Apr 19

Phoebe Ross wins bronze at Age Nationals!!


Emma Harris and Phoebe Ross represented Woden at this years Georgina Hope Swimmers Foundation Australian Age and MC Age Championships at the Sydney Olympic Park and Aquatic Centre.

Emma placed:

5th in the final of the 100m Breaststroke; and

4th in the final of the 200m Breaststroke.

Phoebe placed:

6th in the final of 200m Breaststroke

Did not final in the 200m IM

3rd in the final of the 100m Breaststroke with a 0.02sec PB

Congratulations to Emma and Phoebe on your fantastic results.    


Apr 14

Committee Position Nominations are Open!

All Woden Members

Nominations for the Woden Valley Swim Club committee positions are now open. These positions shall be filled at the upcoming Annual General Meeting to be held at Tuggeranong Lakeside Leisure Centre on the 23rd May 2014 at 7pm.

A nomination form has been placed on the back of the coaches board on pool deck or alternatively submissions can be forwarded to Cindy Mackie c/o  president@wodenswimclub.org.au.

Thanks in advance

The Executive


Apr 14

Morning training cancelled this week


There will be no morning training for the remainder of this week ending 20 April due to coach illness.

The Executive



Mar 27

Club Night – Friday April 4 2014

All Woden Members

The next club night will be held on Friday April 4 with warm up at 5pm and the events commencing at 6pm. 

Club Night is a fantastic event that is usually wrapped up in an hour and gives swimmers of all ages a chance to experience event conditions in a relaxed atmosphere. It also allows the junior swimmers to mix with the senior swimmers who are always happy to provide advice and encouragement.

The coaches will have the entry cards available at training from 27 March or you can download it here Club Night Card 2014_04_04 .

All entries need to be returned to Ian Coppell, Jim Dixon or into the Woden box at the Tuggeranong pool – by Wed 2 April.

Mar 27

New Sharks Coach!!!

Hello Club Members

As most morning squad swimmers are probably aware Ben Wise will be scaling back his involvement with the club as of the 28th of April. From this date the club has secured the services of Cassey Lea, daughter of Steve and Christina Young, to take over these training sessions.

Cassey has previously worked as part of the coaching staff at Woden and therefore knows what it takes for swimmers to succeed at such a high level. We welcome her back and look forward to her participation and involvement at the club once again.

We are happy to report that Ben will still be conducting Saturday morning sessions at this stage so his services and experience will not be lost.
Keep up the good work.

The Executive

Mar 25

Annual General Meeting – 23 May 2014

To all members, please be advised that the WVSC Annual General Meeting has been scheduled for the night of Friday 23rd May 7pm at Lakeside Leisure Centre Tuggeranong. Future details regarding agenda etc shall be posted in the weeks to come.
Please be aware that any motions to be raised must be presented to the Secretary in writing no less than 28 days prior to the meeting. Forward any correspondence to secretary@wodenswimclub.org.au
Thanks in advance

The Executive

Mar 17

Attention All Swimmers

It has been bought to the attention of the Executive over the past couple of months that quite a number of swimmers have been showing up late to the afternoon training sessions. We understand that occasionally these delays cannot be avoided, especially when the swimmers are catching buses, but we would like to point out this issue effects the club as a whole.

At the moment it is up to the coaches to determine the number of lanes Woden requires to train. The number of lanes hired is dependent on the number of swimmers that are present on pool deck just prior to 4.30pm.
If swimmers arrive after 4:30pm and after coaches have handed lanes back, the congestion of swimmers in lanes is an issue.  It is also unfair to expect swimmers who have arrived on time and warmed up to have to wait or share a lane with a number of swimmers who are still warming up. This is enormously disruptive for both swimmers and coaches.

It is because of this that the Committee has instructed the coaches to take a more proactive role with regards to minimising interruptions to swim sets that have already commenced. We are asking that swimmers pay attention to coaches requests to help reduce the potential for disruptions for the benefit of the club as a whole.

Please direct any queries to the Executive via the website. Thanks for your time and hopefully this issue will be resolved in the near future.

The Executive

Mar 14

Easter/Anzac Day Training Times

Notice to all swimmers.

There will be no change to training times up to and including the night of Thu 17th April.

18-21 April (good Fri to Easter Mon) all squads are cancelled.
22-24 April (Tue-Thu) morning squads cancelled but afternoons as normal.
25 April (Fri Anzac day) all squads cancelled
26 April (Sat) training as normal.

Please direct any concerns to the executive. Thanks in advance.

Mar 14

Training Cancelled – Saturday 15 March

Training has been cancelled Saturday 15 March due to the ACT Championships being held at the AIS from 14-16 March.

Best of luck to all the Woden swimmers at the ACT Championships yes

Mar 14

Coach Profile: Neill Kennedy !

Neill Kennedy

Continuing on with our coach profile series Woden Valley SC would like to introduce……

Name: Neill Kennedy

Coaching Position Held  Bronze & Blue SquadsCoaching Experience: 19 months at Woden 2009-2010 and 2013-2014; 10 years as a Learn to Swim Instructor; Coached gridiron and football for a few years. Applied Science degree in Sports Coaching from University of Canberra.Swimming Experience(ie. swam for Woden to National Level, etc): 4 years Masters Swimming then I got sidetracked.

Highlight of Coaching: When a swimmer's perseverance pays off, there's this initial brief moment of joy when they recognise their achievement. That's a fun time to be around.

Message to the swimmers: It's been really nice to see so many familiar faces still swimming. Big thanks to the bronze and silver kids for having me and everyone at the club for making me feel welcome.

Thanks Neill for a great interview !!! 


Mar 05

Training Cancelled Mon 10 March

Attention all swimmers

Due to the Canberra Day public holiday on Monday 10 March all training sessions will be cancelled. Training will resume as per normal Tuesday morning. Enjoy the day off.

The Executive


Mar 03

NSW State Open Titles Report

Woden Members

We had 3 sharks compete at the NSW Open State Championships on the weekend – Brittany Ross, Phoebe Ross and Emma Harris. 
Brittany competed in the Women's Open 50m Butterfly and smashed her PB again (after having only just done it at Country!). Phoebe competed in the Women's Open 100m and 200m breaststroke and placed within the top 50 in both events – an amazing achievement for such a young swimmer at an open event. Emma also competed in the 100m and 200m breaststroke- qualifying for the B Finals in both events and swimming a PB in her 200 breaststroke.
It was a great weekend away. All swimmers should be congratulated on their efforts – not only in how well they swam, but also on how they conducted themselves at such a high level meet.
Erin Priestly

Mar 01

Club Night – Friday 7 March

All Woden Members

The next club night will be held on Friday March 7 with warm up at 5pm and the events commencing at 6pm. 

Club Night is a fantastic event that is usually wrapped up in an hour and gives swimmers of all ages a chance to experience event conditions in a relaxed atmosphere. It also allows the junior swimmers to mix with the senior swimmers who are always happy to provide advice and encouragement.

The closing date for entries is Wednesday March 5. Please click on the link below to print off your entry card. Upon completion this card can be submitted to your coach or dropped into the Woden box at the pool.

Club Night Card 2014_03_07

Feb 28

NSW Country Championships Report

Woden had a team of 19 Sharks compete at the recent NSW Country swimming championships after a few crucial weeks of hard work under new coach Erin Priestly. Despite being sick, Jarrod Lee was first to race in the 400FS, leading from start to finish, clocking a five second PB and winning gold. Not only did this put Woden at the top of the point score briefly, but it set the tone for the weekend. For the next two long days, the Sharks raced with heart and swam very impressively, and caught the attention of other NSW coaches. The Sharks were generally the loudest in the stands and the strongest in the water, with several Sharks displaying the new developing squad character of finishing fast! The highlight on Saturday was the Men’s 12&U FS relay where the boys’ team of Ethan Lowey, Jack Dixon, Mason Thornton and Jarrod Lee raced from an outside lane to claim Silver! The second day kicked off where the first day finished, with more fast racing. Phoebe Ross consolidated her performances at State with gold in the 100 and 200 Breaststroke; also qualifying for the 2014 Australian Championships in the 200 Br. Emma Harris also claimed victory in the breaststrokes with solid performances. Oliver Holdway came home like a steam train and was unlucky not to get a medal in the 100 Breaststroke, coming equal 5th with a 4 second PB! Grace Read swam very well achieving three amazing PBs, and Jessica Lee swam very well in her first country race, swimming right on her PB.


Jarrod Lee                   Gold 50FS, 200FS, 400 FS, 200IM, 100BK

                      Silver 100FLY, 100FS, 4×50 12&U FS Relay

Phoebe Ross              Gold 100BR, 200BR

Emma Harris              Gold 100BR, 200BR

Ethan Lowey              Silver 100BR, 4×50 12&U FS Relay

                                 Bronze 100BK, 200IM

Jack Dixon                 Silver 4×50 12&U FS Relay

Mason Thornton          Silver 4×50 12&U FS Relay


A big congratulations to all Sharks who swam on the weekend. The team came 13th on the Club point score, and 5th on the medal tally over all. All the hard work put in over the last few weeks paid off, and a big thank you to Erin for helping the Sharks get ready. I’ve been very impressed with the attitudes towards training recently and encourage all Sharks to keep on training hard, encouraging others and having fun with their swimming. We have a small squad, but we’re starting to punch above our weight and achieve things that many others aren’t. Keep up the great work, and I’ll see you back at training!



Feb 26

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Feb 26

Morning Training Cancelled 28 Feb & 01 Mar

All Woden Members

Due to unforeseen circumstances, there will be no training on the mornings of Friday 28th Feb or Saturday 1st March.  Morning training will resume as per normal on Monday 3rd March. Our apologies for any inconvenience.


Ben Wise, Neill Kennedy and Erin Priestly.


Feb 20

Coach Profile: Ben Wise

Our second coach profile is Ben Wise…..


Name: Ben Wise

Coaching Position Held: Gold/Silver
Coaching Experience: 3 Years as Rowing coach for CGS (2 x 4ths at NSW Schoolboy championships), 18 months with Woden Swim Club (a few country and state medals, Ethan and Jarrod into Jnr. NSW Sharks squad)
Swimming Experience: 2006 – 2011 Nationals Swimmer for Canberra, Burley Griffin and Woden.
2006: NSW Age Development squad after finalling at Age Nationals,
2009: B-Finalist at Australian Short Course Championships, NSW Country S/C Record Holder [200 BK], 4th Place Open State S/C, Australian Universities Squad
Highlight of Coaching:
  1. Anytime a swimmer achieves a well deserved PB!
  2. Phoebe Ross winning Gold in the 100 and 200 Breaststroke at 2014 NSW Age State,
  3. Girls 12&U Medley relay team at Winter Country winning Gold in 2013,
  4. Having the whole squad put in 100% effort and being proud of their efforts
Message to the swimmers: Swimming is a sport of patience, perseverance and consistancy. It takes a special person to become a swimmer, and it is something you have to take pride in and dedicate yourself to. The clock will never lie to you, and you should never lie to, or cheat yourself. Give yourself the best opportunity to be the best swimmer you can, because in 10 years you don't want to look back and wonder what could have happened if… Above all, you need to have fun and enjoy pushing yourself and your friends! Never be ok with mediocrity, the best things come to those who work for it!
Thanks Ben – a great interview from a great coach!!

Feb 20

Coach Profile: Erin Priestly

To keep you all up to date with club events and staff we have decided to profile our coaches. Our first profile is Erin Priestly…..


Name: Erin Priestly
Coaching Position Held: Gold and Silver Squads (Afternoon Sessions)
Coaching Experience: I have worked in the Learn to Swim Program at McKeon Swim School and was involved in coaching the development squads that fed into the West Illawarra Aquatic Swim Club (in Wollongong).
Swimming Experience: I swam for Ginninderra Swim Club for 10 years, to Open National level. I was an Age National Gold and Silver Medallist, in the 400 Freestyle and 400 IM respectively, and was also lucky enough to represent Australia on the Trans Tasman Team in 2007.
Highlight of Coaching: Having the opportunity to coach alongside Ben and Neill at Woden Swim Club!
Message to the Swimmers: It's been great getting to know so many of you over the past few weeks. I am looking forward to helping you train hard and race fast:  "I swam the race like I trained to swim it. It is not mathematical. I just let my body do it. It is a lot easier if you let your body do what it is trained for." (Ian Thorpe)

Thanks Erin – it is great to have you at the Sharks !!


Feb 20

Jarrod & Ethan qualify for the 2014/15 NSW Junior Shark Squad Program!

For those members not yet aware, two of Woden's swimmers have been selected into the 2014/2015 NSW Junior Shark Squad program.
Congratulations go out to both Jarrod Lee and Ethan Lowey for acheiving this outstanding accolade.
The program gives both boys a chance to travel to Sydney to further their training and development both in and out of the water.
Well done guys, have fun and keep up the good work.

The Executive Committee

Feb 19

Training Cancelled

Attention all Woden members,

Due to NSW Country Championship committments being held this weekend at SOPAC there will be no training on Sat 22nd February or the morning of Monday 24th February.

Good luck to all competitors who have made selection to represent Woden at the meet.

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