Recently, a small group of six Clarence River Master Swimmers represented this area, and their Club at the River City Carnival in Brisbane.
Over 200 swimmers competed in this QLD Carnival but CRMS proudly brought home 7 x 1st places, 5 x 2nd places, 6x 3rd places, 2 x 4th, 5 x 5ths, 2 x 7ths and 2 x 8th places. Not a bad effort, placing the local Club 13th out of 26 competing Clubs.
Stand out competitor, David Abrahams swam exceptionally well and took out the silver medal in his age group, 85-89 years. David came first in the 100m backstroke, 1st in the 50m freestyle, 2nd in the 50m backstroke, 2nd in the 25m freestyle and 2nd in the 25m backstroke. David thoroughly enjoys the competition, the camaraderie and fun. He is truly an inspiration to anyone thinking they are “too old” as it’s a matter of focus and willpower. Congratulations to Bobbie Winger with 1st in 100m backstroke, 2nd in 100m Individual Medley, 3rd in 50m backstroke. 3rd in 100m breaststroke and 8th in 100m freestyle.
Returning to competition swimming is Pam Smith who came 6th in 50 m backstroke, 7th in 50 m free, 7th in back 25m, 8th in freestyle 25m and 8th in 100m freestyle. Alan Lawrence came 4th in the 25m fly, 4th in 50m freestyle, 5th in 100m IM, 5th in 50 m breast and 5th in the 100m freestyle. Helmut Klein came 1st in 100m breaststroke, 1st in 50m breaststroke, 2nd in 25m breaststroke (obviously his favourite stroke!) 3rd in 100m backstroke, 5th in the 50m backstroke. Jane Lawrence came 1st in 50m freestyle, 1st in 100m freestyle, 3rd in 50m backstroke, 3rd in 25 m freestyle and 5th in the 100m IM. I’m sure River City Club look forward to the Clarence River Masters Club participation each year to provide some good stiff competition! “The highlight of the carnival was the fun and laughter and the good swimming and company.” Said Jane Lawrence, Club President. “It’s also great to have Pam Smith competing again and swimming so well!” Gai Pritchett