Masters Swimming WA Inc. is primarily run by volunteers who work tirelessly for the benefit of MSWA and our members. The Board of Management are elected yearly at the AGM held each February.
I originally started swimming with Carine Masters way back before children in 1989/1990 through the encouragement of Lynne Malone.
After a little break, I joined Perth City Swim Club in 1996 and have been there ever since. I have held many positions there including President from 2001 to 2009, Vice President, Secretary and a few others. I have helped out over the years working in accreditation for the 1998 World FINA Championships while having little children.
In 2006 I was approached by Wendy Holtom to be the Meet Director for the FINA World Masters Championships to be held in 2008. We had a great team and an exhausting time running two pools full of swimming in between the water polo and diving!
I think Wendy thought I was a pro by then and I ran a few State Championships before she asked me to be the Meet Convenor for the 2011 Masters National Championships. Life was a bit busier with teenagers so I semi-retired until she tapped me on the shoulder in 2015 to take up a Board position as Director of Swimming with a steep learning curve. Lynne Malone retired from the Board and I took on the role of National Delegate in 2016, President in 2018. The Masters National Swimming Championships came around yet again and so it felt like groundhog day for N18 as Meet Convenor and Meet Director!
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Andy has been coaching at Perth City since May 2016 and has recently taken up the job as coach of the National Blue squad. Andy moved to Australia in November of 2006 from his hometown of Davos in Switzerland (which is weird as Andy really does not like winter). Davos is a mountain resort in Switzerland which has a population of 12,000 people permanently living there, however, during peak season there are more than 45,000 people!!
When Andy was young, he joined the local swimming club when he saw some of the other kids swimming, but living in the Swiss Alps meant most of the interest was in winter sports, as Andy also skied, snowboarded, cross-country skied and played ice hockey, as well as sailed and cycled (mainly to and from school, sometimes reaching up to 50km per day!!) In Davos there was only one indoor 25m swimming pool that could be used by the swimming club, but it was closed for about 2 months of the year during low season. So, Andy had to train in the hotel pools or train in the gym!
How did Andy get into coaching? Well, their swim club only had 2 sessions on offer every week so mainly they went to the pool on their own and swam the sets that they wrote up beforehand. While doing that, Andy learnt a lot more about what it was like to coach before he then completed his coaching course. As a 16/17 year old, he was asked by schools and groups of adults if he could do a swimming course for them and so he continued with his coaching. As well as coaching swimming, Andy also coached Laser sailors!
Andy loved to swim freestyle but he likes coaching all of the strokes. He believes that swimming all 4 strokes really helps build a good, strong base (no matter what your ‘stroke’ is!) Andy was not a good breaststroker but he loves to teach it (does this remind you of anyone… Eoin perhaps!) His favourite sporting memory was when he became Swiss Junior Champion in sailing and when he became Club Swimming Champion for the first time.
When asked what he is most excited about to be a coach at Perth City, Andy replied ‘I would like to help each swimmer to become a better person, young adult and a better swimmer. Having known the coaches and some of the main swimmers for years now, I know that we can create a culture in the Club which will be unique and professional in Perth. I strongly believe that due to daily hard work and not taking ourselves too seriously, we all will be strong as one team!’ Andy is an extremely passionate, hardworking and dedicated person and coach and we are very excited about having him on board at Perth City!
I have been a member of Masters Swimming WA (then known as AUSSI) since 1980 when I joined Maida Vale Masters
I am married to Andrew, have 3 beautiful children, 4 gorgeous grandchildren and have lived in the Perth Hills suburb of Kalamunda since 1972.
I retired in 2013 after a career spanning 50 years working in a number of State Government agencies, primarily the then Department of Agriculture, as a Project Manager implementing Financial Management Systems
In some form or another over the years as a member of Maida Vale Masters, I have occupied a position on the Club’s committee and am currently Secretary and Club Registrar for my club. I am also heavily involved in organising our Lake Leschenaultia Open Water Swim which is held the 2nd Sunday in November at Lake Leschenaultia in the Perth Hills.
I first became involved with Masters Swimming WA when I accepted the role of Editor, Different Strokes, the precursor to eAlerts. I stood down from this position in 2003 to take on the position of Director of Finance for a total of 6 years. Rejoining the Board in 2013 following my retirement, I accepted the position of Director of Marketing before adopting the role of Director of Administration and Communication. Following the recent Annual General Meeting I will now become responsible for the position of Director Technical – something I am very close to.
Which leads me into my other passion, Officiating. I became a Masters Swimming Australia Referee in 2000 and have officiated at club events, Livelighter Club Challengers, State and National Event culminating with my being Meet Referee for the 2018 Nationals Swimming Championships held in Perth.
I have also been fortunate in being selected to officiate at the World Masters Championships in Kazan Russia in 2015
In addition to the above, I am the Technical Education Coordinator, Chair of the Technical Committee for WA Masters Swimming and for a short time, the Pool Swim Meet Coordinator until a permanent appointment could be made.
I am a Life Member of Maida Vale Masters and have recently been bestowed Life Membership of Masters Swimming WA, an award that I am truly honoured by.
I hope to continue to contribute to this wonderful organisation for some while yet.
Director Open Water Swimming
Dr Ian Dunican
Dr Ian Dunican (PhD, MBA, MMineEng, GCASSc, BA) has over 20 years international professional experience in health, safety and improvement within military, mining, rail, oil & gas and utilities. A combination of scientific research and operational leadership to support organisations in reducing risk, lowering cost whilst optimizing productivity & performance.
He is currently the Director of Melius Consulting & Sleep4Performance and has a PhD from the University of Western Australia (UWA), where he worked with elite sporting organisations/athletes to optimise performance. Ian has worked with the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and professional teams in Super Rugby, Australian Rules Football, Basketball and Martial Arts. He regularly contributes to media articles such as with the Australian Financial Review. He has also been featured on the health report on ABC radio, ABC radio national and numerous podcasts. Ian has appeared on ABC television, Channel 7, 9 and 10 in Australia. He was a TEDx Perth speaker in 2017.
An active sportsman, Ian has completed over 20 ultramarathons to date including the Ultra Trail Australia 100km (7 times), Leadville 100 miler, numerous marathons and trail running events. He is a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and enjoy cross training with bodyweight exercises and yoga. He is currently improving his open water swimming.
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