Chair’s Corner – March 2019

This year the OMS Association Championship meet will be held at the newly renovated Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation Center May 17-19, 2019.  Oregon Masters will be hosting our annual membership meeting along with our annual recognition and awards social on Saturday night.

The OMS Board of Directors cordially invites all of you to attend this annual event where we recognize our volunteers and swimmers, and share some of the achievements from the past year.

Every year we ask our members for nominees for the five OMS Awards described below.  This is your opportunity to give recognition to a worthy individual, organization, business or group that has contributed outstanding service to a team or to OMS.

Don’t forget to submit your nominations for the several awards which recognize those who contribute to this amazing organization.

Annual OMS Awards

Connie Wilson Memorial Award

Given to an individual who has made an outstanding, long-term leadership contribution to OMS and to Masters swimming.

Ol’ Barn Award

Given to the individual who has shown outstanding leadership, dedication, and devotion throughout the past year, to OMS and Masters swimming.

Hazel Bressie Spirit – Female Award

Given to the female who has shown enthusiasm and spirit to her team and/or other Masters swimmers during the past year.

Gil Young Spirit – Male Award

Given to the male who has shown enthusiasm and spirit to his team and/or other Masters swimmers during the past year.

Special Services Award

Given to an individual, organization, business, or group that has gone the extra mile by contributing outstanding service to a club or to OMS.

How to submit your nomination(s):

  1. Read through the award descriptions above.
  2. Look through the list of past OMS Award Recipients to assure that the awards go to different nominees each year.
  3. Submit the name of the award, the nominee’s name and a brief explanation of why you think your nominee is deserving of the award. If you can, we would appreciate a photograph of the nominee for publication later.
  4. Email your nomination information by Friday, March 15, 2019 to:

Sara Shepherd (Awards Chair)

Nominees will be reviewed and voted on in March 2019 by the OMS Board and two persons from the general membership.

We plan on putting together a slide show highlighting all the pool and open water events, workout groups, and individuals who make Oregon Masters Swimming so much fun.  Please submit your photos to:


Tim Waud/OMS Chair

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