Swimming NSW's quarterly e-newsletter for technical officials
February 2020 edition
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Welcome to the February edition of the Technical Officials e-newsletter


A very big thank you to all who have officiated and volunteered at
SNSW Meets throughout 2019.
Congratulations to Suzanne Bergersen OAM, Life Member of Swimming NSW, on being awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours. Suzanne received her award for Services to Swimming. Congratulations Suzanne!

Do you know someone who deserves to be recognised for their 'outstanding service'? Show your appreciation by nominating them for a SNSW Service Excellence Award.

Nominations for the 2019 Service Excellence Awards are open until
31 March 2020

SNSW Service Excellence Awards nomination form


The NSW Country Regional Meets were held in Narromine, Tuggeranong and Woy Woy on 25th-26th January 2020. Well done to all those who were assessed as competent over the weekend.

Thank you to all Officials involved in the smooth running of the meets and for making the TSC representatives feel most welcome.


Thank you to everyone who submitted an application for the Swimming NSW inaugural Referee Course. As there were more applications than positions, TSC members closely examined candidate’s applications with respect to the essential and desirable criteria
The aim of the Course is to educate and develop 20 Technical Officials to become Referees by the end of 2020.
The Course commenced with a Webinar on 22 January and covered topics such as Duties and Powers, Protocol, Planning and Preparation. The Course will run until November, with the aim to have candidates complete their Level 1 Referee Assessment.
The normal Accreditation process will still occur outside of this Course – it is not a requirement to complete this Course to become a Referee.
The Course will be led by a Course Manager who will host either a Webinar or face to face sessions every 6-8 weeks throughout the year will candidates to complete course work between these sessions. The Course will also feature guest presenters on specific topics of expertise, include a detailed curriculum specifically aimed at preparing the candidates to be competent Referees and how to source a Mentor.


SNSW Meets 

Nominations are open for the 2019/20 Summer Season, which include the following Meets. 

Meet Location Dates Closing Date for Nominations
SNSW Junior Metro  Championships SOPAC 7th-8th March 2020 10th February 2020
SNSW State Open Championships SOPAC 13th-15th March 2020 16th February 2020
SNSW Junior State Age Championships SOPAC 28th-29th March 2020 2nd March 2020
SNSW Sydney Open SOPAC 14th-17th May 2020 19th April 2020

Nominate for a SNSW Meet

Australian Swimming Trials
Swimming Australia is calling for nominations from Technical Officials for the Hancock Prospecting Australian Swimming Trials to be held in Adelaide from 14th to 19th June. Nominations close Sunday 16th February 2020.
Nominate for the Australian Swimming Trials


Swimming Australia Open Water Rule Changes

The Board of Swimming Australia recently approved changes to the Open Water Swimming Rules. Essentially, the changes reflect updates to the FINA Swimming Rules.
View a marked-up version of the changes

Reminder - Swimming Australia Rule Changes

And a reminder that late last year, the SAL Board approved changes to the following governing documents:

  • Swimming Rules
  • By-Laws for the conduct of Australian Swimming Events
  • Facilities Rules

The revised documents can be found within the December 2019 TO Newsletter


Level 1 Referee exams have been scheduled to coincide with upcoming meets:

Associated meet Exam Date Venue Exam Start Time Meet Starts
NSW Country Championships Friday 21 February, 2020 SNSW Office 9AM 3PM - 21 February 2020
NSW Junior Metropolitan Championships Friday 6 March, 2020  
SNSW Office
Anytime before 1PM Saturday 7 March, 2020
NSW Junior State Age Championships Friday 27 March, 2020  
SNSW Office
Anytime before 1PM Saturday 28 March, 2020
Sydney Open Thursday 14 May, 2020 SNSW Office Anytime before 12PM Thursday 14 May, 2020

More meets will be added further into the season.

Email Josh Karp to attend


Australian Championships

Congratulations to the following SNSW Officials who have been appointed to the Australian Championships and Age Championships to be held in Perth during April 2020.

Age Championships
7-14 April

Christine Etter
Ben Ramsden
Cherry Smith
David Cooksley
Jacqueline Mackintosh
Jeff Thompson
Kayleen Murphy
Matt Neale
Murray Smith
Nick Keith
Peter Shell
Philip Jobling
Australian Championships
17-21 April

Brett Patrick
Cherry Smith
David Cooper
Jacqui Currey
Jerome Lagonilla
John Rohloff
John Williams
Faye Lewis
Kayleen Murphy
Maree Pavlovec
October quiz answer
October question: You have been appointed JOS 4 for the Long Course Qualifying Meet. In the first heat of the Girls All Age 50m Breaststroke, you notice that during the backward arm pull the elbows of the swimmer in Lane 7 do not remain under the water. What do you do? 
Answer: The relevant Rule is SW 7.3 – “The hands shall be pushed forward together from the breast on, under or over the water. The elbows shall be under water except for the final stroke before the turn, during the turn and for the final stroke at the finish.”
The intent is that the requirement for the elbows to remain under water applies only to the recovery (forward) portion of the arm stroke and not the backward pull (in the Training Notes section of this page).
Therefore, in this case, the JOS should do nothing as the competitor is swimming legally.
February question
What do Freestyle, Backstroke and Butterfly finishes have in common, other than to touch the wall?
If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, email Josh Karp
Missed any of our bi-monthly newsletters, or want to revisit something you've seen before? View our past editions.
Don’t forget the SNSW Online “Question and Answer” forum to help you if you have questions about Technical Officiating and training course content. 
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