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Wett Ones 2019 Membership Now Available!

Wett Ones 2019 memberships now available

If you think 2018 has been a big year at Wett Ones, just wait to see what we have in store for 2019!  

Annual memberships for Wett Ones LGBT+ Swimming Club Inc, provided by Masters Swimming Australia, are now available for renewal.  Read on below to find out how you can re-join Sydney’s most gay and lesbian swimming club for another exciting year in and out of the pool...

We look forward to your renewed membership, participation and enthusiasm for a massive 2019!

Key contacts for 2019

Registrar Evan Morris (registrar@wettones.org) can help you with any questions you have related to your membership and entering swim meets. Whether you are renewing, you are a new member or have been a member in the past, Evan is here to help you.

Female Rep Susie Purcell (women@wettones.org) and Male Rep Charlie Edwards (men@wettones.org) are both available for anything club related and they are the best people to contact if you would like to raise something with the committee.

 from left to right: Evan, Susie and Charlie.

from left to right: Evan, Susie and Charlie.

Benefits of Membership

  • Membership with Masters Swimming Australia

  • Access to competitions in Australia and internationally

  • Insurance that covers you and the club

  • Access to nine swimming sessions each week with some of the lowest rates in Sydney

  • Access to a team of qualified coaches

  • Regular masterclasses and stroke correction clinics

  • Exclusive Speedo offers and 30% off Speedo performance swimwear

  • Exclusive access to our members-only Facebook group (non financial members will lose access at the end of Jan 2019)

How to Join

Membership Fees:
- $130 for a standard member
- $85 for youth (25 and under)
- $85 concession (please contact Evan for approval before using this option)

Steps to Register:
1. Visit the Masters Swimming Australia Membership Portal
2. Choose your option of either New Member or Renewal
3. If you are renewing login using your existing username and password. We can no longer look this up for you. Please check your email or use the forgot password option to retrieve your details.
4. Choose NSW as your state and if you need it our club code is NWO
5. Payment can be made by PayPal or Credit Card

What’s happening in 2019

On our website you can find a full schedule of social events and competitions that we are focusing on; the key highlights here are listed below:

19 Jan - Campbelltown Pointscore Swim meet (first swim meet of the year)
26 Jan - Soaking Wett Australia Day Boat cruise (and the Facebook event)
17 Feb - Mardi Gras Fair Day
2 Mar - Mardi Gras Parade
6 Apr - Wett Ones Pointscore Swim meet
27-28 Apr - State Long Course Championships (SOPAC)
11 May - Wett Ones Half Halloween fancy dress party
25 May - Ettalong Pointscore Swim meet weekend
14 July - NSW Relay meet
12-13 Oct - NSW State Short Course Championships (Woy Woy)

The club is also working towards 2 big events in the future:
Feb/Mar 2020 - IGLA Melbourne
Nov 2022 - Gay Games in Hong Kong

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Wett Ones Women's Update

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Wett Ones Women's Update

I'm Susie the returning Female Rep for all of our women members (right in the pic below with Coach Janet on the left). We're super keen as a club to build on our female member base and ensure our women members feel supported amongst what is sometimes a sea of fellas! Albeit a lovely bunch of fellas that they are.

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November Lane Rope: Monthly Presidents Update

Your new Wett Ones committee met for the first time on Monday to discuss plans for the coming year. The Committee typically meets on the second Monday of each month and it is my intention to provide you with an update following these meetings to keep you informed on the goings on of our club.

Before that, though, I would like to welcome our new members: Andrew Maher, Steffen Docken, Patrick Birgen, Ken Yeh, Kalem Bronner, Scott Walker, Tony Fulton, Peru Urigoitia, Eugene Chan, Andrew Elias, Kate Nankivell and Damian Landais.  Thank you for joining the Wett Ones family.

 The 2018-19 committee  Back: Brad, David, Charlie, Nick  Front: Louise, Susie, Robert, Evan, Wendy  In spirit: Janet

The 2018-19 committee

Back: Brad, David, Charlie, Nick

Front: Louise, Susie, Robert, Evan, Wendy

In spirit: Janet

Budget

This year’s budget has been drafted to see us break even. This is in stark contrast to the past year when the club made a significant profit.  As noted at our AGM last month, a key driver to this profit was the benefit we received from many of our coaches not receiving payment as they were not yet accredited. As we now have an increased number of accredited coaches (which is a great thing for everyone!) it has seen our coaching costs increase substantially.  While some of this increase is offset by the spike in members attending training, we still have a significant shortfall that needs to be made up.
 
Therefore, to ensure the club can continue to cover costs, it is necessary to increase both our membership fees and training session fees effective 1 January 2019. These new fees are set out below:
 
2019 Club membership fee: $130 (25 and under $85)
Evening training fee: $6.00/session ($3.00/25 and under)
Lunchtime training fee: $5.50/session ($2.75/25 and under)

 
The Committee believes that these increases are essential to ensure that the club’s operating position doesn’t eat into our modest savings. This increase in fees is the first for the club in two years – the membership fee includes the Masters Swimming Australia membership fee. 
 
Even with this increase in training and membership fees, our costs will continue to be higher than our income and it is only through sponsorship and other efficiencies that we will be able to deliver our proposed balanced budget this coming year. 
 
In addition to those funds required for coaching fees and lane hire, we plan to invest in our club and our members, in particular:

  • Subsidised entry to the Wett Ones swim meet (scheduled for April 2019) and Masters NSW Relay meet

  • Funding increased engagement with new and existing female members

  • Skills development for our coaches, including a long overdue (albeit modest) increase in coaching fees

  • A series of swimming ‘Master classes’ to focus on and develop better stroke technique

  • No-charge monthly cake night

  • A dedicated Wett Ones Awards Night and club trophies to acknowledge excellence of our members

  • Continued participation in events such as Fair Day, Boot Camps and club social events.

 
I welcome your thoughts and feedback on the initiatives noted above; a copy of the proposed budget can be found here. A final decision on the Budget will be made at our December meeting.  Please feel free to speak to me about this at the pool, or email me directly at president@wettones.org.


Swim like a girl
Wett Ones Mardi Gras 2019


The Wett Ones has once again registered for a float in the 2019 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. The theme this year will be ‘Swim like a girl’ and will celebrate the fantastic results of our female members at the 2018 Gay Games in Paris.  
 
In the New Year we will call for expressions of interest to participate in the float – it will, as in past years, operate on a first in, first served basis.  We are yet to learn the capacity of the float (this will be determined by the Mardi Gras Board) and we will communicate this soon.
 
To assist with Mardi Gras preparations our coordinator, Louise, is seeking expressions of interest from members to form a small sub-committee.  The sub-committee will assist Louise with creative, design and logistics for the float and parade.  It would also assist with fundraising to help defray the cost of the float.  If you are interested, please email Louise at mardigras@wettones.org.  All offers of assistance will be gratefully received – the sub-committee will meet ahead of the next Committee meeting.


Social events

Our social rep, Brad, has been busy preparing a social calendar for the year ahead.  The Committee has endorsed a draft calendar through until June 2019 and it is our intention to hold one or two major club social events in the first six months of 2019. In addition, we will coordinate dinner and drinks events to coincide with swimming carnivals being held throughout the year.  The social calendar is available on our website – keep an eye on our members only Facebook page for event invitations and more details about each event. 
 
If you would like to assist with social events, or have an idea for an event, please speak to Brad.
 
Morning swimming sessions

If you attend training on a Monday or Wednesday evening you would have noticed how busy it has been recently. As an alternative we have started morning swimming sessions at Victoria Park Pool operating through until the end of December.  These morning sessions are coached by Peter (on Monday) and Mark (on Thursday) and offer a quieter alternative to lane 6 and 7 swimmers. If there is sufficient interest in these sessions we will look to continue them into the new year.
 
Not detailed in this email, but important issues to be considered by the committee going forward include:

  • a review of our club uniforms

  • updates to our website

  • preparation for IGLA 2020 in Melbourne

  • a swim camp, and 

  • development of a fundraising and sponsorship prospectus.  

Expect to hear more about these items in the months ahead. It promises to be a big year!
 
If you’ve read this far, well done and thank you - my endeavour is to keep future updates much shorter!  As always, to keep up to date with the goings on at the club, keep an eye on our members only Facebook group, or feel free to speak to any committee member.  
 
Happy swimming,
 
Robert

PS - don't forget our Xmas party at the Tama SLSC on 9/12 - details here.

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Morning Sessions Start on Monday 5 November 2018

Wett Ones Morning Training Sessions

We are expanding the number of swimming sessions we offer each week to 9 with the addition of 2 weekday morning sessions at Victoria Park Pool.

Starting on the 5th of November, these sessions will run every Monday and Thursday morning from 6am to 7am. Monday will be coached by Peter and Thursday will be coached by Janet, see below for more details.

We will have 2 lanes available and these sessions will be targeted at swimmers who usually train in lanes 6 and 7 (intermediate and advanced) with a focus on fitness. If you are unsure about attending please check with one of the coaches.

Starts: Monday, 5 November, 2018

Days: Monday and Thursday

Time: 6am to 7am

Where: Victoria Park Pool, City Rd, Camperdown NSW 2050

Pool Entry Fee: $5 (mention you are with Wett Ones, they also take the 360 pass)

Coaching Fee: $5.50 (tap and pay, card only)

 Victoria Park Pool will soon be the host for Wett Ones morning training sessions.

Victoria Park Pool will soon be the host for Wett Ones morning training sessions.

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Fair Day is approaching, and we need your help

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Fair Day is approaching, and we need your help

Fair Day is one of the highlights of the Mardi Gras calendar.

It's always a great day out, when our community comes out in force to catch up with old friends and meet new ones.  It's also an opportunity for us to promote the club and our upcoming events. 

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Raymond Terrace Meet Results

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Raymond Terrace Meet Results

On Sunday the 14th on January, four Wett Ones travelled to Raymond Terrace for the first NSW Masters Swim Meet of 2018 – Rylee, Dan and David competing and Peter officiating on pool deck.

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Let's Get Racing

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Let's Get Racing

In August this year, the Wett Ones are travelling to Paris to compete in the Gay Games. Not only will it be important for those competing to keep up regular attendance at training, but to also get in plenty of race practice in the lead up.

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NSW Long Course Championships Meet Report '17

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NSW Long Course Championships Meet Report '17

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.

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Countdown to Rio #8 - Men of Steel

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Countdown to Rio #8 - Men of Steel

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.

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Countdown to Rio #7 - Has Aus Learnt to Fly?

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Countdown to Rio #7 - Has Aus Learnt to Fly?

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?

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Countdown to Rio #6 - Going the distance

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Countdown to Rio #6 - Going the distance

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.

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Countdown to Rio #5 - Breaststroke

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Countdown to Rio #5 - Breaststroke

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.

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Countdown to Rio #4 - Individual Medley

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Countdown to Rio #4 - Individual Medley

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.

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