Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Upcoming Events

Shear Magic Masterton Masters 2018 Half Hour Postal Swim:  1st June to 31st July.  Entry Form and Split Time Sheet

Manukau Masters Just Skins Meet: Saturday 28th July.  Entry Form

South Island Short Course Champs:  10 - 11 August.  Entry Form

2018 - 35th Masterton Shear Magic Sheep Dip Carnival - 4 August, Trust House Pool, Masterton. 

Please note:  The entry form has been revised see link below, event 5 has been changed from 100m backstroke to 100m Any Stroke. Also, Rules for the Mitch Tait Trophy events for 100m Breastroke and 100m Freestyle have been added.

Taupo Masters Swimming Spring Fling:  22 - 23 September 2018.  Entry Form

The South Island Masters Games 2018 are in Timaru this year, with the swimming events on Saturday, 6th October 2018.  For more info http://www.simasters.com/swimming.html

North Island Masters Short Course Championships 2018: Whakatane Masters Swimming
will be hosting the event on 12th - 13th October.

Monday, 16 July 2018

NZMS Swimmer of the Year 2017 - Julie Gunthorp

Julie's swimming career began at the Parnell Baths at age 9 under the guidance of Paul Krause, showing some promise she moved to the open air Olympic Pool in Newmarket under Jack Lyons. There she trained with the likes of Dave Gerrard, Tony Graham, Bruce Robertson, Margaret McRae and her greatest achievement as a junior was qualifying in the 200 backstroke for the Commonwealth Games in Jamaica, however, she was not selected as in those days you had to qualify in both the 100 and 200.

She took up Masters swimming aged 50 when living on the Gold Coast. While doing a few laps at the Currumbin pool another swimmer encouraged Julie to join a Masters club so she joined Miami Masters and for five years competed all around Australia breaking national backstroke records in her age groups. She now swims for the North Shore Masters Club in Auckland and trains 3 - 4 times per week at her workplace under coach Casey Glover, covering 3.5km - 4km each session. 

As her club NSMS fittingly says "Everything she touches turns to gold".

Julie won 6 Gold medals at the World Masters Games held in Auckland and 4 Golds and 1 Silver at the FINA World Masters Championships in Budapest. She made the FINA World Masters Top 10 times for 2017 in 20 events and 12 of these were in the top 3. In her age group for 2017, Julie was the fastest swimmer in the world for 400 and 800m freestyle and 200m backstroke.

During 2017 she broke NZ records on no less than 33 occasions. These records covered the freestyle distances from 50 to 800m, and all Fly, Backstroke and Individual Medley distances.  Julie lowered the 800 freestyle record by over 2 minutes and the 400 IM by nearly 1 minute 30 and also broke the 50m freestyle record which had stood for 25 years.

Julie works as a swim instructor at SwimMagic CLM The Bays where she teaches babies from six months old up to school age kids. When she is not in the water, she enjoys gardening and knits for the prem unit at Middlemore Hospital and loves spending time with her two daughters and five Grandchildren.  Julie and her partner of 20 years, Max, enjoy travelling and plan to retire on the Gold Coast in August. 

When asked who inspires her she said that Barry Young, a North Shore Masters swimmer who tragically died two years ago is one of her greatest inspirations and says he was always very supportive of her swimming and gave her some wonderful advice over the years.  Julie met Lauren Boyle at the Swimming NZ Awards:  in Julie's own words "And now Lauren Boyle, with whom I had a wonderfully funny chat at the Swimming NZ Awards – she came up and asked me “what is your swimming regime” – only joking of course!! I was dumbstruck – what, her asking me what I did in training??"

Julie's future goals for retirement are to enjoy life, a lot of travelling, continue competing and doing the Greek Islands Swim Tour.  In her own words "Swimming has taken me all over the world and I would like to continue"

Julie has dominated her age group both in NZ and on the world stage - she is a well deserving recipient of our Masters Swimmer of the Year.  Well done Julie, and all the best for the future!

New Zealand Masters Swimming Newsletter July, 2018 - Mike Bodger

Address for Correspondence: 73B Peace Street, Whakatane 3120. Phone: 07 3072119 or 021 2500 556 and my email address is: m.bodger@xtra.co.nz

Memberships 2018: New memberships for 2018 begin on 1st July. I will absent from New Zealand from June 9th to September 11th. It’s business as usual while I am away. Doing training swims in the Baltic Sea along the coast of Sweden. Water temperature 18C.

AGM2018: The minutes for this meeting are now online.

2018 - 35th Masterton Shear Magic Sheep Dip Carnival: Hosted by Masterton Masters Club on 4th August. Entry form on the website and entries close 30th July.

Taupo Masters Swimming: We have set date for our spring fling (non-sanctioned meet on 22/23 September 2018. The 800m and 1500m freestyle events will be held on Sunday morning. Entry form is on the websites and the closing date for entries is
September 14th.

South Island Masters Short Course Championships 2018: Ashburton Swimming Club will host the event on 10th/11th August. Enter online. You must be a financial member of NZMS for 2018/2019.

The South Island Masters Games 2018 are in Timaru this year, with the swimming events on Saturday, 6th October 2018.  Check out this website for more info http://www.simasters.com/swimming.html

North Island Masters Short Course Championships 2018: Whakatane Masters Swimming will be hosting the event on 12th/13th October. Closest motel accommodation is One88 on Commerce, about 200metres from the Aquatic Centre and about 2km from the CBD

Merchandise: “Masters Swimming in New Zealand 1973-2013” a publication by Roger Eagles. Available from the Secretary @$20 plus $5 postage.

Mike Bodger
NZ Masters Swimming

Mid-Winter Give Away - Win a $50 Swim T3 voucher

To bring a bit of warmth to the mid-winter cold and some encouragement to those of you who struggle with training during these cold winter months,  we have decided to give away a Swim T3 $50 voucher to a lucky facebook liker and blog subscriber.  All you need to do to go into the draw is like the NZMS  facebook page and subscribe to our blog.

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For Smoothie Lovers - Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie

This is an awesome post workout protein packed snack


for 2 servings

1 ½ cups (350 mL) water, or yogurt or milk of choice
¼ cup (60 g) peanut butter
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1 tablespoon dark chocolate cocoa powder
2 bananas, frozen

PreparationUnder 30 min

Put all ingredients into a blender and mix until smooth.