Another busy month has passed us by, with our BPS meet last weekend being one of our most successful ever. There’s a wrap up further in the newsletter, but to begin with I want to thank Nick Westaway and his crew who pulled the event together.
Our women’s boot camp has also concluded and we are delighted to see a few more female faces in the pool. Read on for more about the boot camp.
Also, read on to find out how you can get access to three free swims, and 25% off swimming sessions in May!
Our new members for this month are Jawad Saab, John Conley and Chris Thistlethwaite - welcome!
In this newsletter:
Online booking system
BPS meet wrap up
Drag yourself out party
Upcoming events for your diary
Our regular monthly meeting was held last Monday. Issues for discussion included professional development for our coaches, morning sessions, upcoming swimming meets and our social calendar for the second half of the year.
We recognised the great work of the coaches in preparing all swimmers for the carnival last weekend. To assist the coaches’ ability to support the diverse needs of our swimmers, the club will fund dedicated professional development sessions for our coaches. We budgeted for this at the start of the year and it is good we can invest in up skilling our coaches.
Our morning sessions at Victoria Park are due to end this week. We are looking for another (indoor) pool to continue these morning sessions. We will keep you posted. Thanks to Peter and Mark for their stewardship of the early risers!
Upcoming swimming meets
There are three important swimming meets coming up - Blacktown is this week, the state long course championships (at Olympic Park) the weekend after Easter and the Ettalong Masters meet at Woy Woy on the last weekend in May. We encourage everyone to consider participating in these meets - the long course championships are held at Olympic Park and have a good mix of events (including medley and freestyle relays!). The Woy Woy event has become an annual event for Wett Ones - more information is below about our planned (traditional) weekend away for this carnival.
We have drafted a social calendar for the second half of 2019. Please take a look and note the important dates in your diary. Speak to Brad if you have any feedback.
Best of luck to our swimmers heading to Blacktown this weekend.
With the Easter holiday coming up, I want to with you all a very Happy Easter - enjoy a break to recharge the batteries after a busy start to the year. We will let you know the Easter swimming schedule next week.
Wett Ones new online booking system
Over recent months, the Committee has been testing different online booking systems to find one that is right for us. Our search has ended with the selection of Acuity, a web-based booking system.
The new system allows you to create an account and save your details for ease of booking again. You can use a desktop or your mobile to book. Booking your training session ahead of time will help our coaches manage attendance and allow others to see whether there is space available in the pool.
It is our intention to roll this system out over the next seven weeks and to phase out the Square ‘tap and go’ payment system by 31 May. Sessions will be available to book up to 10 days in advance. Like the current Square software, there are no refunds for pre-booked sessions; if you are unable to make a session there is a reschedule feature.
To get everyone familiar with the system, we are offering everyone THREE FREE SWIMS when you first register with the system, as well as 25% off bookings made for sessions during the month of May.
To get your three free sessions, use the code 3FREE (in the box below your email address on the booking page). We will give you the 25% off code after Easter. Those paying with concession rates should contact Evan for the code.
Click on the link below to select your first free session and create an account. If you have any questions, please speak to David, Nick or Robert at the pool, or ask a committee member to assist you.
Wett Ones BPS meet wrap up
The Wett Ones BPS swimming meet was held last Saturday. It was a major success for the club - more than 178 swimmers registered, including 61 Wett Ones. That’s the largest contingent of Wetties at a swimming carnival in many years (and almost double the number at our last swimming meet in 2016). There were a number of members who attended their first carnival - have they caught the bug?!
At least two club records were broken - our womens’ 160+ relay team of Jodie, Susie, Rachelle and Kate (Frankie) (pictured above) smashed the 17 year old club record. The new record, 5:03.31, smashes the 5:35.16 set at the 2002 Gay Games. Well done girls!
The mens’ 200+ team also smashed a record (this one wasn’t quite as old!) - congratulations to Sean, Vassili, Garth and Pat for wiping 14 seconds off the old record.
There were, no doubt, many personal bests achieved and we will do our best to collate and share a list in coming weeks.
As for points, Wett Ones smashed it - we scored 1,532 points at the meet, giving us a 1,229 point buffer ahead of the next point score meet. Well done to everyone who contributed to the success of the day.
It’s important we say particular thank you to:
Meet Director, Nick, who did an outstanding job pulling it all together.
Our club ‘officials’ - Peter, Lawrence, Gary and David, and our trainee starters Bart and Wendy. Also thanks to Charlie and Colin for assisting Mark with the electronic starting/timing system.
The volunteers - everyone who assisted with welcoming guests, the raffle, cooking food, timekeeping, making music playlists, running errands, announcing, marshalling and cleaning up afterwards. We could not have done it without you!
The staff at Sydney Uni who ensured it all ran smoothly, and the team at the cafe for a nourishing re-feed post carnival.
Women's boot camp
Congratulations to Susie and Janet for the success of our recent women’s boot camp. A total of 18 women attended the two Sunday sessions, and we’ve been pleased to see a few more faces at our regular sessions.
Engagement of more lesbian members is an important objective for the Club - we are delighted to welcome new faces and hope to see a few more in coming weeks. If you see someone new in your lane, please make them welcome.