A mass of competitors enter the surf at Coffs Harbour

Our swimmers scoop the metal

On Sunday April 7, the biggest names in Australian swimming went head to head at the 2019 Australia Master Swimming Championships, held in Adelaide. Clarence River Masters Swim Club had two representatives attend, Jim Wheeler and Helmut Klein. Both swimmers swam very good times in the pool with a couple of PB’s.  Helmut won bronze in the Ocean Swim event. Jim said he was pleased with his times; the competition has definitely improved his speeds clocking 2km in under 40 minutes at the Yamba pool last week.

South Australian Masters Games

The 2019 South Australian Masters Games were held in Port Pirie from April 5-14.  The Valley’s super fish, man of the sea, Helmut Klein won all his events, collecting seven gold medals. This Clarence Valley Champion is the epitome of our region, gracious, friendly and encouraging.  President Jane Lawrence proudly reported his recent results with a “congratulations, well done”.  Helmut was presented his medals by national basketball legend, Mark Davis.

Coffs Harbour Ocean Swim

Last Sunday 10 swimmers from the Clarence River Masters Swim Club attended the annual Coffs Harbour Ocean Swim. “We all had great swims, good results and a fun weekend” said Jane Lawrence. 

Conditions were favourable for the swimmers who represented the Clarence with great results.


600 meter swim:

Judy King won gold (time 14.41) – 94 from 157 swimmers – 1st in age group.

Bobbie Winger (13.56) – 70 / 157 finishing 3rd with a bronze – 3rd in age group.  

Mathew Eke (12.58) – 56 / 157 – 4th in age group.

Karen Campbell (17.16) – 134 / 157 – 11th in age group.

2000 metre swim:

Mick Bleach (37.19) 76 / 359 – 6th in age group.

Jane Lawrence (37.37) 84 / 359 – 3rd in age group (bronze medal).

John Morton (38.47) 109 / 359 – 9th in age group.

Mathew Eke (42.39) 176 / 359 – 12th in age group.

Alan Lawrence (45.12) 201 / 359 – 15th in age group.

Bobbie Winger (45.19) 203 / 359 – 7th in age group.

Chris Muldoon (46.05) 216 / 359 – 16th in age group.

Jill Ennever (46.56) 220 / 359 – 9th in age group.

“Congratulations to everyone on their great effort, particularly Judy, her first medal, she was very excited. Well done and well deserved.” Said Club President, Jane Lawrence.