DD), Di Daw (Gold Coast), and David Gregory (Brisbane).

Congratulations, Queensland Open Water Team

Queensland Open Water Team to compete in China and Hong Kong Open Water World Cup Events later this year!

Congratulations to swimmers Solomon Wright (TSS) and Lachlan Colquhoun (TSS) and Coach Raelene Ryan (Miami) who have been selected on the Queensland Open Water Team to compete at two Open Water World Cup Events later this year.

The team will compete in the FINA/HOSA 10km Marathon Swim World Cup 2017 #6 in Chun'an, China on the 15 October, followed by the FINA/HOSA 10km Marathon Swim World Cup 2017 #7 in Hong Kong on the 21 October 2017. All the event information and access to results after the event can be found online: http://www.fina.org/discipline/open-water 

Get Started Vouchers - Round 10 Opens Soon

Round 10 of Get Started Vouchers opens on Wednesday 12 July 2017.

The program provides eligible children and young people aged 5 to 17 (inclusive) who can least afford to join a sport or recreation club with a voucher valued at up to $150 for membership and/or registration fees. It should be noted that vouchers are issued on a first come, first served basis; therefore there is no guarantee that a child or young/person will obtain a voucher.

Over 4200 clubs have registered for the program. Clubs can apply for registration for Get Started Vouchers at any time. Registration is valid for the entire program period so there is no need to register for each round.

Fact sheets for clubs, parents/guardians/carers and referral agents can be viewed at http://www.qld.gov.au/recreation/sports/funding/getinthegame/getstarted/. The factsheets provide an overview of the eligibility criteria and application process.

More information on Get Started Vouchers, including promotional materials that can be used by clubs to advertise their involvement in the program, is available at http://www.qld.gov.au/recreation/sports/funding/getinthegame/getstarted/.

Should you have any questions, please email getstarted@npsr.qld.gov.au.

Get in the Game funding now available

Don't miss this great opportunity! Get in the Game - Get Playing Places and Spaces & Get Going Clubs - funding is now available! More information about these great programs are available online at https://www.qld.gov.au/recreation/sports/funding/.

Applications close 11 August 2017, so get in quick for your chance to help improve facilities or grow your club.

New Season Affiliations Open Now

Affiliate your Club online now, if you need more information please contact us

https://qld.swimming.org.au/sq-affiliation-information.html 

2017-2018 Memberships Open Now!

Member registration and renewal information for the 2017/2018 season has been emailed to Club Contacts, Registrars and Secretaries. If your Club has not yet receieved the email please contact us so we can assist you!

2017 Paulus Wildeboer Coaching Scholarship Recipients Announced

Swimming Queensland is pleased to announce the 2017 Paulus Wildeboer Coaching Scholarship Recipients:

These successful applicants will join Stephan Widmer (SAL State Head Coach, Queensland) and Drew McGregor (SQ Coach Development Director) at the 2017 World Swimming Championships in Budapest from Friday, 21 July to Monday, 31 July as part of the SQ Coach Tour.

This has been made possible through the Paulus Wildeboer Coaching Scholarship, which pays tribute to Swimming Queensland’s former Head Coach, Paulus Wildeboer, an inspirational man who touched the lives of everyone he met in his short time with us.  Congratulations to the recipients, we are so proud to be able to pay tribute to Paulus by giving you this special opportunity! 

Winners Announced

We are super excited as we've just announced the winners of $11, 800 worth of prizes! Huge shout out to our major sponsor McDonald's for helping us to provide some of the awesome prizes in these programs. Congratulations to all the McDonald's Participation & Improvement Program winners below!

Participation Program
1st. Juliette Painter, GS Aquatics
2nd. Abby Richardson, Yeppoon SC
3rd. Joshua Taylor, Fairymead SC
4th. Ashtyn Byers, Cooroy Dolphins SC
5th. Hunter Herron, Emu Park SC
6th. Abbey Healy, Dalby & District SC

Improvement Program
1st. Sarah McMahon, Marlin Coast SC
2nd. Aaron Miranda, Southside Aquatics
3rd. Maecy Riches, Pioneer SC
4th. Rose Doyle, CYMS ST Edmunds
5th. Brooke Collyer, Southern Cross SC
6th. Josh Marcinkowski, Fairholme ASC

 

Prizes

1st. Swimmer $1000 gift card, Coach $500 gift card, Club $1700 McDonald's Marquee

2nd. Swimmer $100 gift card, Coach, $100 gift card

3rd. Swimmer $100 gift card, Coach, $100 gift card

4th. Swimmer $100 gift card, Coach, $100 gift card

5th. Swimmer $100 gift card, Coach, $100 gift card

6th. Swimmer $100 gift card, Coach, $100 gift card

Primary School Competition Winner

Competition Winner Announced! Congratulations to Caitlin Pett from Shorncliffe State School on winning the primary schools certificate competition! Caitlin has won a school visit from Australian Champion Jessica Ashwood! Congratulations Caitlin, someone from Swimming Qld will be in touch with you shortly.

SQ Board

The SQ Board is pleased to announce that it has appointed Rachel Vickery as a Director following Peter Turnbull’s decision to resign from the Board for work and personal reasons.      

Rachel has worked as the Sports Physiotherapist for numerous elite and professional teams and individuals and as a high performance consultant. 

A former elite gymnast, Rachel was awarded the SQ Award of Excellence in 2013 for creating Growing Up In Lycra, a resource for young girls in women engaged in the sport of swimming and the inspiration for the Beyond the Black Line program being developed by Swimming Australia for national implementation.

The Board thanks Peter for his very valuable contribution to the governance of swimming in Queensland.

Prize Winners Announced

Get excited everyone, the Optus Junior Dolphins Competition Prize Winners have been announced!

1st Prize. Biloela
2nd Prize. Centenary Dolphins
3rd Prize. Bracken Ridge
4th Prize. Coopers Burleigh & Richmond

SQ will be in touch with the winning clubs shortly.

Chandler Lodge & Cabins

Chandler Lodge & Cabins Exclusive Accommodation Bookings

Swimming Qld is pleased to announce that it is continuing its arrangement for the upcoming season with Chandler Lodge and Cabins for Swimming Qld Officials, competitors, coaches, and participant family members requiring accommodation for our Championship events.

The timeframe for grabbing this exclusive booking opportunity for cabin/dormitory accommodation is up until six months prior to the commencement date of each Championship, after which time it is opened up to everyone. 

The exclusive accommodation booking period closing dates for the 2017 Qld Championships is 9 June 2017 and for the 2018 Qld Sprint Championships is 18 August 2017.

Further information on prices and how to book is available here

Bookings for Chandler Lodge and Cabins accommodation is available all year round.

 

Welcome Brant Best

Swimming Queensland is pleased to announce that Brant Best will join the organisation as a Coach and Club Development Officer on 20 March 2017.

Brant learnt the coaching trade in Queensland before moving to Sydney and subsequently working as Head Coach at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre, where he had the honour of being appointed as a coach on the Australian London Olympic team.

Brant’s extensive coaching experience at all levels of swimming and his passion for our sport make him a welcome addition to the SQ development team, where he will work alongside Drew McGregor (Coach Development Director), Barry Prime (Coach and Club Development Officer); Nick Smith (Sport Scientist); and Scott Munro (Athletic Development Officer).

Sport and Recreation Conference: Plan, Prepare, Perform

Calling all sporting volunteers, coaches and administrators! Free Sport and Recreation Conference Opporunity!

Kick start 2017 learning from leading industry experts at the FREE Sport and Recreation Conference. With topics focused on key local issues through a unique blend of presentations, case studies and engaging workshops, learn to build your organisational capacity, inspire new ideas and take on challenges in the changing world of sport and recreation.

Reserve your place at www.nprsr.qld.gov.au 

Celebrating Fish out of Water

Read the ASA article here and if you haven't bought your copy yet head to www.jadeedmistone.com 

2016 Qld Champs Photos

Action and Podium photos available online now from the 2016 Qld Champs! 

www.medalshots.com 

Club of the Year Award


Congratulations to Warwick Swimming Club,
Swimming Australia Club Of The Year 2016!
Warwick Swimming Club is a small club based on the Darling Downs and are one of the longest surviving clubs in Queensland dating back to the early 1900's. With a motto of fun, friendship and fitness, the club environment helps its members to thrive, doubling their membership from 30 to 60 members, with 42% of them achieving a Junior Excellence standard in 2015/16. A unified committee works closely with the facility operators to ensure a strong relationship, providing security of pool time for the club and together, fundraising and achieving grants to improve the pool environment for current and future users enabling the club to promote swimming for all ages and abilities!
Club President Neil Vickers attended the Swimming Australia Gala Dinner and was extremely proud to receive the award on behalf of the Warwick Swimming Club.

Neil said of winning the award "The Swimming Australia Club of the Year award is huge for the Warwick Swimming Club. It is an award that recognises the 106 year history of our club. From swimming in the river to our indoor facility, the award means a huge amount to our members, life members and swimming families. It is an award for the thousands of children that have swum at our club. Swimming in Warwick will continue to grow" 
 
Club of the Year Top 10 Results

1. Warwick Swimming Club
2. Rockingham Swimming Club
3. Mareeba Swimming Club
4. Gap Gators Swim Club
5. Randwick City Swim Club
6. Cairns Stingrays Swim Club
7. Norwood Swimming Club
8. Marion Swimming Club
9. Yarra Plenty Swimming Club
10. Somerset Swimming Club (Gold Coast)
Prizes

1st COTY Framed award, $2,000 & athlete visit
2nd $1,000 & athlete visit
3rd  $500 & athlete visit
4th - 10th $150 of Sports Community Vouchers
 
Congratulations to all of the clubs who entered the Swimming Australia Club of the Year for 2016. We were inspired by all of the hard work, innovation and progress that all entrants had undertaken over the past year to ensure that our sport continues to grow and develop into 2017 and beyond. 

We will be in contact directly with the top 10 clubs to organise prizes in the coming days. 

Queensland Swimmers and Coaches representing Australia at the Fina World Short Course Championships!

75% of the team is from Queensland!                                                             

 

TWELVE ROOKIES JOIN RIO STARS

http://www.swimming.org.au/NewsCentral/Twelve-rookies-join-Rio-stars-for-World-Short-Cour.aspx 

Six members of Australia’s Rio Olympic swim team will spearhead a 20-strong Dolphins team for next month’s Fina World Short Course Championships in Windsor, Canada which includes 12 new faces.
 
Rio medallists Mitch Larkin, Emily Seebohm, David Morgan, Brittany Elmslie and Jessica Ashwood will be joined by Daniel Smith along with the return of London Olympian Tommaso D’Orsogna.
 
Four other Rio medallists Kyle Chalmers, Cam McEvoy, Maddi Wilson and Maddie Groves were all unavailable for selection.
 
The team, 75 percent from Queensland, sees the return of 2012 World Short Course champion Bobby Hurley (Warringah Aquatic, NSW) at 28 who upset world champion Mitch Larkin to swim his way back onto the team tonight, despite suffering from an infected nerve in his neck which forced him out of the recent Fina World Cup series.
 
Hurley clocked 50.08 to Larkin’s 50.42 but based on Larkin’s 49.62 swum in the Moscow World Cup he is ranked first in the world while Hurley comes in third with Russian Stanislav Donets second on 50.06.
 
The meet will also see the introduction of 12 rookies on the team who will make their international debuts - including both 16-year-old Minna Atherton (Brisbane Grammar) and 19-year-old Clyde Lewis (St Peters Western) who clocked individual qualifying times to signal their intentions.
 
Atherton, the world junior champion and record holder, will join training partner and dual world champion Seebohm in a two pronged backstroke assault.
 
Lewis, who just missed the team on the 200IM on night two, gate crashed his way onto his first team with a barnstorming win in the 400IM in 4:05.74 on the final night.
 
“Just missing the team the night before gave me so much drive and I wanted to make it real bad. I knew this was my last chance to get under a qualifying time so I put myself in an international mind space as if I was racing all the big guns,” said Lewis, who is coached by Dean Boxall at St Peters Western.
 
“I really got myself going and I have never hurt that much in my life. I think I need a new body but it is so worth it and I’m so happy. I knew I had to go out very fast and I knew I was going to hurt a lot. I wanted it enough and it paid off.”
 
Hurley’s rare injury which has affected the power in his right arm forced him to rest more and in the end the extra rest paid dividends.
 
“There was a lot of rest since I kicked my way to that bronze medal in the 50m and obviously with a nerve injury it’s fatiguing a lot for me so just working the legs, a lot of fast kicking and that’s obviously important in short course. It is 60 percent underwater,” said Hurley.
 
“Then just really light, 100 pace tempo work and we haven’t been able to do much of that in the last two-to-three weeks.
 
“I knew I would be right for 75 metres tonight and the last lap I wasn’t too sure and I managed to hold it together and a forced taper has paid off and I’m looking forward to World’s now with Mitch and I giving Australia a great one-two.”
 
The former short course world champion and world record holder for 50m backstroke had won five gold, two silvers and one bronze medal against some of the best swimmers in the world in the World Cups before being forced home after Singapore and Tokyo with the injury.
 
Meanwhile there was a Brisbane Grammar trifecta in the 200m individual medley, led by swimmer of the meet Emily Seebohm who won an unprecedented seventh individual National title and her 14th career short course gold.
 
No other swimmer has ever won seven individual National titles in one meet – let alone in a three-day meet.
 
Seebohm, who only decided to swim the 200IM this morning, clocked 2:07.04 to street her rivals, Grammar training partners 200m breaststroke winner Aisling Scott (2:09.44) and 400 IM winner Calypso Sheridan (2:10.77).
 
Seebohm, who had won the 50, 100 and 200m backstroke, the 50m butterfly and freestyle and 100 and 200IM also added an eighth gold with the Brisbane Grammar 4x100m medley relay with Atherton, Aisling Scott and Brittany Elmslie – narrowly missing the National record set last year by St Peters Western’s all-Olympic team of Madi Wilson, Georgia Bohl, Maddie Groves and Bronte Barratt.
 
Champion club TSS Aquatic were led superbly by butterfly star David Morgan who was justly rewarded with his Australian All-Comers record of 49.52 in the 100m butterfly – adding to his previous wins in the 50 and 200m butterfly events.
 
His TSS teammate Josh Parrish earned his first National title, taking out the 1500m freestyle in 14:45.49 before anchoring the club’s 4x100m medley relay in 49.26 – which would be another rare performance.
 
Meanwhile Bond’s Cam McEvoy wrapped up a successful defence of the 50, 100 and 200m freestyle treble and replicating his log course triple when he won the 50m freestyle in 21.04 ahead of Morgan (21.51) and Marion SA’s Andrew Abood (21.72).
 
There was further heartache for Blue Mountains boy Matthew Wilson, who narrowly missed the Rio Olympic team and again missed this team by 0.07 – clocking 2:05.08 in an impressive performance but sees him miss his second team by the narrowest of margins.
 
Carlile’s 20-year-old world short course rookie Emily Washer turned her 100m silver into gold in the 200m butterfly in a time of 2:06.64 ahead of Lara Taylor (TSS Aquatics) 2:07.07 and Gemma Cooney (Brisbane Grammar) 2:08.71.

The Multi-Class 100m breaststroke to Blake Cochrane (USC Spartans) in 1:15.17 with Paralympic gold medallist Tim Diskin (PLC Aquatic) 1:11.07 and Grant Patterson (Central Cairns) 2:20.49 with the women’s event going to Madeline Scott (Canberra) in 1:18.98 from Paralympian Prue Watt (Cranbrook) 1:20.71 and Jamie-Lee Getson (Melbourne Torpedoes) 1:22.34.
 
Australian Dolphins Swim Team, Fina World Short Course Swimming Championships, Windsor, Canada December 6-13
 
MEN: 
Tommaso D’Orsogna (Somerset, QLD)
Jack Gerard (Melbourne Vicentre, VIC)
Alexander Graham (Southport Olympic, QLD)
Bobby Hurley (Warringah, NSW)
Mitch Larkin (Unattached, QLD)
Clyde Lewis (St Peters Western, QLD)
Brayden McCarthy (Bond, QLD) 
David Morgan (TSS Aquatics, QLD)
Daniel Smith (St Peters Western, QLD)
Tommy Sucipto (Rockingham, WA)
 
WOMEN:
Jessica Ashwood (Chandler, QLD)
Minna Atherton (Brisbane Grammar, QLD)
Carla Buchanan (Acacia Bayside, QLD)
Brittany Elmslie (Brisbane Grammar, QLD)
Jessica Hansen (Nunawading, VIC)
Kiah Melverton (TSS Aquatics QLD)
Jemma Schlicht (USC Spartans, QLD)
Emily Seebohm (Brisbane Grammar, QLD)
Ariarne Titmus (St Peters Western, QLD)
Emily Washer (Carlile, NSW)
 
Head Coach: Jacco Verhaeren
Coaches: Dean Boxall (St Peters Western, QLD), Chris Nesbitt (TSS Aquatic, Southport, QLD), David Lush (Brisbane Grammar, QLD), Will Scott (Rockingham, WA), Shaun Crow (Acacia Bayside, QLD)

QLD Success at the SAL Gala Awards! #SwimGala16

Queenslanders win big at the Swimming Australia Gala Awards!

Congratulations to all the Queenslanders who were successful at the SAL Gala Awards night Sunday 9 November. 

http://www.swimming.org.au/NewsCentral/Gold-medallists-scoop-the-pool-at-Swimming%E2%80%99s-Gala.aspx  

Club of the Year: Warwick Swimming Club is a small club based on the Darling Downs and are one of the longest surviving clubs in Queensland dating back to the early 1900’s. In 2015/16, one of their biggest achievements in 2015/16 season came in the improvement of club swimmers. The Warwick Swimming Club have 32 members and in . In the 2015/16 season we had 14 members achieve the standards across all JX levels. This equates to 42% of club members. The club also had a multiclass swimmer compete at National level. The Warwick Swimming Club have also been recognised for actively applying for grants and fundraising to further improve the enjoyment of their club members.

Technical Official of the Year: In all that she does, Teresa is professional, knowledgeable and committed. She leads by example and sets a very high standard that other technical officials look to emulate. Giving willingly of her time, Teresa takes pride in mentoring other officials. Teresa shows a high level of involvement in swimming at all levels – club, region, state, national and international. Her major achievement was being selected to officiate at the 16th FINA World Championships in Russia.

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Great Job at the Singapore and Tokyo World Cup Meets QLD!

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Libby Trickett to be Inducted into The Sport Australia Hall of Fame

Libby Trickett to be Inducted into The Sport Australia Hall of Fame

 http://www.sahof.org.au/hall-of-fame/2016-inductee-libby-trickett/ 

Libby a medal winning machine who broke the barriers in swimming

 

Libby Trickett was a barrier breaker and medal winning machine, collecting 24 gold medals on the international stage during a glittering career that spanned Olympic, Commonwealth Games and world championship events.

With four Olympic gold medals at three consecutive Olympic Games, eight long course and seven short course world titles and five Commonwealth Games golds, Trickett is in rare company in Australian swimming.

Her feats in the pool will be celebrated tonight when Trickett is inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame as an athlete member for the sport of swimming.

Trickett experienced the highs and lows of international sport.

As Libby Lenton she burst onto the scene in 2003 when she won her first national title - breaking the Australian record in the 50m freestyle. Later that year she became the first Australian woman to break the 25-second barrier before winning the first of many international medals with two bronze at the world championships in Barcelona.

The following year at the Athens Olympic Games in 2004 she joined Alice Mills, and Sport Australia Hall of Fame members Petria Thomas and Jodie Henry in setting a new world record to win Australia’s first 4x100m freestyle title in 48 years.

“My first race in my first Olympics and I came away with the world record and an Olympic gold medal so it doesn’t get much better than that in terms of starting an Olympic campaign,” Trickett recalls.

But things didn’t go exactly to plan.  Going in to the 100m freestyle as world record holder, she missed the final – so watched the recent Rio Olympic Games with significant empathy for Australia’s Campbell sisters.

"What both Cate and Bronte experienced this year – I’ve been there and walked in their shoes – literally walked that road and it’s incredibly challenging and difficult and frustrating and upsetting and disappointing and all of those words but they’re the moments that define you as an athlete and define you as a person and ultimately you learn the most from those moments,” Trickett said.

“Those are things that make you grow, they force to you evolve and think differently and challenge the way that you do things  - that’s the lesson that I learnt during my swimming career that I try to apply in life everyday now.”

“Hopefully it provides the platform to go on to to bigger and better things in the future,” Trickett says.

It’s a testament to her approach that Trickett did exactly that, albeit as she says, “I did finish second in Beijing in the freestyle, so not everything went to plan.”

At the 2005 world championships she won a debut individual world title in the 50m freestyle, whilst also collecting two relay gold medals (4x100m freestyle and 4x100m medley) along with silver in the 100m butterfly and 4x200m freestyle.

She shone at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in 2006, winning five gold medals – with victories in the 50m and 100m freestyle and all three relays, including a world record 4x100m freestyle relay swim where her own split lowered the world record.

She went on to win five of Australia's 12 gold medals in the 2006 world short course titles in Shanghai, earning her the female swimmer of the meet.

Melbourne was a happy hunting ground – at the 2007 world titles at Rod Laver Arena she replicated the Commonwealth Games feat snagging five gold medals.

Prior to the 2008 Beijing Olympics Australia had a new swimming name to follow, as Libby Lenton became Libby Trickett after marrying fellow Australian swimmer Luke Trickett.

In Beijing, she claimed her first individual Olympic gold medal - in the 100m butterfly - and then combined with Emily Seebohm, Sport Australia Hall of Fame member Liesel Jones and Jessicah Schipper to win the 4x100m medley relay gold in world record time. She again went in as world record holder in the 100m freestyle but was out touched for the gold medal after scrapping into the final. She came away from the Beijing Games with two gold, a silver and a bronze medal.

In reflecting on her achievements, Trickett feels it’s the Olympic gold medals that stand out, although breaking barriers was also nice… that and racing Michael Phelps.

“It’s really hard to go past Olympic gold medals – I think as swimmers that’s the pinnacle of our sport and is proved at every single Olympic year they are not that easy to come by so to do that both within relays and also as an individual is something I’m incredibly proud of.”

“Getting the opportunity to break some barriers in terms of records and times was nice. I had that opportunity a couple of times in both the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle," Trickett said.

"Everyone would prefer an Olympic gold medal or world championship gold medal as they’re the things that stand the test of time but certainly the opportunity to have a bit of fun and know you were the fastest in the world  - ever – is fun.”

“In terms of the most fun I ever had racing was the semi-final of the 100m freestyle at the Australian titles in 2004 where I broke my first world record that was a big thrill for me and probably the most fun.  Racing Michael Phelps in 2007 and going unofficially under 53 seconds that was also really fun.  I did it again, officially, but to be the first women to break 53 seconds was awesome and to do it against Michael Phelps was a real pleasure.”

Trickett swam at a golden time for Australian women and follows teammates Jodie Henry and Leisel Jones and Paralympian Priya Cooper as recent swimming inductees into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.

“It’s a wonderful tradition that we are continuing and it's testament to the fact that swimming for women in Australia has been incredibly dominant for a number of years now. To know I was part of such a wonderful period in Australian swimming is great and it’s also wonderful to see that tradition continuing with the likes of the Campbell sisters and the 4x1 relay over numerous Olympics now.”

Trickett retired in 2009, and made a comeback at the end of 2010.

At the Olympic Games in London in 2012, Trickett swam the heats of the 4x100m freestyle. With the Australian team going on to win the gold medal in the final she won the fourth Olympic gold medal of her career.

Trickett retired, for the final time in 2013, so Rio was the first Olympics she’d missed since Athens 12 years ago - did she miss it?
“Yep… 100%,” she laughed. “I think I spent the entire time telling my husband I could totally make a comeback for 2020. Post baby - it’s been done. He went along with it for a while because he knew it was a coping mechanism.”

Now a mother to Poppy (12 months) and with a part time marketing role in a start-up tech company, combined with studies in fitness and public speaking and ambassador roles, Trickett has no intention of putting the goggles back on.

“I was privileged to have swum for as long as I did and record the achievements that I was able to do throughout my swimming career and that’s what you work towards throughout your career but you don’t think about the other possibilities of other rewards and recognition. So I was blown away and to be up there with the likes of Dawn Fraser and the other wonderful icons of our sport.”

Libby Trickett OAM will be inducted to the Sport Australia Hall of Fame on Australian sport’s night of nights – the sold out 32nd Sport Australia Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Gala Dinner – presented by Etihad Airways, tonight, Thursday 13th October at Palladium at Crown, Melbourne

Established in 1985, the Sport Australia Hall of Fame plays a vital role in preserving and perpetuating Australia’s rich sporting heritage, whilst promoting the values of courage, sportsmanship, integrity, mateship, persistence, and excellence, all underpinned by generosity, modesty, pride and ambition.

For media information please contact The Sport Australia Hall of Fame media:

David Culbert
(03) 9822 7110 or 0417 272 641
[email protected]

For event information please contact The Sport Australia Hall of Fame Operations Manager:

Tania Sullivan
(03) 9510 2066
[email protected]

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The Qld Government through its 'Get Started Voucher' for children assists eligible children from the age of 5 - 17 to access funding for a sport or recreation club.

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The Revamped Tobruk Memorial Pool in Cairns Reopens


World Champion and Olympic swimmers, Melanie and Chris Wright joined Brooke Hanson, former Olympic Gold medallist, world champion and record-holder at the Opening of the revamped Tobruk Memorial Pool in Cairns, on Saturday, 14th May.

Chris was born in Cairns where he spent 18 years before moving south to pursue his swimming career.

The newly revamped pool is named in memory of Australian soldiers who fought and died at Tobruk in the Second World War.

The structure of the pool was inspired by a photograph of those soldier.
“ The shape of the surrounding shoreline and of the protective helmets inspired the roof form of what will be an iconic public building.” (MMP Architects)
The shape at the front of the building emulated the barbed wire of the trenches.

The venue boasts a 10 lane 50m Olympic pool as well as a 25m lap pool and a Flow Rider among other tremendous leisure options.

Approximately, 3000 people on Saturday and slightly less on Sunday enjoyed what the facility has to offer all ages and both days offered the public free entry to the venue. Included in the activities was a Skins' event and over 600 people enjoyed the Flow Rider.

The dignitaries invited to the opening ceremony, included Australia’s highly decorated Ben Robert-Smith (Victoria Cross), the Mayor, Robert Manning and MP Warren Entsch.

For more photos click on  Tobruk Memorial Pool, Cairns

Swimming Australia launch website to promote inclusion and diversity in swimming

inclusion website

7 Pillars and Inclusion Framework website launch

 

Swimming Australia in conjunction with Play by the Rules have joined forces to help make swimming more accessible to all Australians with the new Inclusive Swimming Framework and 7 Pillars website, that launched on Monday 23 November.

The Inclusive Swimming Framework (ISF) will guide Swimming Australia, its stakeholders and aquatic partners toward achieving full inclusion of people from the diverse array of circumstances and backgrounds in swimming and aquatic activities by knocking down the barriers that may prevent them from accessing the sport.

Swimming Australia CEO Mark Anderson said we want to give all Australians the opportunity to be involved in swimming and we want to inspire them to be the swimmer they want to be.

“Swimming is an important part of our national identity and as a Nation surrounded by water, it is in our DNA. As custodians of swimming, we accept our responsibility to ensure that all Australians have the chance to become involved, develop and excel in both in and out of the water. We acknowledge that not every Australian has easy access to getting involved and that for many there may be barriers and these are our responsibility to overcome.

The introduction of the Inclusive Swimming Framework is intended to provide the swimming and aquatics industry with a consistent approach to enabling access and participation. It is an approach that highlights the common factors that contribute to achieving diversity, rather than focusing on difference.”

With summer just around the corner, Social Inclusion week from November 21 to 29 and then International Day for People with Disability on December 3, the launch of the 7 Pillars of Inclusion website and Inclusive Swimming Framework comes at a pivotal time in the swimming season.

Swimming Australia Paralympic Pathways Senior Coordinator Michael Woods said it will help people understand where to start on the journey toward a more inclusive and diverse community.

“The 7 Pillars of Inclusion is about giving you a 'helicopter' view of inclusion. It looks at the common elements of inclusive practice across different population groups, such as people with disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, Indigenous Australians and so on. It's a framework to help you identify your strengths and weaknesses and it will give you a great starting point in designing strategies for inclusive practice.”

Mark Anderson added that the ISF applies at all levels of the sport, from swim schools and clubs through to our elite teams and the administration of Swimming Australia and our stakeholders.

“While Swimming Australia seeks to take a leadership role in this endeavour, I acknowledge that this is not something that Swimming Australia can do alone. The key to success is ensuring all stakeholders in the swimming and aquatics community feel empowered and involved.

Every Australian should have the opportunity to be involved in swimming in the role and level of their choosing. Through the Inclusive Swimming Framework, it is Swimming Australia’s goal to achieve this by ensuring our sport is reflective of the Australian community,” Anderson said.

The website, which launched on Monday November 23, will aim to provide the swimming and aquatics industry with a consistent approach to enabling access and participation. An approach that highlights the common factors that contributes to achieving diversity, rather than focusing on difference.

To access the 7 Pillars of Inclusion website, follow this link:http://7pillarsofinclusion.com/swimming/

For more information on Social Inclusion week, follow this link: http://www.socialinclusionweek.com.au/

Play by the Rules is a joint initiative between the Australian Sports Commission, the Australian Human Rights Commission, all state and territory departments of sport and recreation and equal opportunity commissions, the Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association and the Office of the Children’s Guardian.   

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