TRURO CITY SWIMMERS ARE MASTERS OF THE MASTERS 2016
Huge well done to Team Truro’s Masters swimmers competing at the CCASA Masters and Senior Age Group Championships 2016: from left to right they are Jack Middleton, Jeremy Salmon, Rohan Maynard, Kim Farmer, Mark Richards, Alison Russell, Cathy Ralph, and James Marshman Also competing was Alister Tawse.
Our Masters swimmers make up the cornerstone of the Team Truro family, many are parents or past parents of younger swimmers and some are key members of the coaching support and committee. This years Cornwall County ASA Masters and Senior Age Group Championships held at Bodmin Leisure Centre on Saturday 7 th May saw our swimmers triumph to retain the trophy for overall top club. They showed that anything the age group and youth swimmers can do they can do too, whether it be breaking records, winning (of which there were 29 first places) and of course chasing those elusive pbs -
The official category of masters is over 25 years old but there has been an ASA appreciation that this age restriction neglected an important age group for 18-
Cathy Ralph helped organise the Masters gala with the invaluable help of our president John Likeman, and said of the event, "The senior age group and masters gala is an opportunity to unite athletes who share a love of swimming. Whilst the atmosphere is relaxed and enjoyable, it is competitive. There is a feeling of great respect for the older swimmers and an environment that supports swimmers to participate, regardless of ability.
I would hope all those that swam, both from Truro City and other clubs in Cornwall and Devon, felt a sense of achievement and individual pride. Next year I would like to run an open event to encourage masters swimmers from all over the country to compete. More entries would allow longer recovery times between events and if licensed, times can be gained for formal masters events."
Here’s the breakdown of Team Truro’s results:
Rohan Maynard for the 25-
Kim Farmer in the 45-
backstroke, 50m freestyle, 100 IM, 50m backstroke and third in the 50m breaststroke, 100m freestyle, 100m breaststroke
Cathy Ralph for the 50-
Alison Russell for the 55-
James Marshman 18-
Jack Middleton in the mens 25-
Jeremy Salmon in the 40-
Alister Tawse in the 45-
Mark Richards in the 50-
The team of Catherine Ralph, Kim Farmer, James Marshman and Jeremy Salmon came first in the 200m mixed medley relay.
The team of Rohan Maynard, Kim Farmer, Jack Middleton and Mark Richards came first in the 200m freestyle relay.
New County Masters records were achieved by: Kim Farmer in the Ladies 45-
category for 400m freestyle 5.04.54 and Mark Richards in the Mens 50-
Well done to the Masters. Thanks for inspiring us.
If anyone thinks they would like to be a Masters or Senior Age Group swimmer, maybe next year you could be part of the team too.
Results can be viewed at ASA Cornwall website