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National Championships – Adelaide – 19-23 Mar 19

Report by Club Captain – Katrina Burgess

The 2019 MSA National Championships were held in Adelaide from 19-23 March at the SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre, Oaklands Park. Over 400 swimmers from all over the country competed, as well as a few visiting Masters swimmers from NZ, USA, UK and Canada.

Tuggeranong Vikings were represented by a team of ten swimmers (and supporters!), consisting of Katrina Burgess, Leisa Cass, Donna Campbell, Brian Curtis, Lisa Haureliuk, Paul Maggs, Caroline Makin, Ann Reid, Anne Smyth and Ron Watkins.

As well as enjoying the social aspects, all swimmers swam well with numerous PB swims and multiple podium finishes. Overall, the club ended the meet in 13th position from a field of 86 clubs. Not too shabby!

As well as the women’s medley and freestyle relay team, notable individual results included triple gold to Caz Makin in the 200, 400 and 800m FR as well as another gold in the 50m BK , and Ron Watkins’ gold in 50m BU.

For those that just couldn’t get enough, the meet also included, unusually, a 1.5 or 3.0km open-water swim at Brighton Beach on day five following completion of the four days of competition in the pool. Both Caz and Anne took the plunge in the choppy 1.5km event – cheered on by some Vikings who stayed dry and comfortable on the jetty – with Caz taking home a gold, and Anne a silver medal.

It was a particularly strong meet for the Canberra women, with Caz taking the crown as National Champion in her age group, and Lisa gaining equal second overall in her age group, and both Ann Reid and Donna Campbell swimming the maximum allowable twelve individual events over the four days of competition.

Full event results are at the Masters Swimming Australia website. Next year’s event will be run in Short Course format at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre (SOPAC). For the first time ever at our Nationals, multi-class participants will be able to swim in their own multi-class categories within the program. Just enough time to get training!


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.

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.