Thursday, 28 May 2015


Swimmers sometimes enquire about the relationship between Aquatics and NZMS. 

Aquatics NZ Inc. is FINA's agent in NZ. It is like a clearing house for communications which FINA has with Swimming, Diving, Water Polo, Synchro and Masters Swimming. Because the Masters Swimming movement comes under the umbrella of FINA, NZMS has to belong to Aquatics. Aquatics was set up in 2006 after 

its predecessor body was found to be an unsatisfactory vehicle for representing the interests of all of
the disciplines in NZ. So, Aquatics has a Board made up of representatives from Swimming, Diving, Water Polo, Synchro and Masters Swimming. Aquatics transact most of its business by email. If, for example, Swimming NZ wishes to have officials appointed by FINA to officiate at major international events those applications come through Aquatics for endorsement. Likewise, Aquatics nominates members for roles on the Oceania Swimming Federation, which is the geographical area to which NZ belongs. Two representatives from Oceania are on the FINA Bureau. The FINA Bureau is the main management committee of FINA. One important function of Aquatics is to present nominations from NZ for FINA committees. FINA runs its business through a large number of committees for the various disciplines and every four years nominations are made for membership of the committees. But whilst Aquatics tends to support any nomination which has been made by its member disciplines, within each of those disciplines there is sometimes considerable debate and discussion about what name or names will go forward for membership of the committee. 

Although NZMS does not have a great deal in common with Diving, Synchro and Water Polo, it does have a connection with Swimming NZ and some of our members belong to Swimming NZ and vice versa. Many Swimming NZ officials assist us at our Masters meets and there has generally been a very good relationship between Swimming NZ and Masters. 

Elections are held within Aquatics every two years for the appointment of a new Chairman. Each discipline has one vote around the board table. Delegates can be appointed to attend meetings but generally the only meeting in person is the Annual General Meeting held in October each year. NZMS pays an annual levy of $200.00 - $300.00 to Aquatics but for the last two years this has been suspended because Aquatics spends very little money and has had sufficient funds in its bank account to cover all needs. 

Within Masters Swimming NZ we tend not to see the wider ramifications of being part of FINA but it is a large organisation. Run by the FINA Bureau, it comprises a President, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer, Vice-Presidents and FINA Bureau members. Technical committees cover Swimming, Diving, Water Polo, Synchro, Open Water Swimming, High Diving, Masters, Sports Medicine, Athletes, Coaches, Media, Facilities, National Federation Relations, Legal, Swimmer Approval, Doping Control Review Board, Doping Panel, Disciplinary Panel and Ethics Panel. FINA has some 202 member countries. It is effectively the undisputed controlling organisation for the competitive sports under its umbrella which now include High Diving, and it has grown and developed over time. NZMS both must and should belong and we derive significant benefits from our connections through FINA. 

Roger Eagles

Shear Magic Masterton Masters 2015 Half Hour Postal Swim


Shear Magic Masterton Masters 2015 Half Hour Postal Swim                         

Event Rules: 
  • Can be swum in any pool 25 metres or longer. If the pool is not metric, distances are to be submitted in yards and will be converted to metres by Masterton Masters Swimming.
  • May be swum anytime between 1st June and 30th June 2015.
  • Only one timekeeper is required but a record of the split time for every second length of the pool is required.
  • The split time sheet must be submitted with the swimmer's entry.
  • The event must be swum within a single half hour period. Swimmers may stop during the swim but the clock must be kept going. The distance swum is to be rounded down to the nearest 5 metre increment.
  • Age will be as at 31st Dec. 2015.
  • Age group will be as for Masters Swimming events. 

Eligibility: Any swimmer 20 years of age and over who is a registered Masters Swimmer.

Entry Fee: $NZ5-00 per NZMS competitor.

Certificates : All swimmers will receive a certificate.

Results will be mailed to Secretaries of Clubs with members participating in the event.

E-mail enquiries to: Graeme Corrin (Contact Graeme if you want an entry form emailed to you.)

Workout Of the Week

Distance 2700m

Warm up
• 1 x 400m Freestyle Swim (even pace)

Build up (repeat 6 times)
• 1 x 50m Streamline Kicking, rest 0:15 / 50m
• 1 x 50m Freestyle Push & Glide, rest 0:15 / 50m

Core (repeat 3 times)
• 5 x 100m Freestyle Swim (tempo), rest 0:20 / 100m
• Rest 0:30 seconds

Warm down
• 1 x 100m Freestyle Easy, rest 0:20 / 100m
• 1 x 100m Easy Any Stroke, rest 0:20 / 100m

Upcoming Events

Masterton Masters Shear Magic Half Hour Postal Swim - 1 June - 30 June:
Entry Form
Split Timesheet Form

NZMS NISC 2015 - 16 and 17 October 2015 hosted by Levin, entry forms available soon!

Sunday, 10 May 2015

NZMS AGM 27th March 2015 - Key Items and Reports

The AGM was held on 27 March at Papatoetoe Centennial Pool, Auckland

President: John Fisher (WK1)
Secretary/Treasurer: Mike Bodger (WH2)
Northern Region: John Trubnick (SC1)
Capital Region: Penny Salmond (HC4)
Swimming Officer/Trophies Officer: Lesley Parkin (LV4)
IT Officer: Liz Davidson (NS1)
Jan O’Donnell (National Recorder)
Open Water Swimming: Mike Bodger (WH2)

Key items and decisions of interest to members from the meeting:
  • No increase in membership fee for 2016
  • Swimmer of the Year went to Steve Prescott (DN5).
  • Certificates of Achievement went to Joan and Don Bidwell (NS1) 
  • NZMS CHAMPIONSHIPS HOSTING 2015/2016: South Island Short Course 2015 not confirmed but in negotiation; North Island Short Course 2015 to be hosted by Levin;    National Long Course Championships 2016 not confirmed;  North Island Short Course 2016 not confirmed but in negotiation
  • The year 2014 ended in a surplus
  • There were 650 registered members for 2014


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 2015 Minutes can be download here (.docx - 28.9KB, 5pg)


Presidents Report 2015 AGM - John Fisher

This has been John’s first year in his role as President of NZMS and he was faced with the challenges
of a cancelled South Island Short Course meeting hosted by Foveaux Masters, a National Long Course meeting hosted finally by Dunedin Masters for a second consecutive year and a North Island Short Course Meeting hosted at short notice by Whakatane Masters. A priority now is to encourage more masters clubs to host meetings in the future and to have early confirmation of hosting. “Early bird” registrations for these meetings are to be encouraged by offering an entry fee discount to these swimmers.

John was invited to the launch party of the 2017 World Masters Games to be held in Auckland and this represents a great opportunity for NZMS to attract new members even though there is no requirement to be a member of NZMS to compete in the swimming section of these Games.

John is also aiming to visit as many large clubs as he can to present himself and to discuss such issues as coaching for Masters swimmers and personal recognition for swimmers.

Read the full Presidents Report here (.docx - 17.4KB, 2pg)

Secretary and Financial Report - Mike Bodger

The financial review for 2014 was completed by EBA Ltd Rotorua and circulated to the executive, officers and delegates prior to the AGM. Accounting fees totalled $1,000. The net surplus stood at $4,629.

The balance stood at $52,801, up from $48,172 in 2013. The cheque account balance was $10,289.03 at January 1st 2014 and $12,386.48 at January 1st 2015. The Fast Saver account balance was $637.09 at January 1st 2014 and $654.34 at January 1st 2015. And the Savings Plus account balance was $37,978.09 at January 1st 2014 and on January 1st 2015 the balance was $39,595.27 Once again NZMS should be in a positive financial position at the end of the year.

Although the NZMS Constitution requires the accounts to be audited, at the present time the accounts are just reviewed. As an Incorporated society NZMS is only required to have their accounts reviewed and not audited. The committee voted not to audit the accounts this year.

For 2014, NZMS had 44 “active” clubs (1 or more financial swimmer) and 638 financial swimmers.

Read the full Secretary/Treasurer report here - (.docx- 16.8KB)
Read the full Financial Statements here - (.pdf - 423.9KB)

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

  1. Computer Officers report - Liz Davidson (.pdf - 307.5KB)
  2. Webmasters Report - Andrew Gabites (.docx - 16.5KB)
  3. Masterscrawl Editor's Report - Liesl Ploos van Amstel (.pdf - 350.8KB)
  4. Swimming Officer's Report - Lesley Parkin (.doc - 29.5KB)
  5. Open Water Swimming Report - Mike Bodger (.docx - 11.5KB)
  6. National Recorders Report - Jan O'Donnell (.doc- 21.5KB) 
  7. Trophies Officer Report - Lesley Parkin (.doc -29.5KB)
  8. 2014 NZMS Survey Results Summary (.pdf - 1.5MB)