Building MSO’s Future

Our Humble Beginnings:

 

Canadian Masters Swimming began in Amarillo, Texas in 1971 when Hud Stewart and Al Waites from Ontario entered the second annual U.S. Short Course Championship along with 135 American swimmers. Hud then formed the first official Canadian Masters swim club, the U of T Masters.

In January, 1973, the Etobicoke Aquatic Club staged Canada’s first Masters swim meet at the Albion Recreation Centre. That meet featured 2 women and 21 men competing in a full complement of 50’s and 100’s as well as a 200 free, 200 IM and a 25 fly.

The first recorded minutes from the Masters Swimming Steering Committee of the Canadian Amateur Swimming Association – Ontario Section, the forerunner of MSO, appeared in April 1976. At that meeting it was reported that CASA had approved the Ontario proposal to host a World Championship in 1977 or 1978. Other topics included upcoming meets, seeding by age group versus seeding by time and the distribution of a newsletter to all registered swimmers.

During the 1975/76 season, meets were held in Mississauga, Alderwood, North York and Oakville. The 2 day meet in Oakville attracted swimmers from Nova Scotia, Alberta, Florida, Pennsylvania, Washington, Ohio, New Jersey and New York.

The Alderwood Masters hosted the first Ontario Championship in November 1976. In 1978, the World Senior Aquatic Championship was hosted by a group of Ontario Masters at the Etobicoke Olympium, attracting over 400 swimmers from ten countries. At this meet it was learned that Masters competitions had been held in Germany since the late 1940s; the U.S.A. had not started Masters Swimming after all!

The early volunteers laid much of the foundation for Masters Swimming as we know it today. A Masters Swimming brochure was produced. The first Canadian swimmers booklet, including rules, was drafted by Ontario Masters in 1976. The Board also established the 6 relays (women, men and mixed – freestyle and medley) that we swim today.

In February 1977, a Masters Clinic was held in Mississauga and included lectures and a panel discussion. The next clinic organized by Ontario Masters was in October 1979 and included pool time at the Olympium. A special Coaches Workshop for coaches of Masters Swimmers was held at McMaster in March 1981.

By 1982 issues relating to votes per club, proxies, special delivery voting for distant delegates and limited Directors from one club had been resolved. In 1982, the membership voted to hold the AGM coincident with the Ontario Championship and our Constitution was ratified.

As the Championships and competitiveness began to grow, so too did the complexity and the interpretation of the rules. The philosophy of Masters was encapsulated in a motion from March 1980 : “… the objective in the Masters Swimming programme is fitness; that the only competitor is yourself; and that the goal of the Masters programme is to improve your own personal performance.”

As the 80’s progressed the Heart Fitness Swim was created, as was the Swim The Ontario Waterways programme. And the MSO logo and Championship medal were designed. Guidelines were written for hosting a meet and requesting sanction and as the number of clubs grew, the Board began discussing club codes. UWO Masters hosted the first St Mary’s 5K open water swim in 1983. The question of an Ontario Masters Club created for the purpose of swimming relays and accumulating points outside of Ontario was first broached in 1983 and by that time preparations leading to the Masters Games had begun.

In January 1984 it was approved that all Masters starts be from the front of the blocks, the edge of the pool or in the water. And in March it was noted that holding the AGM coincident with the Ontario Championship might be limiting attendance. Also on the agenda that year was a discussion of a system of regions across the province, withholding payment from the National Masters Organization as a sign of protest and possibly, most importantly, the thought of incorporating Ontario Masters as a legal entity first arose.

Ontario has always been at the forefront of the organization and promotion of Masters Swimming in Canada. At the beginning, MSO was an unofficially recognized committee of CASA Ontario (now Swim Ontario). In 1982, MSO was formally organized with its own Constitution. Beginning in 1987, MSO worked in conjunction with Swim Ontario to become self-administered. A small committee worked out the structure of our organization, developed our goals, reviewed the roles and responsibilities of both parties, updated our constitution, prepared our budgets and in April 1988 autonomy was granted. And on January 01, 1989, MSO was incorporated.

It has now been almost 40 years since Hud and Al made their way to Texas and 25 years since MSO achieved independence. The time has passed quickly; issues have been debated and resolved; swim meets have been hosted; volunteers have dedicated their time and their talents and friendships have been formed. And now as the evolution of Masters Swimming slows, we are left with the task of shepherding our sport into the new millenium. The committee structure of MSO has been revamped and a strategic plan has been written. This blueprint for the tasks that lie ahead awaits only the next group of dedicated and conscientious Masters Swimmers to continue our history and to create our future.

MASTERS-SWIMMING-ONTARIO-ME

Brian Finlay

Pat Davis

Charlie Lane

Beth Whittall


Chris Smith

Past Directors and Staff
Listed below are those many individuals who have given their time and openly offered their expertise in managing Master Swimming Ontario; promoting the benefits of swimming throughout our province.

 

2015 – 2016

President: Phil Rogers Vice: Mike Starr , Special Projects: Sean Warburton, Secretary: Carole Herbert , Treasurer: Cathy Macdonald  Directors: Dorothy Milburn-Smith, Sally O’ Brien, Chris Smith, Lesley Dusevic

Administrative Staff: Recording Secretary : Pat Angus, Registrar: Brian Croker (ex-officio), Records: Pat Niblett (ex-officio), Webmaster: Craig Zimmerman


2014 – 2015

President: Phil Rogers Vice: Mike Starr , Special Projects: Sean Warburton, Secretary: Carole Herbert , Treasurer: Cathy Macdonald Directors: Wes Musial, Sally O’ Brien, Chris Smith, Lesley Dusevic, Mike Starr

Administrative Staff: Recording Secretary : Pat Angus, Registrar: Brian Croker (ex-officio), Records: Pat Niblett (ex-officio), Webmaster: Craig Zimmerman

2013 – 2014

President :Sean Warburton, Vice: Phil Rogers, Special Projects: Michael Heath-Eves, Secretary:Carole Herbert , Treasurer: Cathy Macdonald  Directors: Wes Musial, Sally O’ Brien, Chris Smith, Lesley Dusevic

Administrative Staff: Recording Secretary : Pat Angus, Registrar: Brian Croker (ex-officio), Records: Pat Niblett (ex-officio), Webmaster: Craig Zimmerman


2012 – 2013
President :Sean Warburton, Vice: Phil Rogers, Special Projects: Michael Heath-Eves, Secretary:Carole Herbert , Treasurer: Cathy Macdonald  Directors: Steve Godwin, Sally O’ Brien, Chris Smith, Lesley Dusevic

Administrative Staff: Recording Secretary : Pat Angus, Registrar: Brian Croker (ex-officio), Records: Pat Niblett (ex-officio), Webmaster: Craig Zimmerman


2011 – 2012
President :
Sean Warburton, Vice: Phil Rogers, Special Projects: Michael Heath-Eves, Secretary:Carole Herbert , Treasurer: Cathy Macdonald

Directors: Steve Godwin, Sally O’ Brien

Administrative Staff: Recording Secretary : Pat Angus, Registrar: Brian Croker (ex-officio), Records: Pat Niblett (ex-officio), Webmaster: Craig Zimmerman

2010 – 2011
President :
Michael Heath-Eves, Vice:Sean Warburton,
Special Projects: Michael Heath-Eves,Secretary:Carole Herbert , Treasurer: Cathy Macdonald
Directors: Alisa Abgarov, Robert McGlashan, Phil Rogers, Robert Miles, Sally O’ Brien
Administrative Staff: Recording Secretary : Pat Angus , Registrar: Brian Croker (ex-officio), Records: Pat Niblett (ex-officio), Webmaster: Craig Zimmerman

2009 – 2010
President :
Sally O’ Brien ; Vice: Michael Heath-Eves, Secretary:Carole Herbert ;Treasurer: Cathy Macdonald
Directors: Alisa Abgarov, Robert McGlashan, , Sean Warburton, Phil Rogers, Robert Miles
Administrative Staff: Recording Secretary : Pat Angus , Registrar: Brian Croker (ex-officio), Records: Pat Niblett (ex-officio), Webmaster: Craig Zimmerman

2008 – 2009
President :
Sally O’ Brien ; Vice: Michael Heath-Eves, Secretary:Johnny Hewerdine;Treasurer: Cathy Macdonald
Directors: Alisa Abgarov, Robert McGlashan, Nathan Degiorgo, Sean Warburton, Johnny Hewerdine
Administrative Staff: Recording Secretary : Jacqueline Odlum (ex-officio), Registrar: Brian Croker (ex-officio), Records: Pat Niblett (ex-officio), Webmaster: Craig Zimmerman

2007 – 2008
President :
Sally O’ Brien ; Vice: Michael Heath-Eves, Secretary:Johnny Hewerdine;Treasurer: Lesley Mason-Ward
Directors: Cindy Bertelink, Olenka McKee, Nathan Degiorgo, Sean Warburton, Marion Wyatt, Johnny Hewerdine
Administrative Staff: Recording Secretary : Jacqueline Odlum (ex-officio), Registrar: Brian Croker (ex-officio), Records: Pat Niblett (ex-officio), TopTen: Lesley Mason-Ward, Webmaster: Craig Zimmerman

2006 – 2007
President :
Sally O’ Brien ; Vice: Michael Heath-Eves, Treasurer: Lesley Mason-Ward
Directors: Marion Wyatt, Olenka McKee, Hillary Richardson, Jim Talbot.
Administrative Staff: Recording Secretary : Jacqueline Odlum (ex-officio), Registrar: Brian Croker (ex-officio), Records: Pat Niblett (ex-officio), TopTen: Lesley Mason-Ward, Webmaster: Craig Zimmerman

2005 – 2006
President :
Sally O’ Brien ; Vice: Michael Heath-Eves, Secretary: Stuart Martin , Treasurer: Lesley Mason-Ward
Directors: Richard Arsenault, Angela Davis, Olenka McKee, Hillary Richardson, Jim Talbot.
Administrative Staff: Recording Secretary : Jacqueline Odlum (ex-officio), Registrar: Brian Croker (ex-officio), Records: Pat Niblett (ex-officio), TopTen: Lesley Mason-Ward, Webmaster: Barrie Malloch (ex-officio)

2004 – 2005
President: Beverley Tucker (beginning Mar 2005);James Erskine (resigned Feb 2005) Vice: Angela Davis, Secretary: Sally O’Brien , Treasurer: Geoff Camp(interim director Mar 2005) ;Stewart Cawthray(resigned Mar 2005)
Directors: Richard Arsenault, Lesley Mason-Ward, Stuart Martin(April 2005), Olenka McKee, Sally O’Brien, Jim Talbot (Mar2005);
Administrative Staff: Recording Secretary : Jacqueline Odlum (ex-officio), Registrar: Brian Croker (ex-officio), Records: Pat Niblett (ex-officio), TopTen: Lesley Mason-Ward, Webmaster: Barrie Malloch (ex-officio)

2003 – 2004
President: Michael Stroud(resigned July2004): Charlie Lane Interim Pres.(July-Oct) Vice: vacant, Secretary: vacant, Treasurer: Chris Cupidio,
Directors: Don Burton(resigned Sept), Pat Davis, James Erskine, Charlie Lane, Lesley Mason-Ward, Sally O’Brien, Beverly Tucker
Administrative Staff: Recording Secretary : Barrie Malloch(thru Aug.2004),Jacqueline Odlum (beg.Sept 2004) , Registrar: Brian Croker (ex-officio), Records: Pat Niblett (ex-officio), TopTen: Lesley Mason-Ward, Webmaster: Barrie Malloch (ex-officio)

2002 – 2003
President: Michael Stroud, Vice: vacant, Secretary: vacant, Treasurer: Chris Cupidio,
Directors: Mary Brinklow, Pat Davis, Claus Koch, Charlie Lane, Lesley Mason-Ward, Shona MacLachlan, Sue Weir
Administrative Staff: Secretary : Julie Mac Lellan, Registrar: Brian Croker (ex-officio), Records: Pat Niblett (ex-officio), TopTen: Lesley Mason-Ward, Webmaster: Barrie Malloch (ex-officio)

2001 – 2002
President: Ralph Chown, Vice: Mary Brinklow, Secretary: Claus Koch, Treasurer: vacant
Directors: Laura Bent (resigned), Darlene Brown, Charlie Lane, Lesley Mason-Ward, Shona MacLachlan, Sue Weir
Administrative Staff: Executive Secretary / Registrar: Brian Croker (ex-officio), Records: Pat Niblett (ex-officio), TopTen: Lesley Mason-Ward, Webmaster: Barrie Malloch (ex-officio)

2000 – 2001
President: Ralph Chown, Vice: Mary Brinklow, Secretary: Claus Koch, Treasurer: Darlene Brown
Directors: Geoff Camp (resigned), Anne Gunther, Charlie Lane, Nicole Macdonald, Lesley Mason-Ward
Administrative Staff: Executive Secretary / Registrar: Brian Croker (ex-officio), Records: Pat Niblett (ex-officio), TopTen: Lesley Mason-Ward, Webmaster: Barrie Malloch (ex-officio)

1999 – 2000
President: Sharon Cockerton, Vice: Mary Brinklow, Secretary: Ralph Chown, Treasurer: Darlene Brown
Directors: Anne Gunther, Claus Koch, Charlie Lane, Lesley Mason-Ward, Pat Niblett
Administrative Staff: Executive Secretary / Registrar: Brian Croker (ex-officio), Records: Pat Niblett, TopTen: Lesley Mason-Ward, Webmaster: Barrie Malloch (ex-officio)

1998 – 1999
President: Sharon Cockerton, Vice: Pat Niblett, Secretary: Ralph Chown, Treasurer: Darlene Brown
Directors: Cheryl Blay, Geoff Camp, Charlie Lane, Lesley Mason-Ward, Grant Sinclair
Administrative Staff: Executive Secretary / Registrar: Bruce Fairbrother (deceased April 1999) (ex-officio), Brian Croker (appointed July 1999) (ex-officio), Records: Pat Niblett, TopTen: Lesley Mason-Ward, Webmaster: Barrie Malloch (ex-officio)

1997 – 1998
President: Chris Smith, Vice: Geoff Camp, Secretary: Don Hambley, Treasurer: Darlene Brown
Directors: Cheryl Blay, Sharon Cockerton, Lesley Mason-Ward, Pat Niblett, Grant Sinclair
Administrative Staff: Executive Secretary / Registrar: Bruce Fairbrother (ex-officio), Records and TopTen / Webmaster: Michael Stroud (ex-officio)

1996 – 1997
President: Pat Niblett, Vice: Chris Smith, Secretary: Don Hambley, Treasurer: Darlene Brown
Directors: Cheryl Blay, Geoff Camp, Barrie Malloch
Administrative Staff: Executive Secretary / Registrar: Bruce Fairbrother (ex-officio), Records and TopTen / Webmaster: Michael Stroud (ex-officio)

1995 – 1996
President: Heather Davies, Vice: Chris Smith, Secretary: Patti McVetty, Treasurer: Darlene Brown
Directors: Cheryl Blay, Geoff Camp, Barrie Malloch, Jackie Mandziak, Pat Niblett
Administrative Staff: Executive Secretary / Registrar: Bruce Fairbrother (ex-officio), Records and TopTen: Michael Stroud (ex-officio)

1994 – 1995
President: Heather Davies, Vice: Chris Smith, Secretary: Patti McVetty, Treasurer: Jackie Mandziak
Directors: Cheryl Blay, Geoff Camp, Luc Maurice, Pat Niblett, Bob Weir
Administrative Staff: Executive Secretary / Registrar: Bruce Fairbrother (ex-officio), Records and TopTen: Michael Stroud (ex-officio)

1993 – 1994
President: Geoff Camp, Vice: Bob Weir, Secretary: Rob Boleychuk, Treasurer: Brian Croker
Directors: Cheryl Blay, Heather Davies, Luc Maurice, Pat Niblett, Chris Smith
Administrative Staff: Executive Secretary / Registrar: Bruce Fairbrother (ex-officio), Records and TopTen: Michael Stroud (ex-officio)

1992 – 1993
President: Bob Weir, Vice / Treasurer: Brian Croker, Secretary: Geoff Camp
Directors: Cheryl Blay, Heather Davies, Wendy Dunlop, Luc Maurice, Pat Niblett, Chris Smith
Administrative Staff: Executive Secretary / Registrar: Bruce Fairbrother (ex-officio), Records and TopTen: Michael Stroud (ex-officio)

1991 – 1992
President: Bob Weir, Vice: Dave Murphy, Treasurer: Al Yarnell
Directors: Cheryl Blay, Karen Conlin, Brian Croker, Luc Maurice, Pat Niblett, Beth Whittall
Administrative Staff: Executive Secretary / Registrar: Bruce Fairbrother (ex-officio), Records and TopTen: Michael Stroud (ex-officio)

1990 – 1991
President: Bob Weir, Vice: Dave Murphy, Secretary: Yolanda Swanink, Treasurer: Al Yarnell
Directors: Cheryl Blay, Brian Croker, Luc Maurice, Pat Niblett, Beth Whittall
Administrative Staff: Executive Secretary: Yolanda Swanink, Registrar: Bruce Fairbrother (ex-officio), Records and TopTen: Michael Stroud (ex-officio)

1989 – 1990
President: Frank Perks, Vice: Bob Weir, Secretary: Yolanda Swanink, Treasurer: Al Yarnell
Directors: Cheryl Blay, Brian Croker, Mike Marshall, Luc Maurice, Beth Whittall
Administrative Staff: Executive Secretary: Yolanda Swanink, Registrar: Bruce Fairbrother (ex-officio), Records and TopTen: Michael Stroud (ex-officio)

1988 – 1989
President: Beth Whittall, Vice: Brian Croker, Secretary: Jacqueline Odlum, Treasurer: Al Yarnell
Directors: Donna Blunt, Kay Easun, Leslie Griesinger, Mike Marshall, Frank Perks
Administrative Staff: Executive Secretary: Leslie Griesinger, Registrar: Bruce Fairbrother (ex-officio), Records and TopTen: Marg Leffers (ex-officio)

1987 – 1988
President: Beth Whittall, Vice: Lorne McDougall, Secretary: Jacqueline Odlum, Treasurer: Al Yarnell
Directors: Brian Croker, Kay Easun, Glenda Harvey, Henry Kivi, Sue Long, Frank Perks
Administrative Staff: Registrar: Bruce Fairbrother (ex-officio), Records and TopTen: Henry Kivi

1986 – 1987
President: Brian Croker, Vice: Shirley Strang, Secretary: Irene Parker, Treasurer: Gay Kleiber
Directors: Kay Easun, Bruce Fairbrother, Lorne McDougall, Frank Perks, Beth Whittall, Al Yarnell
Administrative Staff: Registrar: Bruce Fairbrother, Records and TopTen: Michael Stroud (ex-officio)

1985 – 1986
President: Brian Croker, Vice: Shirley Strang, Secretary: Jacqueline Odlum, Treasurer: Gay Kleiber
Directors: Bruce Fairbrother, Patti Goodman, Sharon McKinnon, Bob Miles, Al Yarnell
Administrative Staff: Registrar: Bruce Fairbrother, Records and TopTen: Michael Stroud (ex-officio)

1984 – 1985
President: Brian Croker, Vice: Sue Robertson, Secretary: Jacqueline Odlum, Treasurer: Chris Pieczora
Directors: Kay Easun, Bruce Fairbrother, Bryan Finlay, Sharon McKinnon, Shirley Strang, Mike Torsney
Administrative Staff: Registrar: Sue Robertson, Records: Bryan Finlay, TopTen: Michael Stroud (ex-officio)

1983 – 1984
President: Mike Torsney, Vice: Chris Pieczora, Secretary: Joan Taillefer, Treasurer: Neil Harvey
Directors: Brian Croker, Kay Easun, Bryan Finlay, Jacqueline Odlum, Sue Robertson, Nick Rottmann (resigned), Lorraine Walter
Administrative Staff: Registrar: Chris Pieczora, Records and TopTen: Bryan Finlay

1982 – 1983
Chair: Kay Easun, Vice: Nick Rottmann, Secretary: Joan Taillefer, Treasurer: Neil Harvey
Directors: Mike Collingwood, Paula Crisp, Brian Croker, Tony Templeton, Mike Torsney
Administrative Staff: Registrar / Records: Nick Rottmann

1982
Chair: Kay Easun, Vice: Nick Rottmann, Secretary: Joan Hopkins, Treasurer: Neil Harvey
Directors: Mike Collingwood, Paula Crisp, Rick Kerrigan, Ray Phelps, Joan Taillefer, Beth Whittall (resigned), Tony Templeton (appointed)
Administrative Staff: Registrar / Records: Nick Rottmann

1981
Chair: Mike Chapelle, Vice: Mike Rockwood, Secretary: Louise McGonigal, Treasurer: Rick Kerrigan
Directors: Kay Easun, Joan Hopkins, Ray Phelps, Ted Roach
Administrative Staff: Registrar: Kay Easun, Records: Chris Pieczora (ex-officio)

1980
Chair: Mike Chapelle, Vice: Mike Rockwood, Secretary: Louise McGonigal, Treasurer: Henry Kivi
Directors: Kay Easun, Bernard McGrath, Mike Richards, Ted Roach, Hud Stewart
Administrative Staff: Records: Chris Pieczora (ex-officio)

1979
Chair: Eleanor Jarvis (resigned), Vice: Mike Chapelle (to chair), Secretary: Beth Whittall, Treasurer: Mike Rockwood
Directors: Ken Allen, Baron Drobig, Kay Easun, Jackie Gelling, Louise McGonigal, Bernard McGrath, Ted Roach

1978
Chair: Eleanor Jarvis, Secretary: Beth Whittall, Treasurer: Mike Chapelle
Directors: Ken Allen, Baron Drobig, Kay Easun, Jackie Gelling, Tony Jarvis, Louise McGonigal, Bernard McGrath, Judie Oliver, Ted Roach, Hud Stewart

1977
Chair: Bernard McGrath, Vice: Hud Stewart, Secretary / Treasurer: Eleanor Jarvis
Directors: Ken Allen, Mike Chapelle, Baron Drobig, Jackie Gelling, Tony Jarvis, Ted Roach, Beth Whittall

1976
Chair: Bernard McGrath, Vice: Hud Stewart, Secretary / Treasurer: Eleanor Jarvis
Directors: Ken Allen, Donna Borthwick, Jim Fraser, Tony Jarvis, Ted Roach

The Masters Swimming Steering Committee 1976
Members: Ken Allen, Ron Armstrong, Josh Berman, Linda Berry, Donna Borthwick, Mike Chapelle, Baron Drobig, Sylvia Eisele, Jim Elliott, Jim Fraser, Jackie Gelling, Mary Grace, Eleanor Jarvis, Tony Jarvis, Dianne Kettner, Ginne Kozak, Jock McCrae, Bernard McGrath, Ray Phelps, Ted Roach, Hud Stewart, Jack Van Brummel, Beth Whittall