Myall Masters host 10th annual Masters swim meet in Tea Gardens

Christine Sefton setting another Club record in the water.

MYALL Masters Swimming Club successfully held its tenth annual masters swimming meet at the Tea Gardens Pool on Saturday 10 February.

Clubs from across NSW, 23 in all, were represented by a record 165 swimmers, with flags and banners under marquees as the weather threatened rain and howling wind from the start.

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“Despite early weather challenges it was an outstanding success, mainly due to the magnificent efforts of the 26 volunteer officials,” Club Captain Steve Rees told NOTA.

“The wonderful Y Staff kept the pool and surrounds looking superb, the Lions Club provided their delicious and much-appreciated BBQ, and our wonderful club members worked tirelessly before and during the day to ensure a first-rate swimming experience and fun day for all competitors.

“Highlights included the masterclass swimming performances of Luke Rochester and Christine Sefton, setting four Club records in their four winning swims, both coming first in their respective age groups, and both superbly anchored their relay teams.

“Luke set the tone in his first race, the 100m Freestyle with a time of 1m 04s which Christine matched in terms of performance swimming the 25m Breaststroke in 18.84s.”

Linda Stubbs won her age group, whilst Sharon Taylor placed second and Steve Rees placed third in respective age groups.

“The Myall Masters Head Coach, Sharon Taylor, has expertly overseen a focus on technique, fitness and competency in different strokes this year,” Mr Rees added.

“The quality of the training was reflected in the excellent performances of all our swimmers – David Kelly was outstanding in his first swim-meet and Lidia Izquierdo, Shirley Darch and David Olsen made successful returns to competition.”

The meet’s victors were Warringah with 690 points, while Myall Masters finished a creditable third with 569 points, just pipped for second by Port Macquarie by one point.

“As evidenced by the results, Myall Masters swimmers have seen a marked improvement in their technique and fitness within this season,” Mr Rees declared.

“The Myall Masters mantra of fun, friendship and fitness extends to all our swimmers, whether experienced or beginners, and new members are always welcome, having the option to train with the Club three times a week at the Tea Gardens Pool.”

The Myall Masters Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 18 March 2024 at 6.00pm.

For further information please contact Club President, Leon Bobako on 0438 337 349.

By Thomas O’KEEFE

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