PodCast March 2015

We’re well into the season and a lot has happened since training recommenced late January. In fact numbers are significantly higher at training this first term which is great to see. Not only is this a huge boost for the coach but also the many regular members that train throughout the year. Hopefully many of you can continue your great work throughout the remaining three terms.

Our clubs next main focus and the reason Alan has been pushing us all a little harder is to get as many Orcas attending the State Long Course Championships, held on Sunday 17 May at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatics Centre (MSAC) in Albert Park. This is a long course event, for our newer members that means it will be held in a 50m pool as opposed to short course which is a 25m pool.

If you’ve never competed or are worried about competing for the first time, have a read of this little article explaining the benefits of competition for swimmers.

Be sure to check the calendar for upcoming events, you’ll find recent events listed at the top of the Pod Cast page.

Coaches Report for March

Great to see so many swimmers coming to training. Keep it up. Hopefully all the new swimmers are on the email list now, I think a few missed the last report.

We have several regular swimmers, but more irregular; remember you need to train at least twice a week to keep / maintain some level of fitness and to be able to improve. Speaking of which, I do not have many responses from you as to your goals and targets for the season or year. Whether it is to break a time for the 100 Free, or 400 Free, or to do an ironman, or move to lane 3 etc. So please send me [or give me on paper at training] your Smart goals [Simple, Measurable, achievable, realistic and Time frame]. Entering the State Long Course Championships will be a good start to give yourself a baseline measurement; the club hopes we can field a great team this year.

Pace Clock quiz – everyone should have done this by now, and given me their answers. [some did last year.] Everyone should know how to use the Pace Clock to keep track of their training; you should know what time you have swum for virtually every swim, whether it is a 50, 100, 200 or 400 etc. Also is a list of Freestyle drills that you should all know how to do if not already.

Also I can think of nothing worse than swimming without being able to see. Hopefully all are keeping their eyes open when they swim, though I very much doubt it at times! Remember to use a tiny bit of shampoo [see Marty, Friedo, others] on the inside of your goggles to keep them clear. [You should not need to keep taking your goggles on and off all the time to see.] If you need prescriptions go to www.clearlycontacts.com.au or similar so that you can fully participate in training.

Aquashop Swimmer of the Month

Last year we instituted the Swimmer of the Month in partnership with Aquashop.

Aquashop in South Melbourne kindly donate a $25 voucher to the lucky recipient to spend at their store or online. With the upcoming State LC why not consider getting a new set of bathers to give you that extra edge?

My selective / selection criteria are based on the following; [not in any order]

  • Regular attendance
  • Participation and effort at training
  • Perceived improvement
  • Swims done at meets or elsewhere
  • Timeliness to training [The Australian economy should be doing brilliantly with all those people working to 8:30pm :0) ]
  • Achievement of goals
  • intangible

Past winners have been

  • October – Pablo for the Alcatraz swim
  • November – Rafal for the 100×100
  • December – Greg for keeping everyone on track
  • January – Friedo for the MMAD swims
  • February – Marty for his training sessions in Greg’s absence during late January. Believe it or not, he even showed up on time!
  • March – ???? You!

All the best in training and please feel free to keep asking me questions, at training or via email.

Cheers, Alan


Great Victorian Swim Series 2015

Friedo and Pablo both took part in two categories in the Great Victorian Swim Series (GVSS) this year, the long distance non-wetsuit (over 2.5km) and short distance non-wetsuit (under 2.5km). With the top four and five results, respectively, counting toward final series points Friedo took out equal first for the long distance and second place for the short distance categories.

The following day Friedo also took out second place in his age group in the Melbourne Swim Classic.


Friedo receiving his Melbourne Swim Classic second place trophy.

Malvern Marlins Interclub

It was pretty early in the year for the first competition, especially seeing our club doesn’t officially train over the summer break. But that didn’t stop Sarah G from competing and representing our club. Well done Sarah.


Sarah enjoying Malvern Marlins hospitality



There are a number of events already planned in the coming weeks and months. If you’re thinking of going to any why not let others know and swim with people you know.

100x100s with Chloë McCardell – Geelong

Another 100x100s have been planned and again Chloë McCardell will be there to join MSV members and guest to push and encourage them along. The pace can be intense in the fast lane but there are other more suitable speed for the slower swimmers too. This event will be held way down south in Geelong and on the morning of our next Bravehearts swim.


Our next Bravehearts swim will be held at the usual Carrum Life Saving Club on Carrum beach. We run these sessions for both first timers and seasoned OWSers and gives everyone to swim in the briny with the safety of knowing you’re surrounded by other competent swimmers. Wetsuits are optional and a hot shower guaranteed at the surf club afterwards. Everyone is welcome.

Annual General Meeting

Our AGM will once again be held at Bucatini’s in Mitcham on 23 May. Further details will follow closer to the date with proxy forms and nominations sent out to all current financial members prior to the meeting.

Vale Charles Erasmus

The Masters Swimming community were shocked to hear the news that one of their members, Charles Erasmus, passed away whilst competing in an open water swim this season. Charles was a phenomenal competitor and a recognisable face at many swim events.  The Nunawading Orcas extend their deepest sympathy to his partner Thea, family and friends as well as the Doncaster Dolphins.

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