Home' LOTL : February 2011 Contents It's nearly the middle of summer, and your
goals of meeting new people and getting in shape
have come down to working o those tan lines by
the pool. Time to get up. And get in.
Sydney's Wett Ones, the largest LGBT swim club in
Australia, is celebrating their 20th anniversary and have
invited LOTL readers to come check out the club.
Coach Catherine, one of the earliest members of the
club, says, "We provide training sessions at two excellent
swim venues on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays,
Saturdays and even Sundays as well as o ering club
members several social activities throughout the year."
e club is well-organised and professional,
with sponsors and a crew of coaches. Many Wett
Ones swimmers compete regularly in Masters
Competitions within NSW and at international
events. Wett Ones members are also Surf Lifesavers,
water polo players, runners, and active triathletes.
e club isn't a club for those learning to swim, but
for those who already know how and want to work
on their ability while making new friends.
e PR and Fundraising Manager for Wett Ones,
Ulrich Schild, has been a member for the last six
years. I asked him about the experience of people
checking out the club for the rst time. He told me,
"It is kind of intimidating when you look at a group
of people of thirty or so jumping into the lanes. You
go, 'Oh bloody hell can I manage that? Swimming
40k or 40 laps in an hour?' Usually most swimmers
are kind of intimidated by the looks of it, so what
we've done is create a male and female rep. You can
go on the website and contact them, ask them all
your questions. You get three free swims and the
coaches consider which lane suits you best, and you
can move up from that lane to the faster lane." Ulrich
admitted to me that he started o in the "wombat"
lane for the slower and heavier guys, but has moved
up from there since joining the club.
e team will be competing in the Wellington
Outgames in March, which is drawing near. Ulrich
said, "We are the leading LGBT swim club in
Australia. If anyone gets medals and picks them up,
it's us. We're the strongest team in Wellington and
we'd like to own the podium there."
If not for the healthy competition, stop by a
practice to meet the team to see if it's for you. Test
the waters, so to speak. I also heard from Ulrich that,
"A lot of our girls are quite sexy. ey are t, and out
there, and they create a lot of social activities." So
what are you waiting for? Jump in!
Catherine and Ulrich suggest coming out and
joining in for up to three free training sessions with
the Wett Ones before making a decision as to the
level of your commitment...
Visit the website wettones.org for additional
details including swim session times and
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