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May, 2013:

Ettalong BPS Meet – 11 May 2013

Report by Jon McRae

After a short break from the NSW Short Course Championships last October in Woy Woy, the Vikings were back at the Woy Woy pool on the Central Coast, NSW on Saturday, 11 May 2013 for the Ettalong BPS Meet. Only this time, the weather was cool with light showers most of the afternoon – first time it was not like a sauna for Scott Makin and the other chilled spectators, including Brenda Day’s sister Diane and her husband Barry.

Only a handful of Vikings, but they  managed some reasonable results, with four individual swims each.

Caroline Makin gained a first place in her 200m Freestyle in 2:40.51 and was happy to get a relatively low 39 seconds for 50m Butterfly with her shoulders intact, despite the recurring knot that reared it’s ugliness again that day.

Katrina Burgess was very happy with a swim that picked up first in her 200m Breaststroke in 3:34.89, a first in the 50m Breaststroke and not far behind Caroline for her other two swims.

Brenda Day tackled her favourite (not many other’s favourite!) – the 200m Butterfly – in the same time as Nationals and then changed to the unfamiliar role of sprinter for 25m Freestyle and a couple of 50’s.

Jon McRae provided an excellent demonstration of the old ‘wind up’ start for his 25m Freestyle sprint and demonstrated why this start technique is now obsolete and there is “room for improvement in that area, especially on 25m sprints!”. Jon recorded his first time under 3 minutes for 200m Freestyle and put in his first time racing 25m sprints in a “good many years”.

Unfortunately, Gary Stutsel could not attend the meet as planned, and our relay team was only a scratch job with no point score, but was good exercise anyway including a ringer from the Castle Hill club taking up Gary’s leg in the 4x50m Mixed Freestyle relay.

Jon spent a lot of the day timekeeping including a stint as acting Chief Timekeeper , gaining excellent experience for his official qualification and during which Jenny Whiteley smashed another world record in Breaststroke.

“Our” Opal Eddy managed a couple of first places and the Vikings also watched ex-collaborator, Adrian Davis, now swimming for Port Macqarie club, who excelled with four firsts in his swims.

Full results are available.

Two Prestigious Awards – May 2013

“Two Prestigious Awards to Tuggeranong Masters Swimming ACT”

Tuggeranong Masters Swimming ACT has been announced the Masters Swimming NSW (Incorporating ACT) 2012 Club of the Year at the Annual General Meeting held on Saturday 18 May 2013, at Sydney Olympic Park. Roger Dietrich was also awarded the Gary Stutsel Award for having contributed the most to the advancement of Masters Swimming in NSW throughout 2012.

The Club of the Year award is one of the most prestigious that can be awarded to a club within the Masters Swimming NSW Branch, and is the result of the MSNSW Board noting the tremendous effort that the club has put into its promotion as well as their participation and camaraderie at swim meets. Their chant of “Go you Vikings!” can regularly be heard on pool deck at swim meets around NSW, with their swimmers supporting one another throughout the event and members taking on time-keeping responsibilities and more recently undertaking officials qualifications.

Tuggeranong Masters are truly the model club, with some great leadership from the likes of their President, Annette Britten; Club Captain, Caroline Makin and Coaching Director, Anne Smyth.  The committee has done a great job helping steer the club onwards and upwards to greater achievements in the last couple of years, with everyone working so well together to make the sport more enjoyable for all their members. Each and every member of the club should be very proud of the club’s recent successes and this award, as well as their own personal achievements and participation – making the club what it is today.

In addition, member Roger Dietrich has also been announced as having won the Gary Stutsel Award for contributing the most to the advancement of Masters Swimming in NSW in 2012.

About two years ago Roger started the planning, and then set up the MSNSW Social Media networks on the platforms of Facebook and Twitter about a year ago and has continued to be the Social Media Administrator.

MSNSW saw the opportunity to use the social media platforms as a promotional tool for Masters Swimming across the state. “It has had the effect of helping the organisation build a valuable sense of community”, Roger said, “without Facebook and twitter members would not have been able to become friends both on Social Media and on pool deck”.

Masters Swimming NSW Board member, Stuart Ellicott said that he does the job so well, “and it has enabled many people to develop friendships with other swimmers around the State and Territory as well as nationally”.

Roger said it was a great honour to receive an award named after such an esteemed fellow as Gary Stutsel. “Gary has achieved so much in Masters Swimming and I can only look on in amazement at his achievements” Roger said, “in addition it also an honour as Gary was one of eight people that founded Masters Swimming in Australia in 1975”.

All in all, 2012 was a great for Tuggeranong Masters Swimming, and these awards truly put the ACT back on the Masters Swimming map!