- Round 1 will now be held on Sunday July 4th - Short Course
- Round 2 will now be held on Sunday August 1st - Short Course
- Round 3 will now be held on Sunday September 19th - Long Course
- Account Name: Bendigo Hawks Aquatic
- BSB: 633-000
- Account No.: 145105193
Bendigo Hawks Winter Series - Update
24th July 2021 by
With Victoria once again in Covid lockdown, Round 2 of the the Bendigo Hawks Winter Series is at risk of not being able to run. The Hawks committee have advised that they will make a decision once the Victorian government have made an announcement about any restrictions that may impact the successful running of the Meet.
1st July 2021 by
With another season underway now is a good time to take stock of our responsibilities as members of the Australian swimming community. We have a responsibility to ensure that our children can participate in their chosen sport in a friendly, supportive and, above all else, safe environment. Recent legislation in Victoria has been enacted to ensure that this is the case.
I refer to the Child Safe Standards that apply to all sporting organisations that operate and provide sporting services to children within Victoria from 1st January, 2017. That legislation, in conjunction with the Swimming Australia Safe Sport Framework describes the way we in Central Victoria must commit to helping our children grow and succeed.
While some of the new requirements for running a Club or a Swim Meet might at first seem onerous and burdensome we must remember the people who are at the centre of this legislation and the SAL framework - our children.
Swimming Victoria has produced a guide to help us understand our responsibilities. I urge you to visit the Safe Sport page of the Swimming Victoria website so that you may become familiar with every aspect of these important obligations.
Bendigo Hawks Winter Series Postponed
6th June 2021 by
In the face of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in Victoria, the committee of Bendigo Hawks Aquatic has decided to POSTPONE this week-end's scheduled swim meet.
Aside from the date changes, every other aspect of the Series will remain unchanged.
Each Round of the Series will remain at the Gurri Wanyarra Wellbeing Centre in Bendigo.
Swimmers who have entered this week-end's Meet will be automatically entered into Round 1 on its new date. Swimmer who have already entered Round 2 and Round 3 will be automatically entered on the new dates.
The Hawks appreciate that this may not suit every swimmer. Any request for a refund received at [email protected] before the new closing date for Round 1 (June 28th 2021), will be honoured.
A revised Flyer can be found on the Competitions page.
The year springs back to life!
9th December 2020 by
After such a long, long 2020 Autumn, Winter and Spring with no swimming action of any sort in Victoria's regional swimming pools signs of life at last began to return on the week-end. To the credit of the committees of the Nyah Two Bays Swan Hill Swimming Club, the Bendigo East Swimming Club and the Sunraysia region swimming clubs we finally saw competition return to our pools. What a great week-end!!
With the Coronavirus seemingly eradicated from Victoria (33 days without a case and counting) the clubs cautiously ran the first swim meets in Victoria since February. All care was taken to ensure that the COVIDSafe protocols were in place and enforced. It takes plenty of effort to organise and run a swim meet in normal circumstances but it's doubly difficult in current times. The committees are to be highly commended for having the courage to take on the virus and win!
Thanks to them, we now have model in District 15 that we know works and that we can all learn from. I urge all club committees to consider running a Meet this season. It can be done and done well. Yes, the calendar is all over the shop this year but the District committee will do the best we can to accommodate as many meets as we can. Please speak to the District Secretary for advice and guidance.
The next cab off the rank will be the Bendigo Hawks' 2021 Bendigo Summer Meet to be held at the Faith Leech Aquatic Centre in Bendigo on January 10 2021. The flyer can be found on the Competition Page and the Meet can be entered using your Swim Central login. This Meet will be your last chance to get a Qualifying Time for State Sprints and the Country Championships.
Results from last week-end's Meets can also be found on the Competitions page.
SV Life Membership
16th March 2020 by
Being honoured with Life Membership of any community organisation is a very significant achievement, requiring a very special dedication and commitment to the activities, beliefs and values of that organisation. To receive four life memberships is something quite outstanding.
On Saturday afternoon at the Bridge Hotel in Bendigo, the Bendigo Hawks Aquatic member Wally Stables achieved exactly that. Having already been honoured as a Life Member of the Eaglehawk/Bendigo Hawks swimming club, Central Victoria Swimming Inc. and the Bendigo Pipe Band, Wally, amongst a group Central Victoria Swimming and Swimming Victoria dignitaries accepted Life Membership of Swimming Victoria. In doing so he joined a select group of the most important and influential people in the sport in Victoria. After more than 100 years, Wally is only the 70th recipient of the award. Welcoming Wally to the exclusive club were SV Life Members Mr. Don Alchin, Mrs. Patricia Digby and Mr. Max Digby. Other members include Olympians Nicole Livingstone, Michael Klim, Brooke Hanson and Mack Horton.
Mr. Alchin formally presented Wally with his award, recounting his contribution of more than 50 years as a volunteer to the sport, at various times in the role of Coach, District Chief Referee, Secretary and President. Swimming Victoria Board President Mrs. Susan Smith and SV Board member Mrs. Heather O'Connor were on hand to congratulate Wally on his exceptional achievement.
Wally's boundless energy and commitment to swimming continues to this day. He can still be found each afternoon on the pool deck at the Peter Krenz Leisure Centre in Eaglehawk training the next group of young swimmers and potential Olympic champions.
District Championships report
23rd February 2020 by
The 2020 Central Victoria Swimming Championships were run today at the Bendigo East pool. There were many fine efforts by the 135 athletes who participated.Bendigo East took home the trophies for the highest points in the Boys (Charles Turner Memorial Trophy), Girls (Allan Monaghan Trophy) and Combined (Frank Burgess Trophy). Placed second and third in the battle for the Frank Burgess Trophy were Gisborne Thunder and Kangaroo Flat.
Individual honours were distributed amongst four of the competing clubs. Winners of the 13/under awards were Marley Addlem (Bendigo Hawks) and Hunter Boswell (Bendigo East) while for the older athletes Lara Judd (Echuca) and Tyler Theodore (Gisborne Thunder) took home the major prizes.
A number of other trophies were awarded on the day. Tyler Theodore decisively won the Wally Stables Trophy in the Mens 400m Freestyle while Veda Haines took home the Coral Evely Trophy for winning the Women's 400m Freestyle.
Mixed relay events have recently been included in the District Championships because we believe in the importance of the Club and team aspect of the sport, which is perceived to be an individual sport. A trophy to honour the contribution to our sport by Betty Pysing was introduced to recognise this which this year was won by Bendigo East.
The Wally and Isabel Stables Trophy to recognise the most successful swimmer at the Country Championships was awarded to Bendigo East's Layla Day. The Margaret Lang Trophy for the Club that has improved the most when compared to the previous season's Championships was awarded to the Echuca Swimming Club.
Full results from the Championships can be found on the Results page
All Junior Competition
5th February 2020 by
Last Sunday, the Maryborough Swimming Club presented the 2020 Maryborough Annual Swim Meet. The day was a great success for the Club with a total 140 swimmers competing on the day.
The 50m events on the day also doubled as qualifying events for the 2020 SV Country All Junior Semi-finals. Historically, the D15 SV Country All Junior Qualifying Meet has been held as a stand-alone event. But the ever-expanding swimming calendar forced the District committee to combine the two events in the last two years. There just simply hasn't been enough free week-ends at this end of the season.
What's been a challenge for the District committee has been a boon for Maryborough, having increased the attendance at their Meet. It's great to be able to help out one of our smaller Club's and we appreciate Maryborough helping out the District. It's a win-win outcome.
At this early stage, next season's All Junior Competition is pencilled-in for the Kerang swimming pool on the Saturday followed by the District Championships on the next day as we want to make both of those important events more accessible to the Clubs in the north of our large District.
The link below will reveal the swimmers who have qualified for the 2020 SV Country All Junior Semi-finals, which will be held at MSAC in Melbourne on Saturday March 21. The first ten swimmers in each Semi-final event will progress to the Finals to be held on the next day. Congratulations to all those who qualified and good luck in Melbourne. To all those who missed out, keep training and competing hard and look forward to having another crack next year.
One of our greats honoured
26th January 2020 by
When (if ever) Wally Stables retires from our sport he will undoubtedly be remembered as one of its greatest servants - both locally and at the State level. Today, on a perfect morning in Canterbury Park, Eaglehawk, Wally received what one suspects is the greatest honour of his long career.
In front of a crowd of about 500 people, City of Greater Bendigo councillor, Andrea Metcalf, bestowed upon Wally the honour of Eaglehawk Citizen of the Year.
Arriving from Scotland in 1961 with his wife Isabel and children David and Morag the Stables family settled into Eaglehawk. Before too long, the immigrant family became intimately involved in the establishment of the Eaglehawk Swimming Club, rattling tins and knocking on doors, in order to generate support for the Club.
Wally's work in the community extends well beyond the Borough, having served or still serving in the Bendigo Pipe Band, the Bendigo Masonic Lodge and at countless other community organisations and events.
To add to Wally's growing list of honours, he was recently awarded Life Membership of Swimming Victoria for more than 50 years of service to swimming in Victoria. A formal presentation will be made at the Central Victoria District Championship on February 23rd.
CVS 8 -12 Squad ready to fly in Melbourne
6th November 2019 by
Central Victoria's squad of gun young swimmers is set to fly at this week-end's SV Country Junior District Competition to be held at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre. Saturday's competition will see regional Victoria's best young swimmers aged 8yrs - 12yrs give their very best for their respective Districts.
For many it will be their first time on the "big stage" at MSAC - a moment I'm sure they will all treasure for the rest of their lives. I hope that they take it all in their stride and make the most of the opportunity. I also hope that for the District 15 swimmers it will be the first of many trips to MSAC across their careers.
Leading the Girls' team will be Bendigo Hawks Marley Addlem. 12yo Marley has a very promising career ahead of her, so the young girls will do well to follow her example on the day. Dylan Campbell-Quigley of Gisborne Thunder will lead the way for the boys. Dylan is a 100% competitor in our District, so has earned the right to captain the Boys' team.
Nyah Two Bays/Swan Hill's new coach Renee Louw will guide the squad on the day. She will be assisted by Team Managers Mel Wishart and Kelly Skehan.
The swimmers who will be flying the flag for our District at this important Meet can be found here...
Jordan to represent District on the world stage
26th July 2019 by
Bendigo East's Cameron Jordan has returned home from a week-long training camp at the AIS in Canberra where he participated in the final preparations before he competes at the 2019 World Junior Swimming Championships in Budapest, Hungary next month.
The seven-day camp gave him the chance to refine his skills, bond with the rest of the squad and gain an understanding of what it will take to compete at the highest level of junior swimming.
The thirty-member squad is comprised of 14 boys and 16 girls who were selected after their outstanding performances at the Hancock Prospecting Australian Age Swimming Championships in April.
The camp was incredibly important for team familiarisation, athlete education and as technical preparation for the World Junior Championships.
Primarily, the focus was on training and education, how to prepare and what to expect from competing at a major international event. The camp provided specific sessions around nutrition, sleep, travel and technical preparation so that the athletes could develop their skills in readiness for competition.
Cameron will now work with his coach, Chris Geyer, for his final competition preparation and will then re-join the team in mid-August, spending a week in Slovakia to acclimatise and prepare for the competition in Budapest.Cameron received his Australian tracksuit from dual Olympic gold medalist, Brittany Elmslie.
East swimmers to represent Victoria
9th July 2019 by
Bendigo East Swimmers Layla Day and Emily Kearns will be part of the Swimming Victoria Team to compete in the 2019 Tri-Meet against the best from NSW and Tasmainia. This exciting opportunity will see athletes and coaches from Swimming Victoria's Performance Pathways Program travel to Wagga Wagga in NSW to train and compete for five days from 8-12 July 2019.
The focus of the competition will be centred around creating a team environment, working together and executing racing skills. After three days of training, the athletes and coaches will split into three teams for two days of competition. This will provide a unique opportunity for participants to develop both in and out of the pool in both a fun and competitive environment.
Day and Kearns are part of 32 Victorian athletes that have been selected for the Tri Meet based on performances at the Australian Age Championships. 8 males (14/15yrs & 16/17yrs age groups) and 8 females (13/14yrs & 15/16yrs age groups) will take to the water.
Late changes to Hawks Winter Series program
7th July 2019 by
By popular demand, changes have been made by the Bendigo Hawks committee to the Meet Program for Round 2 (14/07/2019) and Round 3 (04/08/2019).
Event 35 (Round 2) and Event 53 (Round 3) have both been changed from 200IM to 100IM.
Unfortunately, the new Swim Central system won't let us change the events in the Online Entry system once they have been published. :(. If you are 11/over, please enter the 200IM event and we will change it to 100IM. If you are 10/u, the event won't be available to you in Swim Central. Please send your details to [email protected] and we will enter you manually. In that event, please send your payment to:
Inaugural swim meet a success
16th June 2019 by
On Sunday morning, Bendigo Hawks Aquatic hosted the inaugural competitive swim meet at Bendigo's new Gurri Wanyarra Wellbeing Centre. The Club took advantage of the pool's movable boom to run its traditional 3-meet Winter Series in the 25m Short Course format. 127 swimmers from 17 Clubs across regional and metro Victoria came to Bendigo to secure qualifying times for the upcoming Victorian Country, State and National Short Course Championships.
For the first competition at a new venue the Meet went exceptionally well, said Hawks President Greg Smith. I received plenty of good, positive feedback from many of our patrons with everyone I spoke to giving the venue and the meet a big tick of approval. Smith added "I think that can largely be attributed to the wonderful organisational skills of my committee, the "let's make it a huge success" approach of all the Hawks families and our local team of Swimming Victoria officials and the extraordinary co-operation of the team at Gurri Wanyarra. For Centre Manager, Rod Simms, Pool Manager Carly Schintler and the rest of the Gurri Wanyarra team nothing was too much trouble. They bent over backwards for us!"
In the pool, the squad from the metro club, Doncaster-Templestowe and Central Victoria's Bendigo East put in the best performances. The swimmers representing Gisborne Thunder, Bendigo Hawks and Kangaroo Flat put in solid performances throughout the meet. The second and third rounds of the Series will be held again at Gurri Wanyarra on July 14th and August 4th respectively. All results from today's meet can be downloaded from the Competitions page.
Hawks christen new Bendigo pool
12th June 2019 by
The first ever competitive swim meet at Bendigo's fabulous, new Gurri Wanyarra Wellbeing Centre will be proudly hosted by the members of Bendigo Hawks Aquatic this Sunday morning. The world-class health and fitness centre has as its centrepiece a 52 metre competition pool with a movable boom. The boom allows the pool to be easily reconfigured for 50m and 25m events.
A total of 127 swimmers from 17 Clubs will compete on the day. The eighteen event program is the first Round of the Club's famous Winter Series which has traditionally been the kick-off competition for the new swimming year in Central Victoria. Round Two and Round Three will be held at the same venue on July 14th and August 4th respectively. Bendigo East will hold its inaugural short course Meet at Gurri Wanyarra on July 28th. Check out the Competitions page for details of all Meets to be held in Central Victoria during the 2019/20 season.
Limited numbers of Meet Programs will be available for sale on the day. Please download and print your copy of the Meet Program from this link - Bendigo Hawks Aquatic Winter Series Round 1 - Meet Program.
Country All Junior squad selected
4th February 2019 by
On an unbelievably hot day at the Maryborough Outdoor Pool in Princes Park the swimmers of District 14 and District 15 fought incredibly hard for one of the six places in each of the 76 events to be held at the All Junior Semi-finals at MSAC on March 2nd. Even the scoring computer couldn't take the heat and packed it in before the Meet made it to halfway.
By the end of the day 123 swimmers of the 170+ who entered qualified for at least one swim in Melbourne. Semi-finalist badges will be forwarded to the home Club of each successful swimmer.
The names of those lucky swimmers and the events they'll be competing in can be found on the Competitions page.
District 8-12 Squad show class at MSAC
11th November 2019 by
Young swimmers from Central and Northern Victoria have put their talent on display in Melbourne finishing in fourth place in the Swimming Victoria Country 8-12 Junior Dolphin Competition. For many of the swimmers it was the first time that they have had a chance to perform on the big stage at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.
Pitted against the best 8 to 12 years old across regional Victoria the representative squad of 55 did the District proud with stellar performances in Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Butterfly as well as Freestyle and Medley relays. Standout swimmer amongst the boys for the Central Victoria squad was Bendigo East swimmer Hunter Boswell Twelve-year-old Hunter won Gold in the 50m and 100m Backstroke events, Silver in the 50m Breaststroke and Freestyle and Bronze in the 100m Freestyle.
Amongst the girls Bendigo East swimmers Lily-May Kirby stood out with 11-year-old Lily winning Gold in the 100m Butterfly and 100m Backstoke and Silver in the 50m Backstroke. Clubmate Milla Tzaros won Bronze in the 11-year-old 100m Breaststroke. NyahTwoBays Swan Hill swimmer Eliza Everett claiming Bronze in the 12-year-old 50m Breaststroke.
The excitement of the relays also finished in success with the ten-year-old girls freestyle relay featuring East's Lacy Wilkie, Gisborne Thunder's Tess Kelly, Catherine Mahoney and Shelby Morgan claimed the 3rd spot on the podium with Bronze. The ten-year-old boys freestyle relay claimed a bronze with swimmers from East's Tadgh Hughan, Maryborough's Isaac Scott, South Gisborne's Dylan Campbell-Quigley and NyahTwoBays Swan Hill's Anders Plant. In a thrilling finish the 12 year old boys freestyle relay claimed a Bronze with East's Hunter Boswell being joined by Echuca's Brandon Batey, Bendigo Hawk's Hunter Wright and NyahTwoBays Swan Hill's Harry Robinson. In the Medley relays the ten-year-old boys finished third with the same quartet that claimed the Freestyle bronze repeating the effort. The eight and nine old girls medley relay team claimed Bronze with Bendigo Hawk's Tayla O'Connell Bendigo East's April Downing and Grace Dobie joining Gisborne Thunder's Caitlin Greed. It was Bronze for the 11-year-old girls medley relay featuring East's Lily-May Kirby and Milla Tzaros who were joined by Bendigo Hawks Marley Addlem and Gisborne Thunder's Trea Harkin. The big surprise came with the 12-year-old girls medley team claiming the Silver with judge's decision falling in their favour, the team consisted Echuca's Emma Judd and Milly Ross with Swan Hill's Eliza Everett and Gisborne Thunder's Kiera Cooper.
The squad's Head Coach, Andrew Judd of Echuca, guided the swimmers in the pool agreed that the performances of the young regional swimmers in the pool and the way in which they represented the District on the day were exemplary. The future of swimming is as bright as ever in Central Victoria.
All Junior and Inter-district squad selected
18th February 2018 by
At the Bendigo East pool this morning the District's 14/under swimmers competed to earn a place at the 2018 SV Country All Junior Semi-finals. Swimmers vied for a place in the top six of each of the 50m Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Freestyle events.
The Semi-finals will be held at MSAC on Saturday March 17 where swimmers from Clubs from all over regional Victoria will battle for one of ten places in the Finals to be held on March 18.
The full results from today's CVS Qualifying Meet can be found on the Competitions page.
During the week, the squad that will represent District 15 at the 2018 Inter-district Competition was announced. The District 15 selection panel chose the best two swimmers for each of the competition's sixty-eight Individual and Relay events. Thirty-six of our best athletes aged from as young as 9 years-old will compete against the best each Victorian country District has to offer.
Click here to see swimmers who will wear the green and gold of District 15 at MSAC next Saturday February 24.
District swimmers excel at Countries
28th January 2018 by
Sixty-four swimmers from across District 15 put in some sensational performances at the 2018 Victorian Country Championships held in Shepparton over the Australia Day long-weekend.
Headlining the District 15 effort were Gisborne Thunder teammates Tyler Theodore and Alec McGregor, Tyler took out the Gold medal in both the Boys 12 year old100m Freestyle and the 100m Butterfly. Alec won the Boys 12 year old 100m Breaststroke. Together the boys brought home to Gisborne the Club's first ever Country Championships Gold medals.
At the other end of our vast district Echuca's Lara Judd, swimming a huge program won the Bruce Carter Trophy for the best performed 14/under swimmer, male or female, across the three days of the Championships. In a brilliant all around performance Lara's efforts included:-
Silver - Open 200m Breaststroke, Bronze - 14-15yrs 100m Breaststroke, 4th - 14-15yrs 100m Backstroke, Gold - 14-15yrs 100m Butterfly, Gold, Open 200m IM, 4th - 14-15yrs 100m Freestyle, 5th - Open 100m Backstroke. Four of Lara's times were National Qualifying times so she'll be off to represent her Club and District on the National stage.
Layla Day of Bendigo East made seven individual Finals bringing home two Gold, three Silver and one Bronze medal.
The District was represented by swimmers from Bendigo East (4th), Bendigo Hawks (29th), Echuca (14th), Gisborne Thunder (24th), Maryborough (32nd) and South Gisborne.
Upcoming Swim Meets in Central Victoria
27th November 2017 by
Entries for the Mid-summer Swim Meet, Maryborough Swim Meet, Castlemaine Swim Meet and the District 15 Country All Junior Qualifying Swim Meet are now OPEN.
Checkout the details for each Meet on the Competitions page. Your support of the Meets run by the smaller Clubs of our District is crucial for their viability in their communities.
Country 7-10 Rep Squad
5th November 2017 by
Young swimmers from Central Victoria have put their talent on display in Melbourne finishing in fourth place in the Swimming Victoria Country 7-10 Encouragement Competition.
For many of the swimmers it was the first time that they have had a chance to perform on the big stage at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre. Pitted against the best 7 to 10 years old across regional Victoria the representative squad of 35 did the District proud with stellar performances in Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Butterfly as well as Freestyle and Medley relays.
Standout swimmers amongst the boys for the Central Victoria squad were Bendigo East swimmer Nicholas Kearns and Echuca's Angus Watson. Ten year old Nicholas won Silver in the Backstroke and Bronze in the Freestyle, while nine year old Angus took the Bronze in the Freestyle.
Amongst the girls Bendigo East swimmers April Downing stood out with eight year old April winning Gold in Butterfly, Silver in Backstroke. The excitement of the relays also finished in success with the ten year old girls freestyle relay which featured claiming Silver with Gisborne Thunder's Charlotte Matthews teaming up with Bendigo Hawks Zara Paul and East's Mia O'Keefe and Mila Tzaros.
The nine year old girls Freestyle relay featuring East's Lacy Wilkie, Gisborne Thunder's Tess Kelly joined by South Gisborne Sharks' Aysha Masood and Bendigo Hawks Zoe Cail claimed the 3rd spot on the podium with Bronze. The eight year old girls Freestyle relay team claimed a Silver with swimmers from East Eloise Kealy and Downing joining with Bendigo Hawks swimmers Tayla O'Connell and Ashlyn Bird.
In the Medley relays the ten year old girls finished third with Thunder's Trea Harkin combining with East's Riley Sterenberg and Mila Tzaros, the quartet was rounded out with the Hawks Zara Paul. The nine year old boys medley relay team claimed Silver with Bendigo East's Tadhg Hughan and Fraser Allen joining Echuca's Angus Watson and South Gisborne Sharks Charlie Conroy.
The squad's Head Coach, Geoff Smalley of South Gisborne, guided the swimmers in the pool while Amanda Reddick and Matt Kearns of Bendigo East provided him with tremendous support as Team Managers. All agreed that the performances of their young charges in the pool and the way in which they represented the District on the day were exemplary. The future of swimming is as bright as ever in Central Victoria.
26th July 2016 by
Central Victoria Swimming Inc. is Swimming Victoria's District 15. Stretching from Gisborne in the the south to Echuca in the north, this is a large District comprising ten clubs across a geographical region that is roughly aligned with the Loddon and Campaspe river valleys.
The Clubs that form District 15 are:- Bendigo East, Bendigo Hawks Aquatic, Castlemaine, Echuca, Gisborne Thunder, Kangaroo Flat, Maryborough, Rochester, South Gisborne Sharks and Tongala.
Representative teams always compete at important Swim Meets such as the SV Country 7-10 Encouragement Meet, SV Country Inter-district Competition and the SV Country All Junior Competition.
The Central Victoria Championships are held each year in March. All District 15 clubs are eligible to compete with trophies being awarded to the Clubs with the highest Boys, Girls and Overall aggregate points as well as the best performed 13/U and 14/O swimmers.