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June, 2015:

David Bale achieves Two Million Metres — April 2015

Congratulations to David Bale on achieving his Two Million Metres award in April 2015.

David joined the Million Metres Club in August 2012 around two and a half years after starting his million metres journey. In April this year, David swam his two millionth metre, around 2 ¾ years after his first million.  David tries to swim regularly four times a week: three training sessions and one endurance session.

David said “It was all travelling along quite well until February 2014 when I started to experience some strange symptoms, dizziness, leg pain, fatigue, and spent a considerable amount of February in hospital.  I now know what I was experiencing was the commencement of my Multiple Sclerosis experience.  My arrogant determination kept me swimming and coach Anne Smyth has provided guidance to improve my stroke. I actually swim Butterfly quicker now than before I became unwell. My swimming has helped get me through some of the challenges I experience.  I have lost substantial strength in my left leg yet I persist with my lap swimming.  I also race as often as I can and appreciate my fellow competitors patience as I sometimes struggle to mount the blocks.  We have a great club here in Canberra and I am proud to be a member of the Tuggeranong Vikings as it embodies the spirit of fun, fitness and friendship. It was very pleasing to achieve this milestone of swimming two million metres.  My swimming keeps both my mind and body strong as I manage the challenges presented to me each day by my MS.  I am 10% through my next million.  Hope to rack up plenty of metres as I prepare for Nationals in Melbourne next year.” 

The Vorgee Million Metre Awards is a great way to motivate yourself to keep coming to the pool, so why not start recording yours now!

ACT Interclub 2015 Meet 2 – 14 June 2015

Report by Caroline Makin, Club Captain

For the second ACT Interclub Meet in 2015, it was Molonglo Water Dragon’s turn to host at Gunghalin Leisure Centre in Canberra on Sunday, 14 June 2015.

Molonglo Water Dragons put out a solid team of up 14 swimmers to measure up against 22 Vikings. It was nice to see two swimmers from Ginninderra also rolling up to participate.

Swimmers were able to swim up to four events from a choice of a 200m swim, 4x50m swims and a 400m swim in long course 50m format.

The afternoon brought some nice swimming to watch and some good times recorded. The relays held prior to the final 400m event saw the teams displaying camaraderie and rivalry in the marshalling area and behind the blocks.

The social event was well supported and it was good to see so many Vikings dining alongside the Molonglo crew at the Raiders Club after the meet.

Thanks to those swimmers, family members and friends who came along to help with timekeeping and official duties on the day – without your support it is difficult to run our local meets!

Full results are available and final point scores were as follows:

Women Team Scores  
1 Tuggeranong Vikings 622
2 Molonglo Water Dragons 189
3 Ginninderra 29
Men Team Scores  
1 Molonglo Water Dragons 241
2 Tuggeranong Vikings 100
3 Ginninderra 29
Combined Team Scores  
1 Tuggeranong Vikings 722
2 Molonglo Water Dragons 289
3 Ginninderra 58

Our next ACT meet will be The Tuggeranong Challenge on Saturday, 19 September 2015.