Some people choose to have their 60s, 60s, and eighth years to relax, but not the members of the Blue Mountains Phoenix Adult Swimming Club.
A group of 12 recently competed at the National Championships for Australian Masters held at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatics Centre, winning gold and bronze in the relay events.
Nerida Murray, 77, of Valley Heights, coach and member of the women’s 280+ relay event, said the team placed first at the nationals with a time of 3:00.65. They “were so happy to be able to field a team in this age group,” said Murray, who is also the club secretary. The team included Kay Burton, 83, of Springwood, Lyndall Wilson, 69, of Leura and Susan Leech, 59, of Hazelbrook. Both Murray and Burton swam in masters events for more than two decades.
For the first time in 10 years, the club entered a mixed freestyle relay team in the 240+ age group and was rewarded with third place with a time of 2:25.61. Murray and Leech were also part of that winning team, alongside Murray Garland, 65, and Mark Brown, 49. The club also finished with 29 individual medals.
The three-day event took place from April 20-23. Murray praised the “tremendous” efforts of the swimmers – the age bracket started at 26 – and thanked the two registered officials, Jillian Pateman and Sue Wiles, and all of the volunteer timekeepers.
“Phoenix is very active in other areas, such as aerobic swimming. Some members, who do not wish to participate in carnivals, can swim at their own pace and at their own pace over varying distances. This is counted at the end of each year. and some of our ladies are very important in this competition.”
To join their group contact President Murray Garland 0409 071080 or Secretary Nerida Murray 0428 849151.