Thursday, 13 February 2020

President's Report 2019

After the surge in interest for the Auckland World Masters Games 2017, it was always going to be a challenge to maintain the momentum generated by such a massive event. 

We hosted our usual sanctioned meets, although (not surprisingly) entries were not at the same level as leading up to World Masters Games.

The same clubs hosted the sanctioned meets. In some respects this can be viewed positively, as it provides stability and strengthens those clubs relationships with officials, local business and sponsors. However, if other clubs offered to host more meets, it would reduce the burden shouldered by the same group of people year after year. 

For the first time in 6 years, the organisation posted a financial loss. This can be largely attributed to the cost of the online database that is made available from Swimming NZ and also to the transition to align our financial year to that system (which effectively gifted 6 months free membership). Although this was anticipated and the organisation remains in a strong financial position, we cannot sustain the level of loss and this year we will be looking for areas where costs can be cut. 

The membership system is now well embedded and has greatly reduced the effort involved in membership administration and hosting meets. We are indebted to our IT officer Liz Davidson who has worked tirelessly to make all of our lives easier. 

We continue to have a good working relationship with Swimming NZ and meet regularly to explore areas in which we can work together for the benefit of all swimmers. 

The number of FaceBook followers is well past 1000 and growing, and subscribers to the MasterScrawl blog have increased. Many thanks to Swim T3 for their continued support in proving prizes. 

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

Special thanks to Jan O’Donnell who has retired from the role of National Recorder, and to Lesley Parkin who is relinquishing the Swimming Officer role. We are very grateful for your long years of service and also for your support to ensure a seamless hand over. I look forward to working with your successors. 

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. 

I’m very aware that all of these volunteers sacrifice valuable time away from their professional and personal lives for the benefit of Masters Swimming in NZ. 

It is my intention to stand down at the next election. It’s been an honour and pleasure to have represented NZMS but the organisation would benefit from new input and fresh ideas. 

John Fisher
President 2018-2019

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