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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

FINA World Top 10 LC 2020

Congratulations Tuggeranong!

The sole meet many of us swam at Campbelltown in January last year resulted in some Fina Top Ten World Rankings!

Caroline Makin – 50-54 – 200m Freestyle and 400m Individual Medley
Anne Smyth – 60-64 – 400m Freestyle
Katrina Burgess – 50-54 – 200m Breaststroke

Women’s 200m Medley Relay 240-279
Cecelia Kaye, Jane Waddleton, Donna Campbell, Leisa Cass

Women’s 200m Medley Relay 200-239
Caroline Makin, Katrina Burgess, Anne Smyth, Ann Reid

Masters Swimming Australia National Coach of the Year 2020 Award

Report by Anne Smyth, Tuggeranong Head Coach & MSNSW Branch Coaching Director

Congratulations Greg Gourley!      

Greg was recently awarded National and NSW Masters Coach of the Year for 2020. He also achieved the same award in 2019.

These 2020 awards reflect the hard work and effort Greg has put into coaching for our club, Tuggeranong, and his work for MSNSW and MSA. Greg wrote the ‘National Return to Swimming Program’ after COVID-19. This program was used by many clubs around Australia. Greg is a member of the MSNSW Coaching Team and is on the National Coaching Committee.

At Tuggeranong Masters we all recognise the hard work Greg puts into our club as President and in the coaching arena. His innovative coaching ideas, enthusiasm, and dedication are greatly appreciated and we are lucky to have him as part of our coaching team.