Coaches are a very important part of the Masters Swimming family: they help ‘recreational’ swimmers keep fit and healthy as well as helping competitive swimmers to reach their goals and set new records in the pool or on the open water.

The coaching team is comprised of a group of MSNSW Coaches, interested in fostering and developing a coaching network for MSNSW.

Di Coxon-Ellis is the director of coaching and Anne Smyth is the team leader of the group. Other members are: John Kulhan, Paul Bailey, Greg Gourley, Caroline Makin, Bill Moorcroft, Jane Noake, Peter Johnston and Peter McGee.

The team runs visiting coach sessions for clubs, coordinates club coach courses, workshops and forums and fosters coaches’ professional learning through emails and developing resources. If you are keen to contribute and join the team please let Anne know.

News from MSNSW Coaching Team

Well, the 2018 year is over and your squad is probably having a short break. An excellent Powerpoint presentation by Greg Gourley has been added under the “Coaching Tips” page. It contains some great ideas, with Fun Swim Sets aimed at inclusion and team bonding.
It is really important as a Masters Coach to promote a sense of community and belonging in these squads. These sets mix up swimmers from all abilities, enabling them to swim with people they may not normally do. Check them out!

Congratulations to our new Masters Swimming NSW Coaches who have completed the Club Coach Course this year – John Collis (Molonglo), Lucy Williams (Sapphire Coast), Katrina Burgess (Tuggeranong), Phil Murray (Cessnock), Janet Bolton and Oscar Perez-Concha (Wett Ones), Alison Johnston (Merrylands) and Mickaela Mate (North Sydney).

Welcome to Mark   Sendecky (Wett Ones) who is joining NSW as a 2nd claim coach from Victoria.

Check out the content under the adjacent sidebar tabs for lots of training sets, coaching tips and other resources.

Coaching workshops 2019

Peter Reaburn Workshop: The Ageing Swimmer

Saturday 13th July 1pm to 4 pm. Sports House, Sydney Olympic Park

This is a wonderful opportunity to hear a world-leading expert on older athletes. It is being held on Saturday 13th July 1pm to 4 pm. This is the day before Relay meet so is a great chance to attend both. Look out for details of this – it will be popular.


Workshop on Swimmers’ Shoulder For Coaches

Sunday 13th January 10 am to 1 pm      Sports House, Sydney Olympic Park
The workshop will be lead by: Jerry Murphy, Physiotherapist, Sydney Physiotherapy, who specialises in swimming injuries.

Jerry will describe the various types of shoulder injuries experienced by swimmers, and discuss the approaches used to treat these injuries. He will outline techniques that coaches can use to assist swimmers recover from their injuries, and suggest approaches to prevent shoulder injuries. The workshop will be open to discussion, and questions are encouraged.

RSVP :    By Wednesday 9th January, 2019
Cost: $20 direct credit
Account Name: Masters Swimming NSW   BSB 012 129 Acct # 1979 94001

The Coaching Team have more workshops and events planned for 2019.  It will be an exciting year!


Happy New Year!

Anne Smyth
(MSNSW Coaching Team leader)

Stroke Workshops

Masters Coaches are available to visit your club and offer their expertise in stroke correction. To avail yourselves of this opportunity, contact the branch office.

Masters Coach membership
If you are Masters Coach but not a member, you are eligible to become part of our Masters Swimming Community for only $10 under the banner of Coach, Technical official or Volunteer membership. Go to and click on the  “Non-Swimming Members” tab for more information.

Backstroke Rules
It is very important to ensure swimmers are aware of rules to avoid disqualifications. As our referees tell us, in the number of DQs the vast majority are to do with backstroke turns and finishes. As coaches, we can help our swimmers by ensuring that correct turns are done in training. These should also be done at race speed so swimmers are familiar with stroke counts to wall. Check out the backstroke rules update and pass onto your swimmers.

Relay Meet – a great way to encourage new swimmers to compete
It is often difficult to engage older swimmers in competing. Over the past few years The relay meet is an excellent opportunity to introduce first time swimmers to competition. It is a lot of fun, there is no pressure and it is all about team spirit and camaraderie. A members story:
At this year’s relay meet, Donna swam for her club. She is in her 50’s, joined Masters this year and has never competed previously. She loved it and I think this will spur her on to enter more. Her elderly mother, who came to watch, was so impressed that she too is going to join a Masters club in Sydney and has just bought her first pair of goggles!  So keep it in mind for next year to use the relay meet as an excellent starting point to competition – it embraces what Masters is about: fun, friendship and fitness.

Coaches are required to update every four years
To do so you need to complete the Club Coach Updating form and the Coaching Code of Behaviour form and submit with your current CPR certificate to:
Download these forms at

Coaches are also encouraged to undertake courses offered by NSW Department of Sport & Recreation such as Mentoring< other coaches, or to consider becoming a Presenter and Assessor and assist in the conduct of future Club Coach courses.