365 YEARS OF TAL­ENT READY TO GO

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - BRI­ANNA MOR­RIS-GRANT

WHEN 93-year-old Don Robert­son steps into the pool to­day he wants a Pan Pa­cific Masters Games record.

The Run­away Bay swim­mer has teamed up with two 91-year-olds and a 90-year-old to cre­ate the Games’ old­est-ever re­lay team, with a com­bined age of 365. The team is called Don’s Nons.

Hav­ing started swim­ming at just five years old and pre­vi­ously com­pet­ing in hockey, rugby union and squash, Mr Robert­son says no one can force him to give up the sport he loves.

“My friends say to me ‘take it easy, don’t do too much’, but I de­cide what’s too much,” he said.

“Other peo­ple can’t tell me what’s too much. If I get up in the morn­ing I can duck over and have a swim in my re­tire­ment vil­lage. I don’t have to worry about the weather, it helps me to keep fit.”

Mr Robert­son com­peted in six events at the 2016 Pan Pacs, eight events this year and hopes to bump the num­ber up even higher next time. “The Masters isn’t on for an­other two years, so I’ll have to do 10 then,” he said.

“One of the big­gest prob­lems now is get­ting out of the pool.”

Don Robert­son, 93, will be chas­ing a record with his old­est-ever re­lay team.

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