Our Masters swimmers started 2017 with a weekend of long course racing at the K2 in Crawley for the South East Region Masters Competition. This competition is seen as the real test of how much our masters indulged over Christmas and despite a few slower times, our squad came back with 10 medals; 3 gold, 3 silver and 4 bronze.

The three golds all came in breaststroke events. Nick Hunt came in first for his age group in both the 50m and 200m events, and Richard O’Dwyer claimed gold in his age group for the 200m.

On the Saturday, our Masters had the pleasure of meeting Greg Whyte OBE, Professor of Sport & Exercise Science, and the man behind numerous Comic and Sports Relief challenges, including David Walliams’ swim across the English Channel. Greg turns 50 this year and has set himself a challenge of swimming 50 events in the year; the competition in Crawley was his first. Greg told us that as part of the 50@50 challenge, he also wants to raise awareness that a quarter of adults can’t swim and how swimming can save lives. Our Masters will be looking out for Greg at future competitions and willing him on with his 50@50 challenge.