Million metres and still swimming

A celebratory Marg Larkin after achieving a million metres in the Aussi Masters Vorgee Million Metres

A celebratory Marg Larkin after achieving a million metres in the Aussi Masters Vorgee Million Metres

Molonglo Water Dragons swimmer Marg Larkin has joined the million metres club. What a whale of an effort Marg! Marg has been clocking up the kilometres and achieving this important ‘watermark’ received a Masters Swimming Vorgee Million Metres polo shirt and certificate.

Vorgee Million Metre Awards acknowledge progress from the “learn to swim” beginner to the distance swimmer. These awards are intended to stimulate members to strive for greater fitness and are open to all registered members of Masters Swimming Australia.

…and now on to 2 million metres Marg!

ACT in ACTION at NSW Championships

Three of the Water Dragons’ older members ventured to Sydney Olympic Park on the weekend of the 9th and 10th of April to swim with the Tuggeranong team in the Masters Swimming NSW Long Course (50m pool) Championships. They joined 17 other Canberra swimmers to come third in the interclub point score.

The point score competition once again proved the power of numbers with

1st             Warringah                                               1631 points                   41 swimmers

2               Manly                                                       1276                                         29

3               Tuggeranong                                           956                                          20

4               Seaside Pirates                                       787                                           24

5               Blacktown                                                674                                          16

6               Ryde                                                          659                                          23

7               Blue Mountains                                      535                                          16

43 clubs competed in all including new clubs Maccabi and Vladswim, three interstate clubs and a lone swimmer from Ireland. It was heartening to see six swimmers from Coffs Harbour, which had been moribund for years.

John Collis proudly displaying his medals with daughter Georgie.

John Collis proudly displaying his medals with daughter Georgie. Well done John!

Our three swimmers acquitted themselves well with President John Collis finishing equal 7th in the 65-69 age group with a total of 34 points from:

2nd              50m Breaststroke                         40.89 seconds

2nd            100m Breaststroke         1min      34.53 seconds

3rd             200m Breaststroke         3min      47.07 seconds

3rd             200m Medley                   3min      33.96 second

Stalwart Paul Maggs finished 10th in the 75-79 group with 11 points from:

6th               50m Freestyle                   42.59 seconds

5th             100m Freestyle                  1min      54.54 seconds

While Treasurer Gary Stutsel swam the maximum five individual events to finish 3rd in the 75-79 group on 45 points from:

2nd            50m Freestyle                     35.40 seconds

1st              50m Butterfly                     48.69 seconds

1st             100m Butterfly                   2min      10.11 seconds

3rd             100m Backstroke              1min      45.59 seconds

3rd             200m Backstroke             3min      57.60 seconds

Gary’s position and points reflect the result of swimming all five events.

John/Gary teamed together in the             4 x 50m Men’s 280-319 Freestyle to finish 5th

Paul/Gary                                                         4 x 50m Men’s 280-319 Medley were 3rd

John’s team finished 2nd in the                   4 x 50m Men’s 200-239 Medley

and                                               6th  in the                4 x 50m Mixed 200-239 Medley

Gary’s team                                3rd in the                 4 x 50m Men’s 280-239 Medley

2nd in the                                    4 x 50m Mixed 240-279 Freestyle

and                                              2nd in the                4 x 50m Mixed 240-279 Medley

Between them the “boys” helped to score a remarkable 198 of Tuggeranong’s 956 points. Their efforts together with the presence in the team of Ginninderra’s Joan Bratton highlight the desirability of a combined ACT team to contest Branch and National Championships.


Upcoming Interclub set to go

Racing to the finish in the ACT Interclub

The weather report says it’s going to be a lousy day outside, but it will be nice and warm at the Lakeside Leisure Centre where we will be swimming in style for fun on Sunday 4 June.

The Tuggeranong Vikings have booked enough lanes for everyone, the cheer squad’s all ready to go, there’s raffles, afternoon tea, and lots of fun.


Entries for competitors are now closed, but you can still come along and watch (and help if you like).

Swimmers can swim up to four individual events plus a relay.  They can have a go at something they’ve never swum before – and swim a PB!  It’s that easy!

Come and join us!