Raymond Terrace Masters host Carnival to launch their 2018 season

Sue Neuner, a Raymond Terrace Masters member, also a triathlete, assisting with official duties at the Carnival.
Sue Neuner, a Raymond Terrace Masters member, also a triathlete, assisting with official duties at the Carnival.

 

MASTERS Swimming New South Wales commenced their 2018 season last weekend at Raymond Terrace, with a gala dinner Saturday night and a day of competition on Sunday at the Lakeside Leisure Centre.

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The dinner, made possible by a state government grant to NSW Masters Swimming, was provided by Raymond Terrace Masters Club and held in the Rotunda at Riverside Park.

Officials from all over the state enjoyed seafood and chicken salads, among other delicious offerings, making the dinner a resounding success in a beautiful setting by the river.

Masters Swimming differs from traditional swimming meets, where the competitors race against each other in direct competition.

The Masters competitors compete against themselves in a Point Score system through the day that counts towards their season tally.

There are many reasons to join the club including chasing a healthier and more active lifestyle, working towards reaching a personal goal, or purely just for the social aspect.

The Raymond Terrace meet is a great example of this.

“We had over 120 participants at the carnival,” Raymond Terrace Masters Branch Treasurer Inga Kasch told News Of The Area.

“It really was a great carnival and by all reports was a very well-run day enjoyed by all, including all of the Hunter Clubs, as well as teams from Wyong, Port Macquarie Central Coast and all over New South Wales.”

To join the Masters Swimming Club, all you need to do is be over 18 years of age.

Despite the name, you don’t need to be a master of swimming at all.

And for those of you who think that something like this has passed them by, think again.

One Raymond Terrace Swimming Master is over 80 years old.

Jan Finn, the oldest member of the Raymond Terrace branch, and also an original member, still competes.

Jan doesn’t just complete locally, she also competes at an international level.

So, as you can see, it is never too late.

If you would like to join the Raymond Terrace Swimming Masters branch, please contact Inga Kasch on 0488 001 571.

 

By Rachael VAUGHAN

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