There is such a phenomenally busy and happy vibe around the club at the moment.  Whether it's participation in carnivals, preparing for Mardi Gras or training for our swimming meet in April, there is so much happening around Wett Ones at the moment that it's getting hard to keep up!

First things first, though - welcome to our new members!  Welcome to the Wett Ones family Garth McMurtrie, Claudio Counoupas, Jay Brown and David Parnell.

In this newsletter:

  • Committee update

  • Survey results

  • Trialling a booking system

  • Mardi Gras Film Festival - tickets still available

  • Upcoming events for your diary

Swimming training update

Training this Friday 15 February will be at Cook and Phillip at 6:30pm
(dinner in Darlinghurst to follow)

Training this Sunday 17 February returns to Sydney Uni at 4:00pm.

There will be no training on Wednesday 27 February - come to the movies instead!
(details below)

Committee update

The agenda for last Monday's monthly meeting was full - I wonder how we get through it some times.  I really appreciate the attention of the committee who, on your behalf, keep the club's wheels turning.

Survey results
We considered the results of our recent club survey.  Thank you to everyone who participated - more than half of the club's current members provided their feedback, a summary of which can be found on our website (or a PDF version).  We will continue to monitor the issues that have been identified and, where possible, act on members’ concerns to further improve the services we provide members.

The post on our website outlines the actions we are taking against some of the key themes, as well as providing further explanations about some of the limitations we face.  I encourage you to take a look and, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Attendance
Over recent weeks, attendance at Sydney University Monday and Wednesday evening sessions has stabilised at more normal levels.  As a consequence, the Committee has decided not to add additional sessions at this time.  However, should numbers pick up again, the Committee will consider options which are consistent with member feedback from the survey.

Booking system
Shortly we will provide you with more information about the booking system, Appointy.  Appointy will initially be rolled out to support morning and lunchtime swim sessions - it allows you to book and pay for your session ahead of time.  If successful (to be assessed after this further period of trial) we may consider its applicability to evening sessions, too.  Keep an eye out for more details about how you can access the system and book your sessions.

Masters update
Well done to our swimmers who travelled to Myall Masters last weekend - finishing fourth (and second on average points score) is a great achievement.  We remain at the top of the BPS leader board - the next meet in Merrylands is a sprint meet, so if you are curious about Masters Swimming competitions, this is a great chance to have a go and benchmark yourself ahead of the Wett Ones meet at Sydney Uni on 6 April.

Fair Day
Fair Day is this Sunday.  If you're planning to visit Victoria Park, please drop by the sports village and stop at the Wett Ones stall.  We will have sunscreen, merchandise for sale and information about our upcoming Women's Boot Camp (more details below).  Our regular Sunday afternoon training will still occur at Sydney Uni Pool at 4:00pm.

Mardi Gras
As we approach the Mardi Gras season, I want to acknowledge the outstanding work of our Mardi Gras coordinator Louise, ably assisted by our choreographer Mel, her support crew and our fabulous members and friends who will show Oxford St just what it means to #swimlikeagirl.  To all of you - thank you so much for your effort, enthusiasm and engagement.  You all truly embody what it means to be Wett Ones.  

To all the Wett Ones family: on Mardi Gras Saturday and every day - be fearless, have fun and #getwett!

Happy swimming,

Robert

MARDI GRAS 2019

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Wett Ones is a proud presenting partner for this year’s Queer Screen Mardi Gras Film Festival.

We are excited to be presenting the Australian premiere of

“Light in the Water”

Wednesday 27 February 2019 | 6:45pm | Event Cinema, George St

This inspiring, crowd-pleasing documentary lovingly recounts the origins of the West Hollywood Aquatic Club, or WH20. In 1982, a small team of dedicated non-professional swimmers began training for the inaugural Gay Games in San Francisco, creating a legacy of equality and inclusion that endures to this day. Using archival footage and extensive interviews, director Lis Bartlett paints an inspiring portrait of a tight-knit group of LGBTQ men and women who fought against homophobia in sport.

Following the movie, join us for a dinner and drink (or two) in the city.  Find out more by following our Facebook event.

Buy tickets for dinner at the Edinburgh Castle

Women's boot camp
Sunday 24 March and Sunday 31 March

Susie and Janet have been busy preparing a dedicated women's boot camp to run at Sydney Uni on 24 and 31 March.  The sessions will run for one hour and begin at 4:00pm (at the same time as our regular Sunday afternoon session).  

If you know someone interested in swimming who might want to give Wett Ones a go, please encourage them to sign up for our boot camp.  Boot camp sessions are free to attend (new swimmers have their pool entry included) and a great way to give squad swimming a go - we'll even throw in a further three free swims for anyone who tries boot camp as added encouragement to come along!  

Boot camp is also open to current female members - come and show your support for this fabulous club initiative.

Register for the Wett Ones women's boot camp

Upcoming events

Swim and long lunch - 16 February (this Saturday)
Haven't been to Boy Charlton for a while?  Come and join our regular Saturday morning swimmers this weekend for a swim before we enjoy a long lunch at the Frisco Hotel in Woolloomooloo.  Check out the details in the Facebook event - all welcome, we'd love to see you there!

Mardi Gras Fair Day - this Sunday!
Wett Ones will have a stall at the Sydney Mardi Gras Fair Day.  Check the Facebook event to find out when you're scheduled.  We would appreciate members wearing their polo shirt and hat at the stall - if you want to wear your swimmers, please wear the black Wett Ones (Nova) swimmers.  We are particularly encouraging our fabulous Women of Wett Ones to turn out in force!

We will be selling club merchandise on the day, including the special Mardi Gras edition Speedos.  If you're coming to Fair Day, please come to the Sports Village and say hello!
 
Swimming carnivals
There are two MSNSW swimming meets coming up:

The National Championships will be held in Adelaide between 19 and 23 March - registration closes on 22 February.

Evan will be encouraging those who are interested in competing to register.  Following the Merrylands meet, join us at the Lord Raglan Hotel in Redfern (from about 2pm) for a late lunch.  

As well as more traditional 'shorter' events, the Cessnock meet has a focus on long distances (400m, 800m and 1500m) - if you're a keen ocean swimmer, this is the carnival for you!  Registration for Cessnock will close the day before Mardi Gras - get in early and book now to avoid disappointment.

SAVE THE DATE:
Saturday 23 March - kayaking in the Kangaroo Valley.  More details soon.

Saturday 6 April - Wett Ones BPS meet (Sydney Uni Pool).  Speak to Nick or Charlie if you need more information

Saturday 11 May - Drag yourself out fancy dress party.  Brad is the ringmaster for what proves to be the biggest and most fabulous night on the Wett Ones social calendar for 2019.  Tell your friends and bring them along - you won't want to miss this event!

For the full social calendar visit our website.

We're still looking for a sponsor, or sponsors, to help us keep the cost of swimming affordable for our members.  In particular, we're looking for a major sponsor to have their logo printed on our new uniform - if you know someone who might be interested, refer them to our sponsorship prospectus on our website, or contact Robert directly with their details.

Wett Ones' sponsorship prospectus

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