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April, 2021:

Masters Swimming Australia National Coach of the Year 2020 Award

Report by Anne Smyth, Tuggeranong Head Coach & MSNSW Branch Coaching Director

Congratulations Greg Gourley!      

Greg was recently awarded National and NSW Masters Coach of the Year for 2020. He also achieved the same award in 2019.

These 2020 awards reflect the hard work and effort Greg has put into coaching for our club, Tuggeranong, and his work for MSNSW and MSA. Greg wrote the ‘National Return to Swimming Program’ after COVID-19. This program was used by many clubs around Australia. Greg is a member of the MSNSW Coaching Team and is on the National Coaching Committee.

At Tuggeranong Masters we all recognise the hard work Greg puts into our club as President and in the coaching arena. His innovative coaching ideas, enthusiasm, and dedication are greatly appreciated and we are lucky to have him as part of our coaching team.

Blacktown Resurrection Meet – 20 March 2021

Report by Ann Reid

Was it an intrepid or foolhardy bunch of Tuggeranong club members who ventured to Blacktown for their first pool competition (for most of them) in over a year?

With serious flooding already happening, a torrid weather forecast and the NSW Premier telling people to stay home there was a significant number of NSW swimmers missing when the five of us arrived in Blacktown. It was good to be amongst old friends again and to see what we could achieve in the pool.

Brian and Cecelia won all of their events, both achieving equal first in their age groups. Hayley (in her first Masters competition) achieved a first, a second, and a third. Kylie, two seconds and a third (in the age group which did not stay at home).  Ann achieved two firsts and a second, as well as the Eileen Meldrum Memorial Shield for coming closest to nominated time in the 100m backstroke!

The cool down pool was literally that — outside in the pouring rain with an unhelpful fresh breeze! Ann decided very quickly that a hot shower was a better option.

The ladies won their medley relay and Brian broke the club record for each of his events — as he did in all four events at the Tea Gardens Resurrection meet in February.

Tuggeranong finished equal eighth on total points and third on average points per swimmer for clubs with four or more swimmers.

Roll on State Championships!