Masters are doin’ it in style

Short course car­ni­val is suc­cess for Whit­sun­days

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

SWIM­MING: On Satur­day 30 adult swim­mers par­tic­i­pated in the Whit­sun­day War­riors Short Course Swim Car­ni­val which was held at the Can­non­vale Pool.

Club pres­i­dent Bob Corskie said the car­ni­val was very suc­cess­ful and en­joy­able.

He said one of the ben­e­fits of host­ing a smaller car­ni­val was that ev­ery­one got to meet each other.

Sur­pris­ingly, swim­mers trav­elled from Townsville, Mary­bor­ough, Mackay and Bris­bane for the sanc­tioned car­ni­val.

And there were many high­lights of the af­ter­noon.

“It was great to see Nicki Steel, Linda Wardroper and Sarah Rogers re­turn to the club. Even though Nicki and Linda have only re­turned to swim­ming this year, they still have what it takes and won their re­spec­tive age groups,” Whit­sun­day War­riors’ Ray­lene Ras­mussen said.

Jas­mine Kratz and Caz Hanks par­tic­i­pated in their first masters swim car­ni­val and per­formed ex­tremely well and were sup­ported by their cheer squad Blake and Te­gan Hanks, Is­abelle Kratz and An­naleise McIn­tosh. Both ladies swam strongly and won their re­spec­tive age groups.

Kay Corskie won her age group eas­ily and was very proud of her 25m breast­stroke swim.

An­drea Mitchell, Di O’Don­nell and Ch­eryl West were all in very com­pet­i­tive age groups. The ladies swam very well and won places in the top three po­si­tions.

Glenn McKer­ley was in fine form. He swam an im­pres­sive 50m breast­stroke in un­der 42 sec­onds. Glenn also took out top points in all his swims and won his age group.

Mark Erickson and Ray­lene Ras­mussen also had a great af­ter­noon of swim­ming and catch­ing up with swim friends.

Many swim­mers en­joyed the end of car­ni­val re­lays.

Even though the Whit­sun­day team per­formed ex­tremely well, the club was just beaten by the North Mackay Sinkers.

The skins event was won by Mackay swim­mer Robyn Richards.

The trop­i­cal chal­lenge (100m freestyle swim) was won by Bert Col­lyer.

Dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion, coach Mark Erickson was pre­sented with a con­spic­u­ous award for five years of ser­vice to Masters Swim­ming Aus­tralia for his in­volve­ment with the Na­tional Coach­ing Coun­cil.

Also dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion, swim­mers cel­e­brated Mar­garet Cun­ning­ham’s 92nd birth­day.

Bob Corskie would like to thank all the vol­un­teers who as­sisted with the car­ni­val es­pe­cially Theresa Man­ning (recorder), Rob Lee and Rob Lu­cas (ref­er­ees).

For more in­for­ma­tion about masters swim­ming, which is avail­able to a se­nior com­peti­tors, you can visit their Face­book page, Whit­sun­day Masters Swim­ming.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

LONG-STAND­ING: Mark Erickson was pre­sented an award for five years of ser­vice at the Whit­sun­day Masters Car­ni­val on Satur­day.

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