Wett Ones Women - Female Rep

Hello to all of our female Wetties, past, present and future!

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.

I've been a member of Wett Ones since August 2016 and thoroughly enjoy being part of such a fun, social and fit club. I first heard about Wett Ones many years ago when I entered one of the Mardi Gras swimming competitions way back in the day when they were a thing (approx 20 years ago!). It wasn't until early 2016 though when I read about the Gay Games in Paris that I set competing in Paris as a goal and finally joined the club! I was a swimmer at State level as a teenager and hadn't competed in the pool for 20 years prior to joining Wett Ones. I was a bit nervous to return to swim meets but I've settled into them now and love the camaraderie being part of Wett Ones brings. 

Importantly, Wett Ones isn't all about competitive swimming though. We have lots of members who swim with us for fitness, to improve their stroke or just for fun!

If you're not currently training with us but are interested, we'd love to see you poolside! If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know via women@wettones.org 

If you have any friends who may be interested in swimming with us, please feel free to share this newsletter.

Coach Janet (left) and Female Rep Susie (right)

Coach Janet (left) and Female Rep Susie (right)

Coach Profile - Coach Janet

As a teenager Janet ranked in the Top 10 in the World for 800m freestyle! She was a distance swimmer and often swam 1500m as well as 400IM and 200m butterfly. She also swam at National Level for several years. 

When Janet retired from competitive swimming she started playing water polo and played for NSW and Country teams. She captained the first Australian Country Women's Water Polo team. 

Janet started swimming in Masters when Wett Ones was formed in 1991. Over the years she has regularly attained Top 10 world status in a few distance events. She swam in the following Gay Games:

New York 1994: 4 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze
Amsterdam 1998: 5 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze
Sydney 2002: 5 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze
Paris 2018: 7 gold, 1 silver

Janet also set 3 IGLA records at the Paris Gay Games this year (200m, 400m and 800m freestyle).

If you're keen to be coached by our legendary Coach Janet, you can find her on deck on Mondays 6:30pm and our lunch time sessions Tuesday and Thursday 1:00pm - 1:45pm.  

Our successful female swimmers from the 2019 Paris Gay Games. Back: Celia and Janet. Front: Susie and Megan

Our successful female swimmers from the 2019 Paris Gay Games. Back: Celia and Janet. Front: Susie and Megan

Mardi Gras 2019 - Swim Like A Girl!

Following on from the success of our women swimmers at the Gay Games in Paris this year, we're gearing up to have a really strong presence at Mardi Gras 2019 with the theme 'Swim Like A Girl!'. We have a working group exploring options for the float and we want to flag this with you all early as we'd LOVE for as many of our current and former women members to march with us in what will be an epic parade! Please save the date - Saturday 2 March 2019 - and we'll be sending out loads more communication about the planning process and rehearsals as plans progress. If you'd like to be involved in the planning process, please get in touch via women@wettones.org

Results from our gals in Paris (clockwise above) were as follows:
Janet: 7 gold, 1 silver
Megan: 4 gold, 2 silver
Susie: 6 gold, 1 silver
Celia: 4 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze

left to right: Rachelle, Jodie, Rylee and Susie

left to right: Rachelle, Jodie, Rylee and Susie

Wrap Up

That's it from the Women of Wett Ones for now. One final note - information for 2019 membership will be out at the beginning of December so keep your eyes peeled!  If you have any questions or would like to join/re-join - please get in touch with Susie via women@wettones.org . We'd love to see you in the pool!