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July, 2013:

NSW Relay Championships – 21 July 2013

Report by Caroline Makin

With six men and 13 women, the Vikings had 23 relay teams that competed in the NSW Relay Championships, which were held in the the 25m diving pool at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre (SOPAC) on Sunday, 21 July 2013.

The following swimmers participated: Ann Reid, Anne Smyth, Annette Britten, Caroline Makin, Catherine Alexander, Cecelia Kaye, David Bale, Gary Stutsel, Greg Gourley, Jeanette Droop, John Collis, Kade Burgess, Kristen Leydon, Leisa Cass, Liz Needham, Marianne Tweedie, Mary Liz Partridge, Nicolee Martin, Roger Dietrich.

Solid swims and a fabulous team spirit produced some great results in the Freestyle and Medley relays across a range of distances and age groups.

The club was also presented with the Club of the Year 2012 trophy during the meet and Roger Dietrich was presented with the Gary Stutsel Award for having contributed the most to the advancement of Masters Swimming in NSW throughout 2012.


After 18 events, our 23 relay teams enabled the club to finish seventh overall and secured first places positions in the following events:

4x100m Medley Relay Mixed 120+
Caroline Makin, Kade Burgess, David Bale, Marianne Tweedie

4x100m Freestyle Relay Mixed 160+
David Bale, Ann Reid, Jeanette Droop, Kade Burgess

4x25m Medley Relay Women’s 200+
Mary-Liz Partridge, Catherine Alexander, Ann Reid, Cecelia Kaye

4x50m Freestyle Relay Mixed 200+
Caroline Makin, Gary Stutsel, Marianne Tweedie, Greg Gourley

4x25m Medley Relay Mixed 240+
Liz Needham, John Collis, Ann Reid, Gary Stutsel

4x50m Medley Relay Mixed 240+
Liz Needham, John Collis, Gary Stutsel, Jeanette Droop

Well done to all of our swimmers on a great performance and as ever fantastic camaraderie and support for each other throughout the event!

Full results are available.

Mastering Freestyle Workshop – 6 July 2013

Report by Anne Smyth

Our Club Captain, Caroline Makin and Coaching Director, Anne Smyth worked away behind the scenes to organise a fabulous opportunity for our swimmers to take part in a ‘Mastering Freestyle’ Workshop on Saturday, 6 July 2013 which was run by a superb guest coach – Brenton Ford.

32 swimmers participated in this Freestyle workshop, and we were all very excited to have Brenton up from Melbourne for the day to run the two sessions for our members.  Brenton coaches the Powerpoints Masters Swimminng Club and is currently the Australian Masters Swimming ‘Coach of the Year 2012′.

The workshop was aimed at improving Freestyle by focusing on various aspects of the stroke and learning drills to refine your swimming. Everyone benefited from this extended focus on technique and came away with many new tips to try.

We finished the afternoon with a very sociable chat and drinks at our local Vikings Club which was a great way to end the day.

Those who couldn’t attend the clinic will still benefit from the workshop as the coaches will be reinforcing these techniques and drills in training. We are aiming to hold more workshops with Brenton and other coaches in the coming 12 months, as they are an excellent way of improving stroke technique.

Brenton Ford also runs a website www.effortlessswimming.com which is a fantastic resource – check it out if you are keen to develop your stroke technique and get more tips about your swimming!


Hunter Festival of Sport – 29 June 2013

Report by Caroline Makin

Caroline Makin and her husband Scott took the opportunity to combine a swim meet and wine tasting in the Hunter Valley, NSW, and headed to a few favourite wineries on the Friday afternoon before the Hunter Festival of Sport Meet on Saturday 29 June 2013.

Caroline firmly believes that a crucial part of her pre-meet race preparation is a few glasses of quality Aussie wine, so this was a perfect opportunity to ensure that she was well prepared for her four swims at the pool in Toronto.

First up was a nice short 25m Butterfly, where Caroline achieved a personal best time. Caroline then took on the much tougher 200m Breaststroke event, and with Owen Sinden from Campbelltown Masters in the next line, a great race was watched by the other competitors and this low-key event. Neck and neck at 100m, Owen pulled away a little ahead of Caroline in the 3rd 50m and then edged a bit further ahead in the final 50m, but pulling Caroline along with him and resulting in her smashing five seconds off her PB time!

Next up with not much rest after the 200m Breastroke, Caroline punched out a decent 50m Butterfly, although a little off her PB for this event.  She finished with a 100m Breaststroke which was a disappointing end to her swims for the day, with a slower time than in her split in the 200m event!

Overall, Caroline finished equal first place in her age group.

Full results are available.