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Long Course Weekend, Jervis Bay – Fri 19 Oct 18

Report and photos by Maria Castles.

The weekend of 19-20-21 October 2018 saw the second Long Course Weekend Jervis Bay event. This is a unique multi-sport festival that offers real atmosphere. Over three days, athletes can choose any or all events from three disciplines (swim – Friday, bike – Saturday and run – Sunday) and multiple distances to create a tailor made weekend course for their ability. Each discipline has at least two distances available, including, for those looking to push their limits, a Long Course option – the longest distance (ie: a full triathlon distance) in each event. This time, two Tuggeranong Vikings – Kirsten Madsen and Maria Castles – made the trip to the beautiful coastal village of Huskisson, joining their friend Kerry O’Neill for the 950m swim leg of the event on the Friday.

Friday was a lovely sunny day with a decent crowd and a good atmosphere around the swim venue – the beach adjacent to White Sands Park at Huskisson. After checking out the course and start set up, it was time to don wetsuits and pose for pre-race photos at the finish line.

The swim was over a triangular course. In the fairly windy conditions, the first leg of the triangle was the hardest swim, due to the chop driven by the wind, with the second and final legs a bit easier.  Getting from the water exit point to the ‘arch’ marking the actual course finish line entailed a walk/run up a path of a couple of hundred metres through the bush to the park. All three successfully completed the swim, recording times between approximately 23 and 26 minutes. While the event awards were not categorised according to age groups, these times were quite competitive! All successful swimmers earned a sizable medal – usefully doubling as a fridge magnet!

After a celebratory coffee, all were very pleased to have done it! We can expect to see more from these three, with Kirsten and Kerry having plans for another ocean swim and Maria and Kirsten to take part in the Sri Chimnoy lake swim, here in Canberra, as part of a Vikings club relay team shortly.

 

AGM – Tuggeranong Vikings Masters Swimming Club – Mon 08 Oct 18

Not only did Monday 8 October 2018 see the return of ‘Doctor Who’ to our televisions, but also the Annual General Meeting of Tuggeranong Masters Swimming, held at Town Centre Vikings Club, Tuggeranong. A total of 16 members attended to play their part in the running of the club, with apologies received from a further 12.

Members should note that, following the meeting, there have been several changes to office-bearers this year. Updated names/positions are listed here. Minutes of the meeting are located here.

ACT Interclub Meet – Sun 04 Nov 18

On the afternoon of Sunday 4 November 18, 14 Tuggeranong Vikings, 18 Molonglo Water Dragons, seven Ginninderra Swim Club swimmers and two Sapphire Coast Stingrays participated in a short-course swim meet hosted at the Gunghalin Leisure Centre by our friends from the Water Dragons. In the spirit of helping out the locals, plenty of assistance was provided by many Viking members.

As always, it was a relaxed and friendly afternoon, giving ACT swimmers a chance to race locally. Tuggeranong was well represented by Tom Boyce, Annette Britten, Andrew Brown, Maria Castles, Nick Dando, Nick Grinter, Kris Kennedy, Kylie Lane, Kristen Leydon, Nina Maguire, Caz Makin, Anne Smyth, Elise Stewart and Jane Waddleton.

Thank you to those team members who came along to help: Greg Gourley, Denise Druitt, Bill Eversham, Katrina Burgess, Leisa Cass and Annette Byron. A special mention to Pete Sharman who was on the computers helping (again!), even though Ann wasn’t even swimming! A great community and team effort!

Everyone swam well with good solid swims and fast times all-round. A special mention to Andrew and Nina who competed for the first time in their adult lives! We finished the day with relays swum with great team spirit! Go Vikings!

Full meet results, with times, can be found here.

Anne Smyth

Head Coach

Tuggeranong Masters ACT