Join the growing number of Swimming Technical Officials – Does your swimming club have trained officials?

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Swimming, similar to many other sports, relies heavily on volunteers. Swimming competitions and events are important to the development of our swimmers and unfortunately, without the assistance and guidance of technical officials, these events cannot be run.

Becoming a technical official is rewarding and an excellent way to contribute to the sport, spend time with your children, create great friendships and gain professional development.

The Nationally accredited training programs are delivered by the State and Territory Swimming Associations. To register your interest or find out further information on undertaking technical official education, please contact Sharon Wicking, Chief Technical Official, Gold Coast Region.

The track to becoming an official is explained in detail here

You can find links to the list of online courses and study material here

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Terry Gulliver Appointed as Life Member

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At the recent Annual General Meeting of Swimming Gold Coast a nomination was received for the induction of Terry Gulliver as a life member to Swimming Gold Coast. This was accepted and at the SGC SC Winter Championships we today present a token thank you for the work and commitment to swimming that Terry has given to the region of Swimming on the Gold Coast.

Terry Gulliver has been involved in Gold Coast swimming since 1975-the year he boldly predicted the Gold Coast would become the mecca of Australian swimming. In those days the coastal strip had just three clubs, Southport, Mermaid Beach and Aquinas all operating out of the Gold coast’s only competition pool at Southport.

Terry Gulliver was the first coach at the Miami Pool. He subsequently initiated the formation of four swimming clubs—Kennedy Pacific in 1976, Gullivers Benowa, Gullivers Robina and Gullivers Coomera in 1998.

Since 1975 Terry Gulliver has been a regular contributor at Swimming Gold Coast management meetings and over the years has been responsible for a number of innovations in regional swimming including the establishment of Gold coast winter titles the first of which were staged at his Benowa pool.

In the field of coaching terry Gulliver has excelled in the producing young champions including many State champions as well as national Age and National Schools champions. A testament to his coaching lies in the fact that the longest standing gold coast record (33 years) is held by his son Damien set in 1984.

He has been recognised by the World Aquatic Baby Congress as a pioneer of modern baby teaching methods. Terry has actively promoted all aspects of swimming through the print and electronic media.

On behalf of Swimming Gold Coast we would like to thank you for your hard work and dedication to swimming and the region of Swimming Gold Coast.

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Norm Fyffe Appointed as Life Member

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At the recent Annual General Meeting of Swimming Gold Coast a nomination was received for the induction of Norm Fyffe as life member to Swimming Gold Coast. This was accepted and at the SGC SC Winter Championships we today present a token thank you for the work and commitment to swimming that Norm has given to the region of Swimming on the Gold Coast.

Norm first started Time Keeping at Miami when his children were swimming. Over the years he gradually became qualified in all the Technical Swimming Positions. Norm has worked on the pool deck for well over 20 years. Norm has worked at local swim meets, Regional Championships, State Swim Meets (both Age & Open), National Swim Meets (both Age &
Open), all the District, Regional & State School Swim Meets, University Games, Masters Swim Meets, GPS Swimming. He also officiated at the Transplant Games & a Deaf Swim Meet. I am sure there would be others as well.

Norms cheery demeanor was an asset to the pool deck.

Former Swimming Gold Coast Chief Referee Karen Macleod would like to add that:
‘Norm excelled as a Starter and mentored many new Officials in the art of Starting. He has been a wonderful Team Member of the group of Technical Officials on the Gold Coast.’

Norm continued to be involved over the years in various clubs, commencing with Miami in 1993, and is today still involved in All Saints SC

Norm was also the Treasurer for the Gold Coast Regional Swimming
Association from 2005 till 2007.

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Di Daw Appointed as Life Member

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At the recent Annual General Meeting of Swimming Gold Coast a nomination was received for the induction of Di Daw as life member to Swimming Gold Coast.  This was accepted and at the SGC SC Winter Championships presented a token thank you for the work and commitment to swimming that Di has given to the region of Swimming on the Gold Coast. Di first became involved in swimming in 1999 when her family joined Jimboomba Swimming Club.  Di was herself a timekeeper and worked tirelessly for the committee of the Jimboomba Swimming Club.

After a few years with Jimboomba Di became involved with the regional association.  In 2005/6 Di was elected in her first role as Secretary for the region and continued in various roles with the region up until 2017.  Her many and varied positions on the committee included Secretary, Race Secretary, Registrar, Chief Recorder and Vice President.  Di also helped on many instances in development in selections of teams and as Team Managers on various camps.

Di also maintained the recording equipment for the region and assisted in the recording tents of many gold coast meets.  Her knowledge on all things recording is second to none.  Di is a highly respected technical official in among all her other various roles.

Di was previously awarded the Swimming Queensland Award of Excellence and just recently also appointed a Life Member of Swimming Queensland.

On behalf of Swimming Gold Coast we would like to thank you for your hard work and dedication to swimming and the region of Swimming Gold Coast.

Thank you Di.

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