The last Australia Day Swim to be organised by Carine Masters Swimming was held in 2014.
Since 2015, Australia Day Swim information can be obtained via this link:
HISTORY OF THE AUSTRALIA DAY SWIM
Many of you are now aware of the fact that Carine Masters Swimming (Inc) will no longer organise and run the annual Australia Day Swim. For the past 24 years, it has been a very successful event on the Perth Open Water Swim calendar and the main focus of our club. Certainly, each year, those in charge of the event have worked hard during the months of June to February behind the scenes to ensure the swim went without a hitch.
It has not been an easy decision for the organisers to make and it took much thought and consideration. However, those of us who have been heavily involved in the preparation and management of the swim find we are no longer able to dedicate the necessary time and effort required to run the event in a professional manner. We would rather relinquish it than run something that is sub-standard.
As one of the smaller Masters Swimming clubs in Perth, we do not have the back up of 50 to 100 members call on to run such a big event. As more and more administrative tasks required attention, more volunteers were needed.
We thank all those involved in the coordination of the Australia Day Swim over the past 24 years: David and Jane Laws, Margaret Roffman, Kerry Hodson and before that, Max Wannell. Our fantastic team of volunteers, made up of family members, friends and club members, we thank you all. You could always be relied upon to turn up promptly at 6am every year taking on the tasks with such efficiency; it made our job much easier.
Thank you to all swimmers, we needed you all to make it the great event it was. We loved seeing your familiar faces year after year. We will miss you and I know you will miss the swim because so many of you have written some really kind and moving words about your memories of the event.
To our sponsors, especially, those who have willingly supported us for many years, our grateful thanks. I know that donating merchandise and vouchers became more difficult as the years went by. You helped us put together 34 terrific prize packs for swimmers each year! Your generosity also meant we were able to surprise competitors with Spot Prizes given away at random during the check-in process.
Without experts to help, the Australia Day Swim would not have been possible. We engaged the services of several organisations to help on the day. In particular, we relied on Scarboro Surf Life Saving Club for the safety of our swimmers in the water. bluChip Timing are experts in the field of timing large sporting events and it was a huge weight off our minds when we engaged them to take over that task. Results were available as soon as the last swimmer finished. St John Ambulance looked after swimmer safety on the beach.
Like most Masters Swimming Clubs, we like to give back to the community. We appreciate what it is to have good health and have always had a beneficiary to each year. For the past six years, Huntington’s WA has been that beneficiary. It was our pleasure to hand over one last cheque $1000 to Ann Jones, Chairperson for Huntington’s WA this year.
Yes, we really wanted to celebrate our 25th anniversary of the Australia Day Swim but it is not to be. Thank you everyone for your support.
former Event Organiser and current Club Secretary
Carine Masters Swimming (Inc)
THE 2014 AUSTRALIA DAY SWIM
Registration for the 2014 Australia Day Swim is NOW OPEN.
There are two options for registration:
To register for the swim online, please visit blueChip OnReg.
The blueChip OnReg registration page will close at 5:00pm Friday January 24th, 2013.
To register for the swim by post, please download and complete the 2014 Australia Day Swim Postal Registration Form.
Completed postal registration forms must be received by 5:00pm Thursday January 23rd, 2014.
Postal entries should be sent to:
CARINE MASTERS SWIMMING (INC)
PO Box 2468,
WARWICK WA 6924
Please note the deadlines for each registration method, which will be strictly enforced for water safety and data entry requirements:
Held over a distance of 2kms at Scarborough Beach, the swim is ideal preparation for Rottnest Channel swimmers, triathletes and all open water swimmers.
Photos from the 2014 Australia Day Swim
Click the link below to view photos from the 2013 Australia Day Swim:
Photos from the 2012 Australia Day Swim are also available:
Part proceeds of the Australia Day Swim provide assistance to local not-for-profit charitable organisations.
The main recipient for 2014 will be Huntington’s WA. Huntington’s is a progressive condition of the nervous system for which there is no cure. For more information, please visit www.huntingtonswa.org.au.
Local businesses provide valuable assistance to Carine Masters and we thank the following companies for their support: