90 year old swim­mer at­tempts record at the Hills

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - Celebrate -

You all would have seen the TV footage of masters swim­mer Ge­orge Corones (pic­tured) smash­ing the World record for the 50m freestyle at the Com­mon­wealth Games tri­als. 99 year old Ge­orge was then named an hon­orary mem­ber of the Com­mon­wealth Games Swim team. Ge­orge was hailed a su­per­hero wear­ing a cap not a cape!

We may wit­ness an­other cap-wear­ing hero in 90 year old James Short from south­ern Syd­ney when he visits Gal­ston Aquatic Cen­tre for the Hills AUSSI Masters Swim meet on 6 May. James turned 90 in March and is at­tempt­ing to set a State Record swimming the 1500me­tre freestyle. Yes, you are read­ing this cor­rectly – 1500 me­tres at 90 years young. James is at­tempt­ing to set this record in the Masters 90 – 94 age group. The fact that there is no cur­rent record for this age group is tes­ta­ment to the dif­fi­culty of a swim­mer achiev­ing this feat. It will be a first for a NSW Masters swim­mer of this age.

Hills Masters is host­ing an in­ter­club long dis­tance meet at Gal­ston Aquatic Cen­tre which will at­tract swim­mers from all over the ACT/NSW Branch and pos­si­bly from other states. So come along on Sun­day 6 May to Gal­ston Aquatic Cen­tre where all are wel­come to watch this amaz­ing swim­mer and all of the other masters swim­mers rang­ing from 18 years to James at 90, at all abil­ity lev­els.

In our next is­sue we hope to have a pic­ture of James cel­e­brat­ing his record break­ing swim.

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