Monday, 2 September 2013

Meet the Editor

Liesl Ploos Van Amstel has very generously volunteered to be the new editor of MasterScrawl.  Liesl has been instrumental in developing the new NZMS annual communication plan. 

Here’s Liesl, in her own words…

I hail from Bloemfontein, South Africa and used to be a competitive swimmer in my younger days at national level.  I returned to swimming in May 2012 after a 20+ year clean break. 

Born and raised in a town far far away from any sea or ocean, I had never swum or competed in any open water events, neither did I think I ever would.   Pool swimming is more my thing, however, because there aren't many pool events, I decided to give the ocean a try and took part in the State Ocean Swim Series 2012/2013 and am proud to say that this little "boere nooi" (for my SA friends out there) loosely translated "farm girl" - still managed to finish 4th in the Harbour Crossing, 1st in the Sand to Surf and 2nd in the King of the Bays in my age group, and 3rd in my age group for the overall series. To be honest, I am still not totally convinced I like it, though!  But I am giving it another try this year.  

I am a mother of a 2 year old, 5 year old and a 13 year old and it is always a challenge getting to a pool but I do try to workout at least 3 times a week.  My favourite stroke is butterfly, even though I can only manage a 50m Fly at this stage, freestyle is a close second.  Backstroke and breaststroke are definitely not my thing, but are still fun to swim anyway.

In the past year and a bit I have rediscovered my passion for swimming and that is why I decided to become a part of the NZMS communications strategy.  

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