As the year is drawing to a close I can’t help reflecting on what a year it has been! One like no other. Some of you may remember we started the year uncertain about our position in the City of Sydney pools. This was followed by the dreadful bushfires, which was superseded by the coronavirus pandemic. It has been a huge year! I’m delighted we have managed to keep going, which is very much thanks to you, our incredibly loyal and supportive clients.
Although 2020 has been challenging there have been many silver linings; our relationship with the City of Sydney Pool management has strengthened; our partnership with the Swim Sisters has grown with increased numbers attending our programs and progressing to squad training; we’ve embarked on a new program with the Swim Brothers; we’ve had more SwimFit swimmers than ever this year and many have now progressed to squad training; our Open Water Training tribe have remained true and jumped back into training as soon as we were allowed in the middle of winter; our classes have been well supported; and squad numbers have swollen to the largest on record in the last few weeks. Most importantly we continue to look to the future with exciting plans and initiatives we hope to roll out in 2021.
Last Friday a number of our female swimmers participated in the inaugural Masters Swimming NSW Women’s Only Twilight Carnival. It was great night, full of fun and excitement. Many of our swimmers surprised themselves and performed much better than they anticipated. I’m sure this won’t be the last event of its kind, so if you were sitting on the fence, have a chat to some of the participants and I’m sure they’ll persuade you to enter next time.
Just a reminder, our charity 6 class packs are still available The team and I have decided to donate 30% of the sale of our charity 6 class packs to Australian Refugee Volunteers in the weeks leading up to the 25th December. If you’d like to purchase an additional pack or buy one for a friend to support this great charity, you can find the details below.
Thank you to everyone who completed our survey, we had over 50 respondents and the feedback has proved to be very helpful. I can report that all in all we seem to be meeting, if not exceeding your expectations, which is reassuring. We do acknowledge however, there is always room for improvement and we are grateful for some of the suggestions made.
From 2021 we will be changing the platform we use to produce this newsletter. To keep all our activities under one umbrella, we are moving to the marketing tools available to us on MindBody. Not only will these tools help us produce newsletters with greater ease, they will also allow us to send out special offers at short notice which we have wanted to do for a while. The details about how to sign up are further down in the newsletter. I urge you to do so, so we can keep you abreast of all that is happening in your swimming tribe and updated on class changes and opportunities. We can also pass on discounts and special offers for you to access quickly.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your support throughout this year. You are our community. I’d also like to thank my great team of instructors and coaches who have worked tirelessly to help you realise your swimming goals.
I wish you and your families all the very best for the Festive Season. I look forward to seeing you in 2021!
As always, yours in swimming,