Competitive Swimming Is For All Ages

Published On 29 May 2017 at 12:00 AM

Sutherland Shire Leisure Centre’s are home to some of the best swimmers in Australia if the most recent results at the 2017 National Age Championships and National Open Championships held at the Brisbane Aquatic Centre as well as the World Masters Games in Auckland are anything to go on.

“It has literally been a sea of medals for Shire athletes and on behalf of the community, I congratulate each and every one of the competitors who represented us so well at these events,” said Sutherland Shire Mayor, Carmelo Pesce.

At the National Open Championships Mitch Kilduff won gold in the 50m butterfly multi-class and silver in the 200m freestyle and 50m freestyle multi-class. The Open Womens 4x200m freestyle relay team of Cody Parsons, Jordan White, Jess Madden and Emma Southwell won Gold. Jade Lucy won Bronze in the 400m freestyle multi-class.

Last month at the National Age Championships,Jess Madden who won silver in the girls 14 years 400m individual medley, and bronze in the 800m and 400m freestyle events. Jess has since been selected on the NSW Emerging Talent Squad, and the Swimming Australia Talent Identification Squad as a result of her performances.

Amy Cook won three gold medals in the multi-class girls 17/18 years 100m freestyle, 50m butterfly and 50m freestyle as well as Silver in the 400m freestyle, 50m and 100m backstroke and the 100m butterfly.

It was a great meet for the other multi-class swimmers too with Kaden Smith and Alex Tuckfield gaining top 10 placings in their age groups.

At the World Masters Games, Sutherland Shire was well represented by Georgene McKenzie-Hicks, Graham Mundy and Peta and Al Samuels.

Georgene McKenzie-Hicks was the star performer swimming in the 90-94 age bracket and cleaning up in the process. Georgene won gold medals in the 800m, 400m, 200m, 100m and 50m freestyle events and obliterated the National records in all events except the 50m freestyle.

She also won gold in the 320m mixed medley and the 320m fixed free, before finishing off a great week with a SIlver in the 320m Women's Free relay. Not happy with all this bling in the pool, she then won the 1500 Open Water event.

“What an inspiration Georgene and all of the Masters swimmers are to us all,” said the Mayor. “They have walked away with an impressive haul of medals and have truly shown that age is no barrier.”

Graham Mundy and his training buddies were thrilled to see months of training and tactical planning come to fruition with a Gold medal in the men’s 65-69 Open Water 1500m Championship event.

Peta Samuels overcame great adversity to secure bronze in the 200m butterfly, with breathing difficulties not hampering her enthusiasm. And Al Samuels was recognised with the presentation of a Masters flag.

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