Masters Swimming

Yet another fun-filled season has passed us by with concerted efforts having been made by the members to train hard and attain those sought-after records, whether they be world, national, provincial or just a personal best.  Regardless of the level of achievement, just the sheer efforts by every swimmer in their own right, just to partake, is an inspiration to all involved.

Tshwane Masters, but more so, Coelacanths, remains the largest group in the country. Tshwane Masters has had another good year with our various annual events hosted at Hillcrest, which have been well-attended by our own as well as visiting clubs.  Coelacanths is the main entity in our region, but welcome the involvement and participation by the other clubs.

Members of Coelacanths were acknowledged for their achievements and I think specifically of the Midmar Mile weekend, where there were numerous members from Coelacanths who excelled in their respective swims and made their mark once again, coming in the top 3 in their respective age-groups! Commendation goes to Gary Albertyn who joined nine other swimmers to partake in the gruelling 16-Mile swims this year, doing this for the well-established Pink Drive for cancer.  Mention must also be made of Richard Townsend, who as a disabled swimmer, bravely took on the 8-Mile challenge over the Midmar weekend. 

During the season, the following events on the Masters’ calendar were held:

  • The Winter Challenge was held in August, which most swimmers use as their first training session to see how far they can swim in an hour, with the total kilometres swum added together and compared to other masters swimming clubs around the country.  The funds collected were once again handed over to Irene Homes, who were most grateful of everyone’s contribution to this worthy cause.
  • In September, Coelacanths held the 1500m swim, which is a personal challenge to beat the worst time swum in previous years at this event.
  • In November we held the Tshwane leg of the Inter-Regional between ourselves and Gauteng.  After the Gauteng leg held in early March, Coelacanths came out on top, winning the Trophy for the most Club points as well as the shield for the winning srovince.
  • In December, Tshwane Masters were again invited to partake in the NTS Championships Gala at Hillcrest.  This continues as a great initiative taken by the NTS aquatics body to include masters swimmers. NTS, once again, sponsored Tshwane Masters who took part in Nationals, with T-shirts, which were proudly worn during the National Champs in Durban. Thank you to Anton Jordaan and his committee for this generous offer.
  • In January, Eastern Stingrays held the 6-hour Endurance relay at Hillcrest, which was well represented by the various clubs and is a popular event on the swimming calendar.
  • The Tshwane Champs took place shortly after Midmar again this year, with a few records being broken and everyone raring to go for Nationals. 
  • Nationals, as mentioned before, were held in Durban.  They were very well organised and much fun and laughs were shared by all.  Although we had the bigger team there, we took second place to Cape Town Masters.