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February, 2015:

Five Turtles in Tuggeranong Pool

Report by Catherine Alexander

The five swimmers who made the Turtle Relay come to life. Brenda Day, Pauline Rohan, Catherine Alexander, Maria Castles and Cecelia Kaye.

Five swimmers who regularly swim the Endurance sessions, turned up last Tuesday, 10 February 2015 to complete a 5km Freestyle relay for the Wests Auburn Masters Postal Swim.


Katrina, our Postal Swim Coordinator, admiring our results. We were the first to complete the Wests Auburn Turtle Postal Swim.

With great minds and many stop watches, they clocked each other’s 1km legs and then clocked up the extra minutes to either the 30 min or 1500m Endurance swims. Two results from one swim has to be good. 

The reason these members all chose to do this on a Tuesday morning is that the pool is generally very quiet and calm, lanes are booked, and they have that morning allocated for swimming.


Tuesday morning Endurance Sessions are very calm. Last Tuesday we had the whole 25m north end to ourselves.

The turtle swim participants certainly were not the only endurance swimmers that day.

As this endurance session is never overcrowded, Tuesday AM swimmers can easily get in two or three timed swims.




All set up and ready to record our 5x1000m Turtle Relay.

If you think you would like to explore more avenues of our clubs activities, think about joining us for the Endurance sessions, on Tuesday mornings – 10:30am – 12 noon.

We have fun, enjoy the friendship and improve our fitness!

There are also Endurance sessions on Saturdays 10:30am – 12.30pm.

Cole Classic – 1 February 2015

Report by Anne Smyth, Head Coach

The Cole Classic is a huge event held at Manly on the Northern Beaches of Sydney every summer.  Our club was represented this year on 1 February 2015, by three members: Chris Hoorweg, Caroline Makin and Anne Smyth.

Over 2,500 swimmers participated in the 1km and 2km swims starting at Shelley Beach and finishing at Manly. Chris, Caz and Anne all took part in the 2km swim where conditions were pretty good, a bit of a swell rounding the farthest buoy and turning the corner in towards North Steyne, and some wave sets coming onto Manly beach for the final dash to the end.

The swim, according to Caz’s GPS swim watch, was further this year (around 2.24km), but all of our members recorded good swims with Chris improving his overall ranking by 20% from last year and Caz and Anne both coming 2nd in their respective age groups and within the top 10% of all female swimmers. Full results are available.

There was a good representation by many Masters swimmers from around NSW and even VIC and is a great event to participate in – keep it in mind for 2016! … and don’t forget these sort of events are always very social and fun to be a part of.  Chris was there with his family enjoying a weekend away at the beach and Anne and Caz had a great evening the night before the swim socialising with wine and great seafood with Anne’s sister Jenny and her friend Gaye who also completed the 2k event!