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Sri Chinmoy National Capital Swim 2019

Report by Suzie Gunning

Sunday,  1 December 2019 dawned displaying perfect conditions for a 9km swim of Lake Burley Griffin — a glass-like lake, blue sky, sunshine, and mild weather. However, with gale-force winds predicted by 11am, reports the water temperature was 17C in parts and memories of last year’s challenging conditions, the decision to wear a wetsuit was an easy one (for me). Even Greg, who had already registered as a non-wetsuit entrant, changed his mind at the last minute. Having already slathered himself in suncream, the wetsuit slipped on with ease…

So three Tuggeranong swimmers, Greg, Nicolee and Suzie, and 2nd claim member, Brendon (from Molonglo Water Dragons), along with 50 other solo swimmers (including seven members of the Australian Open Water swim squad) and 12 relay teams, began their epic journey at Scrivener Dam and headed east towards their destination at the Boat House.

The swim to the first transition at Weston Park was smooth and uneventful. However, as predicted, the wind began to pick up between the 1st and 2nd transition at Yarralumla and got progressively stronger and more relentless for the remaining 6km!  All praise to our wonderful paddlers — the Mighty Mij, Super Steve, and Dependable Dom — who guided and encouraged us through choppy waters to the finish. It’s assumed that Brendon’s paddler did an equally fine job!

Vikings take on the length of Lake Burley Griffin

Speedy Nicolee was the first Viking swimmer out of the water in an awesome time of 2:34.04. Hot on her heels was Brendon in an equally awesome 2:34.43. Closely behind them was Greg in an impressive 2:41.59. The “advantage” of being the final Vikings swimmer out of the water was the cheer squad encouraging Suzie to run to the finish line (fat chance!!), but she did stumble through in 2:50.39, deciding her preferred option of crawling was perhaps a little undignified.

Special thanks to our wonderful coaches Brenda and Tom who were there at the finish line to cheer us out of the water and to Greg who provided the inspirational ‘Distance and Pace’ sessions in the months leading up to the swim. This was Greg’s 10th consecutive National Capital Swim and he has now been dubbed “The Conqueror of Lake Burley Griffin“.

And finally, a big thank you to all our fantastic coaches who continually go above and beyond to deliver interesting, challenging and motivating swim sessions week after week. We greatly appreciate you!

Full solo and team results are available on the Sri Chinmoy Website.

MSNSW State Short Course Championships – 12/13 October 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.

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.

17th Australian Masters Games, Adelaide – 5-7 October 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 from 5-7 October 2019 at the Matt Cowdrey Competition Pool in the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre 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 4x50m Womens Freestyle and 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.