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September, 2017:

The Tuggeranong Challenge 2017 – The Richard Flockart Edition – 16 September 2017

Report by Caroline Makin, Club Captain & Annette Britten, Meet Director

The Tuggeranong Challenge 2017The Richard Flockart Edition took place at Lakeside Leisure Centre on Saturday, 16 September 2017.

This special edition of our regular Challenge meet included a 25m Butterfly event “THE FLOCKART FLYER” took place at the start of the meet and was swum in memory of Richard Flockart.

Richard passed away on 20 December 2016 from complications arising from his treatment from myelofibrosis.  Richard’s death was totally unexpected.  Although myelofibrosis is a serious condition, Richard’s medical reports had been positive.  We had expected Richard to complete his treatment in Melbourne and to return to swimming in Canberra in early 2017.

Richard had been a club member for many years and was an active competitor, his favourite and best stroke being Butterfly.  Richard competed with both with us at Tuggeranong and his first club the Powerpoints.  During the initial years of his illness Richard continued to train with us, during most of 2016 Richard did not have the physical stamina to train, however he did manage to keep fit and he continued with his study of German.   He was one of a kind and always made us smile!

We saw 90% of the swimmers entered in the meet taking part in The Flockart Flyer.  We asked swimmers to wear something purple or pink in honour of Richard and his love of those colours!

There was a mystery prize for the swimmer who finished closest to their nominated entry time in the 25m Butterfly event “THE FLOCKART FLYER”  … and the winner was Caz Makin from Vikings … who won this fabulous “Fly King” swim cap in memory of Richard whilst wearing a purple suit and pink cap and goggles!

Next up we moved onto The “Challenge” which consists of swimming a 50m, 100m and 200m Event, each in a different stroke.

To ascertain the winner we aggregate the absolute difference between actual and nominated time for each of the three events.  For example: if you swim 2 seconds faster in event 1, 3 seconds slower in event 2 and 0.5 of a second faster in event 4, your total difference over the 3 events is 5.5 seconds.   The trophy will be presented to the swimmer with the smallest total difference.  The fastest swimmer will not necessarily be the winner.

The winner of the 50m challenge event was Anne Smyth who swam Freestyle hitting her entry time exactly whilst Katrina Burgess won the 100m challenge event swimming Backstroke also hitting her entry time exactly – both ladies to the .00 difference on the nose! Donna Campbell was the closest to nominated time in the 200m challenge event swimming Breastroke within 0.02 of her entry time …

The Overall Challenge winner was Nick Grinter showing consistent swimming across the 3 events with a total time difference on entry times of 1.28 seconds. Katrina Burgess place 2nd overall with a time difference of 3.36 seconds and Caz Makin 3rd overall with a 3.39 second time difference.

The Tuggeranong Challenge meet also includes with an exciting finale to the day – the Champagne Shoot Out Relay.  The 6 teams closest to their nominated entry time in the 4x50m Freestyle Relay go through to the Champagne Shoot Out Relay which is a handicapped event, with the winning team being the first to touch the wall!

This year we saw of mixture of Womens, Mens and Mixed teams in the finale from Tuggeranong Vikings, Molonglo Water Dragons, Campbelltown and Ginninderra.  The Vikings Women’s Team of Atsuko McGowan, Kylie Lane, Suzie Gunning and Katrina Burgess held on to clinch victory finishing less than a second ahead of the Vikings Mens “youngster” team in 2nd place.

Full meet results are available on the MSA portal.

A big thank you goes out to everyone that offered their support on the day and those that helped make this excellent event possible:

  • Annette Britten – as Meet Director for processing all entries in the Meet Manager system and running such a successful event on the day.
  • Caz Makin for once again organising the flyer and program for the event and sorting out our Vikings relay teams, especially as she had been enjoying a holiday overseas and only returned home the week before the Challenge!
  • Our visiting officials: Jodie Burke, Paul Bailey, Audrey Stutsel, Owen Sinden, Greg Lewin and Victor Libdy (who stepped in to give us a hand with starting – thanks Victor!).  Your ongoing support is very much appreciated and without you we would not be able to run this fun event.
  • Our club officials: Anne Smyth, Greg Gourley and Gary Stutsel for stepping in and lending a hand again and again.
  • Greg Gourley for ensuring we had all our electrical goods charged, at the pool and ready for the day!
  • Our recording team of Scott Makin and Jane Lindsay — A super job given that we were running 3 programs to obtain all the final results for the day.
  • Rachel Morris — our runner for the day who did a fantastic job.
  • Anne Smyth for organising all the prizes for the day and organising the set up and pack up crews.
  • Donna Campbell for organising the catering, raffle prizes and selling tickets on the day and for organising the dinner afterwards.  Officials were impressed by the spread of food supplied from the Café at the pool and the raffle was great with about 15 prizes in total up for grabs.
  • Our volunteers who turned up to help with time keeping for the afternoon even though they were not swimming.
  • Our volunteers who turned up to help set up for the event and pack away after the event.  As they say “many hands make light work”!
  • Those that provided home baked goodies and nibbles for the tea and coffee table.

We are sure that all competitors had a fabulous afternoon of swimming and enjoyed the fun and friendship of the day in the true spirit of the Masters Swimming Australia motto.





FINA World Championships Budapest – August 2017

Report by Caroline Makin, Club Captain




Two of our Vikings crew Caz Makin and Andreas Falkenau headed back to Europe where they originally came from to attend the 17th FINA World Mastes Swimming Championships in Budapest for the swimming events held from 10-20 August 2017!

Caz headed off to Lake Balaton first (the largest lake of central Europe, located in central Hungary about 80 km southwest of Budapest) to compete in the 3k Open Water Swim event along with her swimming pal, Sandra Rogers from Seaside Pirates club in Sydney.

The venue of the open water event was a lovely town Balatonfüred on the northern shore of the lake. The location was fabulous, and the event was exceptionally well organised, with strict entry and marshalling times within the starting areas at the venue.

Caz and Sandra both swam on the 2nd day of the three days of the open water swimming competition, which proved to be the most challenging day as far as conditions were concerned!  There was a large chop on the lake that day due to windy weather and the 1.8k straight first leg out against the chop to the first buoy meant a  very tough first half to the race.

Caz placed 23rd from 67 competitors in the F45-49 age group and Sandra placed 11th from 52 competitors in the F50-54 age group. The ladies celebrated in traditional Aussie style with a beer and wearing their Australia shirts!

[Open Water Results]

A couple of days later Caz headed up to Budapest city for the start of the pool swimming competition.  The pool events took place across four pools in two venues.

The main new indoor Duna Arena (which is where the FINA World Elite Championships were held) is truely a state of the art aquatic complex, conforming to the expectations of world championship level. The main ‘A’ Arena pool was a spectacular 10-lane 50m facility and a secondary 8-lane 50m ‘B’ pool was also used for racing.  There was also a 50m outdoor pool and a diving pool for warm up facilities.

The second venue was the outdoor Margaret Island Hajós Alfréd complex which houses Hungary’s first indoor swimming pool (a lovely 33.3 yard pool built in 1930), a 25m outdoor pool in addition to the two lovely 50m outdoor competition pools (one 10-lane and one 8-lane). The Hajós complex is tremendous and there was an exceptionally good atmosphere there throughout the days of the pool competition.

Caz took part in the following pool events over four days of swimming: 800m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle, 400m IM and 200m IM. Caz achieved best rankings in the F45-49 age group of 23rd from 63 in the 800m Freestyle and 34th from 84 in the 100m Freestyle events.

Andreas took part in the 200m Backstroke, 200m IM, 100m Butterfly and 200m Butterfly. Andreas achieved best rankings in the M50-54 age group of 37th from 45 in the 100m Butterfly and 23rd from 32 in the 200m Butterfly.

Caz and Andreas finally coincided for one event, the 200m IM and were able to get a “team” pic. What a fantastic experience for these two Europeans turned Aussie!! What amazing pools and such a cool city Budapest is … they spent time enjoying the beer too much and a bit of outdoors swimming whilst Canberra was in the middle of winter!

[Pool Results]

Andreas spent time with his daughter over in Europe visiting his home country of Germany as well as the Czech Republic.

Caz spent time visiting her family in the UK and also got to catch up with her sister Philippa and the swimmers from the East Leeds Swimming Club whilst she was over in Budapest and spent most of her time hanging out with them and the crew from Seaside Pirates club in Sydney during the days at the pool and in the evenings socialising.

The whole experience of being involved in the World Masters Swimming Championships was fabulous especially to be taking part in such a high-level international swimming event.

British Masters Swimming Open Water Nationals – UK – 30 July 2017

Report by Greg Gourley, Club President

We received hot news about our Club Captain, Caz Makin, from the UK at the end of July 2017.

Caz WON her F45-49 age group at the British Masters Swimming Open Water Nationals in Sheffield, England and was 8th fastest overall from 81 Female swimmers.

Distance = 3km. Time = 43.29.

Achieved in a borrowed wetsuit (which never fit)!

Caz represented East Leeds Swimming Club for the event (the club her sister Philippa swims for in the UK). Her hubby Scott and sister Philippa were there supporting her at the edge of the lake along with some of the other members of East Leeds.

Full results: http://www.swimming.org/openwaterfestival/asa-national-open-water-results/.