Wednesday, 28 May 2014

NZMS AGM 2014 - Key Items and Reports

The AGM was held on 10 May 2014 in Dunedin and attended by:

Vice President: John Fisher (WK1)
Secretary/Treasurer: Mike Bodger (WH2)

Northern Region: Liesl Ploos van Amstel (NS1)
Capital Region: Ron Parkin (LV4), Lyall Mortimer (HU4)
Southern Region:  Warren Gilbertson (GG5)

Swimming Officer/Trophies Officer: Lesley Parkin (LV4)
Masterscrawl Editor: Liesl Ploos Van Amstel (NS1)
Open Water Swimming: Mike Bodger (WH2)

Key items and decisions of interest to members from the meeting:
  • Former President Paul McStay has resigned due to poor health
  • John Fisher (WK1) was elected President and Warren Gilbertson (GG5) was elected Vice President, Mike Bodger (WH2) will continue as Treasurer/Secretary
  • No increase in membership fee for 2015
  • Swimmer of the Year went to Richard Lockhart (RK1).  Kurt Crosland (DN5) was awarded Nearest to a Word Record and Certificate of Achievement
  • Service Award recipients were:  Eugene Manko (RK1) and Helen Fletcher (RK1)
  • NZMS CHAMPIONSHIPS: HOSTING 2014-2015: South Island Short Course 2014 by Foveaux Masters, Invercargill; North Island Short Course 2014 – no host club yet;  National Long Course Championships 2015 by South City Masters and North Island Short Course 2015 by Levin Masters
  • The year 2013 ended in a surplus
  • There were 711 financial members across 54 clubs
  • The History of NZ Masters is now ready for printing.  The book will cost $25 + postage


The current officer’s positions were endorsed.

National Secretary/Treasurer – Mike Bodger
Webmaster - Andrew Gabites
Swimming Officer – Lesley Parkin
National Recorder – Jan O’Donnell
Computer/IT Officer – Liz Davidson
Masterscrawl Editor – Liesl Ploos Van Amstel
Openwater Swimming Officer – Mike Bodger

The full NZMS AGM 2014 Minutes can be download here (.pdf - 375KB, 6pg)


Acting Presidents Report 2014 AGM - John Fisher

2013 proved to be a very difficult year in particular to elected President Paul McStay who, regretfully due to poor health, had to stand down.   John has found the transition from Vice President to Acting President difficult with not having prior knowledge of the procedures involved.  However, the executive was grateful to Sue Pollard, our past President, for stepping-in into an advisory role while John came to term with his new role.

Read the full Presidents Report here (.pdf - 197KB, 2pg)

Secretary and Financial Report - Mike Bodger

The financial review for 2013 was completed by EBA Ltd Rotorua and circulated to the executive, officers and delegates prior to the AGM. Accounting fees totaled $1,400. The net surplus stood at $6439.   The balance stood at $48,173, up from $41,733 in 2012.  The cheque account balance was $10,329.46 at January 1st 2013 and $10,283.03 at January 1st 2014.  The Fast Saver account balance was $37,150.25 at January 1st 2013 and $638.44 at January 1st 2014. On 7th May 2013, $37,000 of the Fast Saver account was transferred to a Savings Plus account and totalled &37,978.09 on 31st December 2013. 

Read the full Secretary/Treasurer report here - (.pdf - 307KB, 2pg)
Read the full Financial Statements here - (.pdf - 108KB, 10pg)

Officer Reports: to read the full reports please click on the links below

  1. Computer Officers report - Liz Davidson (.pdf - 358KB, 2pg)
  2. Webmasters Report - Andrew Gabites (.pdf - 200KB, 2pg)
    "Andrew was unable to attend the AGM to discuss the points raised in his report. The consensus of the AGM was that good progress has been made. The Web site, Facebook, the Masterscrawl blog and the monthly newsletter all support and complement each other towards the aim of increasing our audience.  The statistics on the Editors report indicate that this multi-channel approach has been successful in extending the reach of NZMS.  This executive will be reviewing the strategy each year, we always welcome feedback on how communication can be improved." NZMS President John Fisher
  3. Masterscrawl Editor's Report - Liesl Ploos van Amstel (.pdf - 412KB, 6pg)
  4. Swimming Officer's Report - Lesley Parkin (.pdf - 118KB, 1pg)
  5. Open Water Swimming Report - Mike Bodger (.pdf - 65KB, 1pg)
    It is important to note here that swimmers need to be aware that the NZMS Open Water event is sanctioned and run under FINA rules which exclude the use of wetsuits.
  6. National Recorders Report - Jan O'Donnell (.pdf - 126KB, 1pg) 
  7. Trophies Officer Report - Lesley Parkin (.pdf - 131KB, 1pg)

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Meet the NZMS President - John Fisher

I’m 52 and married to Helen.  We are lucky enough to have 3 boys - George (17), Eddie (15) and Henry (7).

I was born in England and emigrated to NZ in 1987 which was the best decision I ever made.

I work as an independent IT consultant in Auckland.  I live on a 10 acre “lifestyle” block with a donkey and 4 cows.  All of which makes for a very busy life.

I have been a swimmer most of my life (since I learnt in Singapore when I was 4 years old).  I swam competitively in England when I was growing up but gave it up for about 7 years during university and the first years of work. When I came to NZ I swam at Auckland’s Tepid baths where I met Barry Young who invited me to train at lunchtime with his group of friends.  He recommended that I join Masters and I’ve been an active member ever since.

I swim for Waitakere and I am currently the vice-president of that club.

I try to get to as many swim meets as work and family time allows.  I enjoy travelling around NZ and meeting other swimmers of all ages.

I’m very pleased to be able to continue to work with Mike Bodger and look forward to working with our new vice-president, Warren Gilbertson.  I’m a great believer in the benefits of Masters Swimming and hope we can contribute to keeping it a vibrant and inclusive community.

Meet the NZMS Vice-President - Warren Gilbertson

Family comprising wife Sarah, Finn (14yrs), Angus (12yrs) and George (10yrs) moved to the Greymouth from Wellington in 2005 not knowing anyone on the West Coast. We had moved for me to take up a role with Development West Coast (DWC) where I am the Chief Operating Officer. Having been fortunate to be able to access a number of pools in Wellington, our first experience of swimming on the Coast was in the aged, cold and leaky Memorial Baths built in the 1930’s. Following significant investment into community infrastructure, the Coast has the luxury of a new aquatic centre in Greymouth and another new pool facility as part of the Solid Energy Centre in Westport.

Moving to the Coast has been a great move in terms of the lifestyle and the boys being able to be involved in so much activity. Although Finn now attends Christchurch Boys High as a boarder, a typical Saturday will begin with rugby in the morning, rugby league in the afternoon with a bit of time in between for Angus to get a surf in as the league is played adjacent to the beach.

All of the family enjoy watersports including swimming with Angus and George still actively competing and me helping out with some coaching at the local Greymouth Swimming Club. It is amazing to see over a period of three years what a new pool facility can do in terms of attracting good coaches and getting an increasing number of swimmers qualifying for national age group and div II championship meets. The current challenge is to increase the number of active master and adult swimmers that can train together and attend Masters competitions.

I look forward to working with John and the executive to ensure Masters swimming continues to be relevant and exceed the expectations of its members.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

NZMS Swimmer of the Year - Richard Lockhart

NZMS is extremely proud to announce that Richard Lockart was chosen as the NZMS swimmer of the year 2013, he was presented with the trophy at the the Swimming New Zealand Annual Awards held on the 12th April 2014.  Richard has successfully represented NZMS internationally over the years and has broken NZMS records in 5 different events.  He swims for Roskill Masters and is coached by Mark Bone.

Richard represented New Zealand at the 1986 and 1990 Commonwealth Games and competed at the 1986 FINA World Swimming Championships in Madrid.  In 1983, 1985 and 1987, he represented New Zealand at the 3 World Student Games.

In 1990 he retired from swimming and after a 14 year break Richard returned to swimming and represented NZMS at the 2008 FINA World Masters Swimming Championships in Perth, where he won gold in the 50m, 100m and 200m breastroke. Richard, then went on to win gold in the 50m, 100m and 200m breastroke at the 2009 World Masters Games in Sydney and also competed in the 2013 World Masters Games in Turin, Italy and won gold in the 100m and 200m breastroke and bronze in the 50m breastroke. In 2013 he competed at the Australian Masters Nationals in Sydney and won gold for the 100m and 200m breastroke and bronze for the 50m.

Richard is currently ranked 2nd in the 200m breastroke and 7th in the 100m breastroke in the FINA Masters ranking for age 50 - 54 years.

When Richard is not in the pool, he is a successful chartered accountant in a firm he founded in 1995, Lockhart O'Shea.  His other interests include: travel, wine tasting, yoga, gym and hiking New Zealand's great walks.  Richard is happily married to his stunning wife, Cheryl, for 16 years now and they share a beautiful daughter, Cara who is 12 years old. Included in the Lockhart clan is a very old and smelly dog, a fat cat and an eccentric gold fish.

What are Richard's future swimming plans? He plans to swim the Pan Pacific Masters Games on the Gold Coast in November and might even try swim some of the ocean swims this coming summer.  Richard says he needs a specific meet or target to achieve, otherwise he can't focus his effort in the pool.

Richard in his own words:  "Whilst I had 13 years completely away from the pool after the 1990 Commonwealth Games, swimming is always a very good safe sport to come back to. You are never too old to swim – even just for fun. I do like catching up with people at swim meets or at training. "

Well done, Richard!  NZMS wishes you all the best in your future swimming career and hope to see you thrash more records in the years to come.

Below are some photos of Richard in action at the 2008 World Masters in Perth.

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How to Stay Motivated this Winter

Are you struggling to stay motivated this winter?   Here are some tips to help you stay on track during the cold months.

  • If you've had a hard summer season, give yourself a few weeks break.  Your mind and body will love you, but don't get too comfortable
  • Have a training plan, set goals and visualise your summer swims 
  • Swim with a friend
  • Plan to participate in some pool events 
  • Swim in the day if you can, don't leave it until the evening
  • Treat yourself  to something new such as a new swimming toy or suit
  • Try new things and switch it up. 
  • Reward yourself after each swim with something yummy like a hot chocolate
  • Join a swimming group
  • Choose a bad habit to destroy this winter
  • Stay connected to the swimming world via facebook and blogs
  • Look after your health and remember to wrap up warm
  • Most importantly remember to have fun
Happy swimming!

If you have any tips you'd like to share, then email us

Upcoming Events

Wanaka Adult Swim 21st June.  Entry Form - .pdf - 226KB - 2pages

Shear Magic Half Hour Swim 01 - 30 Jun.  Read More

Shear Magic Sheep Dip Carnival 26 July.  Read More

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Win 1 of 2 $50 Swim T3 Vouchers - Selfie Competition

We have 2x $50 Swim T3 vouchers to give away:

  • The 1st $50 voucher will go to the selfie with the most likes on the NZMS facebook page
  • The 2nd $50 voucher will go to a selfie "liker". This selfie "liker" will be randomly chosen from ALL selfie "likers".  

How To Enter

1.  Take a "selfie" of yourself

2. Upload it to the NZMS facebook page or attach it via a message on the facebook page: NZMS faceboom page  and we'll upload it for you
3.  Email it to and we'll upload it to facebook for you

4.  Get your friends and family to like your selfie.  The selfie with the most likes wins.

5.  Like any selfie entered into the competition to go into the draw to win the 2nd $50 Swim T3 voucher

6.  Competition closes 16 June 2014

What is a Selfie?

"a photograph that one has taken of oneself"

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Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Article Submission Request - Do You Have Any News to Share

We would like to add more articles, features, and featurettes to the Masterscrawl blog, so, if there is something interesting happening in your swimming career, life, club or a friends, we want to know about it! We always encourage and welcome fresh tips and ideas, should you have any you'd like to share please make sure you email us on

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Long Course National Championships 2014

The NZMS Long Course National Championships is taking place this weekend at the Moana Pool in Dunedin.

Here are the list of those participating this weekend.  Good luck to all of you.  For more information visit the Dunedin Masters website:

Natasha Austin
Mike Bodger
Paul Brady
Geoff Brown
Steve Burdes
Tiffany Cameron
Helen Cassidy
Anthony Chua
Stephen Clarke
Robyn Crotty
Nynke de Vries
Paul Dempsey
Sue Duffell
Warren Dwey
Roger Eagles
Kylie Eltham
Margaret Fairhall
Brendan Falloon
John Fisher
Kieran Garbutt
Vanessa Gibbs
Warren Gilbertson
Max Gills
Susanna Gin
Morris Hall
Peter Hatton
Claire Hobson
Karen Hodgkinson
Stephen Hough
Jan Hughes
Ken Hughey
Adrian Hurst
Tim Jackson
Nigel Jay
Peter Johnson
Mark Johnson
Richard Jongens
Krista Lance
Steph Laughton
Michelle Lockhart
Nancy Manning
Gary Marks
Tracey Marsh
Jo Matthews
Brendan McCane
Malcolm McDonald
Deryn McGregor
Marg Milne
David Murphy
Deborah Murphy
Colleen Neilson
Jodie Newman
Ellen Nijhof
Veronique Olin
Lesley Parkin
Ron Parkin
Jenny Pascoe
Liesl Ploos van Amstel
Steve Prescott
Eileen Pullar
Shirley Rolston
James Ross
James Ross
Noel Saxton
Steven Sexton
Forbes Sonntag
Lenore Sonntag
Andrew Southen
Peter Stevenson
Barry Thomas
Murray Trott
Ben Van Dyke
Suzanne van Pels
Dean Walker
Craig Welsh
Raewyn Winsley

Tuna and Pasta Recipe - A Great Recipe for a Pre-Race Day Dinner

2 tbsps extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic (chopped)
1 cup flat leaf parsley (chopped)
28 ozs crushed tomatoes
4 tbsps butter
6 ozs tuna in olive oil (white, drained)
1 lb pasta shells (medium)

1.  In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1minute. Add 2 tablespoons parsley and cook for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Cook over low heat until the sauce thickens, about 20 minutes. Whisk in the butter, then stir in the tuna.

2.  Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the pasta until al dente; drain. Add the pasta to the tuna sauce and stir in threequarters of the remaining parsley; season with salt and pepper. Top with the remaining parsley.

Swim Set of the Week, All Freestyle from 25s - 200s

Swim Choice

 hypoxic 1/4 or 1/5

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10x100 on1:30
on :30
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6x100 on1:30
on :40
on :45
Pull Choice