Thursday, 21 December 2017

Alwyn and Hilda Celebrate 65 Years of Marriage

Recently one of our Life Members, Alwyn Manley and his wife Hilda, celebrated 65 years of marriage. A small celebration was held on the day. Although Alwyn is no longer able to swim, he still takes a keen interest in our Club and all things swimming. Jan Fulton (pictured in the middle), visits Selwyn Village for 'swimming' speak and visited on the day of the anniversary with a small present for them.

At their May 2018 meet Roskill Masters will honour Alwyn's contribution to our club, and NZ Masters, with the presentation of The Alwyn Manly medal to the winners of the 100 metres Breaststroke (Male and Female) in the 40-44 year age group. This specially struck medal will be presented to competitors in the age group and specified race at the May meet for the next 20 years.

Congratulations Alwyn and Hilda, we wish you many more happy years together.

$100 Swim T3 voucher up for grabs - Happy Holidays

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our NZMS members.  We wish you a happy and safe holiday.

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Upcoming Events

Banana Boat NZ Ocean Swim Series 2017/18:

Capital Classic, Wellington: 28 January
Legend of the Lake, Rotorua:  17 February
Sand to Surf, Mt Maunganui:  10 March
The Big Tahuna, Nelson:  31 March
King of the Bays, Auckland:  14 April

Auckland Central Masters Club: Swim Auckland Harbour series. Entry details:

Chelsea Swim – 2.4km 4th February 2018
Rangitoto Swim – 4.6km 18th March 2018
Marathon Swim – 10km 22th April 2018

2018 Katikati Masters 33.3m Pool Champonship: Saturday January 13th,  entry form

2018 Katikati Masters Swimming Open Water Swim: 
2 Januaryentry form

2018 New Zealand Masters Games:  3 - 11 February 2018:  more info

29th Red Beach Open Water Swim:  11 February 2018:  entry form

2018 Hamilton Masters 7 Bridges swim:  8 April 2018, entry form

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

NZMS Farewells Les O'Donnel

It is with sadness that we report that Les O'Donnell passed away on Tuesday 7th November.

Les, along with Jan who was later to become his wife, were founding members of North Shore Masters back in 1981. Although his health has deteriorated over recent years, until quite recently Les would still be seen ploughing up and down the lane at our club sessions, especially on a Sunday morning. He never followed "the programme" but was always happy just doing his own thing.

Our thoughts are with Jan and the rest of Les' family.

For those who wish to attend, Les' funeral will be held on Monday 13 November at 1pm, Dil's Funeral Services Ltd, 185 Schnapper Rock Road, Albany.

This picture appeared in the old MasterScrawl magazine shortly after I first joined North Shore Masters in 2001- it is the way many of us will remember Les.

Liz Davidson

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

What Dawn had to say about the World Masters Swimming Championships in Budapest, Hungary

In August of this year a team of 16 swimmers from NZ (Richard Smith, Rachel Richardson, Dawn Walker, Giles Walker, Ben Van Dyke, Malcolm Anderson, David Stekert, Michelle Lockhart, Mark Weldon, Marina McCartney, Helen Price, Julie Gunthorp, Jan Kordonski, Rebecca Perrott , Melanie Jones, and Robyn Crotty) headed over to Budapest, Hungary, for the World Masters Swimming Championships. Many of the swimmers had participated in similar events before but for some (like Giles and myself) this was a first. What an eye opener. We had thought the standard at the World Masters Games was high, but this was a whole new level!

The racing was held over 7 days, with 4 pools being used each day. We were fortunate to swim most of our events at the new Dagály Swimming Complex, which features 3x 50m pools, seating for a few thousand and the all important hot tubs! In all there were over 7000 swimmers, with the oldest being well into their 90s. In fact there were plenty of teams
competing in the 320+ age group relays. The highlight for me was being a part of 2 mixed relays with Giles, Rachel Richardson and Richard Smith. The real spirit of the sport comes out in relays.

Overall NZ performed fantastically with many stand outs. For a small team we won 7 golds- Julie (4),Rebecca(1) and Mark (2) and a number of silvers and bronzes- also included in these were Robyn and Ben. Mark and Julie also broke Championship records in some of their events.

Budapest was the perfect location for such an event to be held, with so many attractions, away from the pool, worth visiting and learning about. With travel and networking being so easy these days it makes attending these overseas events a lot less daunting. Team NZ swimmers met up and supported each other the whole time, lots of new friendships were made and many laughs were had (local wine helps!).

I would encourage our swimmers to consider attending one of these events in the future. It would be great if we could take a bigger team and make a few more relays to challenge those larger countries. I think I can safely say we all had lots of fun, in and out of the pool. Thank you to everyone who made it such a memorable experience.

I wish I could finish this piece with some Hungarian phrases that I picked up but I am afraid to say I would consider a 200 butterfly to be easier than pronouncing correctly and remembering any Hungarian words. We tried!

Dawn Walker

Well Done to all our NZMS Swimmers!!

Upcoming Events

Banana Boat NZ Ocean Swim Series 2017/18:
Harbour Crossing, Auckland:  18 November
Bay of Islands Classic, Russell:  16 December
Capital Classic, Wellington: 28 January
Legend of the Lake, Rotorua:  17 February
Sand to Surf, Mt Maunganui:  10 March
The Big Tahuna, Nelson:  31 March
King of the Bays, Auckland:  14 April

Auckland Central Masters Club: Swim Auckland Harbour series. Entry details:

Bays Swim – 3.6km 19th November 2017
Chelsea Swim – 2.4km 4th February 2017
Rangitoto Swim – 4.6km 18th March 2017
Marathon Swim – 10km 22th April 2018

2018 Katikati Masters 33.3m Pool Champonship: Saturday January 13th,  entry form

2018 New Zealand Masters Games:  3 - 11 February 2018:  more info

29th Red Beach Open Water Swim:  11 February 2018:  entry form

2018 Hamilton Masters 7 Bridges swim:  8 April 2018, entry form

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Upcoming Events

FINA World Masters Champs 2017:  FINA Website and Schedule

2017 North Island Short Course Championships - 25 August - Entries now closed

National SC Championships - Whakatane - 13 -14 October 2017 - Entry Form

Banana Boat NZ Ocean Swim Series 2017/18:
Harbour Crossing, Auckland:  18 November
Bay of Islands Classic, Russell:  16 December
Capital Classic, Wellington: 28 January
Legend of the Lake, Rotorua:  17 February
Sand to Surf, Mt Maunganui:  10 March
The Big Tahuna, Nelson:  31 March
King of the Bays, Auckland:  14 April

Tuesday, 15 August 2017


Good luck to all our swimmers participating in the Championships:

Richard Smith (MN1), Rachel Richardson (MN1), Dawn Walker (MN1), Giles Walker (MN1), Ben Van Dyke (TM5), Malcolm Anderson (TM5), David Stekert (RK1), Michelle Lockhart (RK1), Mark Weldon (RK1), Marina McCartney (NS1), Helen Price (NS1), Julie Gunthorp (NS1), Jan Kordonski (NS1), Rebecca Perrott (LV4), Melanie Jones (JP5) and Robyn Crotty (JP5).

Deceased Members

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Kath Johnstone of North Shore Masters at 99 years of age (born 30/12/1917) and Murray Trott of Mana Marlins Masters, they will be greatly missed. Our sincere condolences go out to both their families.

Win a $100 SwimT3 Voucher - Tell Us Your Swimming Story - Extended Deadline

Tell us your swimming story and go into the draw to win a $100 SwimT3 voucher.

The winning story and photos will be published on Masterscrawl and our facebook page.

Submit entries to

Closing date has been extended  to 28 August 2017.

NB!!  All photos and images submitted with the articles need to be your own or have consent from the owner thereof to publish them and anyone pictured in the photo.  By submitting the photo/s you give consent for NZMS to publish them on our blog and facebook page.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

NZMS Swimmer of The Year - Jolie Fenwick

"Jolie swims for the Hamilton Masters club. During 2016 she broke NZ records a total of 12 times.

She broke 50m records in Freestyle, Butterfly and Breaststroke; 100m records in Breaststroke and IM; as well as the 200m Breaststroke. She broke the 50m Breaststroke by a 3 second margin and the 100m Breaststroke by 6 1/2 seconds.

The 50m fly record was last broken by commonwealth Gold Medallist Rebecca Perrot 20 years ago.

The 50m Freestyle record had stood for an incredible 25 years since it was set by commonwealth games gold medallist Jaynie Parkhouse in 1991.

Jolie is a well deserving recipient of our Masters Swimmer of the Year.
" SNZ Awards

Meet Jolie Fenwick

Jolie's swimming career started in the Wairarapa where she was the first swimmer from the Wairarapa to make the NZ Opens, get a gold medal and get NZ Records. Jolie later moved to the North Shore under Jan Cameron and Donna Boizaid where she qualified for a few NZ teams. Jolie says the thing she loves about Masters is that it is fun and social, keeps her fit, and you can make it as competitive as you want it to be. 

Jolie is married to Dan Fenwick and they have three gorgeous boys, Jayden 10, Harrison 7 and Riley 4. She currently works at their family company, Dan Fenwick Builders, doing admin and Health & Safety work. The family has a lively Lab called Chobe named after the Chobe National Park in Botswana and also has 3 chickens.

What does Jolie do when she is not in the water?  You can find her on the beach or waterskiing and in her down time she loves watching Netball, Rugby, The Blackcaps, eating chocolates and drinking wine.

Jolie's hero and inspiration is her mom! She says her mom only started swimming when Jolie was very young and she has been doing Masters for quite a few years now and does crazy events like the 200m Fly. She lives in Sanson so Jolie gets to catch up with her mom at most Masters meets and usually makes herself an honorary Fielding Club member. Sophie Pascoe also inspires Jolie and she thinks Sophie is amazing and the times she swims is unbelievable.

One of Jolie's most memorable swimming achievements was going to the Pan Pacific Games in Sydney in 1999 as she got to see some amazing swimmers like Ian Thorpe, Grant Hackett, Penny Heyns, Leisel Jones, Geoff Huegill, Susie O'Neill, Lenny Krayzelburg and Pieter van den Hoogenband. She made the semi final in her 200m breastroke. Unfortunately, the following year Jolie just-just missed out on qualifying for the 2000 Olympics.

Some of her future swimming goals are to always try and do PB's and break the NZ Masters Records, she would love to make it to a World Masters Swimming Champs or Pan Pacific Games but says at this stage of her life that that's not an option. One of her main goals was to become the NZ Master Swimmer of the year which she has now achieved and feels very honoured to have received it.

Some advice from Jolie herself: 

"Swimming: We all train and practice DPS - Distance Per Stroke, when it comes to a race we seem to throw that out the window, so don't throw it out the window! Also knowing 'HOW' to swim a race is key, the best way to know how is by doing lots of swim events & racing!!  Out of the Pool: Life is too short, make the most of it and just enjoy it and have fun!!!"

Well done Jolie on being selected as NZMS Swimmer of The Year 2016 and all the best for the future.

Upcoming Events

FINA World Masters Champs 2017:  FINA Website and Schedule

2017 Levin Masters 35th Annual Swim meet - 16 June 2017 - Entry Form

2017 Masterton Masters Shear Magic Half Hour postal swim - 1 July -
Entry Form and Split Sheet

2017 Manukau Masters Just Skins Swim Meet - 27 July - Entry Form

2017 South Island Short Course Championships - 4 August - Entry Form

2017 North Island Short Course Championships - 25 August -
Entry Form

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

NZMS AGM Minutes 2017


President: John Fisher (WK1)
Secretary/Treasurer: Mike Bodger (WH2)
Northern Region: John Trubnick (SC1), Jan Fulton (RK1)
District Region: Eleanor Pinfold (HM2)
National Recorder: Jan O’Donnell (NS1)
Editor: Liesl Ploos Van Amstel (NS1)
IT Officer: Liz Davidson (NS1)
Open Water Swimming: Mike Bodger (WH2)

- APOLOGIES - Andrew Gabites (Webmaster), Lesley Parkin (Swimming Officer), Warren Gilbertson (Vice President)


- THE MINUTES of the 43th Annual General Meeting held on Friday 6th May 2016 were presented to the meeting and then accepted as a true and correct record.

- BUSINESS ARISING FROM THE 2016 MINUTES: Overall the regions (1-5) of NZ Masters Swimming are not working well and it is crucial that at least 3 regions are represented at the AGM and particularly at the election of President and Vice President every two years. This item will be discussed at the next executive meeting.

- MEMBERSHIP FEES FOR 2017 - No increase in fees

- ALLOWANCES AND HONORARIA - These will remain the same

- APPOINTMENTS - The current officer’s positions were endorsed.
National Secretary/Treasurer – Mike Bodger
Webmaster - Andrew Gabites
Swimming Officer – Lesley Parkin
National Recorder – vacant
Computer/IT Officer – Liz Davidson
Masterscrawl Editor – Liesl Ploos Van Amstel
Openwater Swimming Officer – Mike Bodger

Jan O’Donnell has resigned from the National Recorder’s position but will remain with NZ Masters Swimming until results and records set at the World Masters Games 2017 are ratified. We will examine the job description and advertise for the position and prepare an article on Jan for Masterscrawl.

- SWIMMER OF THE YEAR 2016 - Jolie Fenwick (HM2) who swims in the female 35-39 years age group.

- NZMS CHAMPIONSHIPS: HOSTING 2017 - As a financial incentive, the meeting voted to waive sanction fees for host clubs to NZMS for the next two years.

South Island Short Course 2017 – Ashburton
North Island Short Course 2017 – Waitakere

- OTHER BUSINESS - Liz Davidson proposed changes to the NZMS Information Manual – Section 9: Competition Rules, Regulations and Information. Clause 5 and 6. Relating to National Records.
Items such as eligibility, resident status, club affiliation to NZMS will be updated.

Minutes AGM April 2017
Financial Report - Mike Bodger
Computer Officers Report and Appendix- Liz Davidson
Webmaster's Report - Andrew Gabites
Editor's Report - Liesl Ploos van Amstel
Swimming Officer's Report - Lesley Parkin
Open Water Report - Mike Bodger
National Recorder Report - Jan O'Donnell
Trophy Officer's Report - Lesley Parkin

NZMS President's Report AGM 2017

By any measure, 2016 was a successful year for NZMS.

Membership increased significantly in 2016. In a time when many other sports bodies are experiencing a decline in membership, this is an achievement to be celebrated.

Attendance at our sanctioned meets also continues to increase.

The Ashburton club once again very generously offered to host the SISCC. This was very well organised, attendance was good and the standard of swimming high. We really need another South Island Club to step up and offer to host this event this year – it’s not ideal that the same club should carry the burden every year.

This year, responding to previous suggestions, and as an opportunity to host the Nationals ahead of WMG2017 at the same venue, we switched the normal dates of the NISSC and Nationals.  

This put enormous pressure on Taupo to organise the NISCC with limited notice.  They proved more than equal to the task and are to be commended for hosting a meet that really set the benchmark for all future events. Taupo proved to be a popular central location and drew a larger number of entries than in recent years. The officials were outstanding and the sessions ran like clockwork. The function was also a lot of fun.

North Shore held a National Long Course Championship that was exceptional.  The opportunity to compete at the Sir Owen Glenn pool ahead of the games proved to be a major draw card and attracted a large attendance. The venue was outstanding, with state of the art equipment and there were an unprecedented number of NZ records broken. Again, the standard of officiating was extremely high. The standard of officials in NZ is world class and we are lucky to have access to them. It was also good to have the assistance of SNZ and many of the competitors appreciated their presence poolside.
In the interests of continuous improvement, North Shore, NZMS and SNZ held a post-meet review that was very productive.

Whether we continue to hold the Nationals at this time of year is still to be decided.

Mt Roskill also held a sanctioned meet and attendance was their highest ever.

The organisation remains in a very strong financial position and we can look at using the surplus to fund an improved infrastructure and support the clubs involved in hosting meets and promoting swimming through coaching, social events, sanctioned and fun meets.

Our online reach has increased (both overall and within each channel). The Website, Facebook, MasterScrawl Blog, and email all continue to play their part in keeping our members informed and attracting new interest. This year will be focused on improving the online experience for our members and clubs, as well as streamlining the organisations processes in terms of registration, entering meets and collecting payment.

Much of the resurgence is attributable to the upcoming WMG2017 being held in Auckland. Although membership a Masters is not required to swim at this event, we have benefited indirectly. Swimmers are joining and returning to NZMS in order to train with like-minded people and to compete at sanctioned meets ahead of the games.  The challenge next year will be to retain these members, keep them engaged and to continue the momentum going forward.

At this point, no club has offered to host a Nationals Long Course in 2017.
We have a continued strong relationship with Swimming NZ and few of us attended the annual Swimming NZ awards to watch Jolie Fenwick receive our Masters Swimmer of the Year award. Jolie was an outstanding representative of NZMS. I continue to meet with SNZ on a regular basis and they are keen to work more closely with Masters in the future.

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.

Special thanks this year is due to Jan O’Donnell. Jan has decided to resign from the role of National Recorder after long and exceptional service. Due to the number of records broken, Jan had a particularly busy year and will be difficult to replace.

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. That the organisation is in such good heart is testament to their hard work and tenacity.  I don’t think people realise just how much time these people commit - we desperately require more volunteers need to share the load.

Once again, it’s been an honour to have represented you as president.

John Fisher

President 2016-2017

NZMS Secretary's Report AGM 2017

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The financial review for 2016 was completed by EBA Ltd Rotorua and circulated to the executive, officers and delegates prior to the AGM. Accounting fees totalled $621. The net surplus stood at $11,261, up from $6,543 the previous year.

The balance stood at $70,605, up from $59,345 in 2015. The cheque account balance was $17,811.22 at January 1st 2016 and $27,276.44 at January 1st 2017. The Fast Saver account balance was $670.42 at January 1st 2016 and $676.40 at January 1st 2017. And the Savings Plus account balance was $41,144.84 at January 1st 2016 and on January 1st 2017 the balance was $42.365.24. So once again NZMS was in a positive financial position at the end of the year. Most payments are now done using ASB business internet banking. Clubs pay membership fees by cheque or by direct credit.

As usual, the financial review will be placed on the Charities website but it is not necessary for the review to be placed on the Incorporated Societies website. Of 200 copies of the History of NZ Masters Swimming purchased in 2014, 94 remain unsold. Only two copies were sold in 2016. John Trubnick proposed that NZMS look at depreciating the value of the publication in line with the publication date.

For 2016, NZMS had 43 “active” clubs (1 or more financial swimmer) and 707 financial swimmers. The Northern Region, Northland and Auckland, account for 56% of the membership. The increase in membership for 2016 was partly due the very successful National Masters Championship hosted by North Shore in Auckland.

One change to the monthly newsletter has been its circulation to all registered Masters swimmers using Mail Chimp for bulk emails.

Mike Bodger
NZMS Secretary and Treasurer

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Monday, 24 April 2017

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO WMG Open Water Swimmers - Permissable Swimsuits and more

We have received a message from the WMG Operations team regarding permissable swimsuits for the open water event on the 30 April.

Please read the guidelines (follow the link) which provide further clarification for what swimsuits are permissable during the Championship event.
WMG2017 Open Water - Championship Guidelines Explained

Recreational swimmers are permitted to wear any swimwear.

Please make sure you familiarize yourself with the FINA rules to avoid disappointed.
FINA Open Water Swimming Rules

Caps and timing chips can be collected on the following days:

Wed April 26th – AUT Millennium – National Aquatic Centre Reception – 10am – 3pm

Thurs April 27th - AUT Millennium – National Aquatic Centre Reception – 10am – 3pm

Sat April 29th – Takapuna Beach Reserve – 10am – 5pm

Sun April 30th – Takapuna Beach Reserve – 6:30am onwards

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Meet Mike Cochrane

Mike is well known for his epic swims such as crossing Lake Taupo in Feb 2016 where he swam 40.2km in 14.29 hrs and more recently circumnavigating Lake Taupo in Feb 2017 where he and Katrina swam 155km in 8 days.

During the 2014/2015 swim season Mike set a record of 307.8km over 68 swims and was referred to the Guinness people for inclusion in their annual picture book as reported on He describes this as one of his biggest accomplishments, "beating the Aussies at a game they invented".  Currently he is ranked 26th Male Non-wetsuit swimmer in the Global Swim Series world rankings.

Not only does Mike swim for personal enjoyment but he does alot of exercise for charity too such as his recent 20km Chopper Challenge Swim from Waiheke Island to Auckland City to raise funds for Westpac Rescue Helicopter.  On the 25 - 26 March he will be walking his 10th Oxfam Trailwalker to raise funds for Oxfam (100km walk).

What does Mike do when he is not in the water or excising for charity? He sits at a desk doing IT stuff for Air New Zealand, tinkers with electronics or finds 3D printing solutions to problems that probably did not need solving.

Interestingly Mike only learned to swim "properly" at the age of 26. While at Uni he met a family who trained together and swam the Harbour Crossing every year.  This inspired him to give the HC a go and he started training with the family in a pool just enough to try it. He hired a wetsuit and made it across the harbour, just - first time in a wetsuit and first time in open water.  Anyone that knows Mike today knows he strongly dislikes wetsuits and events that make wearing one compulsory. However, he continued being a "runner" for a few more years before "being a swimmer" for the last 5 years.

So what are Mike's future goals? He is back to being a runner for awhile focusing on training for the Taupo Ultramarathon (100km) and the Half Ironman in December.

Mike is supported by a large community of swimmers around NZ and says they are the reason why he swims as much as he does.  They either swim with him or help make events possible by offering and sharing accommodation and splitting transport costs.  He says the more he encourages people to swim the more they actually encourage him to get up and go training.

Mike in his own words:
"I think humans have got a bit soft and forgotten what our body is really capable of. Anyone pushing the limits of what the human body is normally used for, in today's world, inspires me. I really enjoy partnering with swimmers taking on their first marathon swims. At some point there's a transformation that takes place when a challenge that most think is crazy turns into something that a person knows they are capable of completing. Sometimes that transformation happens in training before the swims starts, sometimes it happens during the swim. But by then end of it you're never the same person that started the process."

This is truly inspiring, Mike!  We wish you all the best!

Katrina Speaks About Their Swim Around Lake Taupo

"Peter Cook swum Around Lake Taupo 155km in 13days on Feb 2012. He did his swim unsupported and was the first man to do this. Peter inspired me to take on this challenge. Next up was my phone call to Philip Rush who has supported and encouraged me from the very first call.  His knowledge and experience is the outstanding.

Mike Cochrane didn't need to be asked twice and jumped at the chance to do something crazy.

With our support team of Garth Ingle and Garry Leather on kayaks, Kevin Price on the support boat and Heather Price on the land logistics Mike and I bonded into an unstoppable team. We had planned to complete the swim in 8 days which we achieved.  

What an amazing swim adventure it turned out to be, I didn't want it to end. On Feb17th I was excited to stand on the sand where we had began as the 1st Female and with Mike the 1st Tandem team to complete our Around Lake Taupo Swim.

We both agreed we would do it all over again in a heartbeat (on a boat of course supporting other swimmers)

With that big box now ticked we can move on to more swimming adventures."   Katrina Price                        

Below is the link to a  great article about Kat and Mike's swim in the Waikato Times:

Friday, 24 March 2017

Upcoming Events

Hamilton Masters 5 Bridges Swim - 2 April 2017:  Entry Form

King of the Bays, Auckland - 8 April 2017
Visit their website for more information and to enter:

AUCKLAND HARBOUR SWIMS with Auckland Central Masters
MARATHON 10km - 16 April 2017

World Masters Games

FINA World Masters Champs 2017:  FINA Website and Schedule

2017 Northland Masters - The Wall - entries close 10 May - Entry Form

2017 Roskill Masters Auckland Short Course Championships 27 May 2017:  Entry Form

Win a $50 SwimT3 voucher - Like and Subscribe Competition

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Wednesday, 1 February 2017

"...Here We Go Again..." says Katrina Price - LAKE TAUPO CIRCUMNAVIGATION STAGE SWIM 10 Feb 2017

"So here we go again. On Feb 10th Myself and Mike Cochrane with our support crew will attempt to
Swim The Circumference of Lake Taupo 155km.

Peter Cook is the only person to have completed this challenge non wetsuit he swam unsupported towing a fibre glass catamaran pod on Feb 13th 2012 taking 13 days. Peter inspired me to take on this challenge along with Mike. We will be attempting to become the 1st Female and Male non wetsuit team to complete this stage swim with a crew supporting us.
If you would like to follow us.  Mike has set up a site:  Lake Taupo Circumnavigation Stage Swim

Thank you to my amazing support team for helping me get to the start line.

Garth, Mum, Dad, Teresa Urlich-Grant, Paul Dufty, Tarn Adams, Ashlesha Heap(Matt), Dianne Leather(Gary)"
 Katrina Price

All the best Mike and Kat!

Monday, 16 January 2017

Intensive One Day Swim Clinic with Coach Simon Mayne

This is an awesome opportunity to improve your technique & prepare for the World Masters Games which are fast approaching.


When: Saturday 11 Feb 9am - 3pm

Where: West Wave Aquatic Centre

For more information: Email: or phone 021 138 2155

WhaleAid Aleppo Fundraiser - Please Support our Secretary Mike Bodger

A group of swimmers in Whakatane, including myself, are fund-raising for the children of Aleppo, Syria. The destruction of Aleppo and its people has continued un-abated for the last four and half years. The funds will be administered through Relief Aid Our fund-raising activity is a sponsored swim from Whale Island (Moutohorā) to Whakatane, an openwater swim of 10km. Other people and activities have now joined in to fund-raising. The swim is scheduled for Sunday, March 18th 2017 and I have the responsibility of preparing a group of swimmers for this major swim. Since living in Whakatane I have completed the swim twice when it was a race prior to 2010. The swimmers will be accompanied by helpers and guides in the form of boats and kayaks. As one of the swimmer’s I am seeking sponsorship from other swimmers of $1 per kilometre. I am also organising two further fund-raising ventures: a movie evening of the film “Captain Webb” (2015). (Matthew Webb, an Englishman, was the first person to swim the English Channel in 1875) and a “Chocolate Fish” swim meeting in Whakatane in 2017 with swims from 25m to 200m where I hope to encourage first time racers to participate. I would be very grateful for your support. 

Mike Bodger
Whakatane Masters Swimmer
Secretary NZ Masters Swimming

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Swim Workouts for Different Days

Bored with you swim workout?  Below are some examples of Main Set workouts for different days
of the week.

Always remember to include a warm up, drill work and a cool down in your workout.

Speed Day:

3 x (100m swim HARD, 50m easy)

10 x 100m at lactate threshold effort

2 x (5 x 100m FAST at descending effort, 100m easy)

Distance Day:

4 x 300m at moderate effort with :20 rest

6 x 200m

Odds: Max distance per stroke with focus on good technique

Evens: Moderate effort for 4 x 400m

Technique/Strength Day :

4 x (100m pull, 50m one-arm drill, 250m pull)

3 x (4 x 50m band training with :10 rest, 300m pull with :15 rest, 50m easy) at moderate effort

2 x (4 x 100m with :15 rest, breathing every 3/4/5/6 by 25m)

#1 - Pulling

#2 - Swim

Upcoming Events


Sand to Surf, Mt Maunganui - 19 November 2016
Harbour Crossing, Auckland - 3 December 2016
Capital Classic, Wellington - 29 January 2017
Legend of The Lake, Rotorua - 18 February 2017
Christchurch Crown, Christchurch - 4th March 2017
Bay of Islands, Paihia - 18 March 2017
King of the Bays, Auckland - 8 April 2017

Visit their website for more information and to enter:

AUCKLAND HARBOUR SWIMS with Auckland Central Masters

BAYS and NZMS Master Champs - 4 December 2016
CHELSEA - 26 February 2017
RANGITOTO - 19 March 2017
MARATHON 10km - 16 April 2017


OREWA Beach Series starts 1 December

2017 Foveaux Masters Lake Hayes Swim Queenstown (approx 2.4km) NOW 22 January 2017Entry Form

Roskill Masters Red Beach Swim 22 January:  Entry Form

NZ Masters Games, Whanganui: 3 - 12 February 2017: Flyer

Across Lake Taupo Swim:  25 February 2017:  Flyer

2017 Foveaux Masters Awarua Bay Swim, Invercargill (approx 2km) 25 February 2017: Entry Form

World Masters Games

FINA World Masters Champs 2017:  FINA Website and Schedule

2017 Roskill Masters Auckland Short Course Championships 27 May 2017:  Entry Form