Masters Swimmers bag a mass of medals

(Bottom left to right) Grant De Costa, Michelle Stubbs, Louise Dam, Leanne De Costa, Hilary Young and Michael Stubbs. (Top right to left) Richard Goddard, Paul Edwards, Jodi Gordon, Michael Morton, Jamie Marschke and absent, Anthea Bamfield.

TWELVE Coffs Harbour Masters swimmers have just returned with masses of medals, club records and a NSW record.

The Pan Pacific Masters Games is an international event on the Gold Coast held every two years with 42 sports, and 13,000 competitors.

“This has been the most successful team to represent Coffs at these games, with a couple of Coffs members having three to four games under their belts so far,” Jamie Marschke, team member, told News Of The Area.

Held at the international Southport swimming pool, events were held over four days and lasted all day long with the open water event held on the fifth and final day of the games.

Every member came home with a medal and most set new club records in the pool.

The final tally was sixteen Gold, nine Silver and ten Bronze medals over the five days of competition.

Leanne Da Costa set a NSW state record in the gruelling 800m butterfly which she had trained for especially at these championships.

Louise Dam came home at the top of the medal tally with five gold medals.

“Both men and women gained Gold in their respective relay with the women winning theirs in the last event in a nail biting finish,” said Jamie.

All swimmers went away happy with their performance and looking forward to the next games.

Four Coffs members then went on to compete at the Open Water event of the games.

This was held at the Miami surf club and the conditions were not very good on the day of the event.

Michael and Richard took out gold while Jamie and Louise won Silver medals in their age groups.

The final team result was eighteen Gold, sixteen Silver and thirteen Bronze medals.

“The organisers of the games look to be trialling this as an annual event, so our club is looking to recruit some new and past swimmers to send away our biggest team yet.”

For more information you can find Coffs Harbour Master Swimmers on Facebook or phone Jamie on 0438 526 897.

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