Have you managed to de-glitter from a fabulous Mardi Gras?!
I want to begin with a massive thank you to the team who pulled our fabulous Mardi Gras together - Louise Nealon (our indefatigable Mardi Gras coordinator), Melissa Stefano (honorary Wettie and choreographer extraordinaire), Susie Purcell and Nick Westaway (our TV super stars) and so many others who invested blood, sweat and (I'm sure) a few tears to deliver our outstanding float and dance routine for the Mardi Gras Parade. More on Mardi Gras below...
We have two new Wett Ones this month - welcome to the family Joao Bazan Portela and Peter Goodare.
Our focus at training is race preparation for the Wett Ones meet on 6 April - this is our home carnival and we're aiming to see as many Wetties in the pool as possible.
In this newsletter:
Mardi Gras wrap up
New uniform is coming
Drag yourself out party
Upcoming events for your diary
Another busy meeting has the committee firmly focussed on our swimming meet, which is now less than month away.
Women's boot camp - #swimlikeagirl
Janet and Susie are also busy preparing for our women's boot camp - more than 40 ladies have signed up to give squad swimming a go at our two boot camps on 24 and 31 March. If you know someone who might be interested in being part of the boot camp, please refer them to the website for more information and to sign up.
Recruitment of more lesbian members is a key strategic objective for the club and this event is part of achieving our goal.
We conducted a short debrief of our Mardi Gras activities. A more detailed review will be undertaken in coming weeks, and participants should expect to receive a survey to help us plan for the future.
Our brand exposure from the event has been phenomenal - in addition to the promotion from Masters Swimming NSW and Mardi Gras itself, we featured on the SBS coverage and have seen our social media engagements explode. Wett Ones is now an established presence on Oxford St...
I want to add my thanks to Google and Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Inc for their generous support of our float with a grant of $3,000 - the grant greatly assisted us with containing costs for participants. We also received two anonymous donations worth approximately $2,000 - to the people responsible, your generosity is greatly appreciated - thank you.
I would also like to thank Queer Screen for inviting us to be a presenting partner for Light in the Water. The Australian premiere on 27 February 2019 was an emotion-charged evening for many. It was a privilege to meet a founding member of West Hollywood Aquatic, Ron Kirchhof, who joined us to watch the film (for the first time). It was nice to hear Ron's recollections from WH2O's beginnings - if you would like to read his thoughts again, visit the website.
A new club uniform is coming...
The Committee has made a final decision about the design for a new and modern club uniform. Finishing touches are being made to the product list, alongside a search for a sponsor to keep the cost of the new uniform as low as possible. It is anticipated that we will take pre-orders for the new uniform in June, with delivery expected in August/September. The new uniform style is designed to last to the Gay Games in Hong Kong in 2022, and will get its first big run at IGLA 2020 in Melbourne next February. I hope to share the design, styles, sample cuts and individual item costs with you very soon.
Mother Nature: 1, Masters Swimmers: 0 - Cessnock BPS meet
Our swimmers who made the trek to Cessnock last weekend were left disappointed when Mother Nature conspired to see the meet cancelled.
On that note, let me encourage you all to sign up for the (indoor) Wett Ones BPS meet on 6 April. Members receive a discount - if you've never tried a swim meet before, then there's no better place to start than in the familiar surrounds of Sydney Uni pool. Register today - you won't be disappointed!
Finally, good luck to Mark Sendecky who is flying the Wett Ones flag (solo) at the MSA National Championships in Adelaide next week.
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.
Drag yourself out party
Saturday 11 May 2019 | 8pm to midnight
Gingers Bar @ the Oxford Hotel, Oxford St Darlinghurst
GET YOUR OUTFITS READY for Wett Ones’ biggest party of the year - a queer themed costume party with very special drag performances and competition.
Dance the night away to the best Diva Dance mixed with Tribal House music on Oxford Street. The event is open to members and friends - get your glam on and come party Wett Ones style.
Tickets are $30 and include a glass of bubbles on arrival.
Click the button above to buy your tickets today. You can also follow the Facebook event for further updates.
This is the Club’s one major fundraising event for the year - please spread the word and let's get a big crowd along!
There are three MSNSW swimming meets coming up:
Wett Ones BPS meet (Sydney Uni Pool, 6 April 2019)
Blacktown BPS meet (13 April 2019)
NSW Long Course Championships (SOPAC, 27 and 28 April 2019)
For the full social calendar visit our website. We are also working on the calendar for the second half of 2019 - stay tuned for details.