Squad members and families said a sad farewell to Jess last week. Thank you for all everything you have given to all our squad members over the last few years. We all wish you every happiness and a wonderful time on your travels!

The 1st of July is finally here and it is time to register with Swimming Victoria. All Kings Swim Club squad members, regardless of their squad level MUST register with Swimming Victoria. If you are not registered by the 31st July you will not be able to train until the payment has been made. We do encourage all swimmers to register as Competitive Swimmers as swimmers who register as Recreational Swimmers can not swim at meets and can therefore not be included in any relay teams and Swimming Victoria have included another Relay Meet on their 2018/19 Calendar.

Swimming Victoria aims to keep fees affordable, whilst maintaining the capacity to provide member services, competitions and to administer the athlete, coach and official pathways. This year, they have reduced the competitive swimmer membership for 16 years and over as part of their commitment to help retain swimmers of this age in the sport. In addition, they have not increased their competitive swimmer membership ($93.00) for swimmers aged under 16.

Swimming Victoria are committed to ensuring their members, clubs and districts receive tangible benefits from their membership. This year, in addition to 20% off full-price Funky Trunks & Funkita products, 20% off EVO Sportswear merchandise and access to the best physiotherapists from PhysioHealth at our Championships, individual members who sign up in the first fortnight of the new season (commencing 1 July 2018) will also be able to access an exclusive discounted offer for early bird tickets to the 2018 Hancock Prospecting Australian Short Course Championships to be held at MSAC in October.

This year the Membership Fees are as follows:

Junior Swimmers (15 years and under)
Competitive Swimmer $120.00 ($93.00 SV + $27.00 SAL)
Recreational Swimmer $107.00 ($80.00 SV + $27.00 SAL)

Senior Swimmer (16+ years)
Competitive Swimmer $107.00 ($80.00 SV + $27.00 SAL)
Recreational Swimmer $97.00 ($70.00 SV + $27.00 SAL)

Non-Swimmers $37.00

Registration with Swimming Victoria provides the following benefits:
• Access to competitions and events, including online entries to swim meets
• Insurance cover including Public Liability and Personal Accident coverage with JLT
• Inclusion into the Junior Excellence Program
• Access to Club Development Programs and other club based opportunities
• Structured competitor pathway to state, national and international events
• Education and Training advice and assistance
• Support and general administrative assistance to clubs and districts
• Provision of awards and special membership
• Resource facility for schools and individuals
• Representation to local Government on matters concerning affiliated clubs
• Representation to clubs and districts to a range of sport agencies

Members who have previously registered with Swimming Victoria will receive an email from them with instructions on how to join.

Member who have not already joined with Swimming Victoria will need to do so now. To join click on the link below, Enter Metro South as your Region and Kings Swim Club as your club.

If you have any questions regarding the Swimming Victoria registration please do not hesitate to contact me at committee@kingsswimclub.com.au

Please note that I am away until 10th July so will not be able to answer any questions until then. I will ensure I am on Pool Deck on Tuesday night the 10th July if anyone needs help joining.

Click here to join.

Kind regards,
Tania Thomas

Kings Swim Club

2 – 7 July
Training as per usual program at Frankston and Narre Warren.

9 – 14 July
Special Training Program – Narre Warren Pool

Due to capital works and pool maintenance the Frankston Pool will be closed for this week.

We will be running a special program at Narre Warren to assist families in getting their swimmers to training. All sessions are open to all swimmers, regardless of squad level and swimmers can attend as many of the sessions as they like. We understand that is a long way for our Frankston swimmers to travel so we have extended the evening sessions in an attempt to minimise the number of trips needed.

As we are right in the middle of short course season it is important that swimmers are training consistently, particularly for our more experienced competitive swimmers. We understand that the timing is not ideal, but missing significant training sessions in the middle of season is not ideal either!

If you would be happy to make the drive once or twice, but aren’t looking forward to heading over to every session (we don’t blame you!), it might be worth car pooling with other families. If you are interested in being a driver for a few sessions, Jess is happy to put together a roster – or try to fill seats. Please talk to her at training if you would like help with this!

Please note that Jess and Derren will be attending all sessions during the Special Training Program, this will also be Jess’s last week as our Head Coach, so please get along to support her and it is also the perfect opportunity to get to our new Head Coach Derren.

Mon AM – 5:30 to 7:30am
Mon PM – 5:00 to 7:30pm
Tues PM – 5:00 to 7:30pm
Wed AM  – 5:30 to 7:30am
Wed PM – 5:00 to 7:30pm
Thurs PM – 5:00 to 7:30pm

It is with great pleasure we announce the appointment of our new Head Coach for Kings Swim Club – Derren Gardiner.

Derren is a Bronze Licensed Accredited Swimming Coach and comes to us from Casey Tigersharks Swimming Club where he helped coach sessions for both A (National) and B (State) squads over the past two years, assisting them at both the State Age Championships as well as the National Age Championships. While at Tigersharks Derren also worked closely with the Junior squads, in particular those straight out of learn to swim to prepare them with the skills needed to train effectively in a squad environment. Derren was also involved on the Committee as a Recruitment and Marketing Officer.

With over 20 years experience in the swimming industry, Derren has been involved as a gym instructor, swim school co-ordinator, learn to swim instructor as well as being involved as President and Treasurer of O’Doherty’s Swimming Team where his son was a squad member.

Derren will be attending training this Tuesday morning (26 June 5:30 – 7:30am), Thursday evening (28 June 4:00 – 7:30pm) and also the Holiday Training Program at Narre Warren in the second week of the school holidays (9-12 July). Please try to get to these sessions to meet our new Head Coach and make him feel welcome.

We say farewell to James who has applied for as was successful in gaining part-time employment and unfortunately his hours at his new job clashed with his Swim Club hours so he handed in his resignation last Monday and will finish up this Wednesday night 27th June. Thank you James.

We can announce that have appointed another new coach to Kings Swim Club to cover James’s sessions. Our new coach is Caelen Bensen and he comes to us from the Langwarrin Kingswim centre where he coaches KPS and Learn To Swim under Fiona’s guidance. Caelen is a keen triathlete and when he is not at Uni or Kingswim he can be found riding to and from Casey Race where he swims countless laps or running around his local oval. Caelen is very excited to be joining the team at Frankston and looks forward to meeting you all.

Caelen will be taking James’s Tuesday morning shift, Gus will be taking James’s Wednesday night shift and Caelen will take Gus’s Friday morning shift. Both Caelen and Gus will transition into those shifts this week. Please make Caelen feel welcome at Kings Swim Club.

Thank you to the following parents who have agreed to form the 2018/19 Committee

President: Tania Thomas
Vice President: Kris Finlay
Secretary: Narelle Down
Treasurer: Angus Barnes

General Committee:
Yvonne Chan
Kerry Kitson
Nicole Laurito
Vlad Vereschagin
Belinda Pollard

The Kings Swim Club Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday 26th May 2017 at 3:00pm – 4:00pm at Peninsula Obstacle Racing Course

The AGM will commence once the squad members going on the  Peninsula Obstacle Racing Course.

In order for the AGM to proceed we need a quorum of members (in our case Members Parents as they need to be represented by someone who is 18+). A ‘quorum’ is the minimum number of members needed to transact business at a meeting.  The quorum for an annual general meeting is at least 50% of the total members.

Click here to RSVP to the AGM

If you cannot attend our meeting, you can appoint a person to represent you. This person ‘holds a proxy’ and their vote is counted as yours. You may authorise a person in writing to act as your proxy to attend, speak or vote on your behalf at the AGM. If you are appointing a proxy, can you please complete the Proxy Voting Form and return it to secretary@kingsswimclub.com.au by 1pm on Thursday 24th May 2018.

We still need Committee Members. Please remember we are all volunteers and that we are all busy people too, we all work, we all have children to run around, so please consider joining the Committee. The more Committee Members we have the less work there is for everyone to do. With several long term Committee Members stepping down this season we need your support more than ever. IF WE ARE UNABLE TO FILL THE NECESSARY SPOTS ON THE COMMITTEE, KINGS SWIM CLUB CAN NOT CONTINUE. If you would like to join the Committee, please complete the Nomination Form and return it to secretary@kingsswimclub.com.au by 1pm on Thursday 24th May 2018.

Return completed Kings Swim Club Nomination Forms and Proxy Forms by Thursday 24th May 1pm to secretary@kingsswimclub.com.au

Parent Information Session will be held following the AGM at 4:00pm until 4:30pm.

Our Parent Information Session will also be held at Peninsula Obstacle Racing Course following the AGM. Here we will provide you with information about Kings Swim Club, Swimming Victoria, Competitions and much, much more. We recommend that parents of all new Bronze Swimmers attend the information session, but it is open to everyone.

Click here to RSVP to the Parent Information Session

Saturday 26th May 3:00 – 6:00pm

The Peninsula Obstacle Racing Course is a 3km obstacle course consisting of over 30 military style obstacles that are fun and challenging giving participants a real sense of achievement upon completion. There are two courses, a dry course and a wet course, swimmers will be  completing both courses, so they will get wet and they will get dirty so please wear appropriate old clothing and shoes. Hot showers will be available upon completion of the course.

Please bring…
Water bottle, sunscreen, insect repellant, towel, change of clothes, plastic bag for dirty clothes.

All participants will need to complete a waiver and for those participants under 18, this waiver will need to be signed by a parent or guardian.

Click here to view the waiver. Please bring your signed copy on the day.

Click here to RSVP.

Click here for this seasons short course schedule.

Please discuss your participation in these meets with your Coach.

It is with deep regret and much sadness that I must inform our Narre Warren swimmers that we are losing Luke as a Coach. He interviewed and was successful in getting an Assistant Manager role at Kingswim St Kilda. I wish him all the best in his new role and thank him for a wonderful year. He has been a fantastic Coach, mentor and friend to the swimmers, their families and to the committee.

The good news is that St Kilda have been very kind and they are giving Luke plenty of time to train up Miranda, Scott, Jake & Alisha so they are comfortable in their new roles before he leaves. Make sure you wish him well and say farewell before he goes.

Miranda and Scott will be taking on the role of Gold/Silver Coaches and we welcome Jake & Alisha, who will join Miranda in the role of Bronze Coach.

Jake and Alisha are both former Kings Swim Club members and are really happy to be joining the team and to be able to mentor and coach the swimmers the way they were mentored and coached when they themselves were swimmers.

Please make them both feel welcome when you see them out on pool deck.