Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Public Holiday this weekend

Dear Swimmers

Just touched down here in Toronto - simply beautiful weather! Monster 30hr journey with one little 18mth old not really behaving (naughty Isla!) but Jackson was on his best behaviour so I reckon that cancels it out!

A quick notice to say that despite the Public Holiday this weekend, we shall only be cancelling the Monday 7-8am technique session following a poll of people's likeliness to attend on Monday this week.

Anyone who would normally attend the 7am session but wants to swim that day can attend the 930am session instead using the same PAYG card...we anticipate this only being a few people and that a few people will likely miss the 930am session as well - all up, it should all work out in the wash! :-)

Saturdays session at 1-2pm this week will still be operational, again owing to a poll last week where a good number of people suggested they would still likely attend. Equally, of you fancy popping along to this one this week, that would also be fine.



Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Paul away in the USA from Sunday 26th May for Manhattan Island Marathon Swim!

Dear Swimmers

Hope you're ticking along nicely. The weather's cooling down but it's still lovely down at Claremont Pool!

Just a note that I will be away in the USA from this Sunday 26th May for a period of ~4 weeks (depending upon finalised schedule). I will be competing in the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim - an invitational 46km swim anti-clockwise around Manhattan Island with 37 other swimmers from around the world, including the other six swimmers from our 2011 "Channel Dare" team who swam the English Channel - Lisa, Geoff, Andrew, Wayne, Ceinwen and Paul. We've trained super-hard for this event and can't wait to get over there (more details below).

My last session with the squad will be this Saturday in the 1-2pm session at Claremont Pool - please make it down if you can. Anyone requiring a new PAYG card is encouraged to order one here before I leave please:


...please ensure that you have a valid PAYG card with you at every session - it's becoming increasingly challenging to monitor and record when people forget their cards and this is doubly difficult with different coaches running the different sessions in my absence. Whilst we are looking at some new technology which might assist with the payment system as it stands, your support on this matter is very much appreciated and helps steer our attention away from the admin side of things and onto the coaching side of things which you know and love. Thank you.

As ever, I will be leaving you in the very capable hands of the following coaches:

  • Mondays @ 7am = Francene
  • Mondays & Fridays @ 9.30am, and Tuesdays at 6.15pm = Sandy
  • Tuesdays & Fridays @ 5.30am / 6.30am, Thursdays @ 6.15pm, and Saturdays @ 1pm = Sally
  • Wednesdays @ 5.30am & 9.30am = Brad / Carolyn

...please make them feel very welcome as usual - we've been undergoing some additional coach education work this last fortnight as I'm sure you will have been aware, so that will tie in nicely with this period.

As spots for the squads are still very much at a premium, please aim to get along to the sessions as normal during my absence as we have a lot of very keen people waiting to get into the sessions. If you will be away for an extended period (for whatever reason) please let me know so that we can keep a balance on the numbers attending. 

As ever, some new faces coaching on pool deck is always a welcome change from the norm, and I know that the coaches can't wait to get started!

So FYI, here's a nice piece written by Paul Downie about our challenge:

"They're at it again. The same group of Western Australians who all  successfully conquered swimming solo across the English Channel are back to take on the Americans race around Manhattan Island.

With a field of 38 international swimmers, which includes 15 from the US, the crazy seven from Perth, and two other Australian swimmers, will compete against some of the world's leading marathon swimmers to tackle one of the signature events in the marathon swimming calendar.

With the English Channel under their belts, these two women and five men have taken training to a new level. Along with swimming endlessly up and down pools and many laps of the Swan River, multiple crossings of the Rottnest Channel have become the norm - with Ceinwen Roberts taking her commitment to a whole new level with a record setting triple crossing. Apparently she's sensible.

The support they have all received from families, friends, colleagues, swim buddies and well wishers has again been phenomenal. Without the encouragement and acceptance they have received, none of them would be contemplating this costly and epic adventure.

The Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, organised by NYC Swim (www.nycswim.org) is a unique event. Heavily regulated and requiring substantial qualifications, the swim is a highlight for any marathon swimmer.

Established by a group of erstwhile and committed American swimmers determined to make an effort to clean up the waters and rivers around New York, the 46km swim is a sprint from start to finish. Assisted by strong tides, the 9.5 hour cut off indicates the fast speeds some swimmers reach who complete the event in under 6 hours at an average pace approaching 8kms / hr.

All swimmers are encouraged to raise funds for the NYC Swim nominated charity - Swim Free. Below is a donation form* for anyone wishing to donate to this worthwhile cause which has been established to assist teaching children in developing countries to learn to swim and feel confident in the water.

For the last campaign, our swimmers chose to swim for Breast Cancer Care WA with nearly $80,000 raised to assist sufferers, their families and loved ones cope with the daily costs and procedures to fight this crippling disease.

This time, our group have elected to share any sponsorship you wish to donate to Swim Free with Walk Free, a WA based charity aimed at ending modern day slavery (www.walkfree.org). The support from Walk Free founders, the Forest family, with training and some of the other swim events, has inspired the group to assist Walk Free whenever and wherever they can.

So hop on board yet again and keep tabes with how the group is going. Send blogs of support through this web page or twitters of encouragement. You  can follow their progress around Manhattan by logging on to their individual names on the NYC Swim site at www.nycswim.org"



* this link is to Paul Newsome's sponsorship page - but all goes to the same fund.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Tuesday / Thursday winter evening start times & THE STORM!

Dear swimmers

Just a quick update for those of you whom swim on a Tuesday and Thursday evening at 630-730pm.

As of 1st May the centre is operating under winter hours, meaning that the pool closes at 730pm during the week. Rather than cut your swim time short by 5 minutes or so and have you miss out on a hot shower etc, the pool has arranged for us to start 15mins earlier on both nights until the start of October 2013 whereupon we will likely return to the 630-730pm slot.

A couple of quick points on this:

On both nights there is a prior booking with Kirby Swim that finishes at 630pm. We will likely be in lanes 4,5&6 rather than the side lanes during the 15 minute cross over period. Your coaches and the pool staff will advise on a night-by-night basis as to the exact configuration. On Thursday it will be necessary for this first 15 minutes to be using just 2 lanes, but as soon as 630pm comes around in time for the main set, we will have the full 3 lanes to use as normal.

Hope that all makes sense?

It is probably too short notice to expect this change to happen from this evening so this will be officially enforced as of this Thursday, 9th May. Thanks for your support on these matters. Please ensure that you are fully showered and changed ready to leave the centre by 730pm at the very latest.

Lastly, looks like a stormy day tomorrow - please note all sessions will still be running UNLESS there is lightening...please don't roll over and hit the snooze button!!



Kind regards


Paul Newsome
Head Coach
Swim Smooth Ltd.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Saturday 11th May - 1pm session cancelled

Dear Swimmers

Owing to the Busselton Half Ironman this coming weekend, there will be no 1pm squad session on Saturday. Apologies for any inconvenience to those not racing and best of luck to all those who are!

No other sessions are affected by this, this week except expect some of the sessions to be a little quieter this week no doubt as a result of people tapering etc.



Wednesday, May 1, 2013

An evening with Andrew Forrest - hottest ticket this year!

Dear Swimmers

Thought you'd find this of interest:

...gutted I can't attend this - we'll be in New York preparing for the big Manhatten Island Swim on the 8th June - doh!