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Cancelled – Tuggeranong Challenge 2019

Announcement from club Prez, Greg Gourley.

Disappointing to advise that a decision has had to made to CANCEL our scheduled 2019 Tuggeranong Challenge meet, planned for 21 Sep 19!

The reason for the cancellation is a lack of entries. We received a disappointing response from ACT and regional clubs. The number of entries received was insufficient to ensure an appropriately lively, enjoyable and competitive event. It would not have been worthwhile for volunteer officials (many of whom would have had to travel to Canberra for the event) to offer their time.

Entrants will be contacted shortly so that refunds can occur.

A very big thank you to the Vikings members who had already expended considerable effort in preparation and organising, and thank you to those from elsewhere who were prepared to put their hands up.

We’ll be back – bigger and better – next year!

 

 

2018 Endurance Program results

Report by Endurance Co-ordinator – Katrina Burgess

During 2018 eleven Viking swimmers completed the Australian Masters Endurance Program. The program runs throughout the year and involves gaining points through completing up to 62 swims ranging from 400m to 1 hour of continuous swimming.

As a club, we won the NSW pointscore, and gained third place nationally. 2018 saw the highest annual points ever scored by the club – a fabulous total of 16,911 points scored by 41 swimmers. Great participation! Those Vikings came VERY close to acheiving a combined one million metres, acheiving a total of 955.8 km, over 1170 recorded swims. Both of these figures are also the highest ever achieved by the club!

Award towels were presented during the club’s EOFY drinks at Tuggeranong Vikings Town Centre Club, on Sunday 30 June 2019.

Thank you, and a huge congratulations to the Vikings swimmers who took part in the Endurance Program, as every swim counts.

David Bale – maximum points
Katrina Burgess – maximum points
Donna Campbell
Brenda Day – maximum points
Kylie Lane – maximum points
Christine Leary
Caroline Makin – maximum points
Atsuko McGowan – maximum points
Richard Phillips
Ann Reid – maximum points
Andrea Teunissen

NSW State Open and Australian Open swimming championships 2019

Report by Web Editor – Al Byrne

Over a recent three week period, our Vikings resident Multi-Class S9 swimmer, David Bale, made the big trips to Sydney and to Adelaide, respectively, for the 2019 NSW State Open Championships and then the 2019 Hancock Prospecting Australian Swimming Championships. David is an enthusiastic (and quick!) swimmer for both the Tuggeranong Vikings adult swim squad and the Tuggeranong Vikings Masters swimming club.

The NSW event, held at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre (SOPAC) 15-17 Mar 19, saw David competing in five events, and qualifying for three finals. In the process, he managed to improve two of his personal bests: for the 200m IM (by 3.0 seconds) and the 100m BU (by 2.5 seconds). Event results are on the Swimming NSW website.

This was a great lead-in for David’s participation in the Australian Championships a few weeks later (07-12 Apr 19) at the SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre in Adelaide. David qualified for three events – 50m BA, 50m FR and 100m FR – and, this time, racked up another two personal bests, including an improvement by a full second in the 50m BA for a very respectable 36.26 seconds! The winner of this event was obviously pushed very hard, setting a new world record for the S9 classification. Full results are available on the Swimming Australia website.