Myall Masters Swimming Club Participates in National Masters Competition – News Of The Area

Myall Masters 2022 National Relay Team – Chris Lock, Christine Sefton, Sharon Taylor and Leon Bobako.

A small but enthusiastic and talented team of four represented the Myall Masters Swimming Club at the Masters Swimming Australia national competition at Sydney Olympic Park from 20-23 April.

Chris Lock and Christine Sefton participated most days in the meet with Sharon Taylor and Leon Bobako participating for one day.

From this small group, the results were outstanding.

The four members entered as a team in the mixed 4 x 50m freestyle relay and the mixed 4 x 50 medley relay in the 240 – 279 age group and placed very creditably fifth in both races.

Individually, Christine Sefton, in the women’s 50-54 age group, placed fourth in the 25m, 50m and 100m breaststroke and 9th in the 100m freestyle.

Sharon Taylor, in the women’s 55-59 age group, placed fourth in the 25 breaststroke and fifth in the 100 individual medley.

Along the way, Sharon managed to match the time she had swum about 20 years earlier, in the 100m individual medley.

Not to be outdone, Leon Bobako, in the men’s 70-74 age group, won a silver medal, placing second in the 25m breaststroke and fifth in the 50m butterfly.

The star of this incredible team was undoubtedly Chris Lock who won medals in his nine individual events.

Chris, in the men’s 80-84 age group, placed first in the 25m, 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke as well as the 25m butterfly.

Chris also finished second in the 50m, 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle events, winning five gold and four silver.

Along the way, Chris broke two Australian national records, first in the 25m backstroke and then blitzing the 100m backstroke, shaving two seconds off his own previously held national record.

For Chris, it was the biggest medal haul of his swimming career.

In addition to his focused efforts on his fitness and preparation, Chris credits that since the Y has run the Tea Gardens pool, their continuous pool layout, with fixed lane ropes and permanent backstroke flags, has allowed him to refine his departures. , turns and finishes – which are essential skills to reduce your race time.

Not only did Chris swim over a three-day period, but he also managed to find the time to work in an official capacity as the chief timekeeper during the meet.

Chris Lock said: “The atmosphere at Sydney Olympic Park was first class and a wonderful and memorable experience.”

A highlight of his swimming career.

By Chris DUNNING