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ACT Interclub Meet – 4 June 2017

Report by Ian Spencer

Sunday, 4 June 2017 saw the running of the second ACT Interclub Meet for 2017 hosted by Tuggeranong Vikings.  As a new swimmer with Tuggeranong and with only a few weeks swim training completed after a 28 year rest phase, Ian found himself quietly thinking ‘what have I done?’ as he drove towards Lakeside Leisure Centre.  He need not have worried as the happy greetings from other swimmers quickly identified Masters swimmers as a friendly lot with a welcoming attitude.

Invitations for the event were sent far and wide and 46 competitors signed up including 24 Vikings, 15 Water Dragons, 6 Ginninderra Masters and lone entries each from the Novocastrian Novos and Penrith Masters.

Masters Swimmers in warmer climes had clearly read the Canberra weather report and couldn’t find enough jumpers in time for the meet. Well done to the hardier souls who attended.

After a well organised warm up, timekeepers were called for, the starting gun was tested and the first swimmers were away swimming 100m Backstroke.  Anne Smyth, Kylie Lane and Caz Makin showed their Tuggeranong teammates how it was done with some very smooth and fast swimming. Event 2 was the 50m Butterfly and Ian sheepishly wished he had been brave enough to sign up for it … next time!   The 50m Freestyle was next and unsurprisingly was the most popular event.  Nick Grinter posted the fastest time of the day for Tuggeranong closely followed by Paul Quinn, with an impressively quick first attempt at 50m Freestyle by Ian Spencer (sorry Ian … editor’s privilege to add this in!!). Event 4 was 100m Breaststroke with nice swims from Donna Campbell, Richard Phillips, Al Byrne and Ian Hampton.

Being a Masters event and therefore very civilised, tea and cake were served at the midway point and various awards presented for what can only be described as extraordinary feats of endurance swimming during 2016 – well done to all those swimmers who received their endurance towels. Thank you also to those who provided the plates of delicious food for afternoon tea.

The performance enhancing properties of cake and chocolate brownies became obvious in the final events with some fast individual swims and even faster relays.  Ian particularly enjoyed the timekeeping for the 200m events, getting to know other club members who were also helping out and watching some very smooth and effortless looking swimming from many Masters.

After the relays bringing the event to an end, the Tuggeranong Vikings had enough points to win the day, followed by the Water Dragons and Ginninderra. The club point scores were as follows:

Women – Team Scores

Tuggeranong Vikings


Molonglo Water Dragons


Ginninderra Masters


Novocastrian Novos




Men – Team Scores

Molonglo Water Dragons


Tuggeranong Vikings


Ginninderra Masters


Penrith Masters




Combined – Team Scores

Tuggeranong Vikings


Molonglo Water Dragons


Ginninderra Masters


Penrith Masters


Novocastrian Novos




As a new member of the club, Ian found the afternoon especially enjoyable …

Masters swimmers are a social and friendly crew, thank you for welcoming me.  To anyone hesitant to join because they have not swum for a long while, I would certainly encourage you to just join and start.  There is a wide range of abilities and you will be made to feel welcome.  Lessons for me from the day were have a go at butterfly, tighten the googles and eat performance enhancing cake.  Thank you to all the organisers and officials on the day whose efforts made the day such a success“.

Full results are available.

World Masters Games – Auckland – April 2017

Report by Caroline Makin, Club Captain and Anne Smyth, Head Coach

The World Masters Games 2017 took place at the end of April 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand. The World Masters Games takes place ever four years and this year saw 28,000 participants from 106 countries for 10 days of 28 sports at 48 venues with a whopping 21,000 medals awarded.

We should congratulate and acknowledge our small team of swimmers who competed in pool swimming at The Sir Owen G. Glen National Aquatic Centre which is part of the AUT Millenium Stadium Complex, and also in the open water swimming at Takapanu Beach. It was a wonderful event where all competed under the spirit of the Games’ motto “For the love of Sport”.

Some Vikings were fortunate to come away with medals and all had good swims. It was a competitive but relaxed event where you could meet and chat with swimmers from around the world.

The racing was done as separate Female and Male events, and for the 200m, 100m and 50m events the top ten fastest in each age groups swam in the final heats together.  This made for great racing and spectating!

Pam Munday (400 IM – Gold, 200 BU – Silver, 200 BR – Silver, 200 IM – Bronze, 240+ NSW Mixed Medley Relay)

David Bale (S9 Multi-Class Category: 400 FR,  200 FR, 100 FR, 100 BU, 50 BU – Gold)

Caroline Makin (800 FR – Bronze)

Anne Smyth (2.5k Open Water – Silver)

John Collis (100 BR – Silver)

Jeanette Droop, Jill Blomeley, Joan Bratton, Troy Watkins and Ron Watkins all recorded some good swims in very competitive age groups, featuring in many final heats. Jill also competed in Half Marathon!!

They even had Backstroke starting wedges to use, which was very exciting for the Backstrokers! …. Apparently Masters Swimming Australia have just announced that they will not be implementing Backstroke starting wedges within masters swimming, which is rather disappointing as they were great to use!

Outside the pool, Auckland was buzzing with athletes and supporters everywhere … instantly recognisable by their WMG backpacks!

On the 30th of April, the closing ceremony put an end to a 10-day festival of single biggest multi-sport event on earth. At the closing ceremony the tournament flag was passed on from Auckland to Kansai, the venue hosting the next WMG.

The WMG organisers are committed for the next four years to make that event as attractive as ever in 2021. For more information follow the WMG 2021 Kansai Official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/wmg2021/ and website at http://www.wmg2021.jp/en/.

So that gives us all something to aim for – always good to have a goal!

2016 Perpetual Club Awards/Trophies

Report by Al Byrne

Following an afternoon of bowls, Club President Greg Gourley gathered attendees together in Tuggeranong Vikings Club early in the evening of 11 December 2016 to congratulate all swimmers and coaches on a year of successes – both at individual and club level. At over 100 members, we are one of the largest and most successful Masters Swimming clubs in Australia. Guided by an excellent coaching team, we have a high participation rate not just at training and at Masters Swimming events, but also at other events such as triathlons and open-water swims.

Honouring swimmers who have made consistent achievements and/or improvements throughout the year, and have best represented the aims of Masters Swimming and of our own club, our 2016 club awards were presented as follows:

Gill and David Buckley Encouragement Award

This award is for a Thursday morning swimmer who trains regularly, takes instruction and applies it to the best of their ability, and just plain tries hard but has fun too. Despite a serious accident during the year, the 2016 award winner, Denise Druitt, dedicated herself to quickly getting back to swimming and competing, as well as actively assisting with management of club finances.

Tuggeranong Masters Swimming Encouragement Award

Introduced in 2013, this award is for an evening swimmer who similarly trains regularly, takes instruction and applies it to the best of their ability, trying hard and having fun. The 2016 award winner was Al Byrne.

Tuggeranong AUSSI Masters Most Improved Swimmer

This award is for the swimmer who, no matter where they’ve started the year, has demonstrated the best continuous improvement. While new to Masters swimming, the 2016 award winner, Richard Phillips, has already competed in freestyle, breaststroke and IM events.

Postal Swimmer of the Year

This award is for the swimmer who has made the best effort at Postal Swims throughout the year. With a little more time now available to her during 2016, Donna Campbell has worked hard and put in a great showing via both the Bunbury postal swims and the Tuggeranong Trifecta. As well as enthusiastically completing her own swims, Donna continually helps her fellow Vikings by timekeeping, assisting more members in achieving swims in both programs.

Iron Person of the Year

As if competitively swimming in 1500m butterfly events was not enough, our 2016 Iron Person winner, Ann Reid, well and truly earned the title when she broke her foot during warm ups at the State Short Course competition at Woy Woy. Not only did Ann continue to officiate throughout the rest of the meet, she swam three events! Definitely an Iron Person effort!

Judy Gallagher Memorial Trophy for Swimmer of the Year

Our 2016 Swimmer of the Year is Katrina Burgess. As well as being our Endurance and Postal Swim Coordinator, Katrina competed at numerous meets during 2016 – ranging from BPS competitions through to Nationals. Katrina’s results speak for themselves: more than 120 swims during the year, delivering an outstanding 41 personal bests, including two State butterfly records.

Club Person of the Year (President’s Choice)

The Mortlock award is for the member who has made the most notable overall contribution to the club during the year. After an extended period as President and many years as a committee member and coach, President Gourley was very pleased to present the 2016 award to his immediate predecessor and long-term club stalwart, Leisa Cass. Congratulations Leisa!