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2017 Annual Club Awards & Xmas Bowls

Report by Greg Gourley, President 

Following an afternoon of bowls, Club President Greg Gourley gathered attendees together in Tuggeranong Vikings Club early in the evening of 10 December 2017 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.

Greg made the following intro to the proceedings …

Welcome everyone to the 2017 Tuggeranong Masters Swimming Christmas Party and Awards Night. Thank you to the committee for this hard work over the past 12 months.

You and I as club members, benefit from the efforts of a small group of hardworking volunteers – the committee – working behind the scenes.

Nothing happens by accident – the committee members plan and undertake many activities, such as:

  • Members registrations
  • Club affiliations
  • Booking lanes for training
  • Setting a coaching plan and arranging coaches
  • Organising events, taking entries, organising relay teams and running the events
  • Running endurance
  • Merchandising
  • Social events and volunteer coordinating
  • Working with our club sponsor – the Vikings Club and running raffles
  • Recording club records and meet results
  • Publicity – updating the web site and web site management
  • Technical Officer
  • Managing the club’s finances
  • Managing and running the committee meetings, keeping records, managing correspondence, communications to members and managing the legal requirements for the club.

The committee is made up of club members. We do try to make the “being on the committee experience” as pleasurable and rewarding as possible. We have a meeting most months and the meetings run for a fixed 1½ hrs. Many meetings involve medicinal food and beverage. I encourage any member who has some time available to consider joining the committee, in that way you can help run the club in the way you want to see it run. We also have assistant positions where one can learn the ropes and also help out.

The success of what the committee does can been measured by the size of the club. Tuggeranong Masters Swimming Club is one of the largest masters clubs in Australia. Thanks again to everyone on the committee.

Next, to thank are the family members of club members. Not only do the family members let us go swimming, but they support the club at swim meets are in other ways.A couple who come to mind who regularly support the club are:

  • Audrey Stutsel – always performing the role of marshal at swim meets
  • Scott Makin – working as recorder at swim meets
  • Peter Sharman – also working as recorder at swim meets
  • Sandy Sharman – performing many jobs at swim meets and also helping out at endurance swims.
  • … and all the others family and friends who help out.

Now we have ourselves – the members to thank. The club is made up of, and run by its members. The club needs you to join, to train, if you like, to compete and if you can, to be part of the committee.

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 2017 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. Helen Morris was presented with this award in 2017. Helen is moving to Sydney next year and we will miss her enthusiasm and friendship, but we believe she will be training with the Sutherland Sandbern Club in NSW – all the best for your move Helen.

 

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 2017 award winner was Donna Sims.

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. Paul Quinn has been a regular at training and started off an already fast swimmer and has improved his speed thought the year – congratulations Paul …. that 50m Freestyle in 27.something seconds is quick!

Endurance Performance of the Year

This award was a new award introduced this year. Christine Leary was a very worthy first recipient. We have watched Christine embark on the endurance program and take instruction and tackle the 800m Butterfly .. well done Christine!

Postal Swimmer of the Year

This award is for the swimmer who has made the best effort at Postal Swims throughout the year. Ann Reid has over the years been a regular top supporter of postal swims, and again this year has entered all postal swims available.

Iron Person of the Year

This trophy has been around for many many years and is never engraved. Jane Waddleton is the worthy recipient for 2017. Despite health issues, Jane has continued to train and take part in the endurance program as well as racing in our local ACT Interclub meets, and is about to undergo a hip replacement operation – best wishes for a speedy recovery Jane.

Judy Gallagher Memorial Trophy for Swimmer of the Year

Our 2017 Swimmer of the Year is Caroline Makin. Caz has swum an amazing number of kilometers in competition and endurance this year! She has has had a very successful year with numerous medals and PBs at ACT, NSW State, National and International events during 2017 as well as open water swims not counted in the pool swimming stats … the kilometres stats swum by Caz are big! ….

Stroke Metres
Backstroke 15,275
Breaststroke 14,800
Butterfly 7,300
Freestyle 19,350
Individual Medley 6,400
Grand Total 63,125

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. President Gourley was very delighted to present the 2017 award to long time club committee member and holder of numerous roles including Club Captain, Coach, Publicity Officer and Website Editor within the club … Caroline Makin.

‘Laugh Out Loud’ Recognition Award

The ‘LOL’ recognition award was introduced as a fun award this year. There were a few nominations for this award for a  LOL moment throughout the year. The inagural winner was Al Byrne. At the NSW State Relay Meet in July 2017, Al Byrne admitted to forgetting to take his watch off before racing and placing it down his budgy smugglers  just before entering the pool for a race. Asked if he wasn’t worried it would fall out, his reply was “not to worry when I dived in I made a quick check that it was still there”! Very amusing Al … we love your “timekeeping abilities”!!

… and to finish off back where the day started … some bowling action …. where family and friends joined in the fun!

See you all in 2018 for more “friendship, fitness and fun” under the Masters Swimming Australia motto.

 

 

 

 

 

NSW State SC Championships – 14/15 October 2017

Report by Katrina Burgess

The 2017 NSW State SC Championships were held at the AIS pool in Canberra on 14/15 October.

It is always such a treat when a major swim meet is in our town and we are able to sleep in your own beds. It must give us an advantage because all that was seen on pool deck during the two day swim competition were happy smiling Vikings. This was also projected into the pool with all Vikings being pleased with their swims.

A swag of medals were collected and multiple personal best times.

22 Vikings entered the championships and with Blacktown having 24 swimmers it was always going to be a close battle for the overall point score trophy and relay trophy. 32 clubs made the trip to the AIS and Blacktown were victors in the overall point score by the smallest of margins – 1284 points to our Vikings points of 1064.

Firstly, thank you to everyone who spent some of their  time timekeeping.. which is a great way to meet swimmers from other clubs and get a birds eye view of some good swimming techniques. Thank you to Christine Leary, Denise Druitt and Pete Sharman for committing to the club and volunteering their time to “man” the medal table over the weekend.

Special thanks to Anne Smyth for her time at the medal table as she was unable to compete in her individual events due to injury, but still managing to swim four relay legs for us!

There were so many highlights in the pool … but the most exciting had to be the relays.

We had six relay teams winning gold! Congratulations to everyone for making the relays so successful, such awesome team spirit, and to Caroline Makin for organising such fantastic teams ensuring the Vikings where a force to be reckoned with!

Congratulations to Pam Munday and Nick Grinter who achieved NSW Branch Records:  Pam in F65-69 200m Breaststroke and Nick in M25-29 200m Butterfly.

It was great to watch Annette Britten and Leisa Cass swimming so well with both returning from shoulder injuries. Watch Annette do Backstroke and learn how to execute perfect shoulder rotation!

Paul Quinn and Richard Phillips are both gaining fitness and swam fantastic 200m Freestyles, both winning gold. Donna Campbell and Kylie Lane continue to gain fitness and more personal best times – showing in particular in the 100m and 200m Individual Medley events.

It was sensational to have Atsuko McGowan back competing with us again – her awesome determination shone through in the extremely close finish in the Womens 160+ Freestyle Relay, clinching us the gold by a few tenths of seconds ahead of Blacktown in the next lane – what an exciting race to be involved in and watch!

Many thanks go to Ann Reid for representing Tuggeranong as a meet official in her role as inspector of turns between her individual races, with a nice 200m Butterfly in that tough event at the end of the meet.

Cecelia Kaye, Brenda Day, Tom Boyce and Andreas Falkenau all had solid swims adding valuable points for the Vikings and David Bale was stoked with his personal best times in the 100m Individual Medley and in the last event of the day, the 200m Butterfly.

Well done to Kristen Leydon who was over the moon when at the end of the meet she realised she had earned herself a couple of medals in her pet events the 100m Individual Medley and 50m Freestyle. Caroline Makin was also over the moon when she saw she had swum a personal best time in her pet event the 100m Freestyle and repeated that in the 100m Backstroke.

Greg Gourley put his coaching skills into practice and swam some excellent Backstroke events with super solid times. Toy Watkins showed us his sprint-ability with nice quick 50m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly swims.

Katrina Burgess commented that she has “enjoyed watching Helen Morris swimming over the weekend as she amazes us with her consistent improvement every time she dives into the pool – her hard work at training and endurance sessions is obviously paying off for her”.

Congratulations to those swimmers who finished as Age Group Champions: Nick Grinter, Kylie Lane, Katrina Burgess and Pam Munday.

Thank you to everyone for such a successful weekend. We may not have come away with any trophies but we were definitely winners as we executed the masters swimming motto “Fun, Friendship, Fitness” with a 100% success rate.

Full results are available.

The Tuggeranong Challenge 2017 – The Richard Flockart Edition – 16 September 2017

Report by Caroline Makin, Club Captain & Annette Britten, Meet Director

The Tuggeranong Challenge 2017The Richard Flockart Edition took place at Lakeside Leisure Centre on Saturday, 16 September 2017.

This special edition of our regular Challenge meet included a 25m Butterfly event “THE FLOCKART FLYER” took place at the start of the meet and was swum in memory of Richard Flockart.

Richard passed away on 20 December 2016 from complications arising from his treatment from myelofibrosis.  Richard’s death was totally unexpected.  Although myelofibrosis is a serious condition, Richard’s medical reports had been positive.  We had expected Richard to complete his treatment in Melbourne and to return to swimming in Canberra in early 2017.

Richard had been a club member for many years and was an active competitor, his favourite and best stroke being Butterfly.  Richard competed with both with us at Tuggeranong and his first club the Powerpoints.  During the initial years of his illness Richard continued to train with us, during most of 2016 Richard did not have the physical stamina to train, however he did manage to keep fit and he continued with his study of German.   He was one of a kind and always made us smile!

We saw 90% of the swimmers entered in the meet taking part in The Flockart Flyer.  We asked swimmers to wear something purple or pink in honour of Richard and his love of those colours!

There was a mystery prize for the swimmer who finished closest to their nominated entry time in the 25m Butterfly event “THE FLOCKART FLYER”  … and the winner was Caz Makin from Vikings … who won this fabulous “Fly King” swim cap in memory of Richard whilst wearing a purple suit and pink cap and goggles!

Next up we moved onto The “Challenge” which consists of swimming a 50m, 100m and 200m Event, each in a different stroke.

To ascertain the winner we aggregate the absolute difference between actual and nominated time for each of the three events.  For example: if you swim 2 seconds faster in event 1, 3 seconds slower in event 2 and 0.5 of a second faster in event 4, your total difference over the 3 events is 5.5 seconds.   The trophy will be presented to the swimmer with the smallest total difference.  The fastest swimmer will not necessarily be the winner.

The winner of the 50m challenge event was Anne Smyth who swam Freestyle hitting her entry time exactly whilst Katrina Burgess won the 100m challenge event swimming Backstroke also hitting her entry time exactly – both ladies to the .00 difference on the nose! Donna Campbell was the closest to nominated time in the 200m challenge event swimming Breastroke within 0.02 of her entry time …

The Overall Challenge winner was Nick Grinter showing consistent swimming across the 3 events with a total time difference on entry times of 1.28 seconds. Katrina Burgess place 2nd overall with a time difference of 3.36 seconds and Caz Makin 3rd overall with a 3.39 second time difference.

The Tuggeranong Challenge meet also includes with an exciting finale to the day – the Champagne Shoot Out Relay.  The 6 teams closest to their nominated entry time in the 4x50m Freestyle Relay go through to the Champagne Shoot Out Relay which is a handicapped event, with the winning team being the first to touch the wall!

This year we saw of mixture of Womens, Mens and Mixed teams in the finale from Tuggeranong Vikings, Molonglo Water Dragons, Campbelltown and Ginninderra.  The Vikings Women’s Team of Atsuko McGowan, Kylie Lane, Suzie Gunning and Katrina Burgess held on to clinch victory finishing less than a second ahead of the Vikings Mens “youngster” team in 2nd place.

Full meet results are available on the MSA portal.

A big thank you goes out to everyone that offered their support on the day and those that helped make this excellent event possible:

  • Annette Britten – as Meet Director for processing all entries in the Meet Manager system and running such a successful event on the day.
  • Caz Makin for once again organising the flyer and program for the event and sorting out our Vikings relay teams, especially as she had been enjoying a holiday overseas and only returned home the week before the Challenge!
  • Our visiting officials: Jodie Burke, Paul Bailey, Audrey Stutsel, Owen Sinden, Greg Lewin and Victor Libdy (who stepped in to give us a hand with starting – thanks Victor!).  Your ongoing support is very much appreciated and without you we would not be able to run this fun event.
  • Our club officials: Anne Smyth, Greg Gourley and Gary Stutsel for stepping in and lending a hand again and again.
  • Greg Gourley for ensuring we had all our electrical goods charged, at the pool and ready for the day!
  • Our recording team of Scott Makin and Jane Lindsay – A super job given that we were running 3 programs to obtain all the final results for the day.
  • Rachel Morris – our runner for the day who did a fantastic job.
  • Anne Smyth for organising all the prizes for the day and organising the set up and pack up crews.
  • Donna Campbell for organising the catering, raffle prizes and selling tickets on the day and for organising the dinner afterwards.  Officials were impressed by the spread of food supplied from the Café at the pool and the raffle was great with about 15 prizes in total up for grabs.
  • Our volunteers who turned up to help with time keeping for the afternoon even though they were not swimming.
  • Our volunteers who turned up to help set up for the event and pack away after the event.  As they say “many hands make light work”!
  • Those that provided home baked goodies and nibbles for the tea and coffee table.

We are sure that all competitors had a fabulous afternoon of swimming and enjoyed the fun and friendship of the day in the true spirit of the Masters Swimming Australia motto.