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Marion Marlins Masters Swimming Club Inc. 

Our History

During 1981, Wendy and Chris Potter who were currently members of Atlantis Aussi saw the opportunity to form another AUSSI Club using the facilities of the Marion outdoor pool and Doug Openshaw’s Swim Centre.

With the help of the members of Atlantis Aussi and in particular Ivan Wingate a nucleus of swimmers trained at the Marion Outdoor pool that summer. During winter a ‘loose’ association was formed with the Marion Amateur Swimming Club and its inaugural President, Ray Jobling, was keen to see both Clubs grow sharing facilities and coaches. Our first coach was Paul Finn who coached both Clubs together and this must have been a challenge for him as he was dealing with adults and juniors.

There were several Atlantis and Adelaide Masters members who decided to transfer to Marion and they formed the nucleus of the club initially.

The first committee meeting was held on the lawn section out the front of Openshaw’s and the following swimmers formed the committee nucleus: Di Ross, Josic Roberts, Eric Maland, Jean Crowther and Chris Potter. My apologies if I have missed anyone out as I am working from ‘memory.

The Club’s policy was to pay their coaches and free the committee from the task of Fostering and preparing programs. This was only possible with the help of the Marion Amateur Club in our initial years. This policy differed from many of the other Aussi Clubs who relied heavily on their members to set the nights’ activities.

Main highlights of the Club are many and in no particular order:

  • Marion ran the very first official Aussi interclub meet at Openshaw’s with the help of the Marion Amateur Club.
  • We had membership of 200 swimmers bolstered by the Brighton Surf Club pool swimmers.
  • Two coaches were employed during this time to cope with the workload at Marion.
  • For a brief period we had the services of Arthur Ballantyne, a top SA coach, who coached us at Openshaw’s.
  • We were instrumental in starting the Marion Meteors Triathlon Club with our members assisting to form the first committee.
  • Morning sessions commenced with Roderick Ross who had a group of mainly adult swimmers.

There are may other achievements Marion can be proud of, perhaps too many to list in the competition areas of the pool and sea swims.

I believe that the aims of ‘fitness and fun’ should always be in the forefront of any activities.

Chris Potter 

MEMBERSHIP and TRAINING FEES

All of our membership applications are processed on line and membership payments are made electronically. This system has greatly reduced our administration and should make the entire membership system easier for members.

NEW MEMBERS

Memberships are currently $160 (until December 2019) or $50 (until December 2018)

  • Go to the Masters Swimming Australia website http://mastersswimming.org.au
  • Click on the Members’ Portal
  • Click on the New member’s tab
  • Select Masters Swimming SA, Marion Masters
  • Choose the membership term you are applying for
  • Acknowledge the conditions and complete your details

Then follow the prompts to complete your membership application and pay for your membership online. You will receive a receipt electronically and the Club will contact you by email from ffllyy@internode.on.net

 

TRAINING FEES

Training fees cover the cost of pool entry and coaching fees. The fee depends on the length of the session – the 1.5 hour sessions are $13 (cash) or $110 for a prepaid book of 10 tickets. Similarly, the 1 hour sessions are $11 (cash) or $90 for a prepaid book of 10 tickets. 

 

RENEWAL OF EXISTING MEMBERSHIPS

Existing memberships will expire in December 2018, renewal until December 2019 is $115

  • Open the Masters Swimming Australia website http://mastersswimming.org.au
  • Click on the Members’ Portal
  • Click on the Re-registration tab
  • Complete the login and password

Then follow the prompts to complete the registration renewal process and pay for your membership online. You will receive a receipt electronically.

Your details should appear in your membership file. If these need updating this can be done by you at this time or whenever you choose to login again.

Should you  have forgotten your login and password please contact the Club via email ffllyy@internode.on.net.

If the Club administrator has set up your login then your login and password will be identical.