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Ettalong results

Congratulations to our team of 14 swimmers who achieved amazing results yesterday at the Ettalong swim Meet. We came 3rd overall and 3 of our swimmers broke records – Elvera Vickery in 80-84 25m freestyle broke a branch record, Joern Sauer in the 25m fly in the 55-59 year age group broke the branch record and Mitch Patterson broke National records in the 25 freestyle and 25 fly in the 25-29 year age group.

There were also amazing swims by John Bates in the fly, Darren Paton in the freestyle and there was quite a contest in the last heat of the day between Katie Nilan and Graham Hill in the 100m IM with Graham winning by a finger nail. The girls relay team of Emma, Sandra, Rachel and Katie won, as did Batesy, Darren, James and Mitch in a great time, and our other mens relay was a very close second to a gun Blacktown team.

It was lovely to have Pam Hutchings and Elvera swim with us again and Rachel went so close to her goal of breaking 2.30 in the 200m freestyle. This is a great pool and we are looking forward to a great team swimming at the Short Course Meet in October at the same venue.


National Championships 2014 Report

Photo is © 2014 Jon Hawton

This year the championships were held in Rockhampton in their new pool. When the complex is finished it will be state of the art, and a wonderful addition for the Rockhampton community. The competition pool was completed a while ago, but the 25m warm up pool was filled the week before we arrived and the change rooms were handed over on the afternoon of the registration. So there had been much angst that the facilities would not be complete for the Nationals but due to much hard work they were and they were outstanding. Continue reading “National Championships 2014 Report”

Seaside Pirates – Club of the Year 2013

Today at the NSW Masters AGM Pirates were named the Club of the Year for 2013. This is awarded each year to the club who win the most points in various criteria, including percentage of members competing in State Championships, Relay Meet, BPS meets, number of officials on pool deck at each carnival, reports, website, facebook, club uniform, Endurance swims and various others. Continue reading “Seaside Pirates – Club of the Year 2013”

Pirates in the World Top 10

Congratulations to the following Pirates who were named in the World Top 10 in 2013:

  • Georgi Kinsela – 50m breast, 100m breast and 200m breaststroke
  • Greg Phillips – 100m freestyle (short and long course)
  • Darren Paton, Richard Upton, Staffan Wensing, John Bates – 160 4x100m freestyle relay
  • Darren Paton, John Bates, Peter Kerr and Staffan Wensing- 160 4x50m freestyle relay
  • James Watson, Peter Kerr, John Bates and Darren Paton – 160 4x 50m medley relay
  • Cathy Codling – 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle
  • Mitchell Patterson – 50m fly, 100m fly
  • John Bates – 50m fly

Congratulations we are very proud of your achievements.

Thanks, Paul!

Paul Slater

This was posted on the Masters Swimming Australia Facebook page…

This week MSA are celebrating National Volunteer Week and one of our fantastic volunteers is Masters Swimming NSW’s Paul Slater.

Paul has held many volunteer positions on the Seaside Pirates Masters Swimming Club committee – President, Secretary and at present he is the treasurer of the club. Continue reading “Thanks, Paul!”