Tuesday, April 25, 2017

New records set at Scottish National Masters Short Course Championships

More than 210 competitors representing approximately 30 clubs competed at the Scottish National Masters Short Course Championships on 21st and 22nd April in Inverness last weekend. Competitors came from all over the UK as well as the Netherlands and Norway and ranged in age with our youngest being 18 and our eldest being Janet Scobbie at 88 who is an inspiration to keep fit and healthy in later life.

This annual fixture has a great atmosphere combining the competitive elements of a national swimming meet with the fun, fitness and friendship theme of Masters swimming.

The quality of swimming at this event is best demonstrated by the number of records that were broken at the meet including one World record, 2 European records, 5 British Records and 33 Scottish Records.

Mark Campbell of Aberdeen Dolphins who also swam at the British Championships in Sheffield, broke a Masters world record in the age group 25-29 for the 50m Breaststroke with a time of 27:18 and went on to set more records in the 50m Butterfly, 100m Individual Medley and 50m Freestyle.

Congratulations also to Judith Hattle of Carlisle Aquatics who set new Masters European records for the 50m Butterfly and 400m Individual Medley in the 55-59 age category with times of 31:80 and 5:45.21.

Other record breaking swims came from Edward Rafipay, Martin Snape, Laura Robertson, Rachel Keir and Audrey Cooper of Silver City Blues; James Down of Glasgow Nomads; Stuart Williams of Inverness; Sandy Galletly of Perth Masters; Thomas Morrow of City of Oxford; Ian McKay of Musselburgh; Karen Brierton from Dunfermline; Karen McBeath of Forres Bluefins; Albena Collins of Lerwick and Tom Lindsay, Tom Leach, Mark Campbell and Edward Rafipay for Aberdeen Dolphins in the Mens Relay. Congratulations to you all.

Once the competitive swimming was over, participants enjoyed a ceilidh on Saturday night where presentations were made to a number of individuals and teams for outstanding performances with Silver City Blues winning best performing club.

Well done everyone involved! If you are feeling inspired or hungry for more entries are now open for the British Masters Championship held in Aberdeen from 16th to 18th June at Aberdeen Sports Village Aquatics Centre. Read more...