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December, 2014:

2014 Annual Club Awards

Report by Leisa Cass, Club President

We had around 50 people attend our 2014 Club Christmas Party/Presentation Night which turned out to be a very social and celebratory evening at at Tuggeranong Vikings Club on Sunday 14 December 2014.

Our club President, Leisa Cass, spoke about our successes as a club over the last 12 months and presented the perpetual club awards/trophies to this year’s winners.

It has been another outstanding year for Tuggeranong Masters and we have not only led the way for Masters Swimming in Canberra again this year, but we can also claim to have been a significant competitor and vocal supporter for Masters Swimming NSW and Masters Swimming Australia.

With a loud and competitive group of enthusiastic swimmers, we have descended on a variety of pool and open water events throughout the year and there has been plenty of publicity and praise throughout the year for individuals following these events, and there are so many highlights, it would take too long to list them all, so why not read about a few of the biggies in Leisa’s ‘Summary of 2014‘.

2014 Perpetual Club Awards/Trophies

Gill and David Buckley Encouragement Award

This award is for a Thursday morning swimmer who trains regularly, takes instruction and applies it to the best of their ability, and just plain tries hard but has fun too. The 2014 winner is Kirsten Madsen.

Our Thursday morning coach, Brenda Day said “Kirsten swims every Thursday morning and is very dedicated. She takes correction to heart and really strives to improve her stoke which this coach  loves. Kirsten is always first in the water (YAY!) and is a very quiet and diligent person.”

Tuggeranong Masters Swimming Encouragement Award

This award which was introduced last year is for an evening swimmer, who again trains regularly, takes instruction and applies it to the best of their ability and tries hard but has fun doing it. It was hotly contested this year as to who would receive this award and in the end, it was too hard to split Donna Campbell and Gavin McGregor, so they are joint recipients for 2014.

Donna joined us mid-year and has thrown herself into the competition side of things, even heading up to Brisbane for the Pan Pacs. She often seeks out advice and extra assistance from the coaches as she tries to improve her swimming.

Gavin has been a member for a couple of years now, and after quietly building up his stroke technique and fitness in lane one for a while, has recently progressed quickly to being a Sunday lane three swimmer, and weekday lane two swimmer. He listens and takes direction readily and his improvement is a direct result of his diligence.

Tuggeranong AUSSI Masters Most Improved Swimmer

Most Improved Swimmer for 2014 goes to Katrina Burgess. Katrina joined us in early 2013 and has been a regular at training and endurance sessions since then. This year has seen Katrina consistently doing PB’s each meet, across all stokes and distances, with a NSW State record in the 400m LC Butterfly to finish off her year with. A well deserved reward for a consistently hard worker.

Postal Swimmer of the Year

Usually, the postal swimmer of the year is a simple process — who did the most postal swims this year? But this year, there were half a dozen who had done 2 swims and no-one with 3 swims. A rather poor effort by the club in an area we usually rank very well in. But watch out, our new Postal Swim co-ordinator, Katrina, is organised and ready for next year, so expect to be chased about getting entries in!!

The winner for 2014 is Maria Castles. We chose Maria as she was really keen to try these swims out and gave them her best effort.

Iron Person of the Year

Another hotly contested award that in the end proved too hard to split. The winners for 2014 are Andrea Teunissen and David Bale.

Andrea was chosen for her persistence with completing the entire Endurance 1000 program for the sixth consecutive year. Andrea is perhaps not so natural a swimmer as some, and perhaps not the fastest swimmer. Andrea receives the Endurance 1000 towel each year for completing the 62 swim program, not the towel for completing the program with maximum points, but complete the program she does and repeats some swims, sometimes making it a maximum point swim, but sometimes just improving on an earlier swim for a sense of personal achievement. That makes her an Iron Person.

It’s been an interesting year for David. With a sudden onset of what was a mystery illness early in the year, he has dealt with losing some use of his left leg by saying “Stuff it — I’m still gonna swim and I’m still gonna race”. He’s even learned that getting some help to get around the pool and onto the blocks is not a bad thing ! And he’s done some PB’s just to let the competition know he’s still a force to be reckoned with. And that make him an Iron Person.

Judy Gallagher Memorial Trophy for Swimmer of the Year

The 2014 Swimmer of the Year is Caroline Makin. Caz has again competed more than most and has consistently been dropping her times across all events throughout the year. From 25m sprints in the pool to 9km in the lake, Caz is willing to have a go at everything. She always pushes herself hard at training (and the rest of the lane too) and the results this year speak for her efforts. A worthy recipient of this award.

Club Person of the Year (President’s Choice)

The 2014 Club Person of the Year is Bill Eversham. Not many of you would realise just how much Bill does, beavering away quietly in the background. He is our Secretary who keeps us on track at committee meetings (well tries to anyway), and constantly responds to me saying “Hey Bill — can you just check how that works with regards to the Constitution” with a grin and “Yeah — sure”. He makes sure all the paperwork is done and that everyone has all the information they need to do the many other tasks that come with running the club. Well done and a very big thanks to Bill.

Recognition and thanks to our coaching team …

Thanks to the coaching team of Jeanette Droop, Brenda Day, Caroline Makin and Leisa Cass – led by Anne Smyth, the coaches have all worked hard to provide positive and meet focused training programs during the year, and this is reflected in how well the club has performed and individuals have improved across the year.

We also say goodbye to Jeanette from the coaching team – after spending the last five years on pool as well as swimming, Jeanette is turning her attentions to more time back in the water in 2015! Thank you Jeanette for all those hours of dedication to our training sessions 🙂

The committee wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year … and bring on 2015 and the mighty VIKINGS !!

Thanks also to Scott Makin as ‘official photographer’ for the event.

Sri Chinmoy National Capital Swim – 30 November 2014

Report by Caroline Makin, Club Captain

Sri Chinmoy LogoThe 11th annual Sri Chinmoy National Capital Swim  which celebrated the 50th anniversary of the opening of Lake Burley Griffin, was held on Sunday, 30 November 2014.

It was a stormy, wet morning in the run up to the event kicking off at 7.45am, but the rain subsided for most of the swim, although it remained overcast for most of the morning and the rain came down in bucket loads towards the end of the final leg for some swimmers and during the presentations.


This 9k swim event is for solo swimmers and relay teams and consists of four legs …




Leg 1 Scrivener Dam boom to Weston Park, 1.8km
Leg 2 Weston Park to Yarralumla Bay, 2.5km
Leg 3 Yarralumla Bay to Commonwealth Place, 2.8km
Leg 4 Commonwealth Place to Grevillea Park, 1.9 km

We had a fabulous turn out this year of 18 swimmers from our club, consisting of the following people …

Four solo swimmers:

  • Paul “Marathon Man” Hitchman  – (U50 Male – 5th of 9 – 2:27:12)
  • Greg “Iron Man” Gourley – (50-59 Male – 6th of 7 – 2:47:53)
  • Caz “Crazy Girl” Makin – (U50 Female – 3rd of 5 – 2:46:24)
  • Kristen “New Kid on the Block” Henderson – (U50 Female – Wetsuit – 3rd of 3 – 2:55:46)

One team of two swimmers:

  • “Viking 61s”: Jeanette Droop and Leisa Cass  – (Female Team – 2nd of 4 –  2:45:01)

Three teams of four swimmers:

  • “Viking Youngsters”Leisa MooreAnne Smyth, Suzie Gunning, Nicole Martin – (Female Team – 1st of 4 –  2:39:40)
  • “Viking Antiques”Mandy CogginsIan HamptonJon McRaeBrenda Day – (Mixed Team – 7th of 8 – 3:03:13 )
  • “Style, Speed, Endurance and a Cripple”Atsuko McGowanDavid BaleSammy YoungDavid Bale – (Mixed Team – 2nd of 8 – 2:28:11)

Thanks to the solo swimmer’s paddlers including Marianne Tweedie (for Caz) and Mij Gourley (for Greg) and to all those friends and family who came to cheers on our swimmers.

This is a fantastic local event that our club has taken part in for a good number of years now.

Full results are available.

Western Sydney Ironman 70.3 – 30 November 2014

Report by Chris Hoorweg

The Western Sydney Ironman 70.3 (also known as a Half Ironman) was billed as being fast and the word on the street was that is was going to be hot – the event delivered on both accounts on Sunday, 30 November 2014.

The swim was deemed non-wetsuit as the water temp was 26 degrees, which suited the ‘real’ swimmers amongst the competitors including Chris. At the deep water start line there was a bit of panic amongst some competitors, with one needing assistance right behind Chris – he and a few others helped him onto the surf ski, then the starter blew! It was a crazy start. Chris’ 2k swim was ok, coming out in 36 mins, in the top 25% overall.

Straight into the 90k bike leg, which promised to be fast.  It was, with a very flat course and good surface for the most part.  A little cramping at 70k and he backed off a little and took on extra electrolytes to set up for the run.  Bike time of 2 hr 46 min average 32.44k/hr.

Then the run.  At this stage, Chris was feeling pretty ‘fresh’, so pushed on for the first few k’s at a good pace.  Then the 36 degrees heat (close to 40 degrees out on on course) got to him – with lots of walking then running, the half marathon took about 40 mins longer than he had hoped, with a slightly upset tummy as well for the first 10k.

An overall time of 6 hr 5 mins and Chris was happy that he finished pretty well unscathed.  A lot of people stopped on course from cramping, collapsing etc.

It was a good first attempt and he’s already planning his next one, where he will make a few tweaks to things.

Chris thanks Anne, Leisa and the other coaches for helping him with his swimming.  Just over a year ago, Chris could barely swim 400m without stopping and was consistently in the bottom 10% where now 2k seems relatively ‘easy’ and he is coming consistently in the top third. He hopes to improve this further!

Chris is planning on a few ocean swims this summer and some more training to get him in shape for those.