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The Tuggeranong Challenge 2017 – The Richard Flockart Edition – 16 September 2017

Report by Caroline Makin, Club Captain & Annette Britten, Meet Director

The Tuggeranong Challenge 2017The Richard Flockart Edition took place at Lakeside Leisure Centre on Saturday, 16 September 2017.

This special edition of our regular Challenge meet included a 25m Butterfly event “THE FLOCKART FLYER” took place at the start of the meet and was swum in memory of Richard Flockart.

Richard passed away on 20 December 2016 from complications arising from his treatment from myelofibrosis.  Richard’s death was totally unexpected.  Although myelofibrosis is a serious condition, Richard’s medical reports had been positive.  We had expected Richard to complete his treatment in Melbourne and to return to swimming in Canberra in early 2017.

Richard had been a club member for many years and was an active competitor, his favourite and best stroke being Butterfly.  Richard competed with both with us at Tuggeranong and his first club the Powerpoints.  During the initial years of his illness Richard continued to train with us, during most of 2016 Richard did not have the physical stamina to train, however he did manage to keep fit and he continued with his study of German.   He was one of a kind and always made us smile!

We saw 90% of the swimmers entered in the meet taking part in The Flockart Flyer.  We asked swimmers to wear something purple or pink in honour of Richard and his love of those colours!

There was a mystery prize for the swimmer who finished closest to their nominated entry time in the 25m Butterfly event “THE FLOCKART FLYER”  … and the winner was Caz Makin from Vikings … who won this fabulous “Fly King” swim cap in memory of Richard whilst wearing a purple suit and pink cap and goggles!

Next up we moved onto The “Challenge” which consists of swimming a 50m, 100m and 200m Event, each in a different stroke.

To ascertain the winner we aggregate the absolute difference between actual and nominated time for each of the three events.  For example: if you swim 2 seconds faster in event 1, 3 seconds slower in event 2 and 0.5 of a second faster in event 4, your total difference over the 3 events is 5.5 seconds.   The trophy will be presented to the swimmer with the smallest total difference.  The fastest swimmer will not necessarily be the winner.

The winner of the 50m challenge event was Anne Smyth who swam Freestyle hitting her entry time exactly whilst Katrina Burgess won the 100m challenge event swimming Backstroke also hitting her entry time exactly – both ladies to the .00 difference on the nose! Donna Campbell was the closest to nominated time in the 200m challenge event swimming Breastroke within 0.02 of her entry time …

The Overall Challenge winner was Nick Grinter showing consistent swimming across the 3 events with a total time difference on entry times of 1.28 seconds. Katrina Burgess place 2nd overall with a time difference of 3.36 seconds and Caz Makin 3rd overall with a 3.39 second time difference.

The Tuggeranong Challenge meet also includes with an exciting finale to the day – the Champagne Shoot Out Relay.  The 6 teams closest to their nominated entry time in the 4x50m Freestyle Relay go through to the Champagne Shoot Out Relay which is a handicapped event, with the winning team being the first to touch the wall!

This year we saw of mixture of Womens, Mens and Mixed teams in the finale from Tuggeranong Vikings, Molonglo Water Dragons, Campbelltown and Ginninderra.  The Vikings Women’s Team of Atsuko McGowan, Kylie Lane, Suzie Gunning and Katrina Burgess held on to clinch victory finishing less than a second ahead of the Vikings Mens “youngster” team in 2nd place.

Full meet results are available on the MSA portal.

A big thank you goes out to everyone that offered their support on the day and those that helped make this excellent event possible:

  • Annette Britten – as Meet Director for processing all entries in the Meet Manager system and running such a successful event on the day.
  • Caz Makin for once again organising the flyer and program for the event and sorting out our Vikings relay teams, especially as she had been enjoying a holiday overseas and only returned home the week before the Challenge!
  • Our visiting officials: Jodie Burke, Paul Bailey, Audrey Stutsel, Owen Sinden, Greg Lewin and Victor Libdy (who stepped in to give us a hand with starting – thanks Victor!).  Your ongoing support is very much appreciated and without you we would not be able to run this fun event.
  • Our club officials: Anne Smyth, Greg Gourley and Gary Stutsel for stepping in and lending a hand again and again.
  • Greg Gourley for ensuring we had all our electrical goods charged, at the pool and ready for the day!
  • Our recording team of Scott Makin and Jane Lindsay – A super job given that we were running 3 programs to obtain all the final results for the day.
  • Rachel Morris – our runner for the day who did a fantastic job.
  • Anne Smyth for organising all the prizes for the day and organising the set up and pack up crews.
  • Donna Campbell for organising the catering, raffle prizes and selling tickets on the day and for organising the dinner afterwards.  Officials were impressed by the spread of food supplied from the Café at the pool and the raffle was great with about 15 prizes in total up for grabs.
  • Our volunteers who turned up to help with time keeping for the afternoon even though they were not swimming.
  • Our volunteers who turned up to help set up for the event and pack away after the event.  As they say “many hands make light work”!
  • Those that provided home baked goodies and nibbles for the tea and coffee table.

We are sure that all competitors had a fabulous afternoon of swimming and enjoyed the fun and friendship of the day in the true spirit of the Masters Swimming Australia motto.

 

 

 

 

41st Masters Swimming National Championships – 21-24 April 2016

Report by Caroline Makin, Club Captain

Melbourne was the destination that our 26 Vikings descended on for the 41st Masters Swimming Nationals Championships. The competition was back to the usual Long Course format for 2016 and was held in the 10-lane indoor 50m pool at Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre from 21-24 April.

Our crew departed via plane or car from Canberra in high spirits, looking forward to what lay ahead in Victoria.  Hoping to come back perhaps victorious, whether that meant bringing home medals, securing National or State records, club records, PBs, or simply achieving their goal of competing in their first ever National Championships.

Some of our swimmers took the opportunity to head to MSAC the day prior to the competition starting to try out the competition pool and do a small warm up in the wave pool as well as practice their technique in readiness for their racing over the following four days!

The opening ceremony put on by Masters Swimming Victoria was fabulous. There was the National Anthem as always, but then there was a parade of clubs with banners around the pool, which was followed by a spectacular show with male and female dancers around the pool deck.

 

 

 

The Vikings team showed their strength in the pool across many age groups. The competition was stiff but many swimmers still managed to bring home some bling for their efforts, and we witnessed lots of magnificent swims with many many PBs being achieved. We could hear team mates cheering on their fellow Vikings from the side lines and some of our swimmers even videoing swims for each other which truly showed their camaraderie and spirit.

The days were long, and we swam relays not only at the end of the day but also due to Day 2 overrunning, had to get to the pool early on Day 3 to swim the Day 2 relays before beginning individual racing again on Day 3!  Many of the relay events saw nail-biting finishes amongst some of the teams, with the winners finishing by only a finger nail ahead!

We not only enjoyed our time at the pool, but also socialising in the evenings with fellow Vikings members and also our friends from other clubs.

Our club finished 5th overall in the Club point score, and 2nd behind Claremont Gropers from WA in the ‘Visitor’s trophy’.  This is a fantastic achievement!! Thanks to the coaching team for helping prepare our Vikings!

It was a huge event and the competition is becoming fiercer every year at Nationals! There is incredible depth in Masters Swimming and it was great to be part of an event where swimmers of all ages and ranges of ability were competing.

See you at the Gold Coast in 2017 for the next MSA National Championships.

Thredbo Swimming Camp 2015

Report by Leisa Cass, Club President

Tuggeranong Masters Swimming were again invited to participate in the Ryde Masters Swimming Club’s annual October long-weekend Thredbo Training Camp. This year saw Greg Gourley, Nicolee Martin and Leisa Cass as return participants and Annette Byron, Katrina Burgess and Maddie Flemming were first timers at this excellent weekend away.

The weekend involves 6 x two-hour training sessions, the first one starting at 4:30pm on Friday. Saturday and Sunday were 7am – 9am and 4:30pm – 6:30pm, and it wrapped up with a 7am – 9am session on the Monday morning.

While this may sound like a particularly tough programme, there is a strong focus on technique and drills, with the four Saturday and Sunday sessions each dedicated to one stroke. The overall distance in each session is similar to an average one-hour training session swum at a normal Vikings training session. They also ran a Freestyle sprint and ‘Form’ stroke sprint series, allocating points in line with FINA pointscore against your nominated time for each event. Greg Gourley and Annette Byron were high in the pointscore ranking after each session, with Greg coming out a winner for the ‘Form’ race series, and Annette was just a couple of places behind. Annette also placed fairly high in the Freestyle series.

This year, Ryde brought along their portable mirror panels which were laid on the bottom of the pool, to enable swimmers to practice drills and technique and observe themselves and correct their stroke. Apparently once swimmers get over the whole idea about looking at themselves swim, it is wonderfully helpful.

 

Leisa was coaching during that part of each session and unfortunately (or not?) missed the chance to see herself swim!

Between sessions, there was plenty of amazing food prepared and waiting for swimmers when they got back to Boali Lodge after training and at lunchtime, cafes and bakeries to visit, marked bushwalks for those with energy to spare, or a ride up the chair lift to Eagles Nest, and free wi-fi for those who just want to hang out at the lodge and get ready for the next swim session.

Everyone trained hard and enjoyed themselves, but probably Annette Byron summed it up best when she was heard to say (more than once) – “Did I mention to you how much fun I’m having?” .. and that’s the key to it all … work hard, take on board the feedback from the coaches and have the most fun possible!