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Club Swimming Returns – 21 August 2020

We are pleased to announce that the club is commencing its return to swimming!

Starting Friday 21 August, two weekly sessions will be run at the sensational new Stromlo Leisure Centre in addition to our regular sessions which will also shortly recommence at Lakeside Leisure Centre in Tuggeranong. 

Stromlo Pool Sessions

Fridays 7:30-8:30 am (initially) – Distance & Pace semi-coached session (50m LC pool).

Sundays 9:00-10:00 am – Coached training session (50m LC pool) followed by optional coffee/breakfast/chat. Normal training session fee payment applies.

Important Information

All swimmers should arrive at least 10 minutes before the session start time for the pre-session coach’s talk to maximise swimming time due to the 1-hour pool entry current session restrictions.

All swimmers MUST book their spot and pay pool entry online for these sessions. This can be done up to 3-days in advance. Book in early to ensure your spot as you are competing with all other centre users to get one of the 100 spots available (current COVID restriction). 

If you have a YMCA pool membership at Lakeside Leisure Centre (or another ACT YMCA-managed centre) your membership covers Stromlo Leisure Centre also.  However, if you have a 20-visit swim pass for Lakeside Leisure Centre it does not cover entry at Stromlo. Remember as a Masters Swimming Australia member, you are entitled to entry at the concession rate. 

The changing rooms are open, but due to current COVID-19 restrictions, the shower cubicles cannot be used at present. However, there are a couple of open access warm showers on the pool deck.

Tuggeranong Pool Sessions

Our regular club sessions will recommence on Tuesday 1 September – starting with our endurance session in the morning and then our evening training session. More details to follow once negotiations are finalised with the Lakeside Leisure Centre management.

Masters Swimming Australia Coach of the Year 2019 Award

This national award recognises the huge amount of work that Greg has done in his coaching role within both Tuggeranong Masters Swimming ACT as a club and acknowledges Greg’s outstanding contribution to coaching and towards the development of coaching at all levels of Masters Swimming within Australia.

Photo of Greg Gourley

Greg had an outstanding year in coaching in 2019. Through the active development of his coaching knowledge, he made a significant contribution towards progressing swimmers at a club level but most notably was actively involved in developing coaches and swimmers at a Branch level through the running of many workshops throughout NSW.

Greg has been involved in masters swimming with Tuggeranong Vikings Masters not only as a swimmer, technical official, and coach for many years but also as club president.  As a collaborative leader, he is an integral part of the Tuggeranong Masters coaching team and has assisted in developing the Tuggeranong year planner including macro and micro-cycles.

Greg is an innovative coach and his swim sessions are always thoroughly planned with a focus, ensuring differentiation for all swimmers’ goals and abilities.  One of Greg’s main goals is to foster inclusion and cohesion in the club and to make it fun!

Greg was also involved in running the ACT Branch of Masters Swimming for a number of years before it became part of NSW Branch. Greg is hugely active in the local open water swimming community here in the ACT and NSW as well and has swum the 9k National Capital Swim as a solo swimmer many times.

Thank you, Greg, for your wonderful contribution to Masters Swimming in 2019… you are a very well deserved winner!

Masters Swimming caters for swimmers of ALL standards.  Tackle all aspects of your swimming technique and fitness with a qualified coach and like-minded swimmers.

We are currently awaiting the re-opening of Tuggeranong pool within COVID-19 restrictions (anticipated mid-August) to allow us to re-commence our regular club training sessions, however, we are offering a 6-month membership from July to December and a 4-month “come and try” membership from September to December 2020.   These memberships provide the perfect opportunity to participate in regular swim training and social activities and to regain fitness post the COVID-19 shutdown. 

For more details, contact Greg on 0418 445194, or email aussivikings@gmail.com and keep an eye on our website www.tuggmastersswim.org for updates. You can find details of our training sessions at www.tuggmastersswim.org/training.

COVID-19 Announcement

In compliance with COVID-19 recommendations, ALL swim training is suspended until the threat is over.

In light of recent government advice, ALL Tuggeranong Masters swim sessions are suspended (including training and endurance sessions) until further notice.

Post COVID-19, returning to swimming notifications will be posted on this website, on our Facebook group and through our club member email list.

On behalf of the Committee and the Coaching Team, we hope that none of our members, friends and family are impacted by the COVID-19 virus, are not impacted employment wise, the stock market recovers and that the world returns to normality ASAP so that we can get back swimming.

GREG GOURLEY, PRESIDENT