Loading images...

Broulee Bay to Breakers Ocean Swim – Sun 10 Mar 19

Report by Web Editor, Al Byrne

The Canberra Day holiday long weekend of 09-10-11 March 2019 saw a few extra ACT numberplates amongst the crowds on the highway over to the coast.

Two Vikings – Nicolee Martin and Al Byrne, as well as one former Viking – Petrina Quinn, made the trip to beautiful Broulee on the NSW South Coast for the eighth annual Broulee Bay to Breakers Ocean Swim, held on Sunday 10 March 2019.

This is a 1400 metre ocean swim from Broulee Island to South Broulee Beach, first held in 2012 (then featuring two Vikings ladies amongst the field of 178). To the delight of the hosts at the Broulee Surfers Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC), a record-breaking field of over 400 swimmers signed up this year!

As well as the usual senior male/female ‘age’ categories, the event also included a complementary 500 metre junior event for under 14 and under 12′s.

For the diehards (ie: Nicolee and Petrina), the age category events were followed shortly thereafter by an ‘open’ swim – repeating the full course a second time!

On an absolutely sparkling sunny morning, the day started with the usual safety briefing in front of the Surf Club on South Broulee beach. Swimmers and supporters then made their way on foot the 400 metres around the headland to the start line at Broulee Island. The three groups of senior swimmers entered the water in sequence, with the main groups as well as the outliers well protected enroute by a range of SLSC paddlers, jet-skis and inflatable rescue boats (not to mention a drone overhead!).

With a relaxed atmosphere, a ‘not-too-cold, not-too-hot’ water temperature of about 21.5 degrees, a gentle swell and good visibility in the clean ocean water, it was always going to be a great experience – and it certainly was!

From the large field of competitors, the three Vikings logged results as below:

Place (category)


Nicolee Martin
Female 50-59
2 of 24


Nicolee Martin
Female – open
9 of 19


Al Byrne
Male 50-59
22 of 46


Petrina Quinn
Female 60-69
6 of 18


Petrina Quinn
Female – open
14 of 19


Extensive photo coverage of the event is now online.

Australia Day 2019 – Vikings Oz Day Lake Swim

Report by Web Editor, Al Byrne.

In what has become something of an Australia Day holiday tradition for the Vikings, a keen group of swimmers and families of swimmers again made their way to the shores of Yarralumla Bay, Lake Burley Griffin, on Monday 28 January 2019 for an afternoon swim followed by a picnic at the beach.

While we didn’t initially get to enjoy quite the sunshine that we’ve seen in previous years, it didn’t faze the fifteen or so swimmers (including our one four-legged swimmer – Rosie – Nicolee’s excitable Schnauzer).

This year, our safety-conscious prez, Greg Gourley, even decided to forgo the swim himself, and made the lap of Spinnaker Island by kayak, acting as our safety boat. Whether he liked it or not, he was ‘assisted’ at random intervals by Rosie!

In an innovation aiming to assist the navigationally challenged among us (ie: those of us that can’t swim in a straight line – your correspondent definitely included!), Anne even dragged her fluorescent orange safety float behind her for the whole swim. Thank you Anne!

As always, great company and a picnic accompanied by a glass or two of holiday cheer, made for a wonderful relaxed afternoon.

Campbelltown BPS Meet – Sat 19 Jan 19

Report by Katrina Burgess – Club Captain

It was a wonderful way for the Tuggeranong Vikings Club to start the Masters Swimming 2019 racing season with a trip up the highway to Campbelltown for the first Branch Point Score (BPS) meet of the year. No toll fees or traffic congestion to contest with, just fellow Masters – like minded swimmers, from a total of 29 clubs.

The Vikings team had eleven swimmers: Katrina Burgess, Donna Campbell, Brian Curtis, Nicholas Grinter, Kylie Lane, Paul Maggs, Caroline Makin, Atsuko McGowan, Richard Phillips, Anne Reid and Anne Smyth.

And, we smashed the competition, winning the Average Points per swimmer, with a score of 39.1 points per swimmer from a maximum of 40! This is an incredible achievement and only achieved because all eleven Vikings swam their maximum number of four swims. The club also achieved fourth place on overall club points. Definitely worth huge congratulations…. very well done team!

With the heat wave the East Coast had been experiencing, the water temperature in the 50m outdoor pool at Bradbury was a warm 30 degrees! Other highlights of the meet included the friendly duck that swam alongside many swimmers during the day, and even helped out the officials with some refereeing. The duck even managed to get his/her own story on the MSNSW website! 

Swimming highlights include:

•Three Vikings club records – two to Brian Curtis and one to Nick Grinter.

•Age championship wins to Atsuko McGowan and Caroline Makin.

•Both the Women and Men’s medley relay teams winning their age groups.

•But the number one highlight was watching Brian race his 50m butterfly. His children and his teammates watched him make the swim without taking a breath, and in a time of 30s! Post race he stated, however, that he won’t be attempting this again anytime soon and will go back to his usual one breath per 50m!

Congratulations and a big thank you to all eleven swimmers and support crew for an enjoyable and very successful excursion.