Another busy year for master’s swimmers. The British Championships was held in Aberdeen and a fair number of Cheshire masters swimmers travelled north and brought back a number of gold silver and bronze medals.
The National championships at Ponds Forge was also well supported by county Swimmers with plenty of medals and records.
This year one swimmer stood out above all others. Alec Johnson aged 55 of Trafford Metro went to the world championships at Budapest where he became world champion for the 50m butterfly with a time of 27.70 beating the rest of the field by nearly a second. During the year he has broken 13 British records from 50 fly to 200 backstroke. This led him to be nominated as top swimmer in the county for 2017.
In open water there were a number of good performances from county swimmers. Notably Trafford’s Dave Randall won the male seniors grand prix open age group, a series of 15 races with distances from 3-21 miles.
Graham Padgett won the regional and county championships for his age group 70-74 at Salford Quays during the regional championships. Graham also broke a British record for 400m freestyle at the Arfon Masters meet in October, showing his outdoor and indoor versatility.
A successful master’s development day was held in conjunction with NW region at Oldham that all county Masters were invited to. This will be repeated next year date and venue tbc.
Inter-counties Masters Competition:
A weakened team performed creditably to finish 13th nationally. This was one place down on last year but we were missing key swimmers that make a big difference and there were a number of races that we couldn’t find swimmers for. Hopefully more forward planning next year will give us an improved performance.
Masters County Championships:
We held the championships at Stockport once again, which proved to be a huge success for those that attended. We had a good turnout of around 100 swimmers and no fewer than 41 new county records were set so the standards were very high. One of the records was also a British and European record from Dave Emerson of E.Leeds in the 55-59 years 50 butterfly. Sophie Casson of Carnforth broke 3 county records and was awarded the Claire Dickinson Salver for top lady at the championships. Dave Emerson won the top male salver.
Trafford Metro won the Tom Walker top club trophy once again picking up 69 gold 20 silver and 9 bronze medals. We were very fortunate to again have the Cheshire President Lesley Fawkes in attendance to present trophies. Lesley is pictured below with Sophie Casson and the Trafford Metro President John Anderson who in his 80th year laid down a series of new records for his age group.
Stockport continues to be an excellent venue although sourcing officials was once again a difficult task. Thanks to President Leslie Fawkes for presenting medals and officiating,
Andy White for handling the entry pack, Alasdair Rainsbury for running the AOE and all other helpers on the day
Cheshire Masters Secretary