PHOENIX NEWSLETTER PHOENIX August 2005 MASTERS To all our members FROM THE COMMITTEE As the new season gets we look forward to each and everyone’s support and enthusiasm. The more you support us the easier our work becomes. This winter has been a particularly busy one with the new “Frostbite” series in which Phoenix came second overall. Not only were we busy in South Africa but some of our swimmers participated overseas as well. There is detail of all the swims in the newsletter but congratulations to all. Our season officially started off last week with the annual winter carnival held at Wahoo. It was definitely as case of bad timing with a Tri-nations rugby match on the same day. Fortunately there were so few of us that the races were combined and we almost finished in time for the kick off. The down side being that instead of a gala it was more like a sprint training session! REGISTRATION/ NEW MEMBERS Registration of members has been brisk during the last few months and we had 33 members who qualified for the SAMS early bird registration. At present we have 41 members registered. A very BIG thank you to all those members who have already registered. Please note that the first SAMS cut off for EXISTING members is the 30th September After this an existing member may still register but penalties will be incurred For those who have forgotten the registration fee for 2005/06 is R250 We welcome new members: Terry Bantock Marli Venter Annemarie Dressler Milton Brest Johnn Coetzee Michael Glaser Hanna Neuhaus Thys Pienaar Jane Samson Micheal Kritzinger Please keep the registrations coming in ... and remeber the Phoenix initiative, ”Grow Phoenix, Bring a Friend“ .. many thanks to those that have forwarded on names to the committee. BIRTHDAYS We wish the following members “Happy Birthday” for this month 3rd Carin Onvlee 20th Patrick Wooley 29 Kyle Lauf PHOENIX HOLDS GMS COMMITTEE Some of you might not be aware that a Proposal was accepted at the end of last season, which now sees the GMS Committee rotate between the various clubs on a yearly basis. The first year is being held by Phoenix !!! Which means in effect that the Phoenix Committee is also the GMS Committee although in different positions, with Gary standing in as GMS President and Quirin as Treasurer. We wish ourselves a great deal of strength !!! CLUB KIT Heather is hard at work on arranging the new Phoenix Kit – if you want to order costumes or caps please let her know … and rumour has it that Yvette has managed to secure our Sponsor again … so we look forward to another awesome Nationals kit … that should get everyone motivated to enter for Malmesbury !!!! GMS CONGRATULATIONS At the GMS AGM held last month, the Phoenix Swimmers were back in the spot light…. The Most Improved Swimmer Female – One Nationals to another – Linda Crawford The Most Improved Swimmer Male – One Nationals to another – Terry Bantock The Alf Cadenhead Trophy – Clare Davie The Gary Shenker Phoenix Spirit Trophy – Russell Wolpe Female Swimmer of the Year – Marissa Rollnick Open Water Swim Trophy – Shared between Gregg Price and Rachelle Isakov. Anyone who is counting, meant only one Trophy did not come to us !!! OPEN WATER SWIMS With the advent of the Midmar qualifying swims and the number of open water swims and people swimming in the events increasing year on year we have decided to form and Open Water section as part of our Club As you are well aware there are very few swims that we can enter as a club. Our aim here is to find people who are open water swimmers and to provide support to them before, during and after an event. This would include such things as training hints, swimming in Phoenix colours at an event, tips and advice for a swim and maybe a get together at the venue after the event. I believe that the same spirit that is present in master’s pool swimming can be extended to open water swims as well. Phil and Chris have been elected as our open water swim captains for this season and are looking for two more volunteers to help with this section for the club. Both have had many years of open water swimming experience and we wish them well in their new positions. OVERSEAS SWIMS We received the following from Natalie and Darren who competed in meet at Gateshead in England: Darren and I swam in Gateshead, which is in Newcastle in the UK. The gala was very well run and I must say we were made to feel most welcome. They knew us by name - immediately as we walked through the door. Even those who were not part of the organising committee, when they heard we were from out of town, came for a wee chat. The gala consisted of 3 sessions of 5 events each, with an hours break between each. We managed to obtain 6 gold medals and 2 silvers between us. (Natalie 4 gold (yay), Darren 2 gold & 2 silver). Natalie 200 FREE 2:39:57 100 FREE 1:10:74 50 FREE 32:58 400 FREE 5:46:38 Darren 200 FREE 2:11:59 (Gauteng record 2:11:45) 100 FREE 58:18 50 FREE 26:29 (Gauteng record 26:31) ******** 400 FREE 4:50:66 All in all a very pleasant day We also congratulate Rachelle and Greg who were selected as part of an open water team to compete in England during May this year. In keeping with their reputations in South Africa they did not let us down and won each of their events. A comment from them. ”Swimming in the cold grey waters of the Thames makes us understand why open water swimming is not as popular in England as in South Africa!” SUN CITY SWIM This will take place on the 15th October this year. We again appeal to all our members to not only swim but also to provide assistance during the event – please remember the club gets rewarded financially for doing so. There will be more detail in the next newsletter NATIONALS For those that have been hibernating this winter nationals will be from the 2nd to the 4th of March next year in Malmesbury. We have booked three accommodation spots in Wellington. The web addresses below give details of three possible places to stay. http://www.bakkiesbb.co.za/index.htm www.soetehuys.com http://ross.kapwein.com For the REAL early birds, please let Gary know whether you intend to register for Nationals, whether you will need accommodation with the Team, travelling down yourself, needing a lift or interested in flight options. SAMS NEWS Please find a copy of the SAMS winter challenge entry form at the end of the newsletter FINA NEWS FINA Votes To Allow One Dolphin Kick on Breaststroke Starts and Turns -- July 22, 2005 By Phillip Whitten PHOENIX, Ariz., USA, July 21. AS we predicted back in January, FINA has overwhelmingly approved a recommendation by its Technical Committee to permit one downward dolphin kick on the start and each turn in the breaststroke. The action was taken at today's FINA Technical Swimming Congress meeting in Montreal over the objection of the USA, Australia and several other countries. However it had solid support by the European nations. According to Carol Zaleski (USA), Chair of the FINA Technical Committee, the change came largely as a result of the controversy engendered last year when Japan's Kosuke Kitajima, winner of both the 100 and 200-meter breaststroke events at the Olympic Games in Athens, took a very large dolphin kick after the start and turn of the 100-meter race but was not disqualified. The Technical Congress also voted overwhelmingly to clarify the backstroke finish rule. It will be okay for a swimmer to be completely submerged at the finish. These changes will not go into effect until late September, 2005 The new rule ends decades of controversies (the first one occurred in Berlin, in 1978, at the World Championships, the latest last year in Athens, at the Olympics). I am sure this is also good news for all you breast and back stroke swimmers who are “oh so” close to a world marks! There have also been some changes to the open water swimming rules Time limits have been redefined as: • 30 minutes in events under 10 km; • 60 minutes in events between 10 and 25 km; • 120 minutes in events of 25 km and over. Competitors that are unable to finish the course within the time limits shall be removed from the water; however, the referee may allow them to complete the course but not participate in any points or prizes awarded. The minimum water temperature has been raised to 16 degree Celsius. CLUB BANK DETAILS Please remember that any deposit, orders or electronic transfer needs to be faxed to 011 – 447- 5861 as confirmation. Bank details: FNB Account name: Phoenix Masters Swimming Club Account number: 6202 508 6134 Rosebank Branch code: 25 33 05 FORTHCOMING GALA EVENTS A gala schedule is attached but please please …. keep the following dates in mind 27 August Tshwane Masters Linrand 09h00 10 September Eastern Masters Delville 14h00 15 October Gauteng Masters Sun City 09h00 23 October Short Course Champs Wahoo 09h00 FORTHCOMING DAM EVENTS Do not think of any dam events until you have completed SUN CITY! WEB PAGES AND RESULTS http://www.samastersswimming.com/ http://www.openswim.co.za/ http://www.superswimmer.co.za/ http://www.midmarmile.co.za/ http://www.samaster.co.za/ http://www.fina.org/mastersnews_home.html http://2006finamasters.org/ Many thanks Qurin Phoenix Committee Don Johnston – Chairperson – 082-333-6808 - email@example.com Alison Curtis – Vice Chairperson – 082-703-2870 - firstname.lastname@example.org Gary Coetzee – Secretary – 082-926-8233 – email@example.com Heather Morris-Eyton – Additional Member – 082-820-4816 - firstname.lastname@example.org Yvette Coetzee – Sponsorship/ Clothing – 083-255-1578 - email@example.com Quirin Köhler – Treasurer/Newsletter – 083-400-9209 - firstname.lastname@example.org INTER-CLUB WINTER FITNESS CHALLENGE ENTRY FORM NAME: ……………………………. CLUB: ……………………. D.O.B.: ……………… AGE: ……. SAMS MEMBER : YES/NO SWIMMER’S DISTANCE TABLE: 50 100 150 200 250 300 350 400 450 500 550 600 650 700 750 800 850 900 950 1000 1050 1100 1150 1200 1250 1300 1350 1400 1450 1500 1550 1600 1650 1700 1750 1800 1850 1900 1950 2000 2050 2100 2150 2200 2250 2300 2350 2400 2450 2500 2550 2600 2650 2700 2750 2800 2850 2900 2950 3000 3050 3100 3150 3200 3250 3300 3350 3400 3450 3500 3550 3600 3650 3700 3750 3800 3850 3900 3950 4000 4050 4100 4150 4200 4250 4300 4350 4400 4450 4500 4550 4600 4650 4700 4750 4800 4850 4900 4950 5000 TOTAL MILEAGE SWUM …………….. COUNTER’S SIGNATURE ……………… CLUB CHAIRMAN’S SIGNATURE: ……………………….. CONDITIONS: The WFC must be swum during the month of August. This is an INTER-CLUB CHALLENGE and each entrant has a time limit of one hour to swim as much as he can (does not have to be continuous, he can stop and rest, but only has one hour, including stoppage time!). ENTRY FEE: R20.00 per swimmer [including SAMS lanyard] OR ENTRY FEE: R50.00 per swimmer [including T-shirt] Each swimmer must have a counter, who must sign at the bottom of the entry form. The club chairman will add up the total kilometres swum by his/her club (including visitors) and send in all the signed entry forms and a summary to reach SAMS by Tues 7th Sept 2004. The winning club will be decided on a handicap basis, taking into account the number of club members, number of participants, distance swum and average age. PRIZE: To the winning Club (according to the SAMS formula) – a refund of all your members’ entry monies for the winter challenge plus R300.00. Tick appropriate box to place order and please include money with entry LANYARD R 20.00 OR T-SHIRT R 50.00 SMALL MEDIUM LARGE X LARGE XX LARGE I do not hold SA Masters Swimming responsible for any injury or damage or loss of property I may suffer as a result of this challenge. I accept all conditions and will comply with them. SWIMMER’S SIGNATURE ……………………… DATE …………….. PHOENIX MASTERS SWIMMING CLUB PRESIDENTS REPORT 2004-2005 This has been our most successful year ever !!!! We had an increase of membership this season, with 20 New Members, taking us from last season’s 53 members to a record high of 63 members for 2004-2005. As far as Nationals go, 5 of our swimmers achieved maximum points, 10 swimmers achieved between 50-59 points, with the balance of our points being achieved by our other 32 swimmers. In the club ranking Phoenix achieved an overall second place only fractionally behind Coelacanth (380 points). Our men were ranked second and our ladies third overall. Next years Nationals have been confirmed as 2-4 March 2006 in Malmesbury. We look forward to a competitive team travelling down and encourage all our swimmers to compete in their maximum of 6 races allowed – every point counts.This is evident from the fact that we, as a club, won 167 medals overall – only 6 behind Coelacanth !!! I would like to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate Eastern Stingrays for putting on a very successful and enjoyable Nationals 2005. Thanks also to Gary, Peter and Alison for contributing towards our “Eastern theme” costumes for the final dinner party in Boksburg, we looked very smart. Thanks must go to Yvette Coetzee for our Nationals Kit. We received many compliments, from swimmers outside the club, on how smart we looked. For this we thank our sponsors, Lusan Premium Wines – “Flat Roof Manor”. Thanks are also extended to our other sponsors, Swimming International, Halewood International – “Red Square Ice”, SA Greetings – Cardies, Cape Union Mart, and Hi-Tec. Also thank you to Heather for arranging new Phoenix costumes and caps. I think its agreed, we are noticed for our outfits not only our swimming. At nationals, Phoenix swimmers broke one team and 8 individual South African Records. Congratulations to the 200m Free 240-279 Relay Team of Mike Edwards, Willie Wilson, Marissa Rollnick and Anne Jones. Also to Gregg Price, Jack Brink, Lain Schutte, John Petersen, Rachelle Isakov and Anne Jones who between them broke the eight South African Records. During the season 5 other long course South African records were broken by Gregg, Jack and Heather. A number of short course records were also smashed by the likes of Gregg, Gary, Rachelle, Heather and Jack. (Hope that I have not missed out anyone). The list of GMS records on both long course and short course, are simply too extensive to mention. 7 swimmers were awarded South African Colours: - Jack Brink (5th time), Clare Davie (8th time), Mike Edwards (2nd time), Rachelle Isakov (2nd time), Anne Jones (7th time), Heather Morris-Eyton (4th time) and to Gregg Price (first time). Well done. Congratulations to Gregg Price who was awarded the Victor Ludorum Trophy at Nationals. Phil Chappel, Clare Davie, Eric Gilfillan, Quirin Kohler and Russel Wolpe were awarded their 10 year attendance plaque at Nationals. Well done. Jack Brink was the oldest man attending and competing at Nationals, at the tender age of 85 !!!! Out of the 6 gala’s held this past season, Phoenix was the strongest team on four occasions. We do not only flourish in the pool and I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Phoenix swimmers who continuously achieve in the open water/dam swims, special mention of Gregg Price, Rachelle Isakov, Phil Chappel and Chris MacKinnon. 21 swimmers from Phoenix took part in the 2005 Midmar Mile and I hope to see this increase next year. A strong focus as always for any club is Sun City. We would like to extend our appreciation for our two club members who work tirelessly on the Sun City committee to ensure the event runs smoothly, Eric Gillfillan and Phil Chappel. To all the swimmers who took part or worked, much appreciation as it is to the benefit of the club. See you all at Sun City on the 15th October 2005. I think its now time that we should have an Open water sub-committee to look after Phoenix’s interests in open water swims. The Chairman of this committee to be on the main committee. We had a very successful End of Year function. Thanks to the committee for all their workt, especially Alison and Heather. We had a great turn out, and our special thanks to everyone who made the effort, especially to Phil and Chris for allowing us to destroy their home !!!. I would like to appeal to all our members to register timeously this season (today of possible) so as not to overload the Secretary, who experienced some problems this past season. We also encourage all our members to assist with the initiative, “Grow Phoenix, Bring a Swimmer”. Lets stay the largest and strongest club in Gauteng, the next step, to win Nationals. We can do it! Congratulations to Gary for his willingness to be the new GMS President. The final point is to thank the Committee for the hard work and effort they put into the the past season: Madam Vice – Alison, Master of the Newsletter – Quirin and our additional members responsible for kit/ costumes – Heather and Yvette. A special word of thanks to Gary the Secretary/Treasurer he worked tirelessly and the increase in membership is in no small measure due to his efforts. To all the committee and members thank you for making the chairman’s job such a pleasant one. Thank you all for being here. Phoenix looks forward to an even more successful 2005- 2006 swimming season. Don Johnston President Seriously, we swim for fun . Seriously!!