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Feedback Drives Changes to Competitions Calendar

 There have been some exciting changes made to the Swimming Victoria Competition Calendar.

Recently, we asked our membership, through Clubs and Districts, for responses to some proposed changes to the Swimming Victoria events calendar. These changes sought to encourage participation, engage and motivate swimmers whilst supporting their development, and foster a life-long love of our fantastic sport.

The response was outstanding, with 38 clubs and nine districts, as well as individual members, taking the time to give us feedback.

Above all, feedback supported the notion that the main focus for all participants was the successful development of young swimmers, providing adequate pathways for swimmers at all levels, and having a practical competition schedule that ‘makes sense’ in the context of other events at local and National level.

After consolidating and carefully considering all feedback received, Swimming Victoria will implement some changes across the 2018-2019 season. Here are the main changes you'll notice:

All Juniors
Our All Junior meets will now cover 8-16 year olds, rather than 8-14 year olds. This gives older swimmers who are not currently with a Club another entry point into the sport.

Optus Junior Dolphins
Our 7-10s meets have been replaced with the Optus Junior Dolphins meet, catering for 8-12 year olds, and introducing a couple of ‘bridging’ age groups to ensure consistency. This links with the similarly named National program and will give our young swimmers another year to focus on all-important stroke development and technique, without the pressure of such intense competition.

Metro Championships
A new Metro Championships (long course) will allow metro districts to battle against each other just like our country districts do at the Country Champs. We’re still finalising the details, but you’ll hear more about this in the coming months, ready for the start of the season.

Age LC Champs
To shorten the competition timeline, we have removed a few events from this program. Long distance events will still count towards Age point scores, but they’ll now be held at the Victorian Qualifying and Long Distance meet the month before the Age LC Champs. The middle distance events will be swum as timed finals, and relays will be moved into the Open LC program. 

Championship Meets
Finally, we’ve made changes to our Championship meets to align with the National pathway. Swimmers aged 11 and under will no longer be part of Age and Open LC and SC meets but rather, will be encouraged to compete in district competitions and the three meets already mentioned. 

These changes provide a more appropriate and timely pathway for young swimmers and allow us to better support their development and ensure they enjoy and benefit from their swimming experience.

On a practical level, the changes will result in a more logical and workable calendar for everyone involved. There will be a better spread of major meets across the swimming calendar, distance competitions will tie in more closely with the opening of country pools and Clubs’ training practices, and Swimming Victoria’s events will be more closely aligned with future changes as they are introduced by Swimming Australia at National events.

Of course, there's always room for improvement. We know that. And these changes are just part of our ongoing commitment to better support our swimmers, coaches and Clubs.

If you didn’t get the opportunity to contribute in this latest round of feedback, or if you have more ideas as the year progresses, we are always happy to get your thoughts on how we can improve the swimming experience for everyone.

Just give us a call on 9230 9400 or drop us an email at sv.admin@vic.swimming.org.au and we'll be sure to take your feedback on board for our ongoing process of review.

Finally, Clubs and Districts can make bookings at MSAC from 26th March.


Click here to view the full calendar.

Victoria's largest swimming contingent to battle it out at Commonwealth Game Trials


We wish the best of luck to the 88 Victorian swimmers, their coaches and Victorian Technical Officials travelling to the Gold Coast this week to attend 2018 Commonwealth Games Trials – Victoria’s largest Commonwealth Games Swimming Trials contingent in a number of years!

Catch an exciting glimpse of the future of swimming in Victoria as both up-and-comers and seasoned Victorian swimmers take to the water at the Optus Aquatic Centre starting tomorrow.

For some, a place on the 50 athlete Australian Commonwealth Games Swimming team is the ultimate goal while others are using the opportunity of competing this week to gain experience and valuable feedback from racing at this level.

Tune into Channel 7 from 9pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday and 8:30pm on Friday to watch the finals and see your favourite Victorian athletes dominate. Heats will be streamed by Swimming Australia and can be viewed on the Swimming Australia website from tomorrow morning.

Swimming Victoria Statement regarding Marriage Equality


Swimming Victoria Statement regarding Marriage Equality


Swimming Victoria is an organisation of members and stakeholders with diverse backgrounds and opinions; and our organisational policies reflect our ongoing and serious commitment to inclusion, fairness and acceptance. Swimming Victoria’s Board and CEO, Jason Hellwig, wish to formally record their support for Marriage Equality.


Swimming Victoria recognises that as a sport we have past and present champions who have strong positions on this topic. We absolutely support these individuals and support their right to have a strong voice in relation to this social issue.


Swimming Victoria also strongly believe that everyone has an equal right to make an informed decision on the issue and recognise that this is a topic where there will be differing views on marriage equality across the community and across our sport.


Swimming Victoria encourages an informed and respectful discussion on the issue. The organisation strongly believes that everyone has an equal right to make an informed decision on the issue.

On this basis the Board felt it appropriate for all Swimming members to have the opportunity to have their own position and encouraged all of its members to express their perspective in the postal vote.

Announcing the 2017 PhysioHealth Victorian State Team!

Swimming Victoria are proud to announce the members of the PhysioHealth Victorian State Team who will be representing us at the 2017 State Teams Championships from the 22-24 September at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.

Athletes were selected because of their outstanding performances at the recent Victorian Age Short Course Championships, ten from each of the four age categories – Female 13/14, Female 15/16, Male 14/15 and Male 16/17. Rather than competing on times, swimmers at the State Teams Championships score points for their state according to how they place.

The team will come together this Saturday at the Victorian Open SC Championships where they will be presented with their Victorian Team Uniforms, powered by EVO Sportswear. They will also receive swimwear from our sponsor Funky Trunks and Funkita. PhysioHealth will also be looking after our athletes by providing physiotherapy throughout the competition.

The 2017 PhysioHealth State Team athletes, selected coaches and support staff will head to Canberra on September 20 for pre-meet training. It will be a great opportunity for the swimmers to build a strong team atmosphere before heading into the Championships.

Swimming Victoria Athlete and Coach Services Coordinator, Linley Frame will be travelling with the team as Athlete Mentor. She is confident that the 40 swimmers selected will be strong force going up against some of the best age swimmers from around the country. “Last year we finished third behind Queensland and New South Wales, we are hoping to build on that this year and see some really great swimming from our team,” said Frame.

The event is an invaluable experience for young swimmers, giving them insight into being part of a State or even National team and fosters a great sense of team spirit. They follow in the footsteps of some inspirational Victorian swimmers including Mack Horton, Josh Beaver and Koti Ngawati, who are all State Team Alumni and have gone on to compete internationally at the Rio Olympics and World Championships.

Some members of the State Team were also identified by Swimming Australia to stay on in Canberra for the National Talent ID Camp. Samantha Schlicht, Ryland Brian, Oliver Nash, Marco Soesanto, Brendon Smith and coaches Kenrick Monk and Angus Barnes will be joined by fellow Victorians Rosemary Addison, Nathan Foote, Zoe Deacon, Matthew Temple, Ryan Bicknell and coach Jenny Weldon to take part in the 7 day program which builds on swimming technique, tactical awareness, professional attitude and physical capabilities already developed in the State Swimming Association Programs.

Also travelling to Canberra are six Technical Officials, chosen by the Swimming Victoria Technical and Officials Development Committee because of their hard work and enthusiasm in developing their skills. The Championships and accompanying workshops will give them a fantastic opportunity to fast-track their development and network with other Officials from around the country.

Good luck to all athletes, coaches and Officials! We know you are going to make us proud!

For more information about the 2017 State Team Championships click here.

2017 PhysioHealth Victorian State Team



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Life Member Nomination Close Friday 30 June, at 5PM

Clubs, Districts or individual members are invited to nominate Swimming Victoria members for the honour of Life Membership.

Nominees must meet the criteria specified on the nomination form; confirming their long and meritorious service with Swimming Victoria.

Life Membership Nomination Form

 Further information regarding the nomination and selection of Life Members can be found in our General By-Laws:

BL6 - Awards

Removal of Spectator Fees in 2017/18

We all love watching our swimmers compete and now it will be even easier for friends and family to be there on the sidelines, with the elimination of spectator fees for all SV Championship Events in the 2017/18 season.
The Board has long been committed to lowering the cost of swimming for families, and we’ve experimented with the removal of these fees over the last three seasons, starting with our event finals in 2015/16, and culminating in a full trial at the 2017 Victorian Age Championships. Your feedback on the trials was clear: The vast majority of you loved the idea and were keen for it to continue, so that’s what we’re doing.

SV President Paul Malcolm, who has led the charge on this decision, says “We’re committed to help families manage the cost of swimming and encouraging parents and friends to stay involved in the sport. And with it costing up to $72 for two parents to see their child compete at the Victorian Age Championships, we understand that can be a barrier.
“We’re delighted to now be able to waive these entry costs for spectators, due to increased membership and participation, and we hope that will result in a lot more families and friends cheering their swimmers on from the stands.”
Paul says this is just one of the many initiatives SV will be rolling out in the next few years as we implement a new Strategic Plan, which focuses heavily on our members.
“Over the next few months, we’re looking forward to providing more details on the strategic plan and telling members more about the decisions we’re making to help inspire and support a life-long engagement in Swimming in this State,” he says.
Stay tuned for more information soon!

Award Nominations Now Open


We are currently calling for nominations for the following awards;


All completed nominations can be forwarded to Swimming Victoria via the following methods;

email: sv.admin@vic.swimming.org.au

mail: Swimming Victoria, P O Box 230, South Melbourne 3205

in person: Swimming Victoria office, Level 3, MSAC, 30 Aughtie Dve, Albert Park


Life Member

Click here for details


Nomination forms for the following awards are now available and due by Friday 23 June 2017

2016/17 Season - Club of the Year

The Swimming Victoria Club of the Year Award was introduced to encourage increased professionalism in the club environment and recognise clubs that are achieving great things within their community and the sport of swimming.

Clubs should nominate for this award if they seek a safe and sustainable club environment for their members. The Victorian Award recipient will be put forward for the National Swimming Australia Club of the Year Award and could be eligible for National recognition and a VIP trip to the Swimming Australia Swimmer of the Year Awards.

When filling out the nomination form, the nominator must ensure that all sections are completed and provide specific examples on how the club’s contribution has been outstanding and has made a difference.

All nominations are confidential and will be assessed by the Swimming Victoria Board. Consideration will be given to clubs that have put in place new initiatives, new programs to better sustain and grow their membership, good governance and adherence to the Child Safe Standards.

Please note that only one Nomination per club will be accepted.

Nominations Close: Friday 23 June 2017

Club of the Year Nomination form


2016/17 Season - Best New Official of the Year

The Swimming Victoria Award for the Best New Official has been established to recognise and reward a New Official who has made an outstanding contribution to the sport in their early years of officiating.  This award is to be given to someone who holds the title of a swimming official and has displayed high standards of work within the role. Their attitude toward the responsibilities as an official is constantly positive and their contributions to the swimming community are above and beyond what is normally expected.



Nominations should include detailed information of:


Nominations Close: Friday 23 June 2017

Best New Official of the Year Nomination form


2016/17 Season - Volunteer of the Year

Do you have a volunteer that goes above and beyond every day to help your club?

Swimming Victoria is seeking nominations for extraordinary, dedicated and inspirational members to recognise their contribution within the Victorian swimming community. We wish to recognise individuals whose service and contributions have made a significant difference at club level.

Swimming Victoria acknowledges that much of the work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure the effective running of a swimming club often goes unnoticed. We would like to recognise individuals who work tirelessly within the club environment and thank them for the work they in a volunteer capacity.

Nominations may include a club parent that continues to support club fundraising at every opportunity, or a club committee member that has found new innovative ways to increase club membership, that person that is always at the club helping in any way they can. Whatever the outstanding contribution, we want to know about it!

When filling out the nomination form, the nominator must ensure that all sections are completed and provide specific examples on how the nominee’s contribution has been outstanding and made a difference. Consideration will be given to volunteers whose contribution has made a significant difference in club membership, club governance and club atmosphere.

All nominations are confidential and will be assessed by the Swimming Victoria Board.

Swimming Victoria recommends that the individual being nominated should not be advised of their nomination or approached to provide additional information for the nomination.

Nominations Close: Friday 23 June 2017

Volunteer of the Year Nomination form


2016/17 Season - Young Leaders Award

The Swimming Victoria Young Leaders Award has been established to recognise and reward an individual aged between 15 – 23 years who has shown outstanding leadership within their Swimming Club.

This award is not a swimming performance based award.

Swimming Victoria believes that athletes within our community grow to be strong leaders who show tremendous capabilities in areas away from the swimming pool and we would like to acknowledge their contribution to the swimming community.

Nominations should include detailed information of –


Nominations Close: Friday 23 June 2017

Young Leaders Award Nomination form


2017 Performance & Development Squads

We're excited to announce the athletes in our 2017 Performance and Development Squads! With the beginning of the new Olympic & Paralympic cycle and appointment of State Head Coach Rohan Taylor, Swimming Victoria has made changes to ensure there is an increase in opportunities available for athletes within the Program. Athletes will be invited to attend various camps, workshops and training sessions. Athletes and their home coaches may be invited to additional sessions at the discretion of the State Head Coach.

You can find a full list of our squads and the athletes selected for them here, and more information on each squad can be found below.

Swimming Victoria 2017 Performance & Development Squads
Talent ID
The Talent ID squad includes just over 50 athletes, aged 13 and above. With a new criteria enforced this season that uses times based off certain percentages off World Championship times, we have been able to identify and select a number of athletes aged over 18 who previously we not have been able to be selected in the squad. Athletes in this squad will undertake in testing protocols outlined by Swimming Australia.
Performance Squad
The Performance Squad is comprised of swimmers who placed within the top 10 Australians in an event at the 2017 Australian Age Championships.  Over 60 athletes were selected in this squad, representing just over 25 different clubs.
Multi-Class Squad
This seasons Multi-Class squad includes 22 of our best Multi-Class swimmers. These athletes were selected based on their Multi-Class Point Score applicable to the athlete’s classification. This year sees a number of new faces added to the Multi-Class squad for the first time.
Country Squad
Athletes selected in the Country Squad finished in the top 3 of their age based on their Accumulative Individual Point Score at the 2017 Victorian Country Long Course Championships. 15 different Country Clubs are represented by the 36 athletes. Activities for the Country Squad will include access to Regional training days and an overnight camp.
Distance Squad
The 2017 Distance squad is comprised of the top Distance and Open Water swimmers. A large number of the squad was selected on their performance at the 2017 Open Water Championships in Adelaide. The squad also includes swimmers who excelled at Age Nationals in the 800m and 1500m events.

Nominations for the FARM & Nominations Committees are Open

SV LogoNominations are now called for the following Committees:



Click here for Nomination Form: SV Finance & Risk Management Committee Nomination Form



Click here for Nomination Form: SV Nominations & Remuneration Committee Nomination Form


Nominations close 5pm Monday 22nd May 2017.

Nominations can be mailed: Swimming Victoria PO Box 230 South Melbourne VIC 3205

Or emailed: sv.admin@vic.swimming.org.au

Vale: Herbert (Herb) Jeffrey


Swimming Victoria is deeply saddened to communicate that Herbert (Herb) Taylor Jeffrey passed away. The Swimming Victoria community extends its deepest sympathies to family. We thank Herb for his many years of service and contribution to the sport of swimming specifically Country Swimming through his many years of involvement and coaching at both Lara and Geelong Swimming Club.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Service to Celebrate the Life of Mr Herbert (Herb) Taylor Jeffery to be held at;

Tuckers Chapel

Barrabool Hills Centre

4-32 Province Boulevard


FRIDAY (May 12) at 10.00 a. m. 

A private family interment will follow this Service.

Vale Herb Jeffrey.  May he rest in peace. 


Success at Metro North Regional Development Day

On Sunday 7 May we held the Metro North Regional Development Day in the peaceful and scenic suburb of Research. Over 150 participants came together at ELTHAM College for a day full of coaching, workshops and information sessions providing valuable personal development for all the swimming community.

The Regional Development days have been organised to provide an opportunity for all members of the swimming community to come together and benefit from a day of education and training programs/seminars.

We were overwhelmed by the number of swimmers, coaches, officials, administrators, committee members, volunteers and parents who attended on the day. It was amazing to see such a high level of interest, and participation in a number of sessions throughout the day, including:

There were many highlights, including elite Athlete Speaker, Josh Beaver. It is always intriguing to gain an insight into the life of an accomplished swimmer. Being one of Victoria’s Olympians, Josh was the centre of attention at the Metro North RDD.  Hayley Baker, another of Victoria’s elite swimmers, provided great insight into personal experiences for female athletes with the Beyond the Black Line program.  Many of the female swimmers mentioned Hayley’s session as their favourite for the day.

We would like to extend our gratitude to all that attended the day, along with Metro North representatives that assisted with the organisation and ELTHAM College for the use of their school to conduct the event. Events like this can only be successful with the involvement of the swimming community, and we want to thank you for making this possible.

Keep checking back on our website and social media for more information about when the next Regional Development Day will be.

Nominations for the Competitions & Pathways Committee are Open

Nominations are now called for the following Committee: 


Nominations close 5pm Friday 5th May 2017.

Click here for Nomination Form: SV Competitions & Pathways Committee Nomination Form

Nominations can be mailed: Swimming Victoria PO Box 230 South Melbourne VIC 3205

Or emailed: sv.admin@vic.swimming.org.au

New Restrictions to Technical/Performance Suits for 11/U Swimmers

2 MAY 2017
EDIT: Over the last few weeks, we have received requests for clarification and further information about our changes to the Technical/Performance Suit restrictions for 11/U swimmers. As a result, we have updated the information on our website to better describe the changes.

From 1 July, 11/U Boys suits allowed are trunk, aqua short cuts, or classic briefs. 11/U Girls suits allowed are a one piece swimsuit, as in the image.

Swimming Victoria staff and our officials will be applying this rule at the following Swimming Victoria events:

  1.      Metro Short Course Competition
  2.      Victorian Country SC Championships
  3.      Victorian Age SC Championships
  4.      Long Course Distance Meet
  5.      7-10s Competitions
  6.      Victorian Sprint Championships
  7.      Victorian Qualifying Meet
  8.      Victorian Age Championships
  9.      Victorian Country Championships
  10.      Victorian Relay Competition
  11.      Victorian Country Interdistrict
  12.      All Junior Competitions

In 2017, this rule will not be applied at the Winter Interclub competition however swimmers maybe advised that their swim suits are not compliant with this rule. It will be applied at this meet in future years.

As we mentioned, there are many reasons we have made this change. To keep young swimmers in our sport, we need to be providing an environment that encourages them, and keeps the level of competition and pressure appropriate for their age. We have spent a lot of time considering this issue, and have many reasons to believe this is the best course of action, including:

  1.    There is no documented evidence that supports performance benefits of technical suits for athletes 11 years and under.
  2.    Personal best times should not be the only evaluation or measure of success for younger swimmers.  Technique and skill development is essential for all long term swimmer development. It is crucial that as swimmers progress through the sport they have developed a solid foundation in technique and stroke development to enable them to achieve higher results in the latter years of their career.
  3.      The cost of technical suits makes them unattainable for many families. SV does not want to add any extra financial pressure on parents with unnecessary purchases. We understand that for various reasons, cost of suits may not be an issue for all swimmers. However, in order to effectively police this change, we must restrict all suits of this style.
  4.      These suits aren’t designed for young swimmers.   The manufacturers design these suits for older athletes. One of the main benefits of wearing a technical suit is for muscle compression. Children, who are not yet developed, are not impacted by this benefit. Swimmers cannot ‘grow into’ these suits.
  5.      A common misconception amongst younger swimmers is that without a technical suit, a swimmer cannot swim fast. An age group swimmer does not need a performance suit to swim fast. Swimmers will improve and attain PBs regardless of the suit they are wearing due to gradual increase in training and skill development.
  6.      The aim should be to build mentally-strong swimmers, confident in his or her own ability and training ethic rather than an athlete depending on a technical suit to get an improved result.
  7.      Technical suits are required as a swimmer ages and their skills, conditioning and physique develop.

To implement this change, we seek the cooperation of clubs and members in ensuring these guidelines are followed. If you have any questions about the change, please email sv.admin@vic.swimming.org.au

Welcome Rod Lawson to the Swimming Victoria Board of Directors

Rod Lawson

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Victorian Olympian Rod Lawson to the role of Appointed Director for the next two years. Rod represented Australia in the 1992 Olympics, and the 1986, 1990 and 1994 Commonwealth Games, achieving a Silver Medal in the 200m Breaststroke in 1990. He will be replacing outgoing Appointed Director Adrian Radley. 

Rod’s professional career spans over 20 years in the Telecommunication & Data sector, and includes program and project management, leading large scale transformational change, and providing strong leadership and considering tough ethical decisions. 

“I have had a small taste (through my role on the SV Alumni) of what it is like to be back involved at the state level and my passion for swimming and helping others,” Rod said upon his acceptance of the role.  “I want to help swimming in Victoria become the activity of choice, not just at the elite level but at all levels, because of the great mental and physical benefits derived from swimming at all ages.

“When Paul spoke to me it did not take me long to accept the role. I am honoured to be appointed and really looking forward to the challenge the role provides, and helping to deliver the strategic plans for our members and the sport.”

As we look towards finalising our strategic plan for the next four years and starting to implement the plan, the professional and sporting experience will help our organisation progress.

Adrian Radley 

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank outgoing Appointed Director Adrian Radley. Adrian’s commitment and input throughout the last eight years has definitely helped shape our strategic thinking and the innovation that we have delivered. It’s sad to see Adrian finishing up his time with Swimming Victoria, but with his work commitments, living interstate, and the outstanding time and effort over eight years it is agreed that it’s the right time. 

Adrian has said he felt it was the right time to make the break, with the sport in fantastic shape within Victoria, and with many key initiatives as he made the move from Australian Swim Team to the board room. Adrian wanted to highlight his pride over some of the achievements of SVI, namely:

Adrian is extremely buoyant by the change in direction and leadership the board is showing around digital and growth strategy and is excited to see the sport move into a new age.

Swimming Victoria Paul Malcolm said “On behalf of the board and all members, I thank Adrian for his outstanding input and efforts, and look forward to his ongoing support of the sport and swimming in Victoria.”

All of us at Swimming Victoria are excited to work together with Rod as he joins the Board of Directors and helps us to forge new paths forward and continue to grow and foster the sport of swimming in Victoria.

Technical & Officials Development Committee Appointed

We’re excited to announce the newly appointed Technical and Officials Development Committee! This committee is responsible for the education and development of all Technical Officials in Victoria, and will advise the Swimming Victoria board on several topics, including matter related to the technical rules that govern swimming in Victoria and the professional development pathways available to Technical Officials.
Our newly appointed committee members are Pat Southwell, Harold Gusdorf, Peter Tindale, Joshua Beaver and Neil Mitchell. We are so pleased to bring together a team with such a breadth of experience and expertise to assist us, including Joshua as our first athlete to serve on this committee. Damian Van de Berg will also be assisting as Board Liason providing additional skills with his experience as a FINA official.

Heading up the committee will be Jackie Madden, as Chair. With her background as Gippsland Chief Referee, and experience officiating at an international level and serving on other committees, Jackie will be a fantastic leader to help us forge this new path.
Thank you to all who nominated and all nominees for your support in this process. We’re excited to proceed and continue to develop and improve our sport!

New General By-Laws Now In Effect

Following extensive discussions and review, we have replaced our General By-Laws with six new, concise categories, bringing them up to date with the state of the Organisation, and in line with best practice.

The six new General By-Law categories are:

It’s important for all organisations to take a look at themselves, and make sure they are keeping up to important standards, and that all documents support one another. During this process of reflection, we have found that some of the clauses in our old General By-Laws did not reflect the organisation as it is today. In some cases, particular clauses were no longer relevant or practical, and in other cases just repeat provisions already in the Swimming Victoria Constitution.

As a result, the Board asked Management to review the By-Laws, starting with the General By-Laws, and bring them up to date with the current state of the organisation and necessary compliance, and in particular in line with our recent Committees review. At the end of this competition season, we will also be reviewing our Competition By-Laws, to ensure that it is also up to date.

The new General By-Laws are effective immediately, and all members and clubs are governed by them. If any clubs or districts would like assistance in aligning their governing documents, please contact us at sv.admin@vic.swimming.org.au

2017 Victorian Sprint Championships Recap & 2018 Season Dates

This past weekend we returned to the outdoor pool at Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre for the last of this year’s championship events – the 2017 Victorian Sprint Championships! Over 1500 athletes came together for two days of fast paced and exciting competition!

Throughout the championships we saw six Victorian records broken, making it a stellar finish to an exceptional championship season. Our full results are online now, and you can view them here!

With the final 2017 Championship event now over, we’d like to thank you all for being a part of this season! We’ve seen some truly incredible performances over the last three months, and it’s been an amazing time to be part of the swimming community!

Now it’s time to start looking forward to the year ahead, and we’ve got some big announcements about our 2018 season! Following the announcement of the 2018 Victorian Country Championships being held in Shepparton, we’re also excited to announce a brand new meet for the next year – the Victorian Relay Competition! To see more about this exciting new meet, and find out the dates for our 2018 calendar, click here! 

Young Swimmers Excel in Junior Talent Squad

On Feb 4th, at MLC Aquatic, the Junior Talent Squad met for their first workshop, lead by Platinum Coach Ian Pope and State Head Coach Rohan Taylor. The squad is made up of over 40 swimmers, aged 11-12 for girls and 12-13 for boys, were selected based on their performances at the 2017 Victorian Age Championships.

Ian Pope gave a presentation on the SECRETS of Success for Swimming, an acronym focused on seven key points – Set Goals, Excellence, Concentration, Responsibility, Effort, Team, and Self-Belief. By considering each of these points, swimmers can ensure that they are taking the right steps with their training and their attitude towards the sport, which will allow them to increase their success. 

Olympian Linley Frame also gave a presentation, covering time management, and working with Swimming Victoria’s school planners. The talk covered the benefits of planning, including the ability to analyse your past schedules and identify areas where you may be wasting time, highlighting areas of conflict, and developing strategies to overcome problems with your workload.

Planning things in advance saves time and reduces stress, which leads to healthier and happier minds and bodies. Applying skills you’ve learned in swimming, like goal setting, time management and working with others, to other areas of your life can help you to keep on top of things.

The workshop also included a two-hour pool session, focused on starts, turns and underwater skills. Seven home coaches attended and assisted with these sessions, allowing each athlete the benefit of feedback and development.

The next Junior Talent Squad workshop is planned for March 5th, with the location and time still to be confirmed. 

2017 Victorian Country Championships Recap

Over the weekend, clubs from around Victoria converged on the Lex Glover Regional Aquatics Centre in Sale for the 2017 Victorian Country Championships. Over the three days of competition we saw amazing performances from some of the best swimmers from around regional Victoria.

It was great to see so many clubs coming together and building a positive and unifying atmosphere, approaching the event with a cheerful spirit. Faced with technical difficulties, the delays didn’t get people down, instead breaking into an impromptu dance number. There’s nothing like seeing so many people of all ages brought together by our sport and really enjoying themselves!

While there was a lot of fun going on, there was also plenty of fierce competition, with ten event records and four country records being smashed. Three applications were put in for Australian Age, and even one application for a multiclass world record!

Congratulations to all of these swimmers for their achievements over the event.

Australia Day Medallion
Awarded for the best male and female performance at the Country Championships, based upon the highest FINA point score. 

Male                Brennan Swift, Shepparton Swimming Club

Female            Elli Warren, Wangaratta Swimming Club

Team               Traralgon Swimming Club


Bruce Carter Trophy
Awarded for the best performance by a 14/O Victorian competitor based upon the highest aggregate points.

Elli Warren, Wangarratta Swimming Club (246 points)


Rob Godfrey Memorial Trophy
Awarded for the best performance by a 13/U competitor based upon the highest aggregate points in 13/U events.

Jordyn Cargill, Traralgon Swimming Club (110 points)

Lucinda McLeod, Wodonga City (110 points)


Napthine Shield
Awarded for the highest aggregate point score for all Male and Female events

Male                Traralgon Swimming Club

Female            Traralgon Swimming Club


Alan Monaghan Shield
Awarded for the highest aggregate point score for all events.

Traralgon Swimming Club

With another exciting championship over, we’re already starting to look forward! The 2017 Victorian Sprint Championships coming up on February 11, and we’re excited to be starting the work for the 2018 Victorian Country Championships – which will be held in Shepparton!

We can’t wait to see you all at our next event!


Welcoming Rohan Taylor, Victorian Head Coach

All of us at Swimming Victoria are proud to welcome Olympic coach Rohan Taylor as the new State Head Coach for Victoria & Tasmania. Starting this year, Rohan will be bringing his more than 25 years of experience to the role, helping to develop the skills and build pathways for our coaches and athletes to reach their full potential. 

“Rohan is highly regarded by everyone in Swimming, and has the track record, skills, vision and determination that we were looking for,” said President of Swimming Victoria Paul Malcolm. “He will make a big difference to the development of swimmers and coaches at all levels. We’re looking forward to having him on the team, and in turn making Victoria an even stronger part of the Australian Dolphins team

Rohan Taylor and Michael Bohl 

While we are welcoming Rohan, we’d also like to thank Leigh Nugent for his work and commitment in the role throughout his time as head coach. Through sharing his experience and wealth of knowledge from previous roles as Australian Youth Coach and National Head Coach, Leigh has grown and developed this generation of coaches, providing support and guidance to a number of Victorian clubs, and helping to develop programs and structures for long term athlete development. He was an instrumental part of reworking the Swimming Victoria Development Program, and implemented initiatives including the high performance coaches weekend and our talent ID program. We have been extremely fortunate to have Leigh leading our athletes and coaches in Victoria. He has fostered a positive and supportive environment in our State Team, and the coaching community.

Rohan Taylor with the Australian 2016 Rio Olympic Swimming Team 

This past weekend, Rohan gave a presentation about reaching the “1%”, top potential, and the steps that athletes and coaches have to make to reach that level. He also detailed some of his goals as head coach in the forthcoming weeks, months and years.

Rohan’s major target is to create pathways and environments for athletes and coaches to reach this full potential through the engagement of one another, and expertise within and outside our sport, by identifying athletes and coaches across the state who are suited for development programs and activities. He plans to have regular contact with identified athletes and coaches through a variety of programs, training sessions, camps, competitions and workshops which will be developed over the coming months, and rolled out in the 2017/18 season. Through involvement with Swimming Victoria activities, Rohan hopes both coaches and athletes will be able to share their learnings and expertise through attending programs, and working with SAL and Swimming Victoria leadership, create a sense of unity, allowing the identification of areas that need support and working on solutions. 

We look forward to seeing Rohan carry out these exciting ideas, and working together with him to improve and invigorate our sport.

2017 Victorian Open Championships Recap

Over the weekend, 20th to the 22nd of January, the 2017 Open Championships smashed expectations. With nearly 600 swimmers, not only from Victoria and the rest of Australia, but from around South-East Asia and the Pacific, competing in over 2000 swims, it was a packed schedule from start to finish.

For the first time, the Victorian Open Champs were also broadcast LIVE over our Facebook page, with finals also airing on C31 Melbourne. Thousands of people watched on Facebook alone, at peak reaching almost 16,000 individuals, with viewers tuning in from every state in Australia – as well as New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

With some of the highest level swimmers competing, we were excited to see as records were broken left and right. We’d like to congratulate Matt Wilson on taking the Vic AllComer record in the Men’s 200m Breaststroke, with a time of 2:09.65, and the Mixed 4x50m Freestyle and Medley Relay teams for their Victorian, and Victorian and Vic All Comer records respectively.


 Mixed 4x50 Free Relay




Melbourne Vicentre

Gerrard, Davenport-Wright, Woods, Ngawati (Vis)

Mixed 4x50 Medley Relay




Nunawading Swimming Club  

J Beaver (Vis), J Hansen (Vis), K Costa, C Gill

Vic AllComer



Nunawading Swimming Club  -  Nunawading

J Beaver (Vis), J Hansen (Vis), K Costa, C Gill

Men 200 Breast

Vic AllComer



Matt Wilson  -  SOPAC


Alongside this, we saw a number of exciting things over the course of the championships. A number of our 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic team swam during the event, including Mack Horton’s first competitive swim in Victoria since his gold medal performance at the games

We also welcomed guests from fellow Melbourne sporting organisations – Melbourne Vixens, Melbourne Ice, South Melbourne Football Club, Melbourne Tigers and the Victorian Men’s & Mixed Netball League to take part in our first Swimming Victoria Celebrity Challenge. Held on the opening night of the championships, the race was a fun and relaxed way to celebrate our sport together with others.

We’re already looking forward to our next event, too – the Sale 2017 Victorian Country Championships are just next week! 

Open Championship Finals Airing on Channel 31

We’re excited to announce that the 2017 Victorian Open Championship finals will be broadcast on Channel 31! Starting 6PM on Friday the 20th of January, you’ll be able to watch every finals event LIVE from Melbourne Sports & Aquatics Centre, continuing each night for the rest of the weekend. Coverage will include commentary from special guests and experts, giving you insight into every single race!  

If this isn’t enough Open Champs for you, the entire event, from heats to finals, will be streamed live on our Facebook page, so make sure you head over and give us a like to make sure you don’t miss a second.

The 2017 Victorian Open Championships kick off on Friday the 20th of January.

2017 Victorian Open Water Championships Recap

Our 2017 Championship season continued down at Williamstown Beach on the 17th of December with the 2017 Victorian Open Water Championships and WOW Challenge! Between the two titles, over a thousand swimmers registered to take part in this landmark open water event.

Conditions on the day were tough, and it was great to see such tenacity and grit from all swimmers who braced the trying conditions as they raced. As well as the key open water swims, the event also featured race coverage from Rio Olympian Jarrod Poort & 25K World Champion Mel Cunningham, and our Optus Junior Dolphins beach activities and “Chase the Champ”, with Olympians Jarrod Poort & Josh Beaver and marathon swimmer Chloe McCardel.

Highlights included Kahlia Marsh (Surrey Park) taking a win both the 5K and 10K Women's events.Thomas Curran of Surrey Park raced incredibly well, taking out the Men’s overall 5K win, and in the 10K Robbe Dilissen (Melbourne Vicentre) overcame the conditions to take out the victory in the men's category. Surrey Park swimmers made a huge impact, showing their open water strength on the day.

The Victorian Open Water Championships & WOW Challenge is a huge day to pull off, and we’d like to thank our technical officials, volunteers, Swimming Victoria crew and the Williamstown Surf & Life Saving Club for the excellent water safety. We’d also like to give personal thanks to Jason Bryce, Dicko, race directors Kate Bentley & Fi McCarrol, president Matt McCarrol, and of course a huge thanks to our guests – Rio Olympians Jarrod Poort & Josh Beaver, 25K World Champion Mel Cunningham, English Channel Record Holder and Marathon Swimmer Chloe McCardel, and Sam Sheppard. 

Thanks also to every swimmer and spectator that came down on the day. It was a fantastic event, and we can’t wait to see you back again next year!

2017 Victorian Age Championships Recap

On December 10, our 2017 Long Course season kicked off with the opening of the 2017 Victorian Age Championships. A little under 1400 swimmers converged on the Melbourne Sports and Aquatics Centre over the six days of competition, representing over 100 different clubs from all around Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea. 

It was a week of fierce and fun competition, with many Age debutants and returning swimmers setting new personal bests and National qualifying times. Now that it’s all come to an end, we’d like to congratulate our champions from each age group. Age group champions are awarded by the male and female athletes who achieved the highest accumulative point score.

Male 11 years & under
Daniel Cash – Melbourne Vicentre

Female 11 years & under
Alanah Ilioski – ESS Dolphins

Male 12 years
Brayden Miles – Flyers 

Female 12 years
Paris Burlock – Bayside

Male 13 years
Ryan-Alexander Lobo – Surrey Park

Female 13 years
Olivia Lefoe – Bayside

Male 14 years
Jackson Lazzar – Flyers

Female 14 years
Gabi Peiniger – Melbourne Vicentre

Male 15 years
Oliver Nash – Melbourne Vicentre

Female 15 years
Molly Batchelor – Melbourne Vicentre

Male 16 years
Ryland Brian – MLC Aquatic

Female 16 years
Sophie Caldwell – Nunawading Swim Club

Male 17/18 years
Bowen Gough – Nunawading Swim Club

Female 17/18 years
Elyse Woods – Melbourne Vicentre

Well done to all of these swimmers on their achievements at Age, and to the rest of our participants on their efforts throughout the competition – we hope we will see you all returning in the future!

In addition to the swims, sessions were held covering important topics such as the Safe Sports Framework, and other topics that focused on clubs, districts, athletes and coaches. Sports Psychologist Jacqui Louder, and Leigh Nugent gave expert talks on the topics of Children in Sport and Pathways for Age athletes. This was also the first Championship event to feature the as yet unnamed Optus Junior Dolphins mascot, and it was great to have them down at the Swimming Victoria stand with activities and competitions for kids throughout the week.

The event was photographed by leading Australian sports photographer Jeff Crow, and these photos are available online now! Head over to explorer-media.com, just click on the “Search” function and type in an athlete’s name to find all the photos taken of them over the week.

Thanks to everybody who helped with the running of the 2017 Victorian Age Championships, and to all the athletes and parents who attended. We hope that we will see you all again next year!

Young Officials Scholarship Success

This September saw the launch of the Young Officials Scholarship Program, an initiative to introduce young people to the art of officiating, developing their skills and preparing them for club, district and state level meets. 

Participants in this year’s program, Hayley Hogan (Shepparton Swimming Club), Rhiannon Carolan (Ballarat Gold Swimming Club), Ebony Halliwell and Shannon Ryan (Kyabram Swimming Club) have embraced the program enthusiastically, getting involved in club meets at Echuca, Shepparton and DVE Aquatic. 

“I’m excited to be a part of the Young Officials program because I’ll learn more about swimming by participating from a different perspective,” Carolan said. “It’s great to have the assistance of experienced and welcoming officials.”

In addition to the practical experience of officiating, the four have been able to take part in a number of theory workshops. Covering topics from goal setting to performance evaluation, and covering numerous NOP modules, these have enabled the participants to learn new skills which they then have the opportunity to apply during swim meets. Post event, the group also practices self-reflection and critical evaluation, helping each other clarify what they have learned and where they can improve.

“This has given me an opportunity to achieve my full potential as an official,” said Ryan. “Working with likeminded individuals, and pushing myself outside my comfort zone, knowing that I will have support to help me learn from my mistakes and work through tricky and unfamiliar situations.”

As we see these young people developing their skills in this aspect of swimming, we’re excited to see them continue however they decide to do so. All of are working as officials during the 2017 Victorian Age Championships, which started on December 10th, so look out for them and show your support, and consider if officiating might be the next step in your swimming journey.


Important Update to Event Security

As of December 1st, 2016, all Swimming Victoria events hosted at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre will have increased security and new regulations about access to competition areas. These will be introduced at the 2017 Victorian Age Championships. 

Throughout the duration of events, only accredited personnel will be permitted access to the competition pool. Security will be placed at all three entrances to the competition area, and accreditations will be checked upon entry and reentry. Acceptable accreditations will be:

We also ask that all coaches, officials and team managers possess and carry with them a valid Working With Children check. 

Please note that team managers will need to complete a Club Summary Form by close of registrations to gain their valid accreditation. This form can be found on our website, on the relevant competition page.

Timekeepers may only access the competition area through the entry point at the base of the grandstand. Opposite the entrance will be a checkpoint, where a staff member will be located to validate your accreditation. Timekeepers will need to present valid photo identification, and will then be given a wristband, allowing access to the pool deck.

We recommend that all athletes use the change facilities located within the competition pool, as warm up/cool down lanes and associated change rooms will be accessible to the public during competitions. 

These changes have not been prompted by any events, but are to bring our events up to the standards presented in the Safe Sports Framework presented by Swimming Australia. We are committed to keeping swimming safe for all people, and these preemptive measures will allow us to do that more effectively.

We’d like to thank you for your understanding as we undertake this changes to ensure the safety of our community. If you have any questions, please contact Jacqueline Tubb at [email protected] or by calling 9230 9422

Updates to Anti-Doping Information

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has released the 2017 Prohibited List which will come into effect on 1 January 2017. It's important that all people involved in swimming understand this information before it comes into effect. 
A summary of major modifications is provided here
Information on the monitoring program can be found here 
We would like to remind athletes that it is their responsibility to check the status of any medication or substance prior to use.
Athletes are held completely accountable for what they put into their body. We recommend that a parent also checks the status before anything is taken.
The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) has also noted an increase in the number of supplements which contain the prohibited substances Higenamine and DMBA. If these are detected in an athlete's sample, it can lead to a four year ban. ASADA has published an athlete warning about these ingredients, as well as a list of some of the specific supplements which claim to contain either Higenamine or DMBA.
More details are available 

Victorian Aquatic Club Development Forum

The Victorian Aquatic Club Development Forum is a new initiative for Diving, Swimming & Water Polo Victoria, to provide an opportunity for affiliated clubs and members to come together and discuss a number of important issues at the forefront of sport. It will provide an opportunity to network, share successes, ask questions and identify opportunities for organisational development across all levels of Diving, Swimming and Water Polo. The forum will be held on November 26, in the Champions Room at Melbourne Sports and Aquatics Centre.


Three development workshops will be held on the day, with guest speakers and opportunities for attendees to interact and apply themselves with new resources in their own sporting environment. The workshops will be:


SOCIAL DIGITAL MEDIA with Sean Callanan, Sportsgeek
Sean Callanan understands the digital sports landscape – connecting with over 5 million fans on Facebook, and with clients in the NBA, AFL, NRL and Cricket. Learn about how to utilise different social media platforms, the opportunities and demands of the digital space, and what engagement means in the digital world.

Understanding the legislation around the new Safe Sports Framework and similar initiatives is a hugely important part of building our community up to be a safe and inclusive space.
This workshop will be held alongside a panel discussion featuring Swimming Victoria and Diving Victoria CEOs Jason Hellwig and Matthew Duck, and Water Polo Victoria EO Sally Jones.

VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT with Kathy Tessier, Active Approach
With experience in delivering inclusive sport and physical activity programs from local to international levels, Kathy Tessier brings a wealth of knowledge on how volunteering operates and integrates within sport.
Kathy has also worked alongside many National and State sports bodies, and has run her own business Active Approach for 18 years.

Morning tea and coffee will also be provided. Registrations are now open online, and each individual must complete their own registration form before November 22.

Register now: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HXTYKCL




Victorian Swimmers Take On World Short Course Champs

The Australian Dolphins team for next month’s Fina World Short Course Championships has been announced – and it features the senior team debut of three Victorian Swimmers! Jack Gerard and Jessica Hansen, both Victorian club swimmers, and Jemma Schlicht, Victorian-born but Queensland-based, will all be heading over to Windsor, Canada alongside their teammates in December.

The three performed fantastically at the Australian Short Course Championships, earning them a well-deserved place on the Australian team. Jack Gerard placed first in 100 Individual Medley, and 4th in the 100 and 200m Freestyle, swimming for Melbourne Vicentre. Jessica Hansen took home first, second and third for Nunawading Swim Club in the 100m, 50m, and 200m Breaststroke respectively. Jemma Schlicht, formerly MLC Aquatic, now with USC Spartans up north, picked up third in the 200m Freestyle, along with 6th and 8th in the 100m Butterfly and 100m Freestyle.

We wish them, and the rest of our Australian team, the best of luck as they prepare themselves for what is sure to be a fierce and exciting competition.
For some more information on the Australian Dolphins team for the Fina World Short Course Championships, head over to the Swimming Australia website.

Updated Olympic and Paralympic Honours Boards Unveiled

For the first time ever, we held a ceremony to celebrate the unveiling of the updated Olympic and Paralympic Honours Boards. Our 2016 Olympic and Paralympic swimming team members came together with Olympians and Paralympians from past games, staff, coaches, family members and guests to see their names added to the long list of our talented Victorian swimmers. 

Victoria has a strong history of determination and achievement from our athletes. From the beginning of our Olympic history with Frank Beauregard, to our first Victorian Male to receive an individual gold medal at Rio, Mack Horton, Victorian athletes are consistently pivotal players in Australia’s Olympic and Paralympic success. 

While Mack’s triumph kicked off a great games, he is not alone in his impressive performance. Josh Beaver and Travis Mahoney took out personal bests in the 100m Backstroke and and 400m Individual Medley respectively, Belinda Hocking placed 5th in the Final of the 200m Backstroke, and Koti Ngawati only missed out on making the final by 4/100ths of a second!


The successes of our Victorian swimmers continued on into the Paralympics. Ahmed Kelly, Matt Haanappel and Tanya Huebner returned for their second games, with Matt and Tanya both smashing a personal best, Ahmed only narrowly missing out on his PB in the 50m Breaststroke. Debuting for their first games at Rio were Tim Disken, who took out three medals, Gold in 100m Freestyle S9, Silver in 50m Freestyle S9 and Bronze in the 300m Individual Medley S9; Emily Beecroft, the youngest S9 female on the Australian Olympic team, making three finals; Monique Murphy who took Silver in the 400m Freestyle and PBs in all her other events; and Ashleigh McConnel, who won Gold as part of the World Record breaking Women’s 5x100m 34pt Freestyle Relay.


Paul Malcolm, President of Swimming Victoria, spoke at the event, congratulating our teams on their accomplishments. He also announced the new Swimming Victoria Alumni program, for all swimmers, coaches and officials that have participated in international level swimming events. More details about this program are set to be announced at the beginning of November.


As a state, we were brought together by all of these talented swimmers and their performances at the games, and we are proud to officially acknowledge them as part of our long and successful history. Congratulations to all of our 2016 Olympic and Paralympic team members!

Optus Junior Dolphins Splash Into Pools

We’re proud to be supporting the Optus Junior Dolphins, a new national program from Swimming Australia and Optus. The first initiative of an eight-year partnership, Optus Junior Dolphins aims to inspire more Australians to take up swimming.

The program was launched on the 6th of October at North Sydney Olympic Pool, with five-time Olympic Gold medallist Ian Thorpe and Rio Olympic medallists Emma McKeon and Madi Wilson leading the first group of kids in an official Optus Junior Dolphins clinic. Aiming for a fun environment without the pressure of competition and serious training, the program gives children a chance to learn skills and develop personally through swimming games and activities, while having fun with their friends.

“Off the back of the success of the Rio Olympic & Paralympic Games and as we make the move into summer, there is no better time to get the children of Australia familiar with water and develop their skills in a fun and safe environment,” said Swimming Australia President John Bertrand. “It is often said that swimming is a sport for life; from cradle to grave, and Optus Junior Dolphins has been created to provide kids the opportunity to keep swimming after they have learnt the basic skills.”

Optus Junior Dolphins clinics will be running in Victoria through registered swim schools and affiliated swimming clubs, as well as through primary schools in the near future. The program will primarily focus on kids 5-8 who already have basic swimming skills. There are also benefits for clubs that run the program, including promotion, training and development. We’ve already seen great support from our clubs on Junior Dolphins programs, and we’re excited to see that continue!

To find out more about the program, including how your club can get involved and deliver an Optus Junior Dolphins clinic, head over to their site at http://juniordolphins.com.au, or email sal.cuming@vic.swimming.org.au

You can also keep up with the latest news on Facebook, with the Optus Junior Dolphins page, or on Instagram with the hashtag #OptusJuniorDolphins

Victorian Short Course Season Summary

The 2016/17 Short Course season has drawn to a close after a little more than a month of fantastic events across the state. This season has seen an increase in numbers across the board, with more events, clubs and athletes than we’ve had in the past. An incredible 49 records were broken, 16 of those being smashed by MLC Aquatic & Victorian State Team Captain David Schlicht.

Here’s a breakdown of each event this season:



81 events with 2340 individual entries.

Top 5 Combined Point Scores

Traralgon Swimming Club – 2046

Warrnambool Swimming Club – 928

Ballarat Swimming Club – 756

Ballarat Gold Swimming Club – 661

Geelong Swimming Club – 616



182 events with 3835 individual entries.

Top 5 Club Scores (Includes 11&12 Year Old results from Open Short Course)

Nunawading Swimming Club – 3439

Melbourne Vicentre – 2651

MLC Aquatic – 1528

Traralgon Swimming Club – 1006

Surrey Park Swimming Club – 666



105 events with 1289 individual entries.



105 events with 3179 individual entries.

Top 5 Club Scores

Nunawading Swimming Club – 1009

Melbourne Vicentre – 1005

MLC Aquatic – 810

Surrey Park Swimming Club – 484

Firbank Aquastars – 229


The Long Course season kicks off on Saturday 22nd October, with the Long Course Distance Competition, leading up to our Championship events which begin in December.

2016 State Teams Short Course Championships Recap

Our 2016 PhysioHealth Victorian State team are home from the State Teams Age Short Course Championships, which took place over the weekend. 40 of Victoria’s best young swimmers travelled up to the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra to go head to head with top swimmers from every state. Victoria finished in third place, behind New South Wales and the victorious Queensland team.

Our swimmers performed exceptionally well at the meet, most swimming in multiple events each session with a very quick turnaround. It was a great opportunity for them to race hard against the best in their age group from around the country. Our boys’ team placed 2nd overall, and the girls’ team finished up in third.

This year, the team was led by Head Team Coach Nick Veliades, and Co Head Coaches Brian Miller (Male Team) and Dean Bryant (Female Team). Matt King, Kelly Stubbins, Ashley Delaney, Michal Skrodzki, Amon Soerink and Dylan Muir were all Assistant Coaches to the team. Physiotherapist Scott Rolph from PhysioHealth supported the athletes in dryland activities and recovery. Linley Frame and Andrea Crabb attended as managers, with Frame also providing athlete support.

Our Captains were David Schlicht (MLC Aquatic) and Sophie Caldwell (Nunawading Swimming Club), who led the team with good attitudes and experience, and produced some great performances themselves! Josh Kennedy (MLC Aquatic) was selected to read the athletes oath before the first session of competition.  

We would like to give a special mention to Daniel Cave, who won the 16/17 years Male Swimmer of the meet, breaking records in the 50m, 100m and 200m Breaststroke events.

As always, the meet wouldn’t have been possible without the outstanding work of the Technical Officials, who were also in Canberra to take part in Swimming Australia’s Technical Official Workshop. Victoria’s Don Alchin, Peter Tindale, Martin Hone, Dianne Towers, Ian Moore, Michelle Gristede and Swimming Victoria staff member Sharon Rich worked extremely hard and helped the event run successfully.

We would like to congratulate all the athletes, coaches, technical officials and support staff on their efforts and achievements at the 2016 State Teams Age Short Course Championships. Thank you to Swimming Australia for creating this amazing opportunity for our community!

Live Results are available at http://liveresults.swimming.org.au/SAL/2016STSC/


Funky Trunks & Funkita Country Assistance Scholarship Awarded

Congratulations to 14-year-old Kieran Georgeson from Traralgon, and 12-year-old Maggie Skewes from Wangaratta, our two talented young swimmers who have been awarded the Funky Trunks & Funkita Country Assistance Scholarship.

The two will each receive $500 cash to assist with travel, accommodation and competition entry fees to key Victorian or National meets, and $1,000 of Funkita or Funky Trunks product.

Kieran lives in Traralgon with his parents and three sisters, and has shown huge amounts of dedication to his swimming. Travelling to Melbourne, and back every night, for every swimming meet he attends, shows the commitment he has to sport. After being selected as Junior Vice Captain of Traralgon Swimming Club, Kieran is now aiming for nationals.

Maggie is a member of the SV Performance Squad, and just recently returned from the Australian State School Championships in Darwin. Her achievements include swimming at nationals; Victorian and Country Long Course records for the 100m Freestyle; and three gold, one silver and one bronze medal at the 2016 Country Short Course Championships.

Maggie Skewes, recipient of the Funkita Country Assistance Scholarship.

She recently received the 2015-16 Award for Outstanding Effort, Application and Attitude from Wangarratta Swimming Club, and is looking forward to more exciting opportunities in the future.


Both of these young swimmers have amazing potential, and we are excited to be able to see them develop on their journey. Good luck to them with the rest of their swimming careers! We can’t wait to see what it brings for them.

Don Alchin, Our Newest Life Member

Donald Alchin has been a dedicated and valued member of Swimming Victoria for many many years, and looking back, his contributions are truly inspiring. On Saturday we were both proud and excited to welcome him on as a Swimming Victoria Life Member.

Don has always been a strong supporter of country swimming. Since qualifying as a Technical Official in the early 1980s, Don went on to serve as the Proficiency Officer of Goulburn Valley, and later the Ovens & Murray District, a position he holds to this day. He has been the Murray & Ovens Delegate since the 1990s, and he has been an executive of both Goulburn Valley and Ovens & Murray. On top of this, he’s also been a Wodonga Committee member for over 21 years, in this time holding the titles of both President and Vice President.

Don has also contributed a lot to the wider swimming community. He has officiated at all levels, from club to international, and has been an official mentor for State Team Meet officials for the last seven years. He has held workshops, and been an assessor and presenter of official qualifications.

The dedication he has shown has not gone unrewarded. Don has been recognized as both Victorian and Australian Official of the Year, and in 2011 he was awarded the Herb Jeffery Award for Service to Country Swimming.

Congratulations, Don! Thank you for your amazing contributions to our sport, and we look forward to the rest of your time in our community as a life member!

2016 PhysioHealth Victorian State Team Announced!

Congratulations to our 2016 PhysioHealth Victorian State Team, who will be representing us at the 2016 State Teams Age Short Course Championships late next week!


The 2016 PhysioHealth Victorian State Team in uniform with Olympian Josh Beaver.

Athletes were chosen because of their outstanding performances at the Victorian Age Short Course Championships, ten from each of four age categories – Female 13/14, Female 15/16, Male 14/15 and Male 16/17. Rather than competing on times, swimmers at the State Teams Age Short Course Championships score points for their state according to how they place.

On September 10, the team came together for pre-meet training. Over the day, they got to know each other and built up a positive team atmosphere that will follow them to the State Championships. They were also presented with their Victorian Team Uniforms, powered by EVO Sportswear, by Josh Beaver – recently back from representing Australia at the 2016 Rio Olympics, and a Victorian State Team alum.

The 2016 PhysioHealth State Team athletes, along with their coaches and support staff, head off to Canberra on September 22. Over three days they will compete head-to-head with some of the best swimmers from around the country at the Australian Institute of Sport. The team will also receive swimwear and gear from our partners Funky Trunks & Funkita, and PhysioHealth will be providing the athletes with physiotherapy throughout the competition.

Also travelling up are six Technical Officials, chosen by the Swimming Victoria Technical Committee because of their hard work and enthusiasm in developing their skills. The State Teams Age Short Course Championships and accompanying workshops will give them a great opportunity to fast-track their progress and network with other officials from around the country.

Good luck to all of you – athletes, coaches and officials! We know you are going to make us proud!

2016 PhysioHealth Victorian State Team


First Name

Last Name






Dean Bryant



MLC Aquatic

Nick Veliades



Melbourne Vicentre

Ian Pope




Dean Bryant




Tim Mulvihill



MLC Aquatic

Nick Veliades




Dean Bryant




Rob Neilson



Melbourne Vicentre

Ian Pope




Dean Bryant



CA Tritons

Michal Skrodzki



Melbourne Vicentre

Matt King



South Gippsland Bass

Dylan Muir



Melbourne Vicentre

Ian Pope



Ivanhoe Neons

Ashley Delaney




Dean Bryant



CA Tritons

Michal Skrodzki




Antony Edwards



MLC Aquatic

Nick Veliades



DVE Aquatic

Brian Miller




Buddy Portier



MLC Aquatic

Nick Veliades



Melbourne Vicentre

Alex Hirschauer



MLC Aquatic

Nick Veliades



Melbourne Vicentre

Ian Pope



Ivanhoe Neons

Ashley Delaney



Melbourne Vicentre

Matt King




Dean Bryant



MLC Aquatic

Nick Veliades



Melbourne Vicentre

Ian Pope



Melbourne Vicentre

Ian Pope




Michelle Swift




Dean Bryant



Melbourne Vicentre

Ian Pope




Dean Bryant




Dean Gooch




Sandro Vasta




Wayne Lawes




Dean Bryant



Gen Aquatic

Amon Soerink

Support Staff



Role & Club



Head Coach - Swimming Victoria



Male Head Coach – DVE Aquatic



Female Head Coach – Nunawading  



Assistant Coach – CA Tritons



Assistant Coach – Waterlions



Assistant Coach – Melbourne Vicentre



Assistant Coach – Gen Aquatic



Assistant Coach – Ivanhoe Neons



Assistant Coach – South Gippsland Bass






PhysioHealth Physiotherapist


Technical Officials 





















Melbourne Vicentre


Swimming Victoria Staff Liasons






Officials Support



Manager and Athlete Support

Keeping Swimming Safe

We are committed to making swimming enjoyable, fun and safe for all people. As a community, we have a responsibility to keeping each other safe – adults and children alike. The Safe Sport Framework confirms this responsibility, and outlines how we can achieve this as best we can.

The Safe Sport Framework is an initiative of Swimming Australia, which is being adopted by all State Swimming Associations. It consolidates and replaces the previous Swimming Australia child and member welfare policies and codes of conduct. Because of this consolidation, we have a simple outline which can be easily applied to any situation. It’s been developed by a committee of experienced individuals from various Member Associations, in collaboration with the Australian Childhood Foundation and the Australian Sports Commission.

The Safe Sport Framework:

The full Safe Sport Framework can be read on the Swimming Australia website, and we recommend everybody read over it and understand what the expectations and requirements now are. This is a critical step for upholding the positive influence swimming can have in our lives, and showing that we, as a community, take responsibility and are committed to the safety of our peers. 

We will have staff available at times throughout our upcoming Swimming Victoria Championship events, who will be able to talk to you about the Safe Sports Framework, and answer any questions you have.

In the near future, we will be outlining how this will affect what we do as Swimming Victoria. This will start with an update to how our events are run, with new rules and restrictions to help ensure the safety of all attendees and participants.

Vic Teen Fern Lopez-Garcia Takes On Channel Swim

Victorian teen Fernanda Lopez-Garcia, at just 15 years old, is about to become the youngest female Australian in 25 years to attempt a swim of the English Channel.
Coached by Chloe McCardel – marathon swimmer and the fourth person in history to complete three Channel crossings – Fern has been training for over six months, and in only a few weeks, will be taking on what is sure to be the biggest challenge for her yet!

The Channel Swim is a gruelling challenge, with a minimum distance of 32km, and a record time of over 7 hours, with strict rules and restrictions. Swimmers are not allowed to be touched by another person, nor are they allowed to wear swimwear that adds any additional thermal protection or buoyancy. Swimmers have to be able to account for winds up to force six, and waves of over two metres, as well as the likelihood of encountering boats or jellyfish. Because of these things, the channel swim is often considered the ultimate Open Water swimming challenge.

"I'm so proud of Fern's committment to her training to cross the Channel this September," Chloe McCardel said. Fern is a member of the Victorian Firbank Aquastars Swim Team.

To catch up with Fern's Channel Swim, and follow her journey to the finish line, head over to her Facebook page.

When Substance Meets Sizzle

The real results of Victoria's Olympic Swimmers.

Mack Horton, Koti Ngawati, Travis Mahoney, Josh Beaver and Belinda Hocking take a bow.  Craig Jackson and Rohan Taylor, take one too!

Not only has Victoria got our first home male grown individual Olympic Gold medallist, but we have a full set of Gold standard people who have represented us with distinction on the most difficult and hard to reach stage on the planet.

The stories behind of each of our seven Olympic representative are diverse, powerful, relevant and entirely laudable.


As several hundred young swimmers packed into MSAC on Sunday, every single person – children, parents, coaches, grandparents and friends had been positively influenced by the standards Mack Horton and his coach Craig Jackson had set.  His 5th place finish was met with nearly the same noise as if he had won Gold.  It was a feeling repeated in pools, club rooms and lounge rooms all over Victoria.

Everyone respected the journey, everyone felt in some way part of it, everyone was better for the experience. 

Everyone was reminded of the great things that come from an involvement in a sport like swimming, and from living the values that Mack, Koti, Travis, Josh, Bindi, Craig and Rohan set every day, every week, and every year.  Every time anyone in the sport sees them, talks to them, trains with them, watches them, listens to them.  When Mack calls out doping, we stand with him.  Absolutely.  Without hesitation. 

The pursuit of excellence is a wonderful thing.  Swimming with its endless technical requirements and enduring need for consistency and discipline showcases that pursuit with brilliant and, thanks to that tricky little device the stop watch, sometimes brutal clarity. 

The time and the place are not the only markers of excellence.  The unleashed capacity to strive and learn and find respect for ourselves and each other are the absolute gold nuggets that swimming produces.  Everyone can do it.  Mack, Koti, Trav, Josh, Bindy, Craig and Rohan just proved it again.  Thank you.  We are proud.  We are committed to supporting everyone in the sport to find their gold nuggets.  The journey never stops.

Speaking of which – with the Olympic done soon, it is time to get really excited again.  The Paralympics are coming.  Ahmed, Monique, Ashleigh, Tanya, Matt, Emily and Tim are about to give us another show stopping performance of greatness. 

One final thing – membership is growing too. I wonder why?

Paul Malcolm



Dive Right In Campaign



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Dive-Right-In Marketing Campaign for Affiliated Clubs

Dive Right In aims to capitalise on the increased exposure for swimming during the Olympic and
Paralympic Games by providing clubs with the resources they need to grow membership at a local

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Funkita and Funky Trunks Country Assistance Scholarship


The objective of the Funkita and Funky Trunks Country Assistance Scholarship is to support the development of talented swimmers in country Victoria.

The two scholarships will be awarded to support one male and one female swimmer from country Victoria. The successful applicants will each receive $500 cash to assist with travel, accommodation and competition entry fees to key Victorian or National meets and $1,000 of Funkita or Funky Trunks product.


Applications are open to swimmers who are primarily registered with a Swimming Victoria Country Club as defined by Swimming Victoria.

Application Dates

Open 1st August, 2016 and Close 22nd August, 2016 11:59pm

Swimming Victoria in consultation with Funky Trunks and Funkita will judge the applications successful applicants will be announced at the Opening Ceremony of the Victorian Age Short Course Championships.


Applicants for a Funky Trunks and Funkita Country Assistance Scholarship must meet the following criteria (and undertake to continue to meet these criteria for the duration of the Scholarship):


Successful applicants will be required to sign a declaration agreeing to continue to meet these criteria for the duration of the Scholarship.

Application process

In 100 words or less tell us how the Funky Trunks- Funkita Country Assistance Scholarship will provide vital support in accessing State and National level competitions for you.

Applications must be submitted via:


Thoughts from President Paul Malcolm

As President I am very proud of what we as a board, organisation and state have achieved over the last two years. We are now in a fantastic position to move the sport forward through commercial opportunities and looking to continue to reduce the cost for our members.

We have held membership fees and entry fees at the same levels and we have dropped the fee for spectators at all championship finals sessions. This is a small step to where we want to be. We recently kicked off the Club Rebate Program, and we have many many more ideas to roll out over the coming months. Whilst we have continued to invest in club development we are now looking to coaching and technical as the next areas on the agenda.

There has been some staff movement over the last few months. We are extremely lucky to have employed Jason Hellwig as our CEO who hit the ground running and has taken up where Gill left off, continuing to drive us forward. Stability and ensuring the right skill sets within the office, on the board and throughout our sub committees are key to our success.

It's around this time each year we review our skills matrix across the board and committees. We currently have a very strong mix of club, district, high performance, technical, governance and legal experience on the board, and we are keen to gain strong financial and commercial input. Across the sub committees we need to increase our grassroots / hands on club experience, so if you are interested in helping out please let us know.

In the coming weeks as we head towards our Annual General Meeting in September, clubs, districts and life members will be asked to elect three Directors for the next two years. I hope that all who are eligible to vote will do so, and help us to ensure stability and the right skills are around the board table. Of the three positions vacant, Lawrie Cox and Courtney Ford are re-nominating.

Rahmin DeKretsa has decided to take time away from the sport to concentrate on his young family and emerging business commitments. I thank Rahmin on behalf of all of our board members, and myself personally, for the passion, commitment and support that he has provided both Swimming Victoria and myself during his time as a Director. Rahmin will continue to support us through sub committees and working groups and we hope he will return to the board as his kids grow and enter the sport.

Over the next few weeks most people’s attention will turn towards Rio to watch our Australian athletes take on the best from around the world.  For us that means watching, yelling and supporting the Dolphins, and more importantly our swimmers – Josh, Belinda, Mack, Travis, Kotuku, Ahmed, Ashleigh, Emily, Tim, Matt, Monique and Tanya – as they strive to reach their goals and dreams. They know we are here supporting them and that we wish them all the best.

Go Aussies!!

Vic Teams Show Off Style With New Partners Funky Trunks & Funkita

Victorian State Teams and high performance squads will be looking and swimming their best, thanks to a new sponsorship deal between Funky Trunks & Funkita and Swimming Victoria. Members of Swimming Victoria will also have access to exclusive offers.

Funky Trunks & Funkita are Australia’s leading chlorine resistant swimwear brands. With designs ranging from conservative to crazy, Funky Trunks & Funkita fit any swimmer’s style. Swimming Victoria members will also enjoy discounts on select Funky Trunks & Funkita products, as well as competitions and a regional scholarship.

In addition to swimwear, Funky Trunks & Funkita will also provide gear such as towels, swim caps and kickboards.


“Funky Trunks & Funkita are delighted to be a major partner of Swimming Victoria,” Managing Director Duncan McLean said. “Our brands have grown over the last 15 years through the support of so many swimmers across Victoria and we’re excited to be in a position to officially return the favour.”

Swimming Victoria President Paul Malcolm has seen swimmers sporting Funky Trunks swimwear at the recent Kick Start program, at Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre. “It’s great gear, and it’s a great partnership. We’re thrilled to be working together with Funky Trunks & Funkita.”

To see more about Funky Trunks & Funkita, and view their full range of products, go to their websites (http://www.funkytrunks.com/ and http://www.funkita.com/”)

New Uniforms Launch Alongside EVO Sportswear Sponsorship

Victorian State Teams are set to shine at this year’s championships in their brand new uniforms, powered by EVO Sportswear. These uniforms, limited edition event merchandise, and discounts for swimmers and their families are part of a new two-year deal between EVO and Swimming Victoria.

New Development Squad apparel, powered by EVO Sportswear.

EVO Sportswear is a cutting edge brand that goes beyond the norm to engineer, design and manufacture technically advanced performance garments. EVO has powered the new Swimming Victoria team uniforms, and will also provide limited edition merchandise for the Victorian Country SC Championships. This offering will be extended across all SV Championship events. Clubs will also be able to get exclusive deals on new uniforms, and members can enjoy a discount on selected EVO gear under the new deal.

“We’re delighted to be working with EVO,” Paul Malcolm, Swimming Victoria President, said. “All of our members will be able to benefit from this, which is great.”

EVO Sportswear spokesman, Marcus Stergiopoulos, is thrilled with swimming’s uptake of the brand.

“We’ve seen an enormous amount of interest and growth in the swimming category of our product range, which is exciting,” Stergiopoulos explains. “With swimming continuing to be one of Australia’s leading participation sports, it’s a space we love playing in, and we’re ecstatic to have Swimming Victoria joining us on this journey.”

To see the EVO range, including the new Swimming Victoria merchandise, go to EVO’s website (evosportswear.com.au).

2016 Club Development Conference

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Register now for the Swimming Victoria Club Development Conference

Swimming Victoria is proud to host the Club Development Conference at no cost to attendees.  The Conference is targeted towards all club volunteers and aims to educate and train swimming club and district President’s, Secretaries and Committee Members in areas relevant to their needs.  The team at Swimming Victoria encourage you to take this opportunity to share successes, ask questions and identify opportunities for organisational development across all levels of swimming.

The Conference boasts a full day program of speakers, workshops and forums.  Sessions will focus on Safe Sport, Better Outcomes for Clubs, Achieving Good Governance & Club Financials.   In 2016 we are proud to welcome Graeme Stephenson as our Keynote Speaker.

Workshops at the Club Development Conference will be run concurrently, so it is recommended that at least two or more people from each club or district attend to gain maximum benefit from the event. This is a once a year event so register your attendance online now.Click Here.

Further information please contact Sharon Rich, on 03 9230 9419 or email sharon.rich@vic.swimming.org.au.


WHEN: Sunday 24 July 2016

TIME:               9.15am – 4:00pm

WHERE:           Lifeguards@200, 200 The Boulevard, Port Melbourne

RSVP:               Friday 15 July 2016

WHO:               President’s, Secretaries and Committee Members from Swimming Victoria affiliated clubs and districts.


Young Leaders Conference

Swimming Victoria is excited to offer an opportunity for Club Captains, Vice Captains and emerging leaders to participate in a specifically designed program which focuses on developing leadership skills within their Club and local community.

‘Developing Young Leaders’ will be held in conjunction with the Club Development Conference, this provides a valuable opportunity for swimmers to interact with members from other Clubs and Districts.   Clubs are required to nominate up to 3 swimmers aged 15 years and over who are either Club Captains, Vice Club Captains or promising young leaders within the Club to participate in the program by Monday 27 June.

For further information contact, Linley Frame, 9230 9418, linley.frame@vic.swimming.org.au



2016 Swimming Victoria & asctaVIC Awards Night

With the 2015/16 swimming season now behind us, the 2016 Swimming Victoria and asctaVIC Awards on Saturday night were a great way to recognise and reward the achievements of our swimmers, coaches, technical officials and volunteers throughout the year.

After a whirlwind couple of years, Monique Murphy capped off a fantastic 2015/16 season winning the ‘President’s Trophy’. After an accident in 2014, Monique returned to the water as part of her rehab and has never looked back. Fast forward two years and she has now represented Australia at the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships, and been nominated to the Australian Paralympic Committee for the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.

Mack Horton received the ‘Victorian Swimmer of the Year’ award, as the most outstanding competitor for the season. Despite an illness during the 2015 World Championships, Mack fought back and refocused his training, culminating in a successful Australian Championships. Mack’s swim in the 1500m Freestyle, was not only a personal best but also took him to number two on the Australian All Time rankings. That swim, along with gold in the 400m Freestyle, securing selection on his first Olympic Team.

Mack and Monique, along with Koti Ngawati, Tanya Huebner, Ahmed Kelly, Ashleigh McConnell, Tim Disken and Emily Beecroft, were all recognised for selection on their respective 2016 Rio Paralympic and Olympic Teams. Josh Beaver, Travis Mahoney and Bindy Hocking were also acknowledged, but unfortunately could not attend as they are currently competing at the Japan Open as part of their preparation for Rio.

MLC Aquatic cleaned up in the open water space, with Nick Veliades claiming ‘Victorian Open Water Coach of the Year’, and his swimmers Connie McClelland and Sam Sheppard awarded the ‘Melissa Cunningham Trophy’ as the most outstanding open water competitors in their age and open categories respectively.

This year Swimming Victoria introduced a range of new awards, including the ‘Club of the Year’, ‘Volunteer of the Year’, ‘Best New Official’ and the ‘Young Leader Award’ to acknowledge the fantastic achievements of people and clubs within our swimming community. ‘Club of the Year’ went to Yarra Plenty, while Lisa Bess was named ‘Volunteer of the Year’, Marian Beatty collected the award for ‘Best New Official’ and Ahmed Kelly was the recipient of the ‘Young Leader Award’.

Another highlight included the presentation of Service Pins, which were awarded for 10, 20 and 30 years of service to officiating in Victoria.

Swimming Victoria would like to congratulate all recipients of awards, and thank Juliette Keating for another outstanding job as MC for the night.

List of all Award Winners –

Top 10 Club Award

  1. Nunawading
  2. Melbourne Vicentre
  3. MLC
  4. Traralgon
  5. Flyers
  6. CA Tritons
  7. Surrey Park
  8. Bayside
  9. Tigersharks
  10. Melton


The Herald Sun News Pictorial Award – Male/Female

Daniel Cave (Melbourne Vicentre) and Sian Whittaker (Melbourne Vicentre

Victorian Age Group Special Coaching Achievement at Australian Age & MC Age Championships Award

Matt Brown (Surrey Park) and Amon Soerink (Genaquatic)

Victorian Multi-Class Age Group Coaching Achievement at Australian Age & MC Age Championships Award

Matt King (Melbourne Vicentre)

The Victorian Junior Swimmer of the Year Award

Elyse Woods (Melbourne Vicentre)

Jim O'Doherty - Victorian Age Group Coaching Achievement at Australian Age

Pat Fisher (Melbourne Vicentre)

Victorian Age Group Coach of the Year

Matt King (Melbourne Vicentre)

The Melissa Cunningham Trophy

Open      Sam Sheppard (MLC

Age         Connie McClelland (MLC)

Victorian Open Water Coach of the Year

Nick Veliades (MLC)

Victorian Open Water Club Coach of the Year

Matt King (Melbourne Vicentre)

The Victorian Premier Award – Male/Female

Male – Nunawading

Female – Melbourne Vicentre

Jack Foster Victorian Coach of the Year

Craig Jackson (Melbourne Vicentre)

The V.A.S.A Relay Trophy

Melbourne Vicentre

Club of the Year

Yarra Plenty

The Fred Blunt Trophy

Melbourne Vicentre

Swimming Victoria Great Victorian Swim Series Club Champion

Melbourne Vicentre

Victorian Coach of the Year - Swimmers with a Disability

Brad Harris (Melbourne Vicentre) & Alex Hirschauer (Melbourne Vicentre)

The Victorian Multi Class Swimmer of the Year Award

Timothy Disken (PLC Aquatic)

Volunteer of the Year Award

Lisa Bess

The Best New Official of the Year Award

Marian Beatty

The Bill Slade Trophy

Heather O’Connor

Service Pins

10 Years – Peter Lee, Greg Langford, Chris Eccles, John Bordignon, Mark Eddy, John Ringer, Brian Marshall

20 Years – Bruce Laity, Heather O’Connor, Lawrie Cox, Joffre Charles, Diana Lyons, Jack Cumper, Hayden Stewart, Ken Houghton, Robert Oldfield

30 Years – Sue Dyer, Ray Davis, Ian Dyer

Young Leader Award

Ahmed Kelly

 Allan Blue Memorial Trophy

Caiden Gill

Victorian Country Coach of the Year

Brian Ford (Traralgon)

The John Marshall Trophy

Mack Horton (Melbourne Vicentre)

The H.A. Bennett Trophy

Joshua Beaver (Nunawading)

The Breaststroke Award

Jessica Hansen (Nunawading)

The Butterfly Award

Jemma Schlicht (MLC Aquatic)

The Individual Medley Award

Kotuku Ngawati (Melbourne Vicentre)

The VWASA Trophy

Kotuku Ngawati (Melbourne Vicentre)

Victorian Open Coach of the Year

Craig Jackson (Melbourne Vicentre)

The Victorian Swimmer of the Year Award

Mack Horton (Melbourne Vicentre)

The President’s Trophy

Monique Murphy (Melbourne Vicentre)


asctaVIC Special Coaching Achievements

Nick Veliades (MLC Aquatic), Brian Miller (DVE Aquatic), Sam Ashby (MLC Aquatic), Matt King (Melbourne Vicentre), Pat Fisher (Melbourne Vicentre), Josh Sobey (Warrnambool), Michael Skrodzki (CA Tritons), Dean Bryant (Nunawading).

Alex Vasta (Laverton), Evan Counsel (Bayside), Alex Webb (Flyers), Taryn Brunette (Ivanhoe Neons), Julie Janz (Tigersharks), Peter Botheras (Werribee Sharks), Amanda Isaac (Nunawading), Michelle Swift (Shepparton), Wayne Lawes (Waterlions)

Craig Jackson (Melbourne Vicentre), Nick Veliades (MLC Aquatic), Rohan Taylor (Nunawading), Damian Gogoll (PLC Aquatic), Brad Harris (Melbourne Vicentre)

Rohan Taylor (Nunawading), Craig Jackson (Melbourne Vicentre), Gene Jackson (MLC Aquatic).

Ian Pope (Melbourne Vicentre)

Matt Brown (Surrey Park), Amon Soerink (GenAquatic), Matt King (Melbourne Vicentre)

Backstroke Ledge Policy


In Victoria, the Backstroke Ledge Policy has been implemented to use the ledges for the National Prep Meet, Open Championships, Age Championships, Vic Preparation Meet and Open SC meet.   As a matter of policy, the ledges would be offered to all competitors in these meets.                                                                                       

Due to the 2 pool setup of Age SC Championships, ledges cannot be used for the heats therefore could not be used for the finals session.



Recommendation for Clubs and Districts:

That the ledges be banned from use in competition unless all competitors at an event have the option to use the ledges.

In the event that any ledges initially provided at a competition are subsequently damaged during that competition, that no further competitor be advantaged or disadvantaged by their lack of access to the use of a properly functioning ledge.

That all requests that a meet be treated as a “Qualifying Meet” be subject to a certification clause regarding the “use / non- use” of the ledges during backstroke events to be completed by the referee in charge


Recommendation for School Meets:

That the ledges will not be permitted to be utilised in any school based competition.

Ledges are to be re-calibrated before every meet, it should be noted that the block heights vary from the start end of the MSAC pools to the turn end.


Policy to be reviewed June 2017


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