LIVELIGHTER SWIM MEET CARNIVALS
Masters Swimming WA co-ordinates a variety of opportunities for swimmers to compete against each other through interclub carnivals. These are open to all members regardless of ability. At interclub swim meets you will swim against others of the same pace, regardless of age or gender. Your time is entered into our computer and graded against other swimmers in your age group (18-24, 25-29 and so-on in five-year age bands). Points are allocated from fastest to slowest and then added to determine the club with the most points and the club with the highest average point score.
Each interclub carnival often includes relay events where four swimmers from each club compete as a team.
The combined age of the team is placed in an age group of 72-119, 120-159, 160-199, 200-239, 240-279, 280-319, or 320-359.
LIVELIGHTER CLUB CHALLENGE (LIVELIGHTER CC) EVENTS
A series of interclub pool swim meets held throughout the year, hosted by MSWA Clubs. The emphasis is on Club entry, although individual members can enter at the discretion of the host Club. The priority of these events is to provide the member with the opportunity to improve their personal best times in a range of events. Club members advise their Club Captain of which individual events they wish to swim – usually a maximum of 3. Swimmers are encouraged to swim in the maximum number of events allowed to gain points for their Club.
Details of each event will be available on the MSWA web site at least 4 weeks prior to each event.
DISTANCE SWIM MEETS
These are basically time trials over 400m, 800m and 1500m distances swum in long course or short course pools. Any member can nominate to swim to test themselves over the longer distances or participate in the Aerobics (soon to be renamed) program to test their aerobic fitness. In 2018, a State Distance Championship will be trialled at the end of the season.
STATE MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIP
An annual State Championship meet usually held in Perth (HBF Stadium) although may be held at a country location every few years. There are no qualifying times for these meets.
NATIONAL MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIP
An annual National Championship meet generally rotated through the States so that a national swim meet is held in one of the Branches of Masters Swimming Australia about every 7-8 years. In March 2019 Adelaide will be hosting them at SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre. There are no qualifying times for these meets. It is a great opportunity to travel in the company of fellow swimmers.
FINA WORLD MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS
An International Championship meet held every 2 years and rotated through different countries and cities. The “Worlds” have been held twice in Australia to date – in Brisbane in 1988 and Perth in 2008.
AUSTRALIAN AND WORLD MASTERS GAMES
Anyone who meets entry criteria can enter these meets and do so individually. They do not need to belong to a Masters Club however relay entries are coordinated by their Club.
If you live in a remote area or have other commitments on weekends, postal swims are ideal for you.
You can swim in your local pool and enter your times in competitions by post or email. These times may be recorded at your club or at other events of the organisation. These are held in WA, interstate and overseas.
Special event could include such things as charity Swimathons, regional promotional events, and club or Branch celebrations.
UNSANCTIONED SWIM MEETS
Clubs may, from time to time, conduct swim meets that do not meet the full requirements for a MSWA sanction.
These requirements relate to such things as the events offered, age of competitors, the qualification or number of technical officials, pool conditions, etc.
More information about all the swim meets and events on offer can be found in our Events Calendar, which is categorised by the type of event.