Masters' Nationals - Carole Brings Home a Medal

Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2018


Members of our Masters’ Team competed in Sheffield recently in Swim England’s National Short Course Masters’ Championships.  With 239 clubs from across the country represented at an event requiring swimmers to achieve a qualifying standard before their entries will be considered, the competition was strong.

We had four swimmers competing this year.  Carole Jepson led the way in the 35-39year age group where she took a richly deserved Bronze in the 100m Breaststroke in a personal best time of 1:20.11.  She had been narrowly pipped into 4th in the shorter 50m sprint Breaststroke so was keen not to be knocked off the podium in the 100m event.  With a determined swim and strong finish she made sure of the Bronze to become the 3rd fastest 35-39 year old woman 100m Breaststroker in the country.  A great achievement.

Team mate Matthew Burrows, our very own World Champion transplant athlete, also had a good meet competing against mainstream athletes and some strong opposition.  He came away with three personal best times in the 40-44 year old Mens 50m Freestyle; 50m Butterfly and 50m Backstroke and a very respectable 13th place in the 50m Breaststroke.

Chris Hamer finished 7th in the 45-49 yrs 50m Breaststroke in a respectable time of 34.29  but his preferred swim was the 100m event where he did a season best time of 1:14.33 to finish a very creditable 7th in what is a very competitive age group where the winner would also have taken the podium in the much younger 35-39yrs age band.  In fact, Chris himself would have also finished in the top ten in that same age group, which just goes to show how competitive his age band is and why he still competes for the Club in the national Arena League. 

Chris Horne was the final member of the team who had qualified to compete at the event and swam in the 50-54 yrs Mens 50m Freestyle achieving a personal best time of 32.56.  Along with his team mates he is now setting his sights on the next event in Germany in February 2019 where 11 members of the Club’s masters team will be competing at the 38th Forde International Masters event in Flensburg.

Congratulations and very well done to all - we are proud of you!