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2015 Endurance 1000 Results

Report by Katrina Burgess, Endurance C0-ordinator

It has been another successful year for the Tuggeranong Viking endurance swimmers, placing fifth in the National Endurance 1000 program and second in NSW, just behind Campbelltown. The club accumulated 12,165 points.

Thank you to the 55 swimmers who participated at some time over the year and gained valuable points for the club. The club scored 126.72 points per average swimmer and this placed us 8th in NSW and 19th nationally.

Congratulations to the five swimmers who completed the yearly program of 62 swims which range from 400m to hour-long swims and gained maximum points in all swims – Brenda Day, Katrina Burgess, Caroline Makin, Jon McRae, and Ann Reid. David Bale and Andrea Teunissen also successfully completed the program and all seven swimmers are now anxiously awaiting their embroidered towel.

Other statistics from 2015 …

1)      The total kilometres swam by the Tuggeranong Viking endurance swimmers was 690.8km.

2)      A total of 928 swims were completed and entered into the Australian Masters Portal by Jane Lindsay. What an achievement – A huge thank you to Jane for her data entry!

3)      The club had a participation rate of 57.29% of members participating.

The program continues this year and all club members are welcome to participate in as few or as many swims as each individual would like, adding to the Masters swimming motto of “fun, friendship and fitness”.

More information about the club results and individual point scores of all participants is available.

Endurance sessions are held on Tuesday morning at 1030hrs to 1200hrs and Saturday mornings from 1030hrs to 1230hrs.

41st Masters Swimming National Championships – 21-24 April 2016

Report by Caroline Makin, Club Captain

Melbourne was the destination that our 26 Vikings descended on for the 41st Masters Swimming Nationals Championships. The competition was back to the usual Long Course format for 2016 and was held in the 10-lane indoor 50m pool at Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre from 21-24 April.

Our crew departed via plane or car from Canberra in high spirits, looking forward to what lay ahead in Victoria.  Hoping to come back perhaps victorious, whether that meant bringing home medals, securing National or State records, club records, PBs, or simply achieving their goal of competing in their first ever National Championships.

Some of our swimmers took the opportunity to head to MSAC the day prior to the competition starting to try out the competition pool and do a small warm up in the wave pool as well as practice their technique in readiness for their racing over the following four days!

The opening ceremony put on by Masters Swimming Victoria was fabulous. There was the National Anthem as always, but then there was a parade of clubs with banners around the pool, which was followed by a spectacular show with male and female dancers around the pool deck.




The Vikings team showed their strength in the pool across many age groups. The competition was stiff but many swimmers still managed to bring home some bling for their efforts, and we witnessed lots of magnificent swims with many many PBs being achieved. We could hear team mates cheering on their fellow Vikings from the side lines and some of our swimmers even videoing swims for each other which truly showed their camaraderie and spirit.

The days were long, and we swam relays not only at the end of the day but also due to Day 2 overrunning, had to get to the pool early on Day 3 to swim the Day 2 relays before beginning individual racing again on Day 3!  Many of the relay events saw nail-biting finishes amongst some of the teams, with the winners finishing by only a finger nail ahead!

We not only enjoyed our time at the pool, but also socialising in the evenings with fellow Vikings members and also our friends from other clubs.

Our club finished 5th overall in the Club point score, and 2nd behind Claremont Gropers from WA in the ‘Visitor’s trophy’.  This is a fantastic achievement!! Thanks to the coaching team for helping prepare our Vikings!

It was a huge event and the competition is becoming fiercer every year at Nationals! There is incredible depth in Masters Swimming and it was great to be part of an event where swimmers of all ages and ranges of ability were competing.

See you at the Gold Coast in 2017 for the next MSA National Championships.

NSW State LC Championships – 9/10 April 2016

Report by David Bale

The NSW State LC Championships were held on the weekend of 9/10 April at the home of the 2000 Sydney Olympics.  Tuggeranong had 21 swimmers compete over the two days which is a little short on regular numbers at States but due to Nationals happening less than two weeks later was understandable.

We saw some marvellous swims from many of our team members which resulted in Tuggeranong Vikings placing third in the 1st division which was an awesome effort!

We had Jenna Freeman, Nicolee Martin, Pam Munday, and Kade Burgess all finishing first in their age groups and Caroline Makin, Ann Reid, Anne Smyth, and Ian Hampton finishing either second or third.  There were also several others achieving high places in their age groups.

David Bale was given the privilege of writing this report as he achieved a 14 second personal best time in his 200m Butterfly with a 3.15.87.

Some observations from the spectator gallery and pool deck were …

Jenna Freeman earned 5 golds from 5 starts with a 1.04.17 in her 100m Freestyle.

Marianne Tweedie cracked the 3 mins for her 200m Backstroke with a tidy 2.59.55.

Jill Blomeley in the recovery from a major knee injury delivered a 1.30.32 for a 100m Freestyle.

Rachel Harrison-Wyatt punched out a spritely 1.07.06 for her 100m Freestyle.

Caz Makin delivered a great swim in the 200m Individual Medley going under 3 mins in a time of 2.58.21.

Katrina Burgess provided a gutsy performance in the very difficult 200m Butterfly with 3.24.36.

Kristen Leydon swam a 47.58 in the 50m Freestyle which was quite good with minimal training.

Nicolee Martin showed her endurance with a 2.38.79 in the 200m Freestyle.

Ann Reid showed why she is a butterflyer with a 4.13.52 in the 200m Butterfly. She also kept a beady eye on the swimmers in the pool in her officiating capacity!

Donna Campbell continues to improve going 53.65 for 50m Butterfly.

Anne Smyth’s focus on fly paid off with a 3.22.28 in the 200m Butterfly.

Leisa Cass was solid as always with a 3.57.09 for her 100m Backstroke.

Pam Munday showed us how breaststroke should be swum with a 1.40.29 in the 100m Breaststroke.

Brenda Day nudged the 4 minute barrier in one of her three 200s with a 4.00.66 in 200m Backstroke.

Heather Cachia showed real stamina in a 5.37.20 200m Backstroke.

Joan Bratton swam a determined 5.03.02 in her 200m Breaststroke.

Kade Burgess went 5 gold from 5 swims and flew through the 50m Butterfly in 29.97.

David Bale delivered a solid 50m Butterfly in 35.84.

Andreas Falkenau loves his fly and it showed with a 1.21.14 100m Butterfly.

John Collis is an awesome Breaststroker and this can been seen in the 1.36.40 he did in the 100m Breaststroke.

Ian Hampton despite the recent Cooma pool closure still delivered a 3.44.16 in the 200m Individual Medley.


These results are very impressive considering there was no real taper due to Nationals looming.  Many club members now look to Melbourne for the Australian Masters Swimming National Championships from 21-24 April.  Good luck to all our Vikings!


Summer Season 2015/16 – Open Water and Triathlon

Report by Anne Smyth, Head Coach (and some other anonymous contributors…)

Many of our club members are keen open water swimmers and triathletes.  Here is a quick summary of our summer achievements.

The first event on the summer season calendar was the Sri Chinmoy Triple Triathlon on the 15 November 2015. This involves swimming, running and cycling around Canberra’s three lakes (although the Tuggeranong leg was in the pool!). Brenda Day’s team (“The Tearaways”) broke the record for over 60′s with some of our team in their 70′s with Brenda swimming tow of the three legs – 3.5km & 1.2km. Caroline Makin, Nicolee Martin, Lisa Moore, Suzie Gunning and Petrina Quinn were also in teams at the event.

The Coogee Island Swim was held on 29 November. It was an extremely challenging swim and was quite exhilarating pitting yourself against the elements … Anne Smyth (1st F55-59) and Petrina Quinn (14th F55-59) were our brave swimmers!

On the same day back in Canberra the 29th National Capital Lake Swim was held with a smaller turner than usual from our club members taking on the 9km distance in LAke Burley Griffin. Caroline Makin and Nicolee Martin paired up as “The M&Ms” and finished 1st female team and Kyle McLean and David Bale paired taking out 3rd place in male team event. The brave solo swimmers were: Lisa Moore 2nd U50 female with wetsuit, Paul Hitchman 9th U50 male, Greg Gourley 6th 50-59 male.

Tathra Wharf2Waves

On 17 January 2016, our ever favourite Tathra Wharf to Waves event was run in beautiful conditions on the south coast of NSW. As usual it was a great event to support.  Our small team swam well with some podium finishes.  Tom Boyce (10th Open Male 1200m), Caroline Makin (2nd F40-49 600m, 10th Open Female 1200m), Petrina Quinn (9th F50-59 600m, 37th Open Female 1200m), Tara Olsthoorn (2nd F30-39 600m, 11th Open Female 1200m), Mandy Coggins (3rd F50-59 600m ), Brenda Day (2nd F60-69 600m ), Jodi Burke (13th F30-39 600m, 35th Open Female 1200m), Lisa Moore (21st Open Female 1200m).

Australia Day saw Nicolee Martin completing the iconic Sydney Harbour Swim taking out 3rd place in the F50-59 category. This spectacular swim was certainly a highlight for Nicolee and a wonderful event to do on Australia Day as a few of our swimmers know from previous years.

On 31 January in Canberra, Nicolee Martin and Caroline Makin completed the ACT Triathlon Olympic Distance Tri (1.5k Swim/40k Bike/10k Run). They had great support and encouragement from the sideline from their hubbies and friends. A huge achievement and a first time ever for that distance for Caz!

Tara Olsthoorn took part in the Diamond Women’s Triathlon Festival in Canberra in a Sprint Distance Tri (750m Swim/20k Bike/5k Run) as a member of the 1st place team doing the swim leg (2nd fastest swim leg overall). She also competed in the Canberra Proximity Corporate Triathlon on 27 February (300m Swim/9k Bike/3k Run) and her team placed 2nd with Tara achieving the fastest swim leg.

The next major swim was back in Canberra with the Sri Chimnoy Lake Swims on21 February.  As usual, the club had a huge turn out for this event and we were joined by swimmers from Molonglo, Ryde and even a Queensland Masters swimmer! It is always good to support local swims so this is another event to keep in mind for next year. It was a shame it clashed with the Husky Triathlon, otherwise we would have had even more competitors.  5km – Greg Gourley (M50-50 2nd), David Bale (MU50 8th), Ben Freeman (MU50 1st), Jenna Freeman(FU50 1st), Petrina Quinn (F50-59 2nd); 2.5km –Anne Smyth (F50-59 1st), Jenny Bruce ( FU50 17th), Ian Hampton (M60-69 4th ), Suzie Gunning (F50-59 5th) , Ann Reid (F50-59 2nd), Jeanette Droop (50-59 3rd), Deborah Johns (F50-59 7th); 500m - Leisa Cass(2nd).

On 7 February, the Cole Classic was run at Manly. It was a huge event with over 3,000 competitors and definitely an event to flag next year if you are thinking about doing some open water swims. Caroline Makin (F45-49), Nicolee Martin (F50-54) and Anne Smyth (F55-59) swam the 2km event winning 1st pace (Caz) and 2nd place in their age categories. Iron woman,Deborah Johns, swam not only the 1km but also completed the 2km swim!

So while our swimmers were splashing in Lake Burley Griffin some our hardy club members were at Huskisson competing in a huge Triathlon event – The “Big Husky” Triathlon Festival. This started on Friday evening with an Open Water Swim (1km) with Caroline Makin and Nicolee Martin winning their respective age groups. On the Saturday Caroline, Nicolee and Jill Blomeley competed in the Sprint Distance Tri (750m Swim/20k Bike/5k Run). Caz and Nicolee both finished in a fantastic 8th position in the age categories from a large number of competitors. Great to see Jill back competing! Then to finish off the Sunday, the “THE TRI NATIONS” team (English, Scottish and Aussie!) – Caz + Scott Makin + Dwayne Currie (Lisa Moore’s partner) – completed the Long Course Tri (2k Swim/83k Bike/20k Run). A huge sporting weekend!

Our super fit Nicolee just loves these Triathlon events!  She competed in the ACT Aquathlon series held on Wednesdays on 20 January, 3 February and 2 March 2016 and to top off her season she was part of a team in the Sri Chinmoy Jindy Multisport on 6 March which involved swimming, mountain biking, running and kayaking around Lake Jindabyne – lucky the weather was still warm! Nicolee did 1 run, 2 swims and 1 MTB leg – wow! Ian Hampton also completed 2 swim legs for his team. – as he said, “It was a beautiful day and this was a great day out with nearly 50 teams and 6 individual competitors.  A very impressive event and worthwhile thinking about for next year.”

The Rottnest Channel Swim was held on 27 February. This is a 19.7km open water swim between Cottesloe Beach and Rottnest Island in WA and is one of the iconic swims in the worldTwo of our newest and youngest members completed this swim with Ben Freeman winning the solo swim and his sister Jenna coming 4th in the solo females. A huge effort from both of these swimmers!

Cecelia Kaye swam in the Freshwater Barney Mullins swim on Sunday 6 March coming 8th in her age group.  Cecelia said, “It was a nice sunny day and beautiful in the water although it seemed slightly longer than 1.5km!”

The Broulee Bay to Breakers swim was held over the Canberra long weekend on 13 March and this event seems to be grow annually. Now this is definitely one you should consider for next year. It can easily be done as a day trip from Canberra and the swim is lovely. The water was so clear this year you could see fish and beautiful rocks while swimming!!  We only had 3 swimmers here with Anne Smyth finishing in 2nd place, Suzie Gunning 4th and Petrina Quinn 15th in the same F50-59 age group.

Deborah Johns also swam in the Melbourne Swim Classic (2.8km and 800m) on 13 March and the Tilbury Classic held in Nowra on the Easter weekend on 26 March.

Well done to all our swimmers! There are a few more who competed in events over summer but we don’t have all information to hand.

These swims may give you some inspiration for next summer season and something to aim for!

You can attend an open water clinic with Andre Slade at Bondi Ocean Fit if you want some tips. Anne did one of his clinics last year and it was very helpful. You can tie in one of his clinics to a swim in Sydney and make a weekend of it!

2015 Annual Club Awards – What a year 2015 was!

Report by Leisa Cass, Club President & Caroline Makin, Club Captain

Our 2015 Club Christmas Party/Presentation Night was held at Tuggeranong Vikings Club on Sunday 13 December 2015.

Our club President, Leisa Cass, once again spoke about our continued successes as a club over the last 12 months and presented the perpetual club awards/trophies to this year’s winners.

It has been yet another fabulous year for Tuggeranong Masters who continue to show their strength in the pool and at open water events. Here is a quick recap of the major events and happenings during 2015 …

In January and February we had swimmers successfully taking on the open water swims at Tathra Wharf 2 Waves, the Cole Classic and the Sri Chinmoy Lake Swims with many podium placings in these events.

We do love a challenge out of the pool and we again saw some of our members tackling the short and long course events at the Husky Triathlon Festival.

We hosted the first ACT Interclub for the year in March with a huge turn-out of 49 swimmers competing. Tuggeranong came out winners on the day ahead of Molonglo, Picton and Ginninderra.

Also in March, many of our members competed at the NSW State Long Course Championships at SOPAC, where we won the Biddy Hall Trophy for highest average points per swimmer at the meet, and finished 5th of 38 clubs overall and Anne Smyth was presented with the 2014 NSW Masters Swimming Coach of the Year award.

Finally in March, we saw the 2014 Endurance 1000 results announced where we placed 4th Nationally and 2nd in NSW, swimming a total of 755.6km and amassing 13,312 points.

April brought around MSA National Championships – held in Hobart and in Short Course format for a change. They turned on great weather for us – and we responded by turning up the heat in the pool, coming away with too many medals to count and in excess of 60 new club records.

We placed a very impressive 6th out of 94 clubs and 2nd from NSW with 20 swimmers, compared to some clubs ahead of us with 30 or 35 or more swimmers.

Anne Smyth was also presented with the National 2014 Masters Swimming Coach of the Year award - a huge recognition of the work the club has been put into developing swimmers and the success they have had competing.

June brought on the second ACT Interclub hosted by Molonglo. This meet brought out 36 keen swimmers for a long course event. Tuggeranong again came out ahead on points from Molonglo and Ginninderra.

July saw the organised chaos that is the NSW State Relay Meet at SOPAC. Despite what does seem to be chaos, everyone knows where they need to be, who is in their team and where those swimmers are if they are not in marshaling already. We placed 7th from 14 clubs, and initiated a few new swimmers into the world of racing and competition in the pool.

We celebrated the ‘zero’ birthdays in August with a great night out with swimming buddies, that didn’t involve a 3-4 hour drive or any swimming. Quite a novelty for many of us.

In August a team of nine headed of the NSW Long Distance Short Course Championships. With 32 clubs represented, we managed to scrape ahead to win the Championship by 20 points. With a total of 160 points, we averaged just under 18 points per swimmer from a possible 20 points per swimmer.

September had us running the Tuggeranong Challenge at the newly re-opened and re-furbished Lakeside Leisure Centre. It is quite an effort to make these events come together and again – thanks to all  who helped with this. Anne Smyth won the Challenge with an overall time difference of only 1.34 seconds across three swims.

October and four of our ladies travelled to Adelaide for the Australian Masters Games and brought back a swag of medals for their efforts in the pool.

Also in October the NSW State Short Course Championships, held at the AIS in Canberra, was a highlight for our local calendar and a dominating event for Tuggeranong. With 26 swimmers crushing PB’s all over the place, during time spent manning the medal table both Saturday and Sunday, it seemed that about every second medal went to a Tuggeranong swimmer, and this was reflected in an almost clean sweep of the trophies. We were presented with the Championship Award for overall winner with 1264 points, 1160 points clear from the 2nd place team, the Harry Fowler Trophy for relay team 200+ (Caroline Makin, Nicolee Martin, Anne Smyth and Katrina Burgess) and the Gordon Cozins Trophy for highest point score in the relays. So that’s three of the four team trophies that came to our club!

November saw the third and final ACT Interclub for the year. With some mad last minute re-shuffling, we managed to secure Gungahlin Leisure Centre for us to host the meet at, due to ongoing water temperature issues at Tuggeranong. With only a total of 28 swimmers, it was the smallest ACT Interclub for the year, but no less competitive. Quite a few new club records came out of the afternoon of swimming and the overall result was Tuggeranong 1st to clean sweep the ACT Interclubs for 2015.

We also had four swimmers achieve a million metre milestone during the year:
One Million Metres – Leisa Cass and Two Million Metres – David Bale and Ann Reid and Caroline Makin.

2015 Perpetual Club Awards/Trophies

Gill and David Buckley Encouragement Award

This award is for a Thursday morning swimmer who trains regularly, takes instruction and applies it to the best of their ability, and just plain tries hard but has fun too.

The 2015 winner is Nina Maguire. Nina hardly needs encouragement but “courage” is her middle name. Nina Maguire is a very enthusiastic Thursday morning swimmer who is always early to the pool, takes direction well and gives 100% in training. Coach Brenda said “Despite recent serious health setbacks, Nina continues to fight her way back to full fitness. When I see Nina at training, I am looking at “true grit”, which I can only admire. GO NINA!”

Tuggeranong Masters Swimming Encouragement Award

This award which was introduced last year is for an evening swimmer, who again trains regularly, takes instruction and applies it to the best of their ability and tries hard but has fun doing it.

The 2015 winner is Ed Linder. Ed has only been swimming with us for a short time. In fact he turned up for the first time during our temporary relocation to Grammar. He tried hard and got through his first session in lane one, but was somewhat ‘stuffed’. He is now training regularly in Lane 3 or 4, and while still building his overall swim fitness, speed has certainly come his way with some pretty damn quick times at the Challenge and State SC. Well done Ed and keep up the hard work!

Tuggeranong AUSSI Masters Most Improved Swimmer

Most Improved Swimmer for 2015 goes to Donna Campbell. Donna has been competing regularly during the year and has continued to improve her times on nearly all every swim. She’s keen to have a go at all strokes and distances and is keen to get involved with whatever is happening. Well done Donna.

Postal Swimmer of the Year

The winner for 2015 is Ann Reid. Ann has always been a keen participant in the postal swims that are available throughout the year, and as they always tie into the Endurance swims as well, she more often than not gets two swims for one lot of effort. That’s smart swimming and a well deserved winner.

Iron Person of the Year

This year’s Iron Person is Jill Blomeley. Jill has had an interesting year. With some health issues and then a major knee injury, she has continued to train when she could. This included turning up with a knee brace on, taking it off, doing the entire session as pull, and then putting the knee brace back on before hobbling back out the door. Now that is commitment and deserving of the Iron Person award.

Judy Gallagher Memorial Trophy for Swimmer of the Year

The 2015 Swimmer of the Year is Brenda Day. Brenda has been completed – according to the MSA results portal – 140 individual swims this year. She swam the highest distance of all swimmers from our club at Nationals with a total of 2,750m of racing. She has 10 Long Course top 10 rankings and an incredible 29 Short Course top 10 rankings. An amazing effort and a well deserved recipient of this award.

Club Person of the Year (President’s Choice)

The 2015 Club Person of the Year was a difficult choice in some ways, as there a few who we would have liked to acknowledge, but in then in the end the decision was not that hard. The winner this year is Jane Lindsay. Jane has not been swimming much the last couple of years, but as a keen Endurance swimmer, she has kept up an ongoing interest in the program. So it is for all the work that Jane has done to set up the individual spreadsheets and record all our Endurance swims in the national not very user-friendly system, that we recognise Jane today for all her time, effort and ongoing support of the club over many years. Thank you so much Jane, a very deserving recipient.

Recognition and thanks to our coaching team …

Thanks to the coaching team of Brenda DayLeisa Cass, Kade Burgess and Caroline Makin - led by Anne Smyth, the coaches have all worked hard to provide positive and meet focused training programs during the year, and yet again this is reflected in how well the club has performed and individuals have improved across the year.

… and to our Committee members  ….Thank you to all those who put up their hands to continue in their committee roles or take on a new role, and a special thanks to those new people who have taken on a role to help support and run the club. A big thank you to Bill Eversham, Jon McRae and Ann Reid for their support over the past years volunteering their time to help run the club. Please think about how you can all help during the next year with supporting your club to continue to be the amazing and successful Championship winning club that it is.

Thanks also to Scott Makin as ‘official photographer’ for the awards event.