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17th Australian Masters Games, Adelaide – 5-7 Oct 2019

Report by Kris Kennedy

In the days leading up to the October long weekend five Tuggeranong Vikings, Donna C, Maria C, Brenda D, Cecilia K and Kris K, with their incredibly supportive partners in tow, took to the road and air to compete at the 17th Australian Masters Games in Adelaide.

With the swimming component taking place between Saturday 5 to Monday 7 October 2019 at the Matt Cowdrey Competition Pool in the SA Aquatic and Leisure Pool the Vikings team settled in for three days of competition.   And compete they did, swimming their way to win gold, silver and bronze medals in everything from 25m races to the longer distances of 400m as well as setting some wonderful new PBs.

Most notably our relay teams won gold in both the 200m womens freestyle and 200m medley relays.

The icing on the cake was finding out that Tuggeranong Vikings had placed 10th in a field of 70+ teams Australia wide.  Way to go ladies!

Just as important as the swimming side of things the social side of the Games was just as impressive.

Saturday night saw the official opening of the Games.  This involved a large contingent of Masters athletes gathering at the Adelaide Convention Centre and marching under the banner of their chosen sport. This was then followed by live music, dancing and an all round good time.

There were team dinners and a closed street party held in Glenelg to celebrate the Games where there were lots of markets to wander around and local cuisine to taste and consume.

Check out the results for the competition.

MSNSW State Short Course Championships – 12/13 Oct 2019

Report by Club Captain, Katrina Burgess

We are the champions!    🤣🏊‍♀️🏆

What an amazing swim meet the Vikings had at this year’s NSW State Short Course Championships which were held at the Peninsula Leisure Centre, Woy Woy, Central Coast on 12/13 October 2019.

The Viking team consisted of 7 women and 4 men: Nicholas G, David B, Brian C, Gary S, Kylie L, Caroline M, Katrina B, Donna C, Leisa C, Ann R, Anne S.  This incredible team all swam the maximum amount of 5 individual races and we entered 5 relay teams. With all swimmers competing strongly in their respective age groups we walked away with pride after receiving the “Des McCormick” trophy for highest average pointscore per swimmer.

The photos show how much fun was had in and out of the pool.

Many medals were won and PBs achieved. Relays always bring the crowd to their feet and a highlight was Tuggeranong Vikings winning the Women’s Freestyle Relay and the Mixed Medley Relay at the end of the swim program.

Meet results are available on the MSNSW website.








MSNSW State Long Distance SC Championships – 08 Sep 19

Report by Club Captain – Katrina Burgess Over the weekend of 7/8 Sep 2019, seven women and one brave man made the trip to Sydney to represent the mighty Vikings at Masters Swimming NSW’s State Long Distance SC Championships. As usual, they were also accompanied by long term ‘Viking partner’ and regular volunteer, Pete S. The event was hosted at Knox Grammar School’s aquatic centre at Wahroonga, Sydney.

Sunday was a hugely successful day for the strong Vikings contingent, with the team finishing third place overall (behind the hosts, Warringah, and Blacktown) and third place for average points per swimmer (behind Blue Mountains and Merrylands).

Ann Reid set the day in motion by competing in and completing the 1500m Butterfly – winning her category! Another highlight was watching four Vikings lining up together in the 800m freestyle. All you could hear was “Go Vikings” when Atsuko, Caz, Anne S, and Richard were lined up side-by-side on the blocks. Fabulous to see the Vikings swim caps so prominent in their heat, and fabulous to see all four finishing in the top half of the results. Notably, as well as great individual results, Richard, Atsuko, Kylie, Katrina and Donna all achieved new club records.

Full event results are available on the Masters Swimming NSW website.