Masters championships make a splash

THREE world records have taken a dive at the 40th annual Masters Swimming Championships held in Hobart this year.

From 8-11 April, swimmers from across Australia converged at the Hobart Aquatic Centre, which saw 24 short course events held over the four days.

Spokesperson Dr Peter Tucker said the championships were a huge success for the 600 competitors.

“Dozens of Australian records were set, but these world records are the real icing on the cake,” he said.

“Victorian Dorothy Dickey smashed the 800-metre freestyle world record for 85-59 year olds, while New South Wales’ swimming sensation Clary Munns, 71, bagged world records in the women’s 400-metre medley and the 50-metre backstroke.”

Director and event coordinator Maciej Slugocki said he was very happy and proud of how the championships went.

“While it is not for us to judge, we feel we staged one of the best championship events ever,” he said.

“We have set a new world standard and it will be up to the other states to try and match us.”

From the 123 Tasmanian competitors who swam in the event, 128 Tasmanian and 10 national records were broken.

“Mia Blignaut from Tomatoes Swim was the outstanding Tasmanian competitor, winning nine events and setting four national records,” Mr Slugocki said.

“This was closely followed by Sue Mayne from Hobart Aquatic with seven gold and one national record.”

Lord Mayor Sue Hickey launched the championships at an official opening ceremony held on Wednesday 8 April.

Mr Slugocki said the support received from the Hobart City Council and Lord Mayor was outstanding.

“We are all Sue’s fans and I’m sure she was impressed with how we presented Hobart and the championships,” he said.

Masters Swimming Tasmania welcomes new members who are aged between 20 and 90, and is currently looking for a long-term partner to help build on the success of the championships.

For more information, visit mastersswimmingtasmania.com.au.

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