Long-time Ipswich City Masters Swimming Club supporters Ann Adams (left) and Dot Jarvis.
Long-time Ipswich City Masters Swimming Club supporters Ann Adams (left) and Dot Jarvis. David Nielsen

Masters of the pool reunite for special meet

TWENTY-five years of swimming achievements were celebrated on Sunday, when the Ipswich City Masters Swimming Club held a special swim event and morning tea.

The occasion marked the club's extended effort in catering for mature-aged swimmers in the Ipswich region.

The club in its present form had its genesis in the arrival of Murray and Sabina Allen as lessees of the pool in 1993.

It was found that there were sufficient adult interested swimmers to resurrect a previously-existing but defunct AUSSI Masters swimming club that had existed earlier.

Masters Swimming Australia was previously known as AUSSI Masters Swimming and the old promotional motto "Fun, Fitness & Friendship" remains the ideal of Ipswich City Masters today and of Masters Swimming as an organisation.

Ipswich club official Eric Edgeworth said competition was valued as a way of testing fitness and progress.

"To our great pleasure Murray and Sabina joined us for the celebration along with some of our other former members and swam in our event,'' Edgeworth said.

"Murray has clearly lost nothing in terms of swimming ability with the passing of the years.''

The special swim event was won by one of the club's newer members Amanda Davis.

Edgeworth said the club and its members have participated in a wide range of activities over the 25 years including pool meets, open water swims and other inter-club activities.

Members have travelled widely to swimming events throughout Australia and overseas and the members have attained some memorable achievements both as a team and individually.

The club has been successful in a competition known as the Endurance 1000 program, having won the trophy for the highest Queensland Average for the past eight years.

"Many of our swimmers participate for fitness and enjoyment but we have also had some very accomplished competition swimmers in our ranks over the years,'' Edgeworth said.

"There is a high level of camaraderie within our little club and members encourage each other to attain their best possible results and to achieve their personal goals.''

For more information about the club, phone secretary, Clive Griffin on 0429 130558.