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Results

Sri Chinmoy National Capital Swim – Sun 02 Dec 18

Report by club Prez, Greg Gourley.

After a big night of pre-race preparation at our annual Awards Night and club Christmas party, eleven Vikings (five solo swimmers, a relay team of two and a relay team of four) were brave enough to front up for the Sri Chinmoy National Capital Swim in Canberra’s Lake Burley-Griffin. This is an annual event swum over a huge nine kilometre course passing Government House, Parliament House (old and new), the National Museum, National Library, National Gallery and the High Court. This one is definitely an iconic Canberra event!

There had been some discussion at the Christmas party regarding the recent rain and cold weather, the water temperature reports and the weather forecast. The unknowns meant that wetsuits were definitely worth some careful consideration!

Competitors, their support paddlers, family and friends, and even a few dogs, met at Scrivener Dam at around 7:00 AM, in anticipation of the solo race start at 7:45 AM and teams start at 8:00 AM. At this point, the weather was sunny and calm.

The calm before the storm! (Swimmer: Suzie Gunning, and paddler Dom, her son)

However, casting an eye to the west, towards the Brindabella Ranges, revealed an approaching weather front.  During the second leg, at approximately 4 km into the course, the imminent arrival of that front began to be felt – with significant wind waves starting to form. During the third leg the impact of the weather front was well and truly felt! Donna Campbell, acting as support paddler for Nicholas Grinter, capsized her kayak in the rough conditions! A thoroughly drenched Donna quickly recovered to her rightful place, and bravely pressed on! For the swimmers the wind waves made it feel as though they were swimming in a washing machine. For the paddlers; it was like preparing for an Olympic ‘white-water’ slalom!

Anybody seen Donna?

Special congratulations to:

1. Nick Grinter, who won the solo men’s event, despite losing time when paddler Donna went for her unexpected swim!
2. Suzie Gunning, for completing her first 9km solo open-water swim, and
3. Maria Castles, Kirsten Madsen, Bill Eversham and Kris Kennedy – our team of four – who completed their first 9km team open-water swim (in the worst of the conditions).

Results and times for all Vikings swimmers are below. The Sri Chinmoy event page has lots more photos and full results. Our club has regularly had a very good showing at the summer Sri Chinmoy lake swims. Check out the details for the next event, scheduled for Sun 24 Feb 19. Hoping to see you there!

Who
Place – Category
Place out of the water

H:MM:SS

Nicolas Grinter
First place - Solo Male Under 50
3rd

2:22:13

Greg Gourley
First place – Solo Male 60+ with wetsuit
12th

2:33:07

Paul Hitchman
Sixth place – Solo Male Under 50
19th

2:37:52

Suzie Gunning
Second place – Solo Female 50-59 with wetsuit
30th

2:53:49

Nicolee Martin
First place – Solo Female 50-59
38th

3:03:24

Jeanette Droop & Leisa Cass
First place – Female Team over 50
43rd

3:14:43

Maria Castles, Kirsten Madsen, Bill Eversham & Kris Kennedy
Fourth place – Mixed Team of four
53rd

3:43:24

ACT Interclub Meet – Sun 04 Nov 18

On the afternoon of Sunday 4 November 18, 14 Tuggeranong Vikings, 18 Molonglo Water Dragons, seven Ginninderra Swim Club swimmers and two Sapphire Coast Stingrays participated in a short-course swim meet hosted at the Gunghalin Leisure Centre by our friends from the Water Dragons. In the spirit of helping out the locals, plenty of assistance was provided by many Viking members.

As always, it was a relaxed and friendly afternoon, giving ACT swimmers a chance to race locally. Tuggeranong was well represented by Tom Boyce, Annette Britten, Andrew Brown, Maria Castles, Nick Dando, Nick Grinter, Kris Kennedy, Kylie Lane, Kristen Leydon, Nina Maguire, Caz Makin, Anne Smyth, Elise Stewart and Jane Waddleton.

Thank you to those team members who came along to help: Greg Gourley, Denise Druitt, Bill Eversham, Katrina Burgess, Leisa Cass and Annette Byron. A special mention to Pete Sharman who was on the computers helping (again!), even though Ann wasn’t even swimming! A great community and team effort!

Everyone swam well with good solid swims and fast times all-round. A special mention to Andrew and Nina who competed for the first time in their adult lives! We finished the day with relays swum with great team spirit! Go Vikings!

Full meet results, with times, can be found here.

Anne Smyth

Head Coach

Tuggeranong Masters ACT

Bunbury Winter Postal Swim Results

As many club members know, one of the ways to get a ‘competitive’ swim under your belt without the hassles of travelling is to sign up for one of the numerous ‘Postal Swims‘ hosted by various Masters clubs around Australia (details of the full calendar here). For those that aren’t regular endurance swimmers, these swims are a great motivation to improve your fitness and skills. As well as hosting our own Tuggeranong Trifecta, Tuggeranong Vikings swimmers have been enthusiastic participants in a range of Postal Swims for years.

With the recent completion of this year’s Bunbury Stingers’ Winter Postal Swim, we have, this time, seen particularly strong participation and results from a significant number of Vikings. An outstanding total of 15 Vikings clocked up (at least) the required 3 x 400m swims, with Denise Druitt taking out the Most Improved Female award! Great work, Denise – congratulations!