SANCTIONED SWIM MEETS
Masters Swimming NSW co-ordinates interclub swim meets which are held about twice a month.
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 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.
Masters Swimming NSW also conducts four major state level competitions each year:
- Long Course Championships (50m pool) usually in Autumn;
- Short Course (25m pool) usually in Spring in a country region;
- Relay Meet;
- Long Distance Championships.
Each year an Australian National Championships is held in rotation by one of the Branches of Masters Swimming Australia. There are no qualifying times for these meets. It is a great opportunity to travel in the company of fellow swimmers.
The National Championships were last held in Sydney in April 2013, and was in Perth in WA in 2018.
2019 will see the championships hosted in Adelaide, South Australia.
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 NSW, interstate and overseas.
Special event could include such things as charity Swimathons, regional promotional events, and club or Branch celebrations.
OPEN WATER SWIMS
Some Masters competitors choose to go as a group to Open Water swims organised by other associations.
UNSANCTIONED SWIM MEETS
Clubs may, from time to time, conduct swim meets that do not meet the full requirements for a MSNSW sanction.
These requirements relate to such things as the events offered, age of competitors, the qualification or number of technical officials, pool conditions, etc.