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NSW State Short Course Championships – 15/16 October 2016

Report by David Bale

There was a small yet enthusiastic group of six that attended the NSW State Short Course Championships held in the sunny central coast town of Woy Woy (no I didn’t stutter) on 15/16 October 2016.

The meet did not get off to the greatest start with Ann Reid hurting her foot in the warm up but as the iron woman that she is she struggled through the day only to find out via an x-ray at the end of day one that she had actually broken her foot. 100m Butterfly with a broken foot! That is hard core and not recommended for beginners!

Apart from poor injured Ann, the outcomes for individual swimmers were as follows:

Caz Makin finished 1st out of 12 in her age group and went a pleasing 1.09.71 for 100m Freestyle.

Pam Munday finished equal 1st out of 9 in her age group and delivered a new national record for the 200m Butterfly in 3.32.15 beating the previous mark by over a second. Awesome effort Pam!

Kade Burgess finished 1st out of 2 in his age group with a sizzling 30.85 for his 50m Backstroke.

David Bale finished 5th out of 7 in his age group with a strong 200m Freestyle in 2.36.52.

Young Gary Stutsel finished 6 out of 10 in his age group and still swam a 34.96 for 50m Freestyle.  Most of us will be happy to swim that fast at 57 unlike Gary who is 77.

Great effort by all.  It was a fun meet with lots of socialising including with Anne Smyth who ran a MSNSW coaching session on the Saturday after day one.  The session was well attended with standing room only.  Anne was unable to swim due to a recent knee surgery, but still travelled up to Woy Woy from Canberra to run the session.

We hope to see lots more Vikings trek up the highway to Woy Woy in two years time when State SC Championships are held up there again.  On a personal note, it is worth the trip just for the seafood from the fisherman’s wharf. Wow!

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