Sunday, 4 July 2021

Meet the new NZMS Secretary/Treasurer - Megan Wilson

Tena Koutou Katoa

I’m Megan Wilson from Tamaki Makaurau. I’d like to acknowledge Mike Bodger for his lengthy dedication, service and spirit to NZMS and thank him for the assistance into the transition of Secretary/Treasurer NZMS as we move forward in 2021.

My career journey grew from shop assistant in a Pacific design store to shopping centre management. During my corporate climb I also volunteered as a guide on the open bird sanctuary Tititiri Matangi Island in the Hauraki Gulf. The resident rangers of the Island were retiring after thirty years of service, and it was shortly after this, that I too, in 2006, became a permanent resident on the island, with the role of Guiding and Shop Manager for three years. My accommodation was a tiny bach next to the lighthouse; I often refer to this as the best house with view on the planet. One year, while resident on the Island the Banana Boat Ocean Swim from Stanley Bay to the Viaduct, worked in well with the ferry schedule and I was able to come off the Island Friday night, swim the race 7am Saturday morning and catch the 9am ferry back to Tiritiri Matangi Island for work. Many kayak and swim friends visited the Island during my tenure there to enjoy wild picnics, swim, walk and too just experience the jewel of an open sanctuary.

The immersion and connection to nature plus the ability to listen to the land came with me when I left the Island. Swimming reconnects me to this, especially open water swimming with friends. Coached pool swimming from the late 90’s grew into weekends of multisport adventures, again seeking the sense of adventure, competition, escapism and camaraderie. I also joined North Shore Masters Swimming where I have been a member for ten years.

My days are full living in Tamaki, with fulltime work in the dental industry.

My gorgeous dog Jess Girl is a master runner and ball handler, and keeps me busy with daily bush and beach walks.

Iyenga yoga has been a thread through my life for many years and with swimming gives me that balance and well being.

My Whanau is with me too, here is mum, now 93, has always been a supporter of my swim races.

These are my two brothers chaperoning dad who continued to lecture engineering students well into his nineties. Mum and I (centre back). Dad celebrates his 94th in May. 

My Whanau with my only son upper right.

Te Reo Maori and indigenous cultures inspire me. This is my sister (right) and I at the Treaty Grounds on Waitangi Day this year.

This is a glimpse of me and a small introduction to my life. I look forward to meeting and sharing your stories together in the future.

Nga Mihi Nui

Megan me. 

Upcoming Events

 2021 North Island Short Course Champs

17 July - Information form

2021 Counties Manukau Skis
31 July - Register

Monday, 5 April 2021

The 6th Recipient of The Barry Young Medal of Excellence

The Barry Young Medal of Excellence is donated and awarded by North Shore Masters to the swimmer who breaks the oldest record during the year.

It is a huge honour to receive this medal as only 11 will ever be awarded.

Mary Ann Turbitt of Waitakere City Masters became the 6th recipient for breaking the Womens’ 400m Short Course Freestyle record in the 75-79 age group. This was set by Olga Johnson back in 1998 in time of 7:57:17. Mary Ann’s time was an amazing 6:59:16.

The Waitakere club presented the medal at a surprise dinner organised to celebrate her achievement.

Congratulations to Mary Ann and many thanks to North Shore Masters for donating this award in memory of our friend Barry Young.

Meet Mary Ann Turbitt

Mary Ann began swimming in Napier at the age of 7 and competed in many NZ Competitions for Hawkes Bay Poverty Bay.  

She participated in a number of other sports too such as  hockey, tennis and basketball and played for the NZ Women’s Hockey team at the World Competition in 1971 and represented Hawkes Bay at the National Basketball Champs.

Mary Ann then switched to Squash and represented Hawkes Bay and Central
Districts as an A grade Player , Qualified Coach and Team Manager and was privileged to play in the same team as Susan Devoy.

In 1989 she moved to Auckland and due to the unreliability of her body Mary Ann took up Swimming

again. Visiting many countries attending world Masters events during which she won 2 golds 2 silvers and a bronze. 

When she is not in the water Mary Ann enjoys learning other languages, knitting, music and gardening and keeps her strength up by regularly visiting the Gym and has taken up a new sport 8ball.  With a passion to give back to the community Mary Ann serves on the NP Club Over 60s committee.  

The inspiration for the continuation of sport in her life was her father Tom Turbitt who was a top NZ hockey coach at the time and also represented NZ in 1931 and she lives by her grandad's motto
“I want to wear out not rust away”. 

In her own words: "our swimming motto Fun Fitness and Friends is so True"

Congratulations on being awarded The Barry Young Medal of Excellence and we wish you all the best!

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Meet the New NZMS Swim Officer - Marco Cecioni

While living in the UK as a teenager, Marco swam at regional level and later joined the Royal Navy where he reached national level.  He rediscovered his love for swimming when he moved to New Zealand in 2005 and joined the Raumati Masters Club.  Marco has a passion for open water swimming and was part of the Raumati 8 persons relay team that swam the length of Lake Taupo in 2019.  He has also swum the Kapiti Island to Mainland swim.

Marco and his lovely wife Lesley, have two sons, Nic (20) and Alex (15) and both share Marco's passion for the water.  Alex loves kayaking, surf lifesaving and swimming and at the time of this interview Nic was in Kentucky USA on a university swimming scholarship.  

When Marco is not in the water he works as a Service Delivery Manager keeping customers happy at Vocus Communications.  He is currently a Patrol Captain at Paekakariki Surf Club and a coach to nippers and is an active SNZ swimming official at local, regional and national meets.  Marco's inspiration is his family and his boys are his biggest supporters "kick dad kick" is their motto.  His goal is to "Keep swimming as long as I can".

Welcome to the NZMS Board and we wish you all the best!

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

NZMS Swimmer of The Year - Kyla Steenhart

Kyla Steenhart started swimming at a young age although she wasn’t initially a natural – her first attempt at a tumble turn almost made her coach fall in the pool laughing and while the rest of her group moved up to the ‘big pool’ she had to stay in the little pool practicing her breaststroke kick. 

Thankfully things fell into place and she swam at national level throughout her teens, achieving a number of national titles and representing New Zealand in the Tri-Series meet at the age of 16. Living in Nelson, Kyla was coached via correspondence, with her Christchurch-based coach faxing her a week’s worth of training sessions on a Sunday night which she then swam on her own (with her long-suffering parents helping remove the pool covers at the local pool in the morning and staying to watch that she didn’t drown before the lifeguard arrived). She moved to Christchurch for university with the intention of stepping up her swimming and training with a real life coach and squad. However, the student lifestyle held more allure than 4:45am starts, so at the age of 18, she hung up her goggles. 

Her love of swimming never went away, though, and while living in Japan she was invited to a Masters swim meet. Since then, she has swum with Masters clubs in Wellington (Harbour Capital
Masters), London (Camden Swiss Cottage and Cally Masters) and Auckland (Roskill Masters – her current club). She’s swum at three World Masters Swimming Champs, winning a number of medals and loves masters swimming as it can be as competitive as one wants and it’s a fantastic way of meeting people – many of her best friends around the world are people she met through swimming. 

Kyla lives in Auckland with her partner and faithful swimming supporter, Alex, and their delinquent Welsh terrier, Walter and works for a UK-based market research consultancy, managing projects with NZ education institutions and universities around the world. When she’s not in the pool (which is a lot of time as she’s something of a ‘sporadic’ trainer), her passions are travelling, walking, pottering in the garden and a glass of wine or two with friends. She got her PADI certification last year and is looking forward to putting that to good use. 
Inspired by masters swimmers in the ‘more advanced age groups’ Kyla hopes to be like them still swimming and competing into her eighties and beyond. In the shorter term she lives in hope of just once more getting a lifetime PB.

Congratulations Kyla and we wish you all the best! 

Thursday, 13 February 2020




President: John Fisher (WK1)
Secretary/Treasurer: Mike Bodger (WH2)
Northern Region: Jan Fulton (RK1), Rodrigo Sigwalt (SC1)
District Region: Matheus Ferro Ribeiro (KT2)
Capital Region: Marco Cecioni (RM4)
National Recorder: Paulette Tasker (WK1), Jan O’Donnell (NS1, past officer)
IT Officer: Liz Davidson (NS1)
Open Water Swimming: Mike Bodger (WH2)

- APOLOGIES - Andrew Gabites (Webmaster), Lesley Parkin (Swimming Officer), Warren Gilbertson (Vice President), Liesl Ploos Van Amstel (Masterscrawl Editor), Steve Clarke (DN5)

- DECEASED MEMBERSLyall Mortimer (HU4), Alwyn Manley (RK1), Jim Drummond (HC4).

- THE MINUTES of the 45th Annual General Meeting held on Friday 25th May 2018 were presented to the meeting and then accepted as a true and correct record

The need for at least two standardised programmes of events for sanctioned meeting was discussed.  Hosting clubs tend to set the order of events in programme and whilst a few swimmers question the order of events, most swimmers are happy with the programme of the meet.  

We need to discourage swimmers from submitting NO TIME (NT)for a swim event and a motion was moved by Rodrigo Sigwalt and seconded by Marco Cecioni to put in times for NT swimmers from the average time of swimmers in the respective age group. Times stay in the database for two years before new times are added.

- MEMBERSHIP FEES FOR 2019/20 -Membership fees have increased to $70 per year with a $5 saving if paid online.  Effective from 1st July 2020

- ALLOWANCES AND HONORARIA - These were approved by the meeting and the only change was for the Computer Officer.

- APPOINTMENTS - The current officer’s positions were endorsed.

President - John Fisher
National Secretary/Treasurer – Mike Bodger
Webmaster - Andrew Gabites
National Recorder – Paulette Tasker
Computer/IT Officer – Liz Davidson
Masterscrawl Editor – Liesl Ploos Van Amstel
Openwater Swimming Officer – Mike Bodger

Vice-President - Matheus Ferro Ribeiro
Swimming Officer – Marco Cecioni

NZMS also pays an annual fee of $200 to Aquatics New Zealand, who oversees all aquatic divisions in New Zealand. Our representative from Masters Swimming is Roger Eagles (FV5) and Roger will continue in this role for 2019/20

- NZMS SWIMMER OF THE YEAR:  Kyla Steenhart.  Kyla has broken 12 NZ records

We are hopeful that Raumati Masters will host the NISC2020 and that North Shore Masters will host the Long Course championships

Minutes AGM Nov 2019
Financial Report - Mike Bodger
Computer Officers Report  Liz Davidson
Webmaster's Report - Andrew Gabites
Editor's Report - Liesl Ploos van Amstel
Swimming Officer's Report - Marco Cecioni
National Recorder Report - Paulette Tasker
Trophy Officer's Report - Lesley Parkin