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
2016 Qld Champs Photos
Action and Podium photos available online now from the 2016 Qld Champs!
Club of the Year Award
Queensland Swimmers and Coaches representing Australia at the Fina World Short Course Championships!
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
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)
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.
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!
Libby Trickett to be Inducted into The Sport Australia Hall of Fame
Libby Trickett to be Inducted into The Sport Australia Hall of Fame
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.
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?
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.
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Benefits of being a Swimming Queensland Member
How to Renew Your Membership using MyLANE
MyLANE is the new membership portal used by Swimming Australia, MyLANE offers individualised functionality to members that hasn't been available in the past and Swimming Queensland are proud to offer this to its members.
The purpose of MyLANE is to provide a personalised portal to all Swimming Australia members, allowing them to perform functions such as track race results, compare personal best times against qualifiying times for meets and the Junior Excellence program qualifying times, set personal goals and enter meets online. Members will also be able to update their contact details and renew their membership from with MyLANE. Members who are linked as the payer of their family will be able to see the membership details for all linked members. MyLANE will also allow Technical Officials to be able to view their accreditation details online.
MyLANE is a crucial part of how Swimming Australia and Swimming Queensland communicate with their members. Updates on important news from Swimming Australia (SAL), Swimming Queensland (SQ), Regions and Clubs are available to members through the MyLANE portal.
Get Started Voucher
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.
Find out more: Get Started Voucher
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
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.