90 Year Olds’ Amaz­ing Swim!

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - Community News -

Last month we told you about James Short at­tempt­ing to swim a 1500 me­tre freestyle at the Hills Masters Long Dis­tance Swim meet at Gal­ston Aquatic Cen­tre. Well he did it!

Non­a­ge­nar­ian James (Jim) Short set a State record in the 1500me­tres freestyle, 90-94 age group, swim­ming un­der an hour at 48:58.68. Jim bet­tered his pre­vi­ous record last year in the 85-89 age group in Novem­ber 2017 at Knox Gram­mar Pool of 50:22.67, prov­ing that, like a good wine, we get bet­ter with age! Jim’s split times show how he just got faster as he swam…

2017 - 200m 7:19.59 400m 14:03.23 800m 29.19.37 2018 - 200m 6:49.63 400m 13:39.30 800m 26:58.34

Jim only joined masters swim­ming last year (Bushranger­s Masters Club) specif­i­cally to set the record in the pre­vi­ous age group. Now he is go­ing on to big­ger and bet­ter things. Jim says “Ev­ery­one is so nice!” at Masters Swim­ming. Jim rel­ishes the op­por­tu­nity to swim at meets like the Hills Masters Club con­ducted on 6 May at Gal­ston. He stated after his record swim “I would like to thank all the of­fi­cials who make th­ese car­ni­vals pos­si­ble. They not only make it en­joy­able but also healthy for ev­ery­one. And you can quote me on that!”

Thank for your thanks Jim. We loved hav­ing you there and your sup­port crew of five great grand­chil­dren who are very proud of their great grand­fa­ther and ad­mit that they have a hard act to fol­low.

There were over 70 swim­mers from all over NSW and ACT at the Hills Long Dis­tance meet and ten other amaz­ing swim­mers broke 7 Na­tional and 18 State records (pro­vi­sion­ally). But it is not just about the records – as Jim Short stated, it is all the other swim­mers who do it for their health’s sake re­sult­ing from the fun, fit­ness and friend­ship that Masters Swim­ming brings. The meet would not have been pos­si­ble with­out the as­sis­tance of all the vol­un­teers - mem­bers, vis­it­ing of­fi­cials, Gal­ston Swim Club plus Gal­ston Aquatic Cen­tre Man­age­ment and staff and our won­der­ful spon­sors, Glenorie RSL Club plus the four Wool­worths stores in our area, Cher­ry­brook, Du­ral, Glenorie and Kel­lyville. What an in­di­vid­ual and cor­po­rate team!

If you are in­ter­ested in be­com­ing part of this swim­ming fra­ter­nity you can join a lo­cal club, not nec­es­sar­ily to com­pete, con­tact Di at Hills Masters on 0418 432 587.

Jim's sup­port crew

James (Jim) Short

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