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about the orcas
Members come mainly from the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, from Warrandyte in the north to Mulgrave in the south, Box Hill in the west to Wantirna in the east.
Members actively participate in still water competitions, open water bay (Port Phillip Bay), sea swim meets, and triathlon events. However, the focus of the Club is very much on fun, fitness and friendship.
An application form and details about fees are available under the Training section of this website.
Click here to download the Nunawading Orcas Constitution as a PDF.
Early in August 1994 Aqualink Nunawading called for expressions of interest from people who were interested in forming an Aussi Masters club based at the Centre. The Centre believed that an Aussie Masters club was needed to cater for adults who would like more organised and structured swimming and who were interested in improving their skills and fitness.
There was a good response from the public to the idea of the formation of a club and in early September 1994 the inaugural meeting of the Club took place. This was followed shortly afterwards with the first training session under the supervision of Club’s new coach Brett Gartner, a former Nunawading Club national squad member.
The Club grew steadily from these beginnings and soon had over 50 members including a number who competed in District, State, National and International level still water competitions as well as in many open water competitions held in the summer season in Victorian waters and further afield.
Over the years the membership has stabilised and the numbers training regularly have been consistent. However, there have been fluctuations in the numbers competing depending on the interests of members at any given time.
Late in 2010 I went to watch the Orcas Masters Swimming group at Nunawading. It was everything I was looking for with high quality coaching, an emphasis on continued, timed improvement and a regular, challenging fitness routine. As an added bonus the Orcas are a great bunch of people who are fun to socialize with at their various, regular events.
I am delighted to be president of a club that accommodates personal objectives of fitness, technical stroke improvement, pool competition and open-water events at all ages and all levels within a friendly, encouraging environment.
I had been a regular lap swimmer at the Nunawading Pool and was interested in participating in an evening squad to improve my technique and fitness.
I joined Nunawading Orcas when it was formed in 1994 and found it ideally suited my needs. The coaching has been professional and well structured to maintain interest while improving technique in all strokes. The intensity and distance varied to maintain a good level of fitness. Social activities and friendships have made swimming in a group most enjoyable.
I grew up all around water. The pool, beach and even splashing around in the bath! I’m a water baby through and through.
I joined a swimming club at the age of 9 and swam until just before I was 16.
Training every day and competitions every weekend. I loved being in the water, challenging myself with new sets and setting new goals with PB’s and making some great friends along the way.
After swimming competitively, I took a break from swimming for a while and then got into teaching when I was 19. I taught for 9 years and loved helping young kids find their passion for swimming.
I joined the Orcas in in 2018 with a friend. We were very nervous to start at our first trial, but everyone on that first night was so friendly and welcoming. I joined for fitness and to get me out of the house. I found if I was swimming on my own I wouldn’t push myself as hard as we are pushed with our coach. As much as I complain some nights, I do love the workout and the fun we have in the pool. 4 years later I’m still swimming and enjoying getting quicker in my times and the socialization and the jokes in between our quick rest breaks.
And now I’m on the committee!
Having grown up near the beach in a place called Governors Bay in New Zealand, I’ve had a love for swimming from as early as I can remember. At age six I was already a competent swimmer. Although that was a very long time ago, swimming always seemed quite natural for me. By my teens however, swimming was replaced with Basketball which became my sport for many years and far into adulthood. Basketball injuries and wear and tear eventually saw me return to the swimming joy I had as a young boy for a continued source of fitness and social interaction.
As a career change I started down the path of swim teaching and coaching in 2013. Working as a swim instructor at all levels since then, and transitioning into coaching along the way.
Among my more recent exploits are visits in two consecutive years to the remote community of Yuendumu as a Red Dust Role Model. Teaching swimming there, Lifeguarding and twice helping to run a Swim Carnival for the community.
In 2016 I was awarded both the Victorian and the National Austswim awards for Teacher of Swimming and Water safety.
Now coaching Nunawading Junior competitive Athletes and a Teenage non-competitive squad, I’ve added the Nunawading Orcas masters group to my repertoire.
Swimmers will find me to have an inclusive, adaptable ethos supporting an encouraging group environment whilst taking an orderly and analytical approach to building fitness and refining technique via the relevant stroke drills. And as well offering feedback and stroke correction along the way.
past coaches, committees and life members
|2023||Larry Murray||Mark Williamson||Greg Palmer||Brooke Kreuzer|
|2022||Larry Murray||Mark Williamson||Greg Palmer||Brooke Kreuzer|
|2021||Larry Murray||Mark Williamson||Greg Palmer||Brooke Kreuzer|
|2020||Larry Murray||Mark Williamson||Greg Palmer||Rafal Nowacki|
|2019||Larry Murray||Mark Williamson||Greg Palmer||Rafal Nowacki|
|2018||Larry Murray||Mark Williamson||Greg Palmer||Rafal Nowacki|
|2017||Larry Murray||Mark Williamson||Greg Palmer||Rafal Nowacki|
|2016||Larry Murray||Pablo Pizzuto||Greg Palmer||Rafal Nowacki|
|2015||Emilio Badoer||Pablo Pizzuto||Greg Palmer||Friedo Ligthart|
|2014||Emilio Badoer||Pablo Pizzuto||Greg Palmer||Friedo Ligthart|
|2013||Emilio Badoer||Pablo Pizzuto||Greg Palmer||Friedo Ligthart|
|2012||Mart Hagel||Margaret Lowe||Greg Palmer||Friedo Ligthart|
|2011||Mart Hagel||Annette Brunton||Greg Palmer||Friedo Ligthart|
|2010||Mart Hagel||Annette Brunton||Greg Palmer||Peter Rush|
|2009||Mart Hagel||Annette Brunton||Greg Palmer||Peter Rush|
|2008||Mart Hagel||Brenda Cameron||Greg Palmer||Peter Rush|
|2007||Mart Hagel||Brenda Cameron||Greg Palmer||Ross Brimer|
|2006||Mart Hagel||Brenda Cameron||Greg Palmer||Ross Brimer|
|2005||Mart Hagel||Brenda Cameron||Greg Palmer||Paul Bunker|
|2004||Mart Hagel||Ross Hibbins||Greg Palmer||Anne Cole|
|2003||Rod Clarke||Trevor Jackson||Greg Palmer||Anne Cole|
|2002||Rod Clarke||Trevor Jackson||Greg Palmer||Kim Rea|
|2001||Rod Clarke||Trevor Jackson||Greg Palmer||Kim Rea|
|2000||Rod Clarke||Joanne Muraca||Greg Palmer||Sandy Broadhead|
|1999||Mart Hagel||Joanne Muraca||Greg Palmer||Sandy Broadhead|
|1998||Paul Bunker||Mart Hagel||Greg Palmer||Mike Smith|
|1997||Paul Bunker||Mart Hagel||Greg Palmer||Vicki Smith|
|1996||Terry Foster||Paul Bunker||Greg Palmer||Aine Walsh|
|1995||Terry Foster||Paul Bunker||Paul Thompson||Aine Walsh|
The following members have been awarded honorary life membership for outstanding services to the Club.
|Year||Name||Reason for award|
|2011||Mart Hagel||For services to the Club for over a decade.|
|2006||Greg Palmer||For services as the Club Treasurer for over a decade.|
|1998||Brett Gartner||Outstanding services as inaugural coach and in helping to get the club up and running.|
Each year our members are awarded trophies in three categories; president’s award, coach’s award and the best competing swimmer.
The Best Competing Swimmer’s Award
At the Club’s AGM and Presentation night a trophy is awarded to the best competing swimmer of the Year. This is determined on a points system which is maintained by the Committee.
The aim is to recognise the best competing swimmer of the year and to encourage members to compete. It is awarded to the swimmer who has accumulated the most points during a swimming year. To encourage slower swimmers to compete and stand a chance to receive the Best Competing Swimmer Award the club introduced ‘participation’ points that count toward a swimmer’s total point tally. Member’s receive one additional point for each pool race entered and two points for every open water event, irrespective of distance.
In the event of a swimmer being a member of multiple clubs, that swimmer must nominate Nunawading Orcas as their club for each swim meet they want included in the count. In addition, a swimmer must attend a minimum number of training sessions and be an active participant in club training with at least 15% of training sessions attended by the swimmer to be eligible for the Swimmer of the Year award.
If there are swimmers who finish the year on equal points then the swimmer who has the best placing at the higher level receives the award. This will be determined in consultation with the Club’s Coach.
1. State or National meets
Ten points for first place, down to one point for tenth place.
2. Club meets
Three points for first, two points for second and one point for third.
3. Participation points
One additional point for each pool race and two points for every open water event.
|1999||Margaret Stanley & Greg Palmer|
|1998||Jo Muraca & Trevor Jackson|
|1997||Charmaine Lee & Brian Peakin|
|2007||Anne Cole & Patrick Mohr|
|2006||Anne Cole & Neomal Jasinghe|
|2005||Robyn Gillespie & Rod Clarke|
|2004||Margaret Lowe & Rod Clarke|
|2003||Nicole Galea & Michael Drake|
|2002||Robyn Gillespie & Rod Clarke|
|2001||Robyn Gillespie & Ross Hibbins|
|2000||Linda Stewart & Mike Smith|
|1999||Vicky Smith & Terry Foster|
|1998||Linda Stewart & Kim Rea|
|1997||Sue Williams & Kim Rea|
* Prior to 2007 there were two competing swimmers’ awards, one for the best male and the other for the best female.