We’d like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Won’t it be good to start writing ‘2021' on our cheque butts and put his year behind us! As the year winds down, we’d like to thank our amazing coaches – Kim, Sally, Judy, Roger and Mark. Thank you very much for all your hard work – under very adverse circumstances! Let’s hope the new pool is ready early (latest news is March) so we can spread out a bit and make their lives easier! Congratulations to everyone who just kept on swimming – in spite of pandemics, pool rebuilds and a general malaise. It was amazing to see such great results in the Covid Postal Event – thank you so much. It augurs well for the 2021 Endurance event – we might give Noosa a run for their money next year! Anyone not familiar with this event, watch the Masters Swimming Australia Webpage for 2021 news under ‘Vorgee Endurance 1000’. Endurance swimming is a great way to build your stamina and general fitness – even if you are not a competitive swimmer. In the past, we have had organised sessions at Miami every Friday morning and on the first Sunday of each month. At these, we provide the timers, watches and paperwork! You just have to show up. We are hoping to add a few extra sessions a month at Nerang pool, so you can enter both the 50m and 25m events. We will let you know the start times early in the New Year. 2021 Events (so you can plan your year around your swimming!) More details are on the Masters Swimming Queensland Website. January 1st to February 28th: Albany Creek Masters Postal Event. 27 February: The Mackay Sinkers Fun in February. 6 March: Hervey Bay Humpbacks Meet. This is a great little meet and Hervey Bay is a beautiful place to visit. We took a small team of just four last year, so let’s try to do better this time around. Last year we stayed at the Bay Apartments which were lovely but they seem to have tightened their cancellation policy since then. Other times we found the Mantra great as well, but there are many options (including cheaper places and cabins as well). 27 March: Townsville Aquaholics Meet 9 – 11 May: States Championships at Kawana Aquatic Centre. We hope you’ll consider this event as it’s not far away, and a pleasant place to spend a weekend (and we’d really like to do well in the relays!) Birtinya is the actual suburb – between Caloundra and Mooloolaba. The event program is not out yet – watch the MSQ Webpage! There are a number of accommodation options quite close to the pool. These include The Aquarius, North Point Kawana, The Mercure and Kawana Waters Hotel. I have spoken to them about group prices, but you may do just as well on the booking sites. I asked for prices for four days but of course, you may just want to stay for 2 or 3 nights. Aquarius: 1bedroomed apartment: $870.20; 2 bedroom apartment: $1174.20 Kawana Waters Hotel: Each room has a Queen bed and a single: $146.70 p night (that is with a 10% group discount) they have one 3 bedroom apartment (but just one bathroom) for $333 p night. The Mercure has sent a discounted price which I’ll attach below.
20 – 22 May: Great Barrier Reef Masters Games in Cairns (followed on 23rd by ’The Muddies Annual Crater Lake Classic’! Seeing we missed out on a trip to Cairns for the State titles last year, you can all try this event instead! The program is available on the MSQ Website. Last year we got a really good deal at The Lakes Resort which is quite close to the pool. They were so good to us when we had to seek a refund due to Covid, that I am hoping you’ll agree to support them again this time around. The best they can offer this time around is ’Stay 7 nights, pay for 5’ and ’Stay 5 nights and pay for 4’. Prices before the reduction are: 1 Bedroomed apartment: $225 p night; 2 Bedroom: $270p night; 3 bedroom: $310 p night. So, if you are thinking of going to any of these events, please let Lindy, David, or Alan know. Thanks Lindy and David
Yours in fitness, friendship and fun, Wendy Abbott, Secretary, Miami Masters Swimming Club (QMM) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/miamimastersswimming/ Website: www.miamimasters.com.au Dates to Remember: Christmas Party: Saturday 19 December, 5.00pm after early training at 3pm Albany Creek Postal, SC & LC, 1 Jan - 28 Feb 2021 Humpbacks Swim Meet, LC, 6 March 2021, Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre MSQ State Championships, LC, 9 - 11 April 2021, Kawana Aquatic Centre Bokarina Great Barrier Reef Masters Games, LC, 20 - 22 May 2021, Tobruk Pool Cairns Brisbane Southside Masters, LC, 19 June 2021, Brisbane Aquatic Centre Chandler Training Schedule: Miami Pool: 3:45pm Saturday, 6.00pm Tuesday Nerang Pool: 8:30am Saturday