Only one club member contested the comeback NSW State Championships on the 10th and 11th April after the first break in 45 years (in 2020 due to Covid).
Swimming at the Sydney Olympic Pool, Homebush, with our sister club Tuggeranong so he could compete in relays, club Vice President John Collis came away with three medals and several near misses.
In his favourite stroke, breaststroke, John finished 2nd in the 50m with 41.42 seconds and 2nd in the 100m with 1:39.81. He came 3rd in the 200m individual medley (3:57.18), a difficult swim made harder when his goggles filled with water as he dived in. John came 4th in both the 100m backstroke (1:44.74) and 100m butterfly (1:49.07), swimming both these events for the first time in competition.
John proved his worth in the relays, swimming in both the 240+ Men’s 200m Freestyle and the 240+ Mixed 240+ (2 women and 2 men) Medley relays.
The freestyle team came fourth in 2min 15.43 seconds with John swimming the third leg in 38.81, while the medley team also finished fourth. Overall John finished fourth of the NSW swimmers in his age group pointscore, while Tuggeranong finished 3rd of 34 clubs with a total of 804 points.
It was a great experience, with swimmers of all shapes and sizes, and all ages and abilities doing their best and supporting each other in their efforts.
The first of a series of Time Trials planned for the ACT was run by the Tuggeranong Vikings on Saturday 27 March. This is a new type of meet that doesn’t require a lot of officials and runs smoothly with less stress on all involved.
A key to this is a self-marshalling system where your name, heat and lane is called and you write your details on a slip of paper which is given to the timekeeper when you start. When you finish you are given the slip back with your time on it, and you can trade it in for a free raffle ticket drawn at the end of the meet. It’s a relaxed and fun meet and the perfect way to have a go, see other swimmers in action and maybe pick up a prize.
Our Club had five intrepid Water Dragons willing to try their hand against the clock. Ann Bromwich, Nicole McMahon, John Collis, Nik Manassiev and Michael Peedom swam, and were very happy with the results. It’s always a bit daunting getting up on the blocks, but once the starter’s gun goes and you’re off, it takes you back to the thrill you got as a kid at the swimming carnival in your local pool.
A big thank you to Greg Gourley and all the Vikings volunteers who came together to put on this event, which is the first of a series of time trials planned this year. We need to get behind this initiative and field a much larger team of swimmers, and timekeepers, for the next one.
Nik Manassiev chasing hard in the relay
Michael Peedom powers on
John Collis looking for the wall