This is a very overdue post about two dedicated swimmers who travelled to warmer climes to compete in the Great Barrier Reef Masters Games. What commitment!

Image shows John and Adam poolside with their medals

John Collis and Adam Cowle have bragging rights after winning many medals at the Great Barrier Reef Masters in Cairns

On 26 May two Molonglo Water Dragons headed north to Cairns to swim in the Great Barrier Reef Masters Games. Leaving their winter woollies behind, Adam Cowell and John Collis enjoyed some family fun in the sun and a bit of friendly competition in the newly refurbished Tobruk Memorial Pool, Johnny Collis junior’s home pool in the 1960s.  They have certainly done a great job of redeveloping the pool, with shade sails, a 25m warm-up pool, an indoor 25m pool and a wave pool.  The boys wasted no time showing the locals how it’s done, bagging a swag of medals, and setting a few good times in the process. John was delighted to take home the gold in all three breaststroke events, only just nabbing the 100m by two 1/100ths of a second. Adam swam some really good times and the two combined with some Queensland swimmers in a number of relays. Cairns in winter is a wonderful place for a holiday, with warm sunny days and cool trade winds, and we had a great holiday as well.

Tuggeranong Challenge 2017

Calling for nominations for the Tuggeranong Challenge 2017 on Saturday 16 September.

This year the meet will include a special 25m Butterfly event “The Flockart Flyer” will be swum in memory of Richard Flockart. He was one of a kind and always made us smile! We hope everyone attending will take part in this event at the start of the meet and wear something purple or pink in honour of Richard.

Image shows Tuggeranong T shirt

Get in the swim at the Tuggeranong Challenge, Saturday 16 September

The Challenge 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 (no watches allowed!).  The trophy will be presented to the swimmer with the smallest total difference.  The fastest swimmer will not necessarily be the winner.  Swimmers who do not wish to ‘take the challenge’ may still enter any event up to the maximum allowed (3 events plus the Flockart Flyer plus a relay).

Please get your entries and nominated times to John Collis by Thursday 31 August.

More information here. 2017-09-16 The Tuggeranong Challenge 2017 Flyer