Guernsey Masters International Swim Meet

Written by RRSC. Posted in Masters News

Guernsey Masters International Swim Meet 19th to 21st April 2013


A group of Redhill and  Reigate Masters Swimmers recently took the trop over to the beautiful island of Guernsey to take part in this popular swim meet.

It was the largest group of swimmers we have had attend being seven ladies and two men. We also had three supporters who came along so it made a really pleasant weekend.

There were a few highlights to the weekend, most important is our lovely Jim Green gaining two British Records in the breaststroke.  It is an amazing atmosphere when you have a large amount of people shouting and whistling and calling his name while swimming for the record.  There were many from other clubs who went out of their way to congratulate him.  Everyone is so supportive.  I hope when I reach the young age of 85 I can still climb onto starting blocks (even if I have to use a team mates shoulder to lean on as I climb up) and dive in!

It was great that we had enough members to enter relays, and we used Jim’s young age to put in a mixed freestyle 240 team where we came second.

We also just about scraped in a 240 ladies freestyle team, which we entered as non scoring but were disqualified as we used a swimmer from our other 200 team to make up numbers (this had been cleared before hand but not communicated to referees)

The lovely lady who took on the task of swimming twice was Lorna Ball who was attending her very first swim meet and was so cool and collected and just went wherever she was asked.

There were quite a few medals gained by the team, and some good PBs.

A full set of results can be seen at

The weekend ended with a dinner at a local hotel with presentations of awards. Jim did not attend the dinner but was awarded a lovely watercolour picture in recognition of record breaking at poolside before he left.

For any masters who have never attended a meet, have a look at the results and see for yourself that there is such a wide spectrum of talent that no one should worry about taking part.

The Surreys are taking place on 8th June so let’s get more people out supporting the club.

Jo Read