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October, 2019:

MSNSW State Short Course Championships – 12/13 October 2019

Report by Club Captain, Katrina Burgess

We are the champions!  🤣🏊‍♀️🏆

What an amazing swim meet the Vikings had at this year’s NSW State Short Course Championships which were held at the Peninsula Leisure Centre, Woy Woy, Central Coast on 12/13 October 2019.

The Viking team consisted of 7 women and 4 men: Nicholas G, David B, Brian C, Gary S, Kylie L, Caroline M, Katrina B, Donna C, Leisa C, Ann R, Anne S.  This incredible team all swam the maximum amount of 5 individual races and we entered 5 relay teams. With all swimmers competing strongly in their respective age groups we walked away with pride after receiving the “Des McCormick” trophy for highest average pointscore per swimmer.

Many medals were won and PBs achieved. Relays always bring the crowd to their feet and a highlight was Tuggeranong Vikings winning the Women’s Freestyle Relay and the Mixed Medley Relay at the end of the swim program. Meet results are available on the MSNSW website.

17th Australian Masters Games, Adelaide – 5-7 October 2019

Report by Kris Kennedy

In the days leading up to the October long weekend five Tuggeranong Vikings, Donna C, Maria C, Brenda D, Cecilia K and Kris K, with their incredibly supportive partners in tow, took to the road and air to compete at the 17th Australian Masters Games in Adelaide.

With the swimming component taking place from 5-7 October 2019 at the Matt Cowdrey Competition Pool in the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre the Vikings team settled in for three days of competition. And compete they did, swimming their way to win gold, silver and bronze medals in everything from 25m races to the longer distances of 400m as well as setting some wonderful new PBs.

Most notably our relay teams won gold in both the 4x50m Womens Freestyle and Medley relays.

The icing on the cake was finding out that Tuggeranong Vikings had placed 10th in a field of 70+ teams Australia-wide.  Way to go ladies!

Just as important as the swimming side of things the social side of the Games was just as impressive. Saturday night saw the official opening of the Games.  This involved a large contingent of Masters athletes gathering at the Adelaide Convention Centre and marching under the banner of their chosen sport. This was then followed by live music, dancing and an all round good time. There were team dinners and a closed street party held in Glenelg to celebrate the Games where there were lots of markets to wander around and local cuisine to taste and consume. Check out the results for the competition.

Thredbo Training Camp – 4-7 October 2019

Report by Liesl Peters

Once again, our friends at Ryde Aussi Masters (RAMS) took the lead in organising a long weekend swim training camp at Thredbo Village, in the beautiful Australian Alps. The weekend of 4-7 October 2019 coincided with the NSW Labour Day public holiday Monday and the official close of the Winter 2019 ski season. Attendance for the weekend was open to Masters swimmers from any club, and, this time around, the Ryde and Tuggeranong stalwarts were joined by swimmers from as far afield as Griffith and Port Macquarie. Lead coaches for the weekend were our own Anne and Greg, assisted by Ryde’s Susan and Wendje.

The first swim session kicked off with meet and greet introductions, followed by the all-important stretching exercises. Then it was into the pool for some timing and pacing sessions over various distances, to set our individual standards for the rest of the weekend. In preparation for individual debriefs prior to the rest of the weekend’s sessions, coach Greg covered a few kilometres on foot walking up and down the side of the pool, using the GoPro to record overhead and underwater video footage of each swimmer.

Over the Saturday and Sunday, training sessions focused on freestyle, breastroke, backstroke and butterfly respectively, with at least one swimmer with too much energy breaking up the time in between by hitting the slopes! Hope there weren’t too many rocks amongst the very limited snow, Richard. The rest of us simply enjoyed getting into the routine of breakfast, swim, rest, lunch, rest, swim, dinner, rest, etc, etc – relaxing and chatting in the lounge rooms of the various accommodation lodges.

The final session of the weekend was the ‘recovery and fun’ session of Monday morning – with the serious training giving way to a ‘Last Swimmer Standing’ challenge. Every swimmer was challenged to set a pace time for an initial 50m freestyle sprint, and then to back up again and again and better that time as many consecutive times as possible. If you were slower than your initial time – goodbye! Otherwise keep repeating… Eventual joint winners were Suzy and Nicolee – sharing the most valuable prize of all!

To state the obvious, the weekend would not have been such a success without the enthusiastic efforts of our four coaches, as well as those from Susan in co-ordinating the accommodation, etc. Sincere thanks to all.

On top of the benefit of the six concentrated training sessions in a relatively short timeframe, the fantastic food and wine and the relaxed and social company of fellow swimmers and new friends – all in the great location at Thredbo – was icing on the cake! We’re all looking forward to 2020…

The training pr ograms for each session are available at the links below:
Fri PM – Timing & Pace
Sat AM – Freestyle
Sat PM – Breaststroke
Sun AM – Backstroke
Sun PM – Butterfly
Mon AM – Recovery and Fun!