2012 Annual Club Awards

Our 2012 Christmas Party/Presentation Night was held on the evening of Sunday 16 December 2012 at Tuggeranong Vikings Club.

As usual, the perpetual club awards/trophies were presented by our club President, Annette Britten on the evening.

Full details of the 2012 Annual Awards Winners and why they received the awards are available, but below is an intro summary with photos.

Gill and David Buckley Encouragement Award 

Presented to two swimmers this year.

The First recipient was Pauline Rohan.  Pauline has been a member of Tuggeranong Masters Swimming since 25 January 2001.  Pauline is a Thursday morning swimmer who trains consistently under the guidance of Coach Brenda Day.  Pauline also swims casually with some of our Thursday morning swimmers on another day which has helped lift her endurance. Pauline finally took the plunge into competitive swimming this year, not at one of our small interclubs but at the Alice Springs Masters Games. [read more …]

The Second recipient was Robyn Toms.  Robyn joined Tuggeranong Masters Swimming in September this year as a relatively new comer to swimming.  Robyn has a positive attitude and has thrown herself into her swimming and is really giving it a go, not only attending normal training sessions but has given the endurance sessions a go as well.  As a non-swimmer who finds coordinating strokes difficult, Robyn has been seen in the water attempting all strokes including butterfly. Robyn listens carefully (a coach’s dream) and applies the stroke direction given to her and is steadily improving under the guidance of all of our coaches. [read more …]

Tuggeranong AUSSI Masters Most Improved Swimmer

Presented to Atsuko McGowan.

Throughout this year swimming has remained one of Atsuko’s focuses and her efforts at training have shown through in the vast improvements in all of her times. Atsuko has been speedily swimming through the lanes, overtaking our faster swimmers and is now nipping on the toes of Nick Dando our fastest swimmer.

When you watch Atsuko swim it is with the greatest of ease, gliding through the water making it look so effortless. [read more …]

Swimmer of the Year

The recipient of this award was once again Pam Munday.  Although Pam has not competed in as many competitions this year her achievements are just as great. Pam has competed in the ACT Interclubs, LC Championships, Nationals and Alice Springs Masters Games.

At the LC Championships Pam swam in 5 events and came home with 5 Medals — 4 Gold Medals for the 50m, 100m, 200m Breaststroke and 200m Butterfly and a Bronze Medal for the 50m Butterfly.

Pam followed on with her medal winning hall at the National Championships where she bagged 4 Medals, 1 Gold in 200m Butterfly, 1 Silver in 100m Butterfly and 2 Bronze Medals in the 100m and 200m Breaststroke.  She narrowly missed a Bronze in the 50m Breaststroke by 51/100 second.  Pam was a member of our Golden Girls relay team also consisting of Caroline, Philippa and Brenda who took Gold in the 200+ 4x50m Women’s Medley Relay. [read more …]

Postal Swimmer of the Year

This is always a tricky award to decide the winner as there are a few regulars that enter the postal swims we have on offer. This year the award was being presented to Ann Reid. Ann is a very active member of the club both in the water and behind the scenes.  Ann regularly attends the endurance sessions and the Sunday night training sessions.  When not travelling around the country side for work, Ann will attend the Tuesday night sessions if time and family permit.

She works tirelessly behind the scenes trawling our results for club records and Top ten achievements.  We have several long suffering non swimming spouses and Peter is fortunately one of them.

Ann has competed in 3 Postal Swims this year, and was listed on the most improved list for the Bunbury Swim taking an impressive 33.12 seconds off last year’s overall time. [read more …]

Iron Person of the Year

So many people had their hand up for this award this year, the most attractive award of the night. Roger Dietrich for his dedication and the distances he travels to compete. Caroline Makin for the vast number of events entered over the course of the past twelve months, 29 in total. Greg “Iron Man” Gourley for his insanity of once again doing the triple tri and the 9km lake swim, this year without a wet suit, and the various other distance swims he competes in.

But the lucky winner of this award was Kristen Leydon.  Kristen is our little Aussie Battler who is always in there trying her best with a huge smile on her face.  Having had shoulder surgery mid last year Kristen’s achievements this year are a credit to her dogged determination.  Even last year with having had shoulder surgery, Kristen still managed to complete the Aerobics Program.

Kristen, congratulations on a fantastic adventure packed year.  You’re probably thinking did I really do all that!  Well the answer is here in black and white.  Our little Aussie Battler, keep up the great work and keep smiling.  [read more …]

Club Person of the Year

It did not take us very long to decide who we were going to give this award to. With her dedication to her swimming and the endless work done behind the scenes it was pretty evident that this award was going to Caroline Makin. Where to start!!!  Well we are going to start with Scott.

Thank you Scott for the support you have shown and for being yet another of our long suffering non swimming spouses who has been dragged around the country side from pillar to post over the past 11 months supporting Caroline who has literally thrown herself into her swimming and embarked on trying to compete in as many events as possible in 2012.

But unfortunately Scott, although you were instrumental in helping Caroline to succeed this award is not about you, it is about Caroline.  So, over to Caroline.

Over the past year Caroline has been a fantastic ambassador for Tuggeranong Masters Swimming ACT competing and representing the club in 29 swimming events ranging from ocean swimming, lake swimming and chasing that black line up and down the pool.

Caroline’s desire to compete in so many events is enough to make anyone exhausted, but Caroline like a little energiser battery just keeps going and going.

With all these meets comes success and a desire to be one of the most Active Swimmers in NSW for 2012.  Caroline is the No 1 ranked Branch Point Scorer for the Women’s 40-44 years age group in 2012, narrowly beating Yvette Cotton from Ryde to the post by 5 points.  Caroline was ranked 12th overall in the mixed and 4th overall in the women’s.  Not bad when you consider that the swimmers above Caroline do not have to embark on the lengthy travel time to compete.  [read more …]


Full details of the  2012 Annual Awards Winners and why they received the awards are available.

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