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Campbelltown BPS Meet – 18 January 2020

Report by Cecelia Kaye & Jane Waddleton

The rain stayed at bay, making for an excellent day of racing for 11 brave Vikings swimmers at the first meet for 2020: Campbelltown BPS Meet.

There were plenty of eager Masters Swimmers ready to test the water, including the great ex-Olympian, Daniel Kowalski, now swimming with the Wett Ones club – watching him swim kept the day interesting as he is still super quick!

The day started with Donna, Richard, Anne, and Caz swimming a 400m event. This distance proved too much for the rest of the crew, who stuck to the shorter distances. 

Everyone had a mix of good race times and some events where more training might be required – but it was all fun at the end of the day. Just swimming in an outdoor 50m pool proved a challenge for most of us! This meet is a great competition for Canberra-based Masters Swimmers wanting to try a MSNSW Branch Point Score meet. It was easy to travel up and back in one day and the event was run very efficiently.

Richard, Cecelia, Anne S and Nick G did our club proud by assisting with timekeeping, while Ann R stayed busy officiating as well as swimming – a valuable asset to any swim meet. We fielded two teams in the Medley Relay and the well-organised contingent of female swimmers enabled us to take out first place in age groups for both of these races – woohoo – go Vikings!

The day finished with a cold shower (due to there being no sunshine to charge the solar panels), a sausage sizzle with plenty of sausages for seconds … and thirds, … and then a stop at Maccas on the way home to Canberra for a chat about everyone’s day – we were all still smiling!

Attendees were: Richard P, Anne S, Caz M, Ann R, Donna C, Paul M, Leisa C, Katrina B, Nick G, Cecelia K and Jane W, along with Pete S for moral support.

Welcome back to training for 2020 …

The coaching team is pleased to announce that club sessions re-commenced as of Tuesday evening, 7 January. Air quality is at an acceptable level and we will endeavour to monitor this. If air quality becomes hazardous, training may be cancelled at short notice so please check emails.

2020 has truly started and if you aren’t back in the pool by now you should be! … if you have not re-joined yet, you need to do so!

We have exciting initiatives, programs, and events planned for the year so we ask that our members become involved and participate!

Check out our newly updated training section includes information about when are sessions are on, cost, payment methods, coaches profiles, drills to improve swim technique and lots of swimming tips and a session library where the coaches will be supplying programs that they have set.

2020 Start-up dates

Message from the Coaching Team and Club President

2 January 2019

Sadly, due to the current extreme weather and fire conditions impacting air quality, the recommencement of ALL club swimming activities has been suspended until further notice

Tuggeranong pool is also temporarily closed due to the poor air quality.

References:
The ACT Govt Health reports shows a hazardous AQI (Air Quality Index)
https://www.health.act.gov.au/about-our-health-system/population-health/environmental-monitoring/monitoring-and-regulating-air and hazardous extreme for smoky air quality (PM2.5).
https://www.health.act.gov.au/about-our-health-system/population-health/environmental-monitoring/monitoring-and-regulating-air-0