This weekend 8 Wett Ones put their training to the test and took to the pool at Sydney Olympic Park for State Long Course Championships. Swimming in the Olympic pool was as always a great experience for our swimmers and lent itself to some fantastic efforts with multiple PBs, gold medals, and two winning relays.
Great news! We're about to introduce even more swimming sessions to give you more options to join us at Sydney University Sports and Aquatic Centre! Now on Tuesday and Thursday lunch times!
The annual President's Report for Wett Ones Swimming Club for the period November 2015 to October 2016.
Well here we are folks, the opening ceremony is upon us, and the first action in pool begins in less than 24 hours. In this series (as well as doubling traffic to our site) I have reviewed Australia’s Olympic medal hopes in all the big events in the pool. I haven’t covered all of our incredible athletes, there just isn’t time here, but rest assured each are equally as deserving of the right to call themselves Australian Dolphins.
The butterfly stroke has a special place among the competitive swimming strokes. It has a reputation of being hard to learn and quickly exhausting. Yet when mastered, butterfly (or simply ‘fly’ to us swimmers) can be the most spectacular demonstration of strength and technique. Has Australia caught up to the rest of the world's great swimming nations in this, the king of strokes?
The distance freestyle events are to Australian swimming what Bondi Beach is to Sydney (a very surprising crowd draw?!). Gould, Rose, Hackett, Perkins, and more earned the right to call themselves Olympians by swimming through the pain for 16 or 30 laps.
It’s just one week until the start of Rio 2016! So far we have reviewed the chances of 17 of Australia’s finest athletes, and covered the backstroke, IM, and women’s freestyle events, as well as discussing the chances of some of our Olympic debutants. Now we turn to a stroke that has had its ups and downs in Australia – breaststroke.
With just one and a half weeks until the games, we now turn our attention to the Individual Medleys. Very few swimmers are the masters of all strokes and especially for the Australian men this has proven to be a difficult set of events to conquer.
Australia is on track to rule the pool when it comes to the backstroke events in Rio, with world champion Emily Seebohm leading the way for the women, and boyfriend (and also World Champion) Mitch Larkin at the helm for the men.
Thirty-four athletes have been named to the Australian Dolphins Swim Team for the Rio Olympic Games. There is a strong blend of experience and youth with 21 swimmers to make their debut, while 13 athletes will become multiple Olympians including five who are off to their third Games. The oldest swimmer is five-time London Olympic medallist Alicia Coutts at 28, while Tamsin Cook is the youngest female and Kyle Chalmers the youngest male, both at 17.
The Olympic Games are nearly upon us once again, and among the many things to look forward to, we of course have some incredible athletes competing in the pool to represent Australia!
Over the next three weeks, I will do my best to introduce you to some of our best medal winning chances for the aquatic events in Rio, and of course, the comments section is open for your thoughts and medal tips too!
The popularity of our Saturday swimming sessions is well known, but Andrew 'Boy' Charlton Pool is now closed for the winter so we are trialing Saturday sessions at Cook and Phillip for the first time!
In the second of our meet the members series, its time to meet the Wett Ones Swimmers' Reps - Tracey Clay and Joe Lui!
Like all good sportspeople, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. This was the case of the inaugural and very successful Proud to Play (P2P) sporting festival held in Auckland New Zealand in February 2016. Rising from the ashes of what was originally meant to be an Asia Pacific Outgames, local organisers worked exceptionally hard to ensure LGBTIQ athletes from across the Asia Pacific had a platform to unite and prove that gay people can and do play sport.
Swimmers: your shoulders are the most vulnerable part of your skeleton. The video shows how the shoulder normally rotates. Problems arise when muscular imbalance pulls one of the joints out of alignment, causing the ligaments to scrape against a surface of bones. Use this video to recognise instructions from your coach about shoulder actions.
We surveyed our members to help the new committee get a better understanding of those who are engaged with the club and what they want out of it. Some of the key results are shared here.
Wett Ones training will continue throughout the festive period, meaning you have no excuses not to burn off those mince pies, and use that turkey dinner (or should that be seafood barbie?) as protein fuel for your swimming!
The Wetties Spend a Weekend at the Australian Institute of Sport
This summer (long-course) season we will have two 'target meets', selected by the coaches and committee based on the number of swimmers likely to attend and their relative importance to the club. These meets are of course, Proud to Play in Auckland, and our own carnival at Sydney Uni at the end of May.
This past week I have been overseas; swimming and socialising my way through a glorious European summer. One of the main reasons for my trip was to compete, and represent Wett Ones, at the Eurogames in Stockholm.