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Cancelled – Tuggeranong Challenge 2019

Announcement from club Prez, Greg Gourley.

Disappointing to advise that a decision has had to made to CANCEL our scheduled 2019 Tuggeranong Challenge meet, planned for 21 Sep 19!

The reason for the cancellation is a lack of entries. We received a disappointing response from ACT and regional clubs. The number of entries received was insufficient to ensure an appropriately lively, enjoyable and competitive event. It would not have been worthwhile for volunteer officials (many of whom would have had to travel to Canberra for the event) to offer their time.

Entrants will be contacted shortly so that refunds can occur.

A very big thank you to the Vikings members who had already expended considerable effort in preparation and organising, and thank you to those from elsewhere who were prepared to put their hands up.

We’ll be back – bigger and better – next year!

 

 

2018 Endurance Program results

Report by Endurance Co-ordinator – Katrina Burgess

During 2018 eleven Viking swimmers completed the Australian Masters Endurance Program. The program runs throughout the year and involves gaining points through completing up to 62 swims ranging from 400m to 1 hour of continuous swimming.

As a club, we won the NSW pointscore, and gained third place nationally. 2018 saw the highest annual points ever scored by the club – a fabulous total of 16,911 points scored by 41 swimmers. Great participation! Those Vikings came VERY close to acheiving a combined one million metres, acheiving a total of 955.8 km, over 1170 recorded swims. Both of these figures are also the highest ever achieved by the club!

Award towels were presented during the club’s EOFY drinks at Tuggeranong Vikings Town Centre Club, on Sunday 30 June 2019.

Thank you, and a huge congratulations to the Vikings swimmers who took part in the Endurance Program, as every swim counts.

David Bale – maximum points
Katrina Burgess – maximum points
Donna Campbell
Brenda Day – maximum points
Kylie Lane – maximum points
Christine Leary
Caroline Makin – maximum points
Atsuko McGowan – maximum points
Richard Phillips
Ann Reid – maximum points
Andrea Teunissen

National Championships – Adelaide – 19-23 Mar 19

Report by Club Captain – Katrina Burgess

The 2019 MSA National Championships were held in Adelaide from 19-23 March at the SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre, Oaklands Park. Over 400 swimmers from all over the country competed, as well as a few visiting Masters swimmers from NZ, USA, UK and Canada.

Tuggeranong Vikings were represented by a team of ten swimmers (and supporters!), consisting of Katrina Burgess, Leisa Cass, Donna Campbell, Brian Curtis, Lisa Haureliuk, Paul Maggs, Caroline Makin, Ann Reid, Anne Smyth and Ron Watkins.

As well as enjoying the social aspects, all swimmers swam well with numerous PB swims and multiple podium finishes. Overall, the club ended the meet in 13th position from a field of 86 clubs. Not too shabby!

As well as the women’s medley and freestyle relay team, notable individual results included triple gold to Caz Makin in the 200, 400 and 800m FR as well as another gold in the 50m BK , and Ron Watkins’ gold in 50m BU.

For those that just couldn’t get enough, the meet also included, unusually, a 1.5 or 3.0km open-water swim at Brighton Beach on day five following completion of the four days of competition in the pool. Both Caz and Anne took the plunge in the choppy 1.5km event – cheered on by some Vikings who stayed dry and comfortable on the jetty – with Caz taking home a gold, and Anne a silver medal.

It was a particularly strong meet for the Canberra women, with Caz taking the crown as National Champion in her age group, and Lisa gaining equal second overall in her age group, and both Ann Reid and Donna Campbell swimming the maximum allowable twelve individual events over the four days of competition.

Full event results are at the Masters Swimming Australia website. Next year’s event will be run in Short Course format at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre (SOPAC). For the first time ever at our Nationals, multi-class participants will be able to swim in their own multi-class categories within the program.¬†Just enough time to get training!