Friday, June 16, 2017

Aberdeen plays host to British Masters and Senior Age Group Championships

Scottish Swimming is delighted to host the British Masters and Senior Age Group Championships at the Aquatics Centre in Aberdeen from today. The three day championship has attracted over 530 athletes across 2500 entries and will bring together competitors ranging in age from 18-86 years, including Masters swimming ‘legend’, Jane Asher (86) of King Cormorants Swimming Club, who, as a swimming coach was encouraged to swim competitively at the age of 40 by her pupils, and has subsequently gone on to break over 75 Masters World Records. BBC’s Olympic and Paralympic broadcaster, Nick Hope (Wigan), will also step out from behind his camera to compete.

Until 2017, the British Masters and Senior Age Group Championships was organised and delivered by British Swimming but it was decided for the event to move to each Home Nation in turn to deliver and for 2017, this is to be in Scotland. . 

Forbes Dunlop, Chief Executive of Scottish Swimming, said:

"Scottish Swimming is delighted to be hosting the British Masters and Senior Age Group Championships at the Aquatics Centre in Aberdeen. It is the first time that this event has been held in Aberdeen and we are delighted by the number of entries and the good will of the Masters community. The support from Aberdeen Sports Village and Aberdeen City Council has also been second to none, and we thank them for their assistance is helping deliver this event.

“Masters swimming, while very competitive, is also known for its 'fun, fitness and friendship' ethos, and we look forward to watching some fast swimming while providing traditional Scottish hospitality and a warm welcome to all those who have travelled. I wish all those competing and all those supporting the event a great three days."

There is free entry for spectators and the event schedule is as follows:

Event Schedule:

  • Session 1 (16/06/2017): From 10:00
  • Session 2 (16/06/2017): From 14:15
  • Session 3 (16/06/2017): From 18:00
  • Session 4 (17/06/2017): From 09:00
  • Session 5 (17/06/2017): From 13:30
  • Session 6 (17/06/2017): From 17:30
  • Session 7 (18/06/2017): From 09:00
  • Session 8 (17/06/2017): From 12:30

During the event, Aberdeen City Council will host a Civic Reception at the iconic Town House in Aberdeen where swimmers, event staff and technical officials can enjoy hospitality and have the  opportunity to catch up and relax after a hard day's swimming.

The event is also being supported by our official partners, TYR and Strathmore.

The event hashtag to follow the action on social media is #BritMasters2017.

The British Masters and Senior Age Group Championships run from 16-19 June; the event programme can be found HERE

Event results are provided by swimscotland.co.uk and can be found HERE

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