Thursday, 2 June 2016

NZMS AGM 6 May 2016 - President's Report

In many areas, 2015 was a successful year for NZMS.

The decline in membership has been reversed and 2015 saw a modest increase in numbers.
More clubs are volunteering to hold sanctioned meets and it’s been very encouraging that the attendance at the events continues to increase.

South City and Manakau hosted a very successful National Long Course Championship at Papatoetoe with the highest attendance at a Nationals in many years.

The fledgling Ashburton club led the resurgence in the South Island. Their short course championships was a terrific event held at really stunning new pool. They will be running the same event in 2016 and hope to make it even better.

Levin showed us all how to use social media to promote an event and managed to surpass everyone’s expectations with a very high attendance.

The success of these meets has given other clubs the confidence to host their own events and as a result we have a pipeline organised much further in advance than has been the case in recent years. This takes the pressure off the executive and allows us to look into other ways of modernising the organisation.

Each time we hold a sanctioned meet, we notice a surge in membership as swimmers register to be eligible. After the meet we get much more online activity, as we post reports, photos and results. The competitors and clubs also share their own photos and experiences through social media. This boosts the interest of the wider swimming public and they become followers of NZMS. Our following makes it much easier to attract sponsorship, helping to make the next event even better.

The executive, council, clubs and members all contribute and have a vital role in maintaining the momentum of this cycle.

The organisation is in a sound financial position and we can look at using the modest surplus to fund an improved infrastructure.

What worked last year will not work forever and to maintain continuous improvement we need to learn from each event.

Unfortunately the planned Cambridge meet was cancelled. This was unfortunate but there is every chance that this valued annual event can be resurrected at a new facility.

We have a continued good relationship with Swimming NZ and few of us attended the annual Swimming NZ awards to watch Eleanor Pinfold receive our Masters Swimmer of the Year award. As a member of the committee organising the 2017 World Masters Games I continue to meet with SNZ on a regular basis.

Once again I extend sincere and grateful thanks go to office bearers, Mike Bodger (National Secretary), Warren Gilbertson (Vice President), Andrew Gabites (Webmaster), Jan O’Donnell (National Recorder), Lesley Parkin (Swimming & Trophies Officer) and Liz Davidson (IT Officer).

I’m fully aware of the amount of time you all invest in NZMS and I genuinely appreciate your support.

We are also indebted to Roger Eagles who has continued with his representation of NZMS on the FINA Masters Committee and in Aquatics NZ, which he chairs.

NZMS is very lucky to have the continued support of these dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers.

Once again, it’s been a great privilege to have represented you as president.

John Fisher
President 2015-2016

Download the President's Report at this link:  President's Report

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