Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Upcoming Events

FINA World Masters Champs 2017:  FINA Website and Schedule

2017 North Island Short Course Championships - 25 August - Entries now closed

National SC Championships - Whakatane - 13 -14 October 2017 - Entry Form

Banana Boat NZ Ocean Swim Series 2017/18:
Harbour Crossing, Auckland:  18 November
Bay of Islands Classic, Russell:  16 December
Capital Classic, Wellington: 28 January
Legend of the Lake, Rotorua:  17 February
Sand to Surf, Mt Maunganui:  10 March
The Big Tahuna, Nelson:  31 March
King of the Bays, Auckland:  14 April

Tuesday, 15 August 2017


Good luck to all our swimmers participating in the Championships:

Richard Smith (MN1), Rachel Richardson (MN1), Dawn Walker (MN1), Giles Walker (MN1), Ben Van Dyke (TM5), Malcolm Anderson (TM5), David Stekert (RK1), Michelle Lockhart (RK1), Mark Weldon (RK1), Marina McCartney (NS1), Helen Price (NS1), Julie Gunthorp (NS1), Jan Kordonski (NS1), Rebecca Perrott (LV4), Melanie Jones (JP5) and Robyn Crotty (JP5).

Deceased Members

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Kath Johnstone of North Shore Masters at 99 years of age (born 30/12/1917) and Murray Trott of Mana Marlins Masters, they will be greatly missed. Our sincere condolences go out to both their families.

Win a $100 SwimT3 Voucher - Tell Us Your Swimming Story - Extended Deadline

Tell us your swimming story and go into the draw to win a $100 SwimT3 voucher.

The winning story and photos will be published on Masterscrawl and our facebook page.

Submit entries to

Closing date has been extended  to 28 August 2017.

NB!!  All photos and images submitted with the articles need to be your own or have consent from the owner thereof to publish them and anyone pictured in the photo.  By submitting the photo/s you give consent for NZMS to publish them on our blog and facebook page.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

NZMS Swimmer of The Year - Jolie Fenwick

"Jolie swims for the Hamilton Masters club. During 2016 she broke NZ records a total of 12 times.

She broke 50m records in Freestyle, Butterfly and Breaststroke; 100m records in Breaststroke and IM; as well as the 200m Breaststroke. She broke the 50m Breaststroke by a 3 second margin and the 100m Breaststroke by 6 1/2 seconds.

The 50m fly record was last broken by commonwealth Gold Medallist Rebecca Perrot 20 years ago.

The 50m Freestyle record had stood for an incredible 25 years since it was set by commonwealth games gold medallist Jaynie Parkhouse in 1991.

Jolie is a well deserving recipient of our Masters Swimmer of the Year.
" SNZ Awards

Meet Jolie Fenwick

Jolie's swimming career started in the Wairarapa where she was the first swimmer from the Wairarapa to make the NZ Opens, get a gold medal and get NZ Records. Jolie later moved to the North Shore under Jan Cameron and Donna Boizaid where she qualified for a few NZ teams. Jolie says the thing she loves about Masters is that it is fun and social, keeps her fit, and you can make it as competitive as you want it to be. 

Jolie is married to Dan Fenwick and they have three gorgeous boys, Jayden 10, Harrison 7 and Riley 4. She currently works at their family company, Dan Fenwick Builders, doing admin and Health & Safety work. The family has a lively Lab called Chobe named after the Chobe National Park in Botswana and also has 3 chickens.

What does Jolie do when she is not in the water?  You can find her on the beach or waterskiing and in her down time she loves watching Netball, Rugby, The Blackcaps, eating chocolates and drinking wine.

Jolie's hero and inspiration is her mom! She says her mom only started swimming when Jolie was very young and she has been doing Masters for quite a few years now and does crazy events like the 200m Fly. She lives in Sanson so Jolie gets to catch up with her mom at most Masters meets and usually makes herself an honorary Fielding Club member. Sophie Pascoe also inspires Jolie and she thinks Sophie is amazing and the times she swims is unbelievable.

One of Jolie's most memorable swimming achievements was going to the Pan Pacific Games in Sydney in 1999 as she got to see some amazing swimmers like Ian Thorpe, Grant Hackett, Penny Heyns, Leisel Jones, Geoff Huegill, Susie O'Neill, Lenny Krayzelburg and Pieter van den Hoogenband. She made the semi final in her 200m breastroke. Unfortunately, the following year Jolie just-just missed out on qualifying for the 2000 Olympics.

Some of her future swimming goals are to always try and do PB's and break the NZ Masters Records, she would love to make it to a World Masters Swimming Champs or Pan Pacific Games but says at this stage of her life that that's not an option. One of her main goals was to become the NZ Master Swimmer of the year which she has now achieved and feels very honoured to have received it.

Some advice from Jolie herself: 

"Swimming: We all train and practice DPS - Distance Per Stroke, when it comes to a race we seem to throw that out the window, so don't throw it out the window! Also knowing 'HOW' to swim a race is key, the best way to know how is by doing lots of swim events & racing!!  Out of the Pool: Life is too short, make the most of it and just enjoy it and have fun!!!"

Well done Jolie on being selected as NZMS Swimmer of The Year 2016 and all the best for the future.

Upcoming Events

FINA World Masters Champs 2017:  FINA Website and Schedule

2017 Levin Masters 35th Annual Swim meet - 16 June 2017 - Entry Form

2017 Masterton Masters Shear Magic Half Hour postal swim - 1 July -
Entry Form and Split Sheet

2017 Manukau Masters Just Skins Swim Meet - 27 July - Entry Form

2017 South Island Short Course Championships - 4 August - Entry Form

2017 North Island Short Course Championships - 25 August -
Entry Form

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

NZMS AGM Minutes 2017


President: John Fisher (WK1)
Secretary/Treasurer: Mike Bodger (WH2)
Northern Region: John Trubnick (SC1), Jan Fulton (RK1)
District Region: Eleanor Pinfold (HM2)
National Recorder: Jan O’Donnell (NS1)
Editor: Liesl Ploos Van Amstel (NS1)
IT Officer: Liz Davidson (NS1)
Open Water Swimming: Mike Bodger (WH2)

- APOLOGIES - Andrew Gabites (Webmaster), Lesley Parkin (Swimming Officer), Warren Gilbertson (Vice President)


- THE MINUTES of the 43th Annual General Meeting held on Friday 6th May 2016 were presented to the meeting and then accepted as a true and correct record.

- BUSINESS ARISING FROM THE 2016 MINUTES: Overall the regions (1-5) of NZ Masters Swimming are not working well and it is crucial that at least 3 regions are represented at the AGM and particularly at the election of President and Vice President every two years. This item will be discussed at the next executive meeting.

- MEMBERSHIP FEES FOR 2017 - No increase in fees

- ALLOWANCES AND HONORARIA - These will remain the same

- APPOINTMENTS - The current officer’s positions were endorsed.
National Secretary/Treasurer – Mike Bodger
Webmaster - Andrew Gabites
Swimming Officer – Lesley Parkin
National Recorder – vacant
Computer/IT Officer – Liz Davidson
Masterscrawl Editor – Liesl Ploos Van Amstel
Openwater Swimming Officer – Mike Bodger

Jan O’Donnell has resigned from the National Recorder’s position but will remain with NZ Masters Swimming until results and records set at the World Masters Games 2017 are ratified. We will examine the job description and advertise for the position and prepare an article on Jan for Masterscrawl.

- SWIMMER OF THE YEAR 2016 - Jolie Fenwick (HM2) who swims in the female 35-39 years age group.

- NZMS CHAMPIONSHIPS: HOSTING 2017 - As a financial incentive, the meeting voted to waive sanction fees for host clubs to NZMS for the next two years.

South Island Short Course 2017 – Ashburton
North Island Short Course 2017 – Waitakere

- OTHER BUSINESS - Liz Davidson proposed changes to the NZMS Information Manual – Section 9: Competition Rules, Regulations and Information. Clause 5 and 6. Relating to National Records.
Items such as eligibility, resident status, club affiliation to NZMS will be updated.

Minutes AGM April 2017
Financial Report - Mike Bodger
Computer Officers Report and Appendix- Liz Davidson
Webmaster's Report - Andrew Gabites
Editor's Report - Liesl Ploos van Amstel
Swimming Officer's Report - Lesley Parkin
Open Water Report - Mike Bodger
National Recorder Report - Jan O'Donnell
Trophy Officer's Report - Lesley Parkin