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Competition

Sri Chinmoy National Capital Swim – Sun 02 Dec 18

Report by club Prez, Greg Gourley.

After a big night of pre-race preparation at our annual Awards Night and club Christmas party, eleven Vikings (five solo swimmers, a relay team of two and a relay team of four) were brave enough to front up for the Sri Chinmoy National Capital Swim in Canberra’s Lake Burley-Griffin. This is an annual event swum over a huge nine kilometre course passing Government House, Parliament House (old and new), the National Museum, National Library, National Gallery and the High Court. This one is definitely an iconic Canberra event!

There had been some discussion at the Christmas party regarding the recent rain and cold weather, the water temperature reports and the weather forecast. The unknowns meant that wetsuits were definitely worth some careful consideration!

Competitors, their support paddlers, family and friends, and even a few dogs, met at Scrivener Dam at around 7:00 AM, in anticipation of the solo race start at 7:45 AM and teams start at 8:00 AM. At this point, the weather was sunny and calm.

The calm before the storm! (Swimmer: Suzie Gunning, and paddler Dom, her son)

However, casting an eye to the west, towards the Brindabella Ranges, revealed an approaching weather front.  During the second leg, at approximately 4 km into the course, the imminent arrival of that front began to be felt – with significant wind waves starting to form. During the third leg the impact of the weather front was well and truly felt! Donna Campbell, acting as support paddler for Nicholas Grinter, capsized her kayak in the rough conditions! A thoroughly drenched Donna quickly recovered to her rightful place, and bravely pressed on! For the swimmers the wind waves made it feel as though they were swimming in a washing machine. For the paddlers; it was like preparing for an Olympic ‘white-water’ slalom!

Anybody seen Donna?

Special congratulations to:

1. Nick Grinter, who won the solo men’s event, despite losing time when paddler Donna went for her unexpected swim!
2. Suzie Gunning, for completing her first 9km solo open-water swim, and
3. Maria Castles, Kirsten Madsen, Bill Eversham and Kris Kennedy – our team of four – who completed their first 9km team open-water swim (in the worst of the conditions).

Results and times for all Vikings swimmers are below. The Sri Chinmoy event page has lots more photos and full results. Our club has regularly had a very good showing at the summer Sri Chinmoy lake swims. Check out the details for the next event, scheduled for Sun 24 Feb 19. Hoping to see you there!

Who
Place – Category
Place out of the water

H:MM:SS

Nicolas Grinter
First place - Solo Male Under 50
3rd

2:22:13

Greg Gourley
First place – Solo Male 60+ with wetsuit
12th

2:33:07

Paul Hitchman
Sixth place – Solo Male Under 50
19th

2:37:52

Suzie Gunning
Second place – Solo Female 50-59 with wetsuit
30th

2:53:49

Nicolee Martin
First place – Solo Female 50-59
38th

3:03:24

Jeanette Droop & Leisa Cass
First place – Female Team over 50
43rd

3:14:43

Maria Castles, Kirsten Madsen, Bill Eversham & Kris Kennedy
Fourth place – Mixed Team of four
53rd

3:43:24

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.

 

Hills Long Distance Meet – 6 May 2018

Report by Katrina Burgess

It was a merry group of five plus Pete Sharman that attended the Hills Long Distance Meet on 6 May 2018 at Galston.

The Galston pool is a small 25m slightly too warm pool, and the event is run with staggered starts, thus swimmers going off individually on the whistle in effect like ‘time trials’.

Ann Reid manned the marshalling table the entire day due to her inability to swim from recent foot surgery which continues to keep her out of the water. Congratulations to Ann, she controlled the marshalling with such high precision that the swim meet finished two hours ahead of schedule!

The four swimmers: Kylie Lane, Caroline Makin, Katrina Burgess and Donna Campbell … mmm … all female, and all swam brilliantly.

Each girl swam a 1500m and a 400m event, and all swims added to the club’s 2018 Endurance 1000 program point score tally.

Kylie swam 1500m Freestyle and 400m Individual Medley and both of these swims were PBs. Kylie is only new to the idea of endurance swimming as she previously just focused on her sprinting ability – it is marvellous to see her enthusiasm and rapid improvement since experimenting with the longer distances and coming to the “dark side”.

Caz also swam 1500m Freestyle and 400m Individual Medley, still nursing the tail end of a head cold, moving up to a new age group this year and breaking three existing club records including the 400 and 800 during the 1500m Freestyle, and then another record in the 400m IM.

Katrina swam 1500m Backstroke and 400m Breaststroke, and must thank Pete for his amazing massage skills as she was so pleased to have swam as well as she did with her current neck injury. As well as setting the club record in the Backstroke, she achieved a PB and club record in her Breaststroke swim.

Donna swam the 1500m Breaststroke and 400m Backstroke, and came away with two further PBs. In the 1500m Breaststroke she scored herself three club records as she set the 400, and smashed the 800 along the way to the final 1500m finish.

Our club placed 6th from 21 clubs overall, and placed 1st on average points per swimmer – way to go Vikings!

Full results are available.