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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.

MSNSW State Long Distance SC Championships – 8 September 2019

Report by Club Captain – Katrina Burgess

Over the weekend of 7/8 September 2019, seven women and one brave man made the trip to Sydney to represent the mighty Vikings at Masters Swimming NSW’s State Long Distance SC Championships. As usual, they were also accompanied by long term ‘Viking partner’ and regular volunteer, Pete S. The event was hosted at Knox Grammar School’s aquatic centre at Wahroonga, Sydney.

Sunday was a hugely successful day for the strong Vikings contingent, with the team finishing third place overall (behind the hosts, Warringah, and Blacktown) and third place for average points per swimmer (behind Blue Mountains and Merrylands).

Ann Reid set the day in motion by competing in and completing the 1500m Butterfly – winning her category! Another highlight was watching four Vikings lining up together in the 800m freestyle. All you could hear was “Go Vikings” when Atsuko, Caz, Anne S, and Richard were lined up side-by-side on the blocks. Fabulous to see the Vikings swim caps so prominent in their heat, and fabulous to see all four finishing in the top half of the results. Notably, as well as great individual results, Richard, Atsuko, Kylie, Katrina and Donna all achieved new club records.

Full event results are available on the Masters Swimming NSW website.

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