Swimming has always been a sport for people of all ages and abilities, so when Jenny Campbell (54) asked her three daughters Cate (27), Bronte (25) and Jess (23), to join her for the iSwim Masters Club Relay, an exhibition event at the World Swimming Trials, they could hardly refuse.
Jenny, who taught her daughters to swim, had been planning this swim for around 18 months. Earlier this year Jenny swam sub-30 for 50m after she stepped up her training regime in preparation for this swim with her daughters.
Representing the Barbarians Club, the Campbell's completed the freestyle relay in a time of 1:43.97 and set a new Australian Masters Club Record in the process. It was a complete family affair. Jenny was eyeing off the Masters World Record, a time they could beat on paper, but they would have to be content with the Australian Masters record since Jess was two years too young by FINA Masters World Record standards.
Post-race Cate Campbell interviewed her family on pool deck.
Youngest sister Jess following a few years out of the pool reflected on her swim. "You get like this awesome feeling when you're racing. This is where I'm meant to be, I'm one with the water."
Jenny admitted, "Instead of training two or three sessions, I've probably been trying five or six."
Seasoned professional Bronte said, "It was a good fun start to the meet. We always talk about blowing out the cobwebs at the start of the meet, and now I get to do it in a relay with my family which is pretty special. I don't think many people get to do that."
They plan to return in two years time to make the World Record official.