Grown-ups can win swimming medals too!
That’s the message from four of the club’s adult swimmers who returned with fistfuls of honours from the 25th Anniversary Inverclyde Masters meet at the weekend.
Carol Alderson, Gordon Fraser, Alan Hiddleston & Margaret McGill were presented with the Inverclyde Leisure Cup as winners of the 200+ freestyle relay.
(In case you were wondering - and there’s no easy way of saying this - 200+ refers to the combined age of the squad....)
The race itself was a 4x50m event.
Our awesome foursome should have won the IM relay too but were put in the wrong age grouping.
Between them they also collected 18 podium finishes in the individual events where results are grouped by age bands.
Carol was the women’s category D winner on points with four gold medals.
She began on the Friday evening with the 800m, winning with a 48 second PB for a time of 12:32.
Carol also won the 100m fly, backstroke & 200m IM, was 2nd in 50m backstroke and 3rd in 50m fly and 100m free.
Carol told us: “It was a fantastic, friendly meet. There were over 100 swimmers from across Scotland of all ages from 16-80+.
“Hopefully our success will can encourage more of our Masters to come along to next year’s event.”
Alan Hiddleston took three silver medals, setting a 12:06 in his 800m, and also finishing 2nd in the 100m free and 200m IM with a 3rd in the 50m free.
Not for the first time Gordon Fraser battled a goggles malfunction to take 3rd in the 100m breaststroke.
Perhaps if they’d stayed in place he might have repeated his victory in the 50m & 200m event?
Gordon was also 3rd in the 100m IM.
Margaret McGill aced the freestyle events in her age group, winning the 50m & 200m tithes and just missing out over 100m.
All four train with the club’s Masters Squad where for the bargain price of £15 per month you get unlimited access to sessions five days a week, with a mix of morning and evening slots across all four pools in North Ayrshire.
There is no pressure to swim competitively, and most members take part to improve their fitness and refine their stroke techniques under the expert guidance of our coaches.
You can find out more information about Masters on this site under the Swimming and Pools tabs.