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Coach Anne Smyth’s September 2021 Update

It has been a tough time with Covid lockdown and I hope everyone is managing ok. Remember, we will be back in the water. We did it last year and we will do it again.

We do have some members braving the cold lake and many are out running, walking, and riding. Even gardening helps with keeping active and enhancing your well-being.

If you want to use this time to develop your swimming knowledge, our website is a great place to start, with lots of info including technique and tips articles.

The club is planning to have some swims in the lake in October and hopefully we will be back in the pool late October.

As I was walking this morning I was thinking about swimming and what I personally miss:

Remember your love of swimming and why you swim.

Swim for the joy of swimming. Remember how it feels to slide through the water and forget your worries.

Swim for your mental health.

Swim for socialising and enjoy catching up again with your swimming friends.

Going fast and hitting those times will come again in time.

… and as Arnie said we will be back!!!

Anne Smyth, Head Coach

Don’t forget our AGM is on Monday, 27 September 6.30 pm via Zoom. Join us online and contribute to your club!

Gary Stutsel on Breaststroke Focus

In July 2021 our Head Coach, Anne Smyth, outlined the Breastroke focus for the week’s training via our club email.  In response, our wonderful Technical Director, Gary Stutsel, provided this enlightening and entertaining response …

I had a little laugh when I read “this week’s article with the focus on breaststroke” (7/21).  I thought I focused on breaststroke for 40 years!

Learning at age 13 within 1 year and 4 months I was an NSW junior finalist (4th). It then took me 5 years to place and 8 years to get first place. This was inspite being coached by 4 of Australia’s then top coaches and having a serious road accident mid way through the 7th year. Then competing and training at a lower level of intensity it took me another 29 years with intermittent coaching and stroke correction to do my lifetime best times.

Over these years the rules and stroke have evolved or relaxed depending on your point of view. The video you have recommended we watch before training is a far cry from the “flat on the water” style of the 1950s where the head could not submerged the arms were fully extended to the sides of the body, as hinted at in the attached photo.

Gary Stutsel
Gary with very dark hair

“It is always interesting to hear about some of our member’s history and how swimming has changed”, Anne Smyth.

A Thursday morning swimmer’s reflection

A personal reflection by Mandy Coggins

I’m back in the pool after having only partaken in the odd training session over the past 12 months, due to Covid and other responsibilities. I have been training with Tuggeranong Masters for over 15 years, was never a squad swimmer, learnt to swim in a river but loved swimming.  It’s winter, cold outside, but being back in the Tuggeranong pool,  comfortable air/water temperature, looking outside the glass to the cold, fellow swimmers/friends beside me, and struggling with the program as I am not as fit as I would like.  I am back in lane 2 where I am aiming to improve my fitness.  Our coach Brenda has been coaching us on Thursday mornings for many years now, a real treasure to the club.  Thank you, Brenda.

Being in the club has given me a great extension in my swimming skills, for example… how to swim butterfly and breaststroke; learning starts and turns for the different strokes, and as a result extending myself to partake in some of the racing events, within the ACT and beyond.  Totally going outside of my comfort zone but I have shared the challenge of racing and fun with swim friends and meeting new swimmers from other clubs.  This has included being at the World Masters Games in Sydney, Nationals in Melbourne, and the Alice Springs Games, not to forget ocean swims!

Thursday morning swim sessions finish with a feeling of accomplishment, coffee, and chat; a very pleasurable way to exercise!

Mandy Coggins