Disciplined, self-funded and motivated to train – our nation’s elite master swimmers look set to shine on the world stage next week.
Almost 100 athletes are preparing to compete at the 18th Masters World Swimming Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, which runs from 5th - 18 August.
The event follows the conclusion of the World Swimming Championships, where our Dolphins claimed 19 medals, including five gold, nine silver and five bronze.
President of Masters Swimming Australia, Gerry Tucker, said he was excited to watch our Aussies battle it out for the top honours and wished them the best of luck.
“We are all looking forward to a fabulous meet, making new friends, catching up with old
friends, recording some great times and bringing home lots of medals,” he said.
“I wish the swimmers all the very best in their endeavours at the Championships.”
Some of those swimmers include members of Powerpoints Masters Swimming Club in Victoria, who have nine athletes competing, including three debutants.
“We have a number of swimmers heading over to South Korea, aging between 33 to 67 years old,” Pointers club captain Brett Davidson said.
“In the group of nine, we have three real contenders for medals and some relays that are ranked well.”
One of those is Pointer Mark Thompson who is ranked number one for both the 100m and 200m freestyle in the 50-55-year age range.
"Mark is a great competitor, swimmer and racer,” Davidson added.
“He’s consistently been in the top five swimmers in his age group in the world over last ten years and seeing him win three gold medals at Riccionce World Champs was a real highlight for me."
Attending his sixth world champs, Davidson said he can’t believe the quality of swimmers and increasingly fast speeds.
“What we see from the fastest swimmers in all age groups, the times are just extraordinary. Many who have swum competitively for their state or nation when they were younger.
“Masters swimming is also about swimmers who have come to the sport late or not necessarily swum competitively when they are younger – it is good to see swimmers maintaining speed and performance as they get older because it’s definitely harder!
“Without a doubt getting involved in Masters swimming has helped me define what age is all about.”
Good luck to all our masters swimmers!
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