Masters athletes looking to make mark
WORLD records are expected to tumble at the Twin Towns Masters Swim Club long course championships at Banora Point tomorrow.
About 75 competitors, including three world champions, will be in action at the Oasis Pools complex in what is Queensland's only officially recognised long distance (400m, 800m and 1500m races) competition for master athletes (category age groups start from 20+).
Club president Ken Liddy said more than 30 records, including two world and 13 national, have fallen in the previous two corresponding championships. This is the third year the club has staged the event.
West Tweed swimmer Arthur Thomas, who at 87 will be the oldest male competitor, will be one of the world champions in action. Thomas won gold in the 50m freestyle at the 2002 world titles.
Other world champs set to compete are Brisbane's Jen Thomason and Sydneysider Kevin Bickery, who spends three months each year on the Tweed. Another name to keep an eye out for is 70-year-old John Crisp. The Twin Town's swimmer won nine gold medals and broke nine national records at the 2004 Australian titles.
Twin Towns coach Pamela Blakeway said her team was well prepared.
"I think we're the only club in Queensland in the masters who have 10 members in the top 10 of the world and we've got quite a few world and national champions," Blakeway said.
Clubs from across Queensland and as far south as Grafton will compete. The action gets underway at 9.30am.