Another busy year for Masters swimmers. The British Championships was held in Plymouth, which deterred a lot of swimmers from traveling. However and a fair number of Cheshire Masters swimmers brought back a number of gold silver and bronze medals. The National championships at Ponds Forge was typically well supported by county swimmers with plenty of medals and records. Alec Johnson aged 56 built on his amazing performances of 2017 that saw him awarded the top swimmer of Cheshire, a feat that very few Masters swimmers have achieved. Alec medaled at the European Masters 50m Freestyle event and won the 100m Butterfly by over a second. Along with team-mates from Trafford Metro he also won a relay event bronze.
Intercounties Masters Competition:
A greatly improved team performance this year helped by some of our stronger and older swimmers being available. This enabled a very creditable 5th place finish, seven places better than last year. My thanks to Nev Barton for hounding swimmers and making the team selections.
Masters County Championships:
We held the championships at Stockport once again, which proved to be a huge success for those that attended. There was a similar number of swimmers to last year and a similar number of county records broken. This year it was 29 individual records and 10 relays so the standard remains very high at our championships. Warrington Masters swimmer Judy Brown won the Claire Dickinson Salver for top lady at the championships. Mark Jones, also of Warrington won the top male salver. Trafford Metro won the Tom Walker top club trophy once again. We were very fortunate to have the immediate past Cheshire President, Lesley Fawkes in attendance to present trophies. Lesley is pictured below with Judy, Mark, and Nev Barton representing Trafford Metro for the Tom Walker trophy.
Pro’s & Con’s:
Stockport continues to be an excellent venue and it is provisionally booked for 13th July 2019. However the cost has risen significantly so I will be looking at possible alternatives dependent on final price. Thanks to immediate past President Leslie Fawkes for presenting medals and officiating, Andy White for handling the entry pack, Alasdair Rainsbury for running the AOE and all other officials and helpers on the day.
Cheshire Masters Secretary
5th October 2018.