It has been a month of wins for Sydney Swimmers. A huge shout out to Kim Cook and Liz Crowhurst for their swims in the 10km event at the Pacific Open Water Challenge in Samoa, which apparently was more like a 12km swim given the tough conditions. They went on and swam in the 5km event the next day and some smaller events over the following days.  All up they swam 30km over the five days! Both received their medals from the Deputy Prime Minister of Samoa, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa. An amazing effort by both Kim and Liz. Soon they’re off to swim the English Channel, with Glenda, Grant and John. There is no stopping these great swimmers.

I swam in the Thames Marathon just outside London and was pleased to have finished the 14km event, coming in the first half of 1000 swimmers. Conditions were perfect, except there was minimal flow due to a lack of rain. If you get the chance, this is a great swim to be part of, going through some of the most picturesque parts of England.

We’re busy getting ready for next season, finalising our arrangements with Drummoyne Swimming Centre and our Masterclass line up for summer. Although some of our costs have increased this year, I’m delighted to inform you, we won’t be increasing the squad fees or memberships. We’re also excited to be able to now offer an autopay function through MindBody, which will allow you to keep swimming without worrying about whether your membership has expired and it comes with a discount. The details are further down in the newsletter.

The Drummoyne squad will start again from next week on September 4, running 6.00am – 7.00am on Wednesdays and Fridays at Drummoyne Swimming Centre. Coach Christina will be designing the overarching program and will be supported again by Coaches Mickaela and Catherine. We look forward to seeing everyone back at Drummoyne.

I hope to see you poolside soon!

Kari Baynes