Superfins WA

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Mission/Vision Statements

Mission Statement: To provide an opportunity for any person with a disability to reach their potential in swimming and encourage social development.

Vision Statement: To be a self-sustaining swimming club in WA offering a comprehensive range of programs for any person with a disability to develop their swimming, social and interpersonal skills         

Motto

Fun, Fitness, Friendship’

Superfins WA Inc provides opportunity for members with a physical or learning/intellectual difficulty to reach their potential in swimming.

Aims

  • Improve general health and fitness
  • Improve swimming techniques
  • Establish & improve social interaction & activities
  • Integrate into mainstream activities
  • Participate in competitive meets including pool & open water

Club Structure

The club is run by a volunteer committee and endeavors to organise social and fundraising events which involve as many of our swimmers and families as possible.  Our goal is to enact the club motto of “Fun, Fitness, Friendship”.

Committee

Superfins is managed by volunteer parent committees and a subcommittee for social events is run by the swimmers.

The committees coordinate and oversee the management of the Club.

Elections for positions on the committees are held every year at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) usually held in July. All members can nominate for positions and have voting rights.

The roles of the committees are to manage and administer the Club, which involves but is not limited to, financial management, fundraising, organizing social activities and the development and implementation of relevant policies and guidelines.

Management Committee meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month Fundraising/Social committee meetings are held on the second Wednesdays of each month. Meetings commence at 7.15pm at Challenge Stadium. All members and parents are encouraged and welcome to attend the committee meetings.

Chairperson

Janice Saunders

Vice Chairperson

Neil Coles

Secretary

Tony Curry

Treasurer

David Denton

Swim Meet Officer (SWA)

Steve Munks

Swim Meet Officer (Masters)

Rob Beckett

Swim Meet Officer (OW)

David Black

Other committee positions made up by members of the club

 

Newsletter

A monthly newsletter is produced to keep all members up to date with swimming competitions, swimmer’s achievements, fundraising and social activities.

 

Personal Bests (PB’s) and Annual Trophy Awards

The club acknowledges personal best performances in the pool and open water swims by way of PB badges and certificates which are awarded each 6 months.  These are given for each 5 PB swims achieved during that period.  Annual trophies are awarded at the end of each year at a combined Christmas/Trophy presentation function.

Life Members

2010

Phillip Jose

2010

Kerry Smith

Club History

Chronological history of the club
June 1985 WA Cerebral Palsy Sport and Recreation Association (WACPSRA) was formed by parents at The Spastic Welfare Association of Western Australiaas it was then known.
Aug 1985 Cerebral Palsy (CP) swim group was formed with 5/6 swimmers at Inglewood pool.
Aug 1990 The CP group amalgamated with a group of swimmers from the Blind Association
May 1991 The group moved to Superdrome in Claremont with advantage of heated, indoor, air-conditioned pool, and was able to obtain financial support from WA Disabled Sports Association (WADSA) for lanes and equipment. This facilitated the club being opened up to any swimmers with a disability. Students from UWA Department of Human Movement & Exercise Science volunteered their time to coach the swimmers. This volunteer or vollie system is still in existence today.
Jan 1994 The club became financially independent of WADSA . Members were charged fees to cover lane hire and equipment for the first time.
Nov 1995 The club was formalised as Superdrome Superfins the logo and club colours of royal and gold were selected and the motto Fun, Fitness, Friendshipwas adopted.
Dec 1996 Superdrome Superfins became an incorporated body
1997 Parent fundraising committee formed to raise funds to send a team to compete interstate.
1998 The club was granted Public Benevolent Institution status and endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient
1998 The club entered swimmers in the first open water swim at Coogee.
1999 Superfins affiliated with WADSA as an independent club
Jan 2000 A change of name to Superfins WA Incorporated was made necessary by the change of name of the venue from the Superdrome to Challenge stadium.
2002 The club affiliated with WA Swimming Association (now Swimming WA)
2005 Superfins swimmers competed in the Rottnest Channel swim for the first time.
2006 The existing Fundraising Committee took control of the administration of the club and for the first time in its long history Superfins advertised for a paid coach.
2010 Superfins became affiliated with Masters Swimming WA and also established both a National squad and also a Learn to Swim Program for school aged children with disabilities.
2012 Our current membership is 61 ranging in age from 9 to 60+