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August, 2015:

NSW Long Distance Championships – 23 August 2015

Report by Otto Benda

Nine of our club members participated in the MSNSW Long Distance Championships 2015 held at Knox Grammar, Sydney in 25m short course format, and what a participation it was!! We won the overall club points competition by 20 points – so a massive congratulations to the club and in particular to the participating swimmers: David Bale, Otto Benda, Katrina Burgess, Donna Campbell, Leisa Cass, Jeanette Droop, Caroline Makin, Jon McRae and Anne Smyth. Overall, we earned 10 gold, 5 silver and 1 bronze medals.

On individual efforts, Katrina and Anne both earned the full 20 points for their swims. Caroline, Katrina and Leisa recorded PBs – congratulations. Anne was 0.11s off her 400m Backstroke PB, but of course her time was what many of us can only dream about. Others recorded useful benchmarks for future competitions. Some could not match their times from endurance sessions, so back to racing strategy!!

Leisa videoed many of our swimmers on her tablet, so if for those who are interested in watching how good or bad their stroke looks from the deck, negotiate with her for access to the footage.

It was a long day, but when Leisa and Donna reconnaissanced the neighbourhood and discovered Baker’s Delight and great coffee next door, all was well. Much spare time was also taken up by timing duties, and some of us had the opportunity to time attempts at national and even world records.

It was a shame we had such a long drive to get back home, a beer or three would be very useful to replace the lost fluids and carbohydrates following some very serious (especially the four swimmers who did 1500m Breaststroke or Backstroke) swims!

Looking forward to next year’s Long Distance Championships.

Full results are available.

Dinner of the Decades — 14 August 2015

Report by Annette Byron, Social Secretary


What a great turn out! 29 members, family and friends came together at the Lemon Grass Thai Restaurant on 14 August 2015 to congratulate members of our club having decades birthdays during 2015. Kade Burgess and Nicolee Martin did a grand job of leading the birthday charge, and blew out the candles on the cake on behalf of Marion Thomson, David Jeakcocke and Richard Flockart who were unable to attend.

Ann Reid played her part by having a regular birthday on the night. The other significant birthday being celebrated on the night was 40 years of Masters Swimming in Australia.

Getting ‘glammed up’ was fun too.  It was a chance to catch up with old friends and to get to know new members of the club and their families better.Much of the conversation revolved around swimming – in the pool, combined in triathlons or as ocean swims and especially during overseas holidays.

If the noise level was anything to go by everyone enjoyed the evening!