Wednesday, 19 February 2014

What Katrina Has To Say About Her Epic 40.2km Swim, Photos and More.....

Congratulations Katrina, you've done it!  You are officially a legend and inspiration to us all.

Katrina's swim was scheduled to start at 3am on Saturday 15 February 2014, but due to poor weather conditions she finally kicked off at 1am on the morning of Sunday 16 February and finished at 3.45pm that afternoon. Katrina is the 14th woman to have completed this epic 40.2km swim from Turangi to Taupo.

During Katrina's swim the weather conditions changed from calm to rough and the most challenging part of her race was battling the cold, she was given hot water to drink to warm her up. Katrina said that she loved every minute of the swim and when you love swimming as much as she does pain does not matter.

Katrina in her own words: " My journey as a marathon swimmer has been one I will never forget. What an amazing day, all the waiting and nerves were worth it. The sun shone and the wind was kind to me, although I did struggle with being cold for most of the day, but I managed to pull through the bad patches. I was so glad to have completed a lot of other endurance events that helped prepare me for the mental battle I had to face. I believe I couldn't have done it without the support of my family, friends and coach Phillip Rush who was by my side the whole day. Now Lake Taupo is ready for another challenger."

To the left is a picture of Katrina (a day or so after her big swim), at the blocks of her local swimming hole in Thames.  This is where her passion for swimming first began using a diving mask and snorkel.  Katrina said she enjoyed her time resting but had to get back into the water for a little aqua jog.  You never know, maybe one of those young faces looking up at her in awe,  will be New Zealand's next swimming legend.

Well done Katrina,  we can't wait to find out what your next big adventure is going to be.

Below is a gallery of some of the pictures taken during Katrina's swim.  If you can't view them please follow the link:

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Monday, 17 February 2014

Swim Set of The Week - Set of 500s

Warm Up: 500 Choice steady swim

Drill: 500 as (5x100 as 25 drill/25 swim) In order, do: catch up, fist, high
elbow, and 8 kicks/3 stokes /8 kicks

Lead in: 200 as (25 fast, 25 easy)

Main: 4 x500 as follows:
1st: 300 build, 200 fast
2nd: 200 build, 300 fast
3rd 100 build, 400 fast
4th: 500 Race Pace

Warm Down: 200 easy

Most Common Swimming Mistakes - Short Stroke

We have now covered 4 of The Most Common Swimming Mistakes:

The Weak Leg Kick
Doing Only Fitness Training and No Technique Work
Poor Breathing Technique
Incorrect Head Position

Today the focus is on another common mistake many swimmers make, ie. Short Stroke. With a short stroke the hand entry is usually correct, but the stroke is completed too soon and the hand exits before the extension is complete.

Tips to improve a Short Stroke (early exit):

1. Slow things down a little and work on your propulsion and lowering your drag. This will give you a longer stroke technique, which in the long run you can look to speed up again.

2. Count your strokes per length - if the count increases, this is usually due to shortening of the stroke

3. Include the DPS drill into your technique work - REMEMBER to use DPS as a DRILL, and NOT as part of your stroke. The idea of the drill is to focus on your reach, rotation, and getting "long" in your stroke. It is not a good idea to emphasize the "glide", which is a dead spot in the stroke.

4. Include the “Salute drill” into your technique work: While swimming, exaggerate the end of the stroke by “saluting” as the hand exits. You will feel the power as the hand exits and will throw water as the arm recovers forward.

Friday, 14 February 2014


The dates for the National Long Course Champs to be held in Dunedin in May are currently being reassessed.  Once we have more information we will let everyone know!  Please pass this message on to all your fellow swimmers.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Good Luck, Katrina!!

NZMS wishes Katrina Price, from Manukau Masters, all the best with her 40.2km Taupo swim this coming weekend!

Katrina will be attempting to swim 40.2km across Lake Taupo from Turangi to Taupo. The date is set for Saturday 15th February.  She'll be departing from Taurangi at 3.30am and expected to arrive at Taupo between 5 and 6pm if all goes to plan.

Read more about Katrina's swim here: NZMS Swimmer Prepares to Swim 40.2km across Lake Taupo 

All the best, Katrina, we know you can do it!


Don't forget to get you entries in if you want to go into the draw to win an entry pass to the ACM Rangitoto Swim on 23 February.  To go into the draw to win this entry pass click  HERE. For more info about the swim and entry pass click HERE

Also, we have a $50 Swim T3 voucher up for grabs!  All you need to do is email us a photo of what you got up to over the Summer holidays.  Email the photos to  For more info click HERE

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Win an Entry Pass to the ACM Rangitoto Swim on 23rd Feb

Auckland Central Masters are generously giving away an entry pass for the Rangitoto Swim on 23 Feb to one lucky NZMS masters swimmer.

To go into the draw to win this entry pass, please follow this link and complete the formEnter HERE.

Entries close 14 February.  The winner will be announced on the NZMS facebook page on 16 Feb.

A big shout out to Auckland Central Masters!!!

More About the Rangitoto Swim -

Date: Sunday 23rd February 2014
Assemble: 9:00am outside the Maritime Museum on the corner of Quay St and Hobson St
Embark: 10:00am on Fullers’ ferry at ferry terminal on Quay St. Sail for Rangitoto 10:30am, arrive 11:00am.
Start time: 11:45am
Tide: 14:17pm
Nominal cutoff time: 2.5 hrs
Prize giving: Vellanoweth Green, St Heliers Bay

The course
Rangitoto Wharf to St Heliers Bay. Total distance 4.6km.

Upcoming Events

KOHI SUMMER SWIM SERIES - Feb, 6, 13, 20, 27  for more info click on the link:

STATE OCEAN LA GRANDE - 22 Feb  for more info click on the link


STATE OCEAN LA GRANDE - 22 Feb  for more info click on the link



ACHILLES POINT SWIM - 15 February 2014:   2.3km, 3.8km, and 10km Olympic distance. More info

CATHEDRAL COVE SWIM -  24 March  2014. More info here

Remember to keep an eye on our Upcoming Events Page for regular event updates!

Win a Swim T3 $50 Voucher - Holiday Photo Competition

We have another Swim T3  $50 voucher up for grabs!

As we head into February, the holidays are well and truly gone, but I am sure many of you have plenty of awesome photographs you would like to share with us.

What you need to do to be in for a chance to win a $50 Swim T3 voucher is:

1.  Email your photograph/s to:
2.  Include a brief description of the photograph
3.  Photographs should preferably relate to swimming and can be serious or funny...
4.  Entries close 1st March

By entering you agree to the following:

1.  That your photographs may be shared on our website, blog, facebook page and any other official publication of NZMS
2.  That you have the necessary consent of all shown in the photograph
3.  That the photograph/s are your own or those of someone you know and you have their consent to enter it/them

We can't wait to see what you have been up to over the holidays!

Recipe of the Week - Bobotie

Bobotie (pronounced ba-boor-tea), a national dish of South Africa is a delicious mixture of curried meat and fruit with a creamy golden topping, not dissimilar to moussaka.  It is very high in protein and iron and low in carbs, therefore a favourite dish of many South African athletes. Serve with yellow rice (white rice cooked with turmeric or saffron) or a fresh green salad.

What you will need:
2 slices white bread
2 onions, chopped
25g butter
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1kg packet lean minced beef
2 tbsp madras curry paste
1 tsp dried mixed herbs
3 cloves
5 allspice berries
2 tbsp peach or mango chutney
3 tbsp sultanas
6 bay leaves
For the topping
300ml full-cream milk
2 large eggs

1.  Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Pour cold water over the bread and set aside to soak.

2.  Meanwhile, fry the onions in the butter, stirring regularly for 10 mins until they are soft and starting to colour. Add the garlic and beef and stir well, crushing the mince into fine grains until it changes colour. Stir in the curry paste, herbs, spices, chutney, sultanas and 2 of the bay leaves with 1 tsp salt and plenty of ground black pepper.

3.  Cover and simmer for 10 mins. Squeeze the water from the bread, then beat into the meat mixture until well blended. Tip into an oval ovenproof dish (23 x 33cm and about 5-6cm deep). Press the mixture down well and smooth the top. You can make this and chill 1 day ahead.

4.  For the topping, beat the milk and eggs with seasoning, then pour over the meat. Top with the remaining bay leaves and bake for 35-40 mins until the topping is set and starting to turn golden.