Happy New Year! My name is Tim Waud and I will be the new Chair for Oregon Masters Swimming. I would like to thank Jeanne Teisher for her countless years of dedication to the OMS membership. Jeanne has been a real asset to our membership and I have some big shoes to fill coming into my term as your new Chair. I have several years of experience within Oregon Masters Swimming and U. S. Masters Swimming. I have served as OMS Vice-chair, OMS Souvenir Chair, NW Zone Chair, and I am currently the Coaches Co-Chair with Matt Miller. Representing Oregon Masters as the Chair has been a goal of mine for several years.
I have been very active with U. S. Masters Swimming and have attended several United States Aquatic Sports conventions, serving on several National Committees. During my term as the NW Zone Chair, I served on the LMSC Development Committee. My experience with this committee has allowed me to gain extensive knowledge of how LMSCs in U. S. Masters swimming operate and what the best practices are in managing an LMSC.
Oregon Masters Swimming is one of the most organized and dedicated LMSC in U. S. Masters Swimming. This past year, we hosted the third largest Summer National Championship and we collectively put on a very memorable experience for over 1,280 entrants. The coming year brings us more exciting events for our membership and U. S. Masters Swimming. Oregon Masters will play host to two Open Water National Championships in 2017 and three Open Water National Championships in 2018.
U. S. Masters Swimming also offers some exciting fitness swims. Oregon Masters Swimming has excelled in the One-Hour, 5K and 10K, and the 3000 and 6000 ePostal swims. I highly encourage everyone in OMS to take part in these fun and challenging events. The 2017 Check-Off Challenge American Records Tour is a postal event designed to motivate swimmers to complete 18 pool events during the 2017 calendar year. It challenges all levels of swimmers: novice swimmers can swim new events and experienced swimmers can try for their personal best times in as many events as practical. This is a great event for seasoned swimmers and fitness swimmers in an effort to try something new. Who knows? Maybe you will find a new favorite event to swim.
I look forward to serving you for the next two years. I have a passion for swimming and I want to share that passion with each and every one of you. Please feel free to contact me with any ideas and/or concerns you have about your Masters Swimming experience.