Sunday, June 18, 2017

Silver City Blues lift the Cupar Trophy on the Final day of British Masters

“I’m delighted to say the event has gone very well. We are getting very positive feedback about the organisation and the venue which copes extremely well with this number of people. We’ve also had the benefit of excellent weather - competitors will of course be expecting this every time they come to Scotland.”

The final day of the British Masters and Senior Age Group Championships was just as exciting as the last two days with local club Silver City Blues lifting the Cupar Trophy and further European and British records smashed on Day 3. 

The first session today got off to a fantastic start with three records broken in the Men’s 800m Freestyle Relay with Aberdeen Dolphins winning their age category in 7:57.95 and Brighton Dolphins their age category with a time of 8:44.44. Paul Barnard broke the 200m Freestyle record in the 35-39 category in the same race with a time of 1:59.95.

There were more records to come with two European records broken by Sophie Casson in the 30-34 age group for 200m Backstroke with a time of 2:18.76 and for Guildford City in the Mixed 200m Medley Relay with a time of 2:02.49. A further four British records for Kathleen Tunnicliffe in the 200m Backstroke , David Milburn and Michael Hodgson in the 100m Breaststroke  and Alec Johnson in the 200m Backstroke.

In total, the whole weekend has seen one World Record, 8 European records and 51 British Records broken across 14 age group categories. The Championships have attracted over 530 competitors from across the UK who have enjoyed a rare Scottish heatwave and beautiful sunshine in between swimming sessions throughout the three day event.

We caught up with Eddie Riach, Chair of the Scottish Swimming Masters Committee to ask him how the event had gone.

“I’m delighted to say the event has gone very well. We are getting very positive feedback about the event organisation, the staff and the venue which copes extremely well with this number of people. We’ve also had the benefit of excellent weather  - competitors will of course be expecting this every time they come to Scotland.”

When asked about what attracts swimmers to Masters, Eddie commented:

“I think it’s the community spirit of the group and the like-minded people. It transcends all age groups. Everyone has personal challenges and while medals are nice to win, having the goal of holding on to times,  improving times and in some cases just being able to complete the race, is the most rewarding aspect of Masters swimming.”

“Masters Championships differ from the Open Championships and Age Groups because it’s a relaxed atmosphere. Swimmers are all here by choice – there’s no pressure of achieving qualifying times for European and World meets.”

“The volunteers have worked with a smile all weekend when clearly the weather was more attractive outside. The swimmers have really appreciated that – they get the information when they need it which puts less stress on the competitors.”

"The highlight of the weekend was seeing the Cupar Trophy being lifted by local club, Silver City Blues, who had a great competition over the three days."

Well done to all involved.

A full round up of major records broken will be recorded after the weekend along with a photo album from the event.

Full results from today’s action can be found HERE

The event hashtag to follow comments from the championships on social media is #BritMasters2017.

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