Wett Ones Swimming Club head coach Danny Crowe was recently selected as the Masters Swimming NSW Coach of the Year and the 2011 Masters Swimming Australia Coach of the Year. There are 57 Masters swimming clubs in NSW/ACT and 180 nationally.
Crowe started swimming with the Wett Ones in 2000 in preparation for the 2002 Sydney Gay Games. In 2001, he undertook formal coach training and then coached the club on an ad hoc basis until 2008.
In 2008, Crowe became head coach. As well as the responsibilities associated with being head coach, he continues to swim and compete with the Wett Ones and volunteer for club activities.
The Wett Ones are Sydney’s LGBT Masters swim squad, welcoming all keen swimmers regardless of sexual orientation. They train Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 6.30-7.30pm and Sundays, 3.30-5pm at Sydney University Sports and Aquatic Centre, and Saturdays, 10-11am at Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool from October to March.
The club has more than 80 registered members of various abilities, making it one of the largest Masters clubs in NSW.
“One great strength of the Wett Ones is the diversity of sporting and social activities the club offers,” president Ryan Bennett told the Star Observer.
“We have slower and more social swimmers right through to high-level swimmers, setting state and even national Masters records.
“As long as you are a proficient and keen swimmer, able to swim a minimum of several hundred metres of proper freestyle, you’ll be able swim with the club.”
To encourage younger people to join Masters swimming, the Wett Ones offer a 35 percent discount on the annual Masters NSW registration fees and 50 percent off session fees for those aged 26 and under.