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Masters Swimming Australia Coach of the Year 2019 Award

This national award recognises the huge amount of work that Greg has done in his coaching role within both Tuggeranong Masters Swimming ACT as a club and acknowledges Greg’s outstanding contribution to coaching and towards the development of coaching at all levels of Masters Swimming within Australia.

Photo of Greg Gourley

Greg had an outstanding year in coaching in 2019. Through the active development of his coaching knowledge, he made a significant contribution towards progressing swimmers at a club level but most notably was actively involved in developing coaches and swimmers at a Branch level through the running of many workshops throughout NSW.

Greg has been involved in masters swimming with Tuggeranong Vikings Masters not only as a swimmer, technical official, and coach for many years but also as club president.  As a collaborative leader, he is an integral part of the Tuggeranong Masters coaching team and has assisted in developing the Tuggeranong year planner including macro and micro-cycles.

Greg is an innovative coach and his swim sessions are always thoroughly planned with a focus, ensuring differentiation for all swimmers’ goals and abilities.  One of Greg’s main goals is to foster inclusion and cohesion in the club and to make it fun!

Greg was also involved in running the ACT Branch of Masters Swimming for a number of years before it became part of NSW Branch. Greg is hugely active in the local open water swimming community here in the ACT and NSW as well and has swum the 9k National Capital Swim as a solo swimmer many times.

Thank you, Greg, for your wonderful contribution to Masters Swimming in 2019… you are a very well deserved winner!

Masters Swimming caters for swimmers of ALL standards.  Tackle all aspects of your swimming technique and fitness with a qualified coach and like-minded swimmers.

We are currently awaiting the re-opening of Tuggeranong pool within COVID-19 restrictions (anticipated mid-August) to allow us to re-commence our regular club training sessions, however, we are offering a 6-month membership from July to December and a 4-month “come and try” membership from September to December 2020.   These memberships provide the perfect opportunity to participate in regular swim training and social activities and to regain fitness post the COVID-19 shutdown. 

For more details, contact Greg on 0418 445194, or email aussivikings@gmail.com and keep an eye on our website www.tuggmastersswim.org for updates. You can find details of our training sessions at www.tuggmastersswim.org/training.

Smyth Lands Top Coach Accolade – May 2015

Report by Caroline Makin, Club Captain

Our club was featured on the sports page of The Chronicle in Canberra on 26 May 2015 – a celebration of our success as a club, our swimmers and our head coach and most recently our achievements at the Masters Swimming Australia National Championships held in Hobart in April 2015.

National Coach of the Year 2014 – Awarded to Anne Smyth

Report by Caroline Makin, Club Captain and Leisa Cass, President

A massive congratulations to our Head Coach, Anne Smyth on winning the MSA National Coach of the Year 2014.

This award was announced and presented to Anne at the presentation dinner in Hobart at the conclusion of the recent National Championships 2015.

The award follows on from Anne winning the NSW Branch Coach of the Year for 2014, and recognises the overall achievements of the club. It is not about state and national records or medals. It takes into account participation across all aspects of masters swimming, from endurance and our local ACT Interclub meets, to other club (NSW Branch Point Score), state and national events as well as open water events. It is about the work done within the club to support individual swimmers improve their technique and achieve their own goals, and the retention of swimmers and the growth of the club.

Anne has spent time attending workshops and seminars, as well as researching online to keep up with innovative ideas and plans out the basis for upcoming training sessions around the events on the competition calendar.

Anne’s encouragement to all swimmers and her positive attitude to coaching have contributed to Tuggeranong Masters Swimming ACT being a vibrant and forward thinking club that continues to expand and develop.

As a close friend of Anne, fellow coach and our Club Captain, Caz was delighted to be able to write the national nomination for Anne.  Below are some of the words which highlight why Anne deserved to win this fantastic award and we are sure that everyone will agree that this award is great news for our club and our team of coaches working with Anne to make our club one of the top clubs nationally!

“Anne’s coaching philosophy is second to none — she truly embodies the notion of respect, friendship, tolerance, care, excellence and team spirit …  Anne is at the helm of our club alongside our Club Captain and Club President and we firmly believe that everyone within our club should have an equal opportunity to compete and a fair chance to win — we have worked closely together to promote our local ACT Interclub meets to all of our members, especially to our newer members, encouraging them to have a go and nurturing a ‘team’ spirit especially with taking part in relays — Anne firmly believes in giving everyone an opportunity to take part, regardless of their swimming ability level — in effect ‘orienting’ the less experienced swimmers in the process of competition. Anne also equally respects those swimmers in our club how prefer to simply turn up to training sessions purely for the fun and fitness element of the MSA motto — truly embodying the aim of providing a fun and enjoyable environment. “

“Anne has many qualities of a great coach.  She is honest, fun, a leader, and is well organised and an excellent role model … Anne is very good at providing positive feedback to our swimmers and encouraging them by giving them instructional feedback on how they can improve their technique as well as complimenting them on their personal achievements. She is a great motivator and works with swimmers to set long term and short term goals … Anne endeavours to balance individual skill development of Masters Swimmers in the water with providing guidance and mentoring whilst on the pool deck at competitions or at open water swims …  She inspires our members to have a life long passion for swimming and to develop their self-confidence and self-belief. “

Well done Anne, what a fabulous achievement. We really value what you have done for our club! 🙂