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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!

 

Australia Day 2019 – Vikings Oz Day Lake Swim

Report by Web Editor, Al Byrne.

In what has become something of an Australia Day holiday tradition for the Vikings, a keen group of swimmers and families of swimmers again made their way to the shores of Yarralumla Bay, Lake Burley Griffin, on Monday 28 January 2019 for an afternoon swim followed by a picnic at the beach.

While we didn’t initially get to enjoy quite the sunshine that we’ve seen in previous years, it didn’t faze the fifteen or so swimmers (including our one four-legged swimmer – Rosie – Nicolee’s excitable Schnauzer).

This year, our safety-conscious prez, Greg Gourley, even decided to forgo the swim himself, and made the lap of Spinnaker Island by kayak, acting as our safety boat. Whether he liked it or not, he was ‘assisted’ at random intervals by Rosie!

In an innovation aiming to assist the navigationally challenged among us (ie: those of us that can’t swim in a straight line – your correspondent definitely included!), Anne even dragged her fluorescent orange safety float behind her for the whole swim. Thank you Anne!

As always, great company and a picnic accompanied by a glass or two of holiday cheer, made for a wonderful relaxed afternoon.

Annual Awards Night & Xmas Party – Sat 01 Dec 18

Report by Editor, Al Byrne, including photos by David Bale.

In a change from the ‘barefoot bowls’ we’ve enjoyed for the last couple of years, Social Secretary Donna Campbell booked our club’s annual Christmas function at Capital Brewing, Fyshwick.

This place has it all – it’s a shed located around the corner from the sewerage farm, with burgers and beer. What more do you need?

Seriously – a good choice Donna! Thirty plus Vikings and friends/family of Vikings had a great night.

In addition to presentations of the formal perpetual club awards listed below, a number of, ahhh, ‘novelty’ awards were also dished out to some unsuspecting recipients. To save some embarrassment, no names listed for those ones, so you’ll need to ask!!

More photos, including award winners, are up on our Instagram page.

Gill and David Buckley Encouragement Award 2018
Pauline Rohan

Tuggeranong Masters Swimming Encouragement Award 2018
Kris Kennedy

Tuggeranong AUSSI Masters Most Improved Swimmer 2018
Kylie Lane

Postal Swimmer Of The Year 2018
Richard PhillipsKylie Lane

Endurance Performance of the Year 2018
Brenda Day

Iron Person of the Year 2018
Katrina Burgess

Judy Gallagher Memorial Trophy for Swimmer of the Year 2018
Caroline Makin

Club Person of the Year 2018 (President’s Choice)
Donna Campbell