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Changes at the ASA

As of Friday 3 August the ASA will temorarily be without a General Manager.

For all questions, queries and concerns please email: [email protected]

New Beyond the Black Line website

The Australian Swimmers’ Association (ASA) is excited today to partner with Swimming Australia to launch the Beyond the Black Line (BTBL) website.

The ASA’s flagship program, to date BTBL has been delivered to over 60 swimming clubs across Australia, from Launceston to Nhulunbuy and over to Panawonica in North West, Western Australia.

Through the launch of the BTBL website, the program whose aim is to share experiences and normalise common issues faced by teenagers within our swimming community, now has the opportunity to have a greater reach with a number of resources available not just for young swimmers, but parents, coaches and clubs as well.

This resource, targeted at swimmers aged from 13 to 18, will assist swimmers in gaining an insight into life as a swimming athlete, what to expect and how best to find their way along the journey, as they grow and develop in the sport.

Featuring a large number of current and retired Dolphins including Bronte Barratt, Ellie Cole, James Magnussen, Brendan Hall, Annabelle Williams, Michael Klim, Cam McEvoy, Belinda Hocking and Cate and Bronte Campbell, we hope swimmers not only gain great knowledge and insight from watching the videos but they, along with coaches, clubs and parents sign up to have a program delivered, and experience the full benefits the face to face workshops offer.

For more information be sure to check out the website:

ASA Executive news- Thank you & Welcome

On Sunday 6 November, the ASA said goodbye and thank you to some of our longest standing Executive members.

This year’s AGM saw the resignation of five of our long standing executive members. In her annual President's Report, President Marieke D'Cruz took the opportunity to thank Brenton Rickard, Patrick Murphy, Melissa Gorman, Alice Tait and Tommaso D’Orsogna for their tireless work, passion and enthusiasm during their respective periods on the committee.

Brenton Rickard is the former President of the ASA and before that was Vice President and spent close to 10 years as a member of the Executive. His commitment and passion to the ASA and the sport was never more noticeable as he worked tirelessly with SAL and the other stakeholders following recommendations of the 2012 reviews. The loss of Brenton in his capacity will be trying for the ASA but he goeson his own terms and a commitment to always be there if we need some historical advice. 

Joining Brenton in standing down early is recently retired Open Water champion, Melissa Gorman. Melissa has embarked on her first full time job and is committed to that aspect of her life and keen for the ASA to engage with some younger open water swimmers for the ASA.

Alice Tait, has also been a long term member of the ASA Executive and was heavily involved in converting Growing up in Lycra and MakingChampion Men into the Beyond The Black Line program. With full time work and mother to little Vance, Alice  chose not to seek re-election and her passion for the wellbeing of the swimmer will be greatly missed. 

Having just been selected onto the World Short Course Team competing in Canada in December, Tommaso made the tough decision tostand down as Medical School awaits in 2017 when he reolcates back to Perth and commences studies at Notre Dame. We wish him all the best for the new chapter in his life.

Finally,Patrick Murphy will not be running for re-election but will maintain observer status by way of his involvement on the FINA Athletes Commission.

Losing such vast experience is difficult for any organisation but all parties agreed that these tough decisions will ultimately put the ASA in good stead as we head into the next Quadrennium

With such losses the Executive appointed Bronte Campbell and Jake Packard as new members to the executive, to fill the positions left vacant by Brenton and Mel.  We warmly welcome both Bronte and Jake to the executive to work alongside Marieke, Vice President Annabelle Williams, Matthew Abood, Bronte Barratt and Belinda Hocking.

Paralympic Pride

At the Australian Swimmers' Association we are extremely proud of our atheletes with a disability.

They are tough, tenacious and of course FAST and demonstrate all the values our Dolphins represent.

To find our more aboout our Paralympians be sure to check out our page

Beyond the Black Line is ready to go

Beyond the Black Line- For swimmers and their clubs

Some of the girls presenters for the Beyond the Black Line program - Mel Wright, Bronte Barratt, Jade Edmistone, Jessica Ashwood, Madi Wilson, Kylie Palmer, Linley Frame, Tessa Wallace & Meagan Nay.

The ASA is excited to announce that beyond the Black Line is coming soon.. Sign up now!

If you are a swimming club please register your interest by completing the form:

The ASA Celebration of Swimming

 The ASA Career Progression Forum


Managing your career beyond the black line – it’s never too early to prepare

It is ok to prepare for life after swimming while you are STILL swimming!

The Australian Swimmers’ Association (ASA) invite swimmers, parents and coaches to our inaugural Career Progression forum to be held between heats and finals during the 2015 Australian Open and Age Championships.

National Open Championships - April 10th, The Murray Rose Room Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre*

National Age Championships – April 16th, The Murray Rose Room, Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre*

Start time: At the completion of the heats

Topics include:

                Sarah Ryan – 3 x Olympian and 5 time Olympic Medallist

                 Brenton Rickard –World Champion 2009, 2008 & 2012 Olympian

                Patrick Murphy – Olympic Bronze Medallist, 2004 & 2008 Olympian

‘The hard reality is, that although it would be great to swim competitively your whole life, its not necessarily going to happen. And that transition is made so much easier by having started on a new goal,prior to finishing swimming.’

Dr. Rachel Harris – 1998 Commonwealth Games 800m free Gold medalist & 2000 Sydney Olympics representative.

It is of vital importance for any athlete to be prepared for life after their sport’

Cameron McEvoy – Griffith University student, 2012 London Olympian, 2014 100m Free Pan Pac Champion            

and 4x Medal winner 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games


Brenton Rickard

After finishing high school, Brenton embarked on a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) at QUT in Brisbane, then transferring to Monash University in Melbourne before finishing the degree in 2006 by correspondence while training at the AIS. With two years to go to the Olympics, Brenton enjoyed some part time work as a Biomechanics assistant at the AIS but post-Games he felt there would be more career value in post-graduate study than part time work. Brenton completed a Masters of Business Management at the end of 2011. Following the London Olympics, Brenton started part-time work as a Project Officer at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Organising Corporation in early 2013 and started full-time work managing the Sport Services area in November after retiring from competitive swimming the same year.

Patrick Murphy

Patrick has recently (July 2014) joined Queensland Treasury Corporation as an advisor in the statutory bodies and Local Government team. Prior to this Patrick worked with KMPG in Brisbane since 2012 and was part of a team that advised on all aspects of the development, structuring and financing of infrastructure projects. Before this he represented Australia in swimming for over eight years including attending the Olympics in 2004 and 2008 where he was a dual Bronze Medalist. Patrick has developed many strong relationships both in and out of the pool and as such has roles as the Governance officer with the Australian Swimmers’ Association and a member of the FINA Athletes Committee.

Sarah Ryan

Since retiring from swimming, Sarah has continued to be involved in sport through her early working life, working for ACT Cricket in Sports Administration, to then opening a brand new Swim Centre in Sydney where she was the Swim School Manager/ Owner. Sarah is a qualified Austswim teacher and employs over 40 staff to teach over 800 lessons a week. After the birth of their second child, Sarah served as an assistant Squad Coach for the Mt Annan Club for a few years whilst also developing further skills through the YMCA in the role of Customer Service Operator.

Currently Sarah serves as the Community Participation Officer at South Western Sydney Medicare.

Lisa Forrest

Lisa Forrest became a household name as a teenager when she represented Australia at Commonwealth and Olympic level – she captained the Australian women’s swim team to the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games while in Year 11 at high school and won gold medals two years later at the ’82 Commonwealth Games. On retiring from swimming, in the early-80’s, she forged the way for sports women to move into the broadcast media, until then a path reserved for cricketers and football players. Within a few years she’d moved beyond sports reporting to host programs on both TV and ABC metro radio in Sydney. She’s also worked as an actor on TV and stage, is the author of five novels (her most recent, Inheritance, a fantasy novel set in the circus will be published in the US in September) and teaches creative writing to students from Years 5-12. Recently, Lisa has been working as an executive and personal coach, focusing on mindfulness and mental fitness to bring a higher quality of life to her clients

Clinton Hill - Exercise Physiologist

Qualifications: Masters Strength & Conditioning

                                   Masters Human Biomechancis

                                    Bachelor of Human Movement

                                    ASCA Level 3 Strength & Conditioning Coach

                                    NSCA Master Strength & Conditioning Coach

                                   Cert 4 in Personal Training



-       Worked with Wests Tigers Rugby League Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach

-       NSW Waratahs and Academy Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach

-       Australian Rugby Union Academy and U20’s Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach

-       Southland Stags ITM Head Strength & Conditioning Coach

-       Eastwood Rugby Union Head Strength & Conditioning Coach

-       18 years Personal training including 10 World Champion Athletes and 4 World cup winners, Movie preparation and Crossfit games athletes.



                                   Olympic Lifting 

                                    Programming for Sports

                                   Method training adaptable to individual’s lifestyles

                                    Metabolic Conditioning Training

                                    Injury Rehabilitation


Greg Shaw

Greg Shaw is a Senior Sports Dietitian at the Australian Institute of Sport. Greg has worked with numerous elite sporting teams such as the Brisbane Lions, Queensland Reds and ACT Brumbies Super 14 rugby team and has worked individually with Olympic champions and world record holders consulting to Australian, Queensland and British swimming teams.  A former member of the Australian Swim Team himself, he is currently the lead nutrition provider for Swimming Australia directing their nutrition service delivery and education programs across the whole swimmer lifecycle.




Newly endorsed Swimming Rules

The following changes have been made, which are consistent word for word with FINA’s changes–

SW 2.1.6 (addition – renumber thereafter)

A disqualification for starting before the starting signal must be observed and confirmed by both the starter and the referee

2.1.6 (addition to wording – renumbered to 2.1.7)

The Referee shall disqualify any swimmer for any other violation of the rules that he personally observes. The referee may also disqualify any swimmer for any violation reported to him by other authorised officials. All disqualifications are subject to the decision of the referee.

SW 2.6.3 (Change/wording change)

In individual events of 800 and 1500 metres, each an Inspector of Turns at the start or turning end of the pool shall record the number of laps completed by the swimmer in his lane and keep the swimmer informed of the remaining number of laps to be completed by displaying "lap cards". Semi Electronic equipment may be used, including under water display.

SW 6.1 (Addition to rule - backstroke)

Prior to the starting signal, the swimmers shall line up in the water facing the starting end, with both hands holding the starting grips. Standing in or on the gutter or bending the toes over the lip of the gutter is prohibited. When using a backstroke ledge at the start, the toes of both feet must be in contact with the end wall or face of the touchpad. Bending the toes over the top of the touchpad is prohibited.

SW 6.2 (Addition of new rule – backstroke. Renumbered thereafter)

When a backstroke ledge is being used, each inspector at the starting end shall install and remove the ledge after the start.

SW 7.1 (Addition to rule – breaststroke)

After the start and after each turn, the swimmer may take one arm stroke completely back to the legs during which the swimmer may be submerged. At any time prior to the first Breaststroke kick after the start and after each turn a single butterfly kick is permitted during the first arm stroke followed by a breaststroke kick. 

A full list of rules can be found at:

Prohibited Substances update

Please be informed that WADA has completed its amendment to Section S2.1 of the 2014 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods.

Hypoxia-Inducible Factor (HIF) activators Xenon and Argon have been added to the 2014 Prohibited List. 

The change to the List reads as follows:

The following substances, and other substances with similar chemical structure or similar biological effect(s), are prohibited:
1. Erythropoiesis-Stimulating Agents [e.g. erythropoietin (EPO), darbepoetin (dEPO), hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF) stabilizers and activators (e.g. xenon, argon), methoxy polyethylene glycol-epoetin beta (CERA), peginesatide (Hematide)].

The revised 2014 Prohibited List can be found on WADA’s website.

Our Masters Champ



Never ask a woman about her age; that is unless that woman is Linley Frame.


Linley's name has been synonymous with the sport of swimming for a very long time, since first bursting on to the scene way back in 1991, as a 21 year old winning the world title in the 100m breaststroke.


At 42 years young, Frame, a South Melbourne local, is continuing to dominate the world of swimming.


Her story though, isn't just about winning a swimming race.


It's one of resilience, strength of character and continuing to pursue her dreams, even when the odds are stacked against you.


A list of achievements that include the Olympics in 1992, Frame was forced into retirement at 25, after a battle with severe Chronic Fatigue.


The medical advice suggested she would never be able to race competitively again.


She forged ahead with life, finding other challenges, including motherhood and when her children were old enough, she slowly re-entered the pool for a little time to herself.


It was never really supposed to be a 'comeback', but as her times improved she started racing again in Masters swimming, a competition for swimmers over 18, for Melbourne Vicentre Swimming Club. 


Very quickly, she returned to her winning ways firstly in Victoria, then at the Australian Championships and finally, this week she again proved to be the best in the world for her age category.


At the FINA Masters World Swimming Championship in Montreal this week, Frame won the 50 and 100m Breaststroke for the 40-44 year age group.


"When I won the World Championships in 1991, I was young and each day was all about me. This time around I have a different perspective, juggling training with family life, my kids are 11 and 13, their activities and my work at Swimming Victoria. This win was so special."


Winning the world crowns in Montreal, adds to the world records she already holds, but more importantly, the wins also reaffirm to Linley, that you are never too old to achieve big things.


"Being here at the World Masters Championships confirms for me that it is really important to make time to do what you love and that you are never too old for dreams and ambition." she said after the win.

Thanks to Melbourne Vicentre SC for the copy

2014 Annual General Meeting

The ASA Annual General Meeting took place on Sunday 6th of April, prior to the final night of the National Championships. 

In order to better engage with past and current swimmers, a special resolution was passed at our Meeting with the ASA's Financial year ending December 31. This way the ASA can always host the AGM in line with the National Championships.

Additionally, it provides us with an opportunity to host a members function, just as we did following the AGM.

Congratulations to Matthew Abood, Tommaso D'Orsogna, Alice Tait and Annebelle Williams on their re-election to the ASA Executive Committee.

2013 ASA Presidents Report

The 2013 calendar year has been largely positive for the Australian Swimmer’s Association (ASA) and the association’s members. With the appointment a new SAL CEO and High Performance Director an opportunity for a fresh start between the ASA and SAL presented itself. Credit must be given to Mark Anderson, Michael Scott and Dan Kowalski for developing the best working relationship the ASA and SAL have enjoyed in recent history. Gina Rinehart’s decision to create the Georgina Hope Foundation Swimmers Support Scheme (GHFSSS) was a huge win for the sport and the athletes. The four year, $8.8 million agreement gives the professional athletes along with developing talent real financial security to perform at their potential. The GHFSSS more importantly frees up money within the SAL budget for other key areas.

 Another promising aspect of the last twelve months is the increased responsibility and respect being afforded to the ASA, with the association invited to sit on both the High Performance Committee and the GHFSSS board. In the early part of 2013 the Association also completed a Services Agreement with SAL, which will help the relationship between the two organisations by better defining the roles, and responsibilities each will play leading into Rio in 2016.

 The Association has continued to develop a series of member services to better care for the members in their life in and out of the pool. The Extended Pathways Program has continued to be a huge success and the Association is looking into starting the program in other major centres around the country. With the help of Queensland Swimming and SAL, the pilot program for an educational program has commenced in high schools in Queensland. The two DVDs “Growing Up in Lycra” and “Making Champion Men” will be presented to school along with a swimmer to discuss their experiences using the vehicle of swimming to face the challenges of adolescence. This is a great way for the association’s members to have a positive impact on hundreds of teenagers and we hope to see the program delivered in more major centres shortly. In recent times the importance of Athlete wellbeing after retirement has received a lot of media attention. The ASA is passionate about preparing swimmers for and assisting the membership through their transitions and continues to investigate and scope programs in this area.

The association’s AGM in August saw the largest number of nominations for the Executive the association has seen. With nine nominations for the four positions, the engagement and willingness to be involved from the membership is exciting for the association. The election saw Melissa Gorman and myself re-elected, while Bronte Barratt and Thomas Fraser-Holmes join the executive as first time members. I would like to thank Melanie Schlanger who stood down from the committee, for her dedication and passion for the sport. 

There is still so much more the Association hopes to achieve but the support and engagement from the membership along with the great work of our General Manager, Dan Kowalski has filled me with confidence for the future.

Brenton Rickard

ASA President

The latest ASA Blog

Our sport is steeped in History, ASA Executive Member Alice Tait takes a look back and shares where you can go to find out more.

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Remembering Matthew "Gluey" Glucina

The Australian swimming community was deeply saddened of the passing of Matthew Glucina, Gluey to his mates. Friend and training partner Michael Jackson took the time to try put into words just how special a guy he was.

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Retired Swimmers Function - Perth

PwC Perth will be hosting a retired Swimmers Function on Thursday 30 January.

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Getting closer to our Members

It is 2014 and,yes,the ASA is finally on You Tube with its very own channel. The idea of the channel is to bring our members but more importantly fans of swimming closer to their heroes.

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Patrick Murphy joins the FINA Athletes Committee

On behalf of the ASA , its members and swimmers in Australia congratulations to Patrick Murphy on his recent election to the FINA Athletes Committee.

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