Jan Croft has broken an Australian Masters 1500m record at 75 years old.
Jan Croft has broken an Australian Masters 1500m record at 75 years old. John McCutcheon

Noosa legend breaks swimming record 57 years after her first

NOOSA'S Jan Croft was just 18 when she set her first national swimming record in 1961 and 57 years later she's claimed another.

She's never lacked the motivation of crack of dawn swimming training, in fact she thrives on it.

To be the best, one has to be completely dedicated to the pool, and she has been "forever".

Now 75, the Noosa Aquatic Centre coach set a new short course record in the 75-79 age group for the 1500m mark previously held by legendary Miami swimmer Denise Robertson for seven years.

It is one of the toughest short course races of its kind.

"I can't imagine sitting back and not training. I've been totally active most of my life," Mrs Croft said.

"Motivation is not a problem at all.

"Getting up at 4am doesn't phase me one bit. I just enjoy it."

To go with her 1961 record as a teenager, she also won the FINA Masters World Champion in the 3000m open water event in 2014.



It's given her a reputation as a local legend at the centre, where she instructs both Masters and adult squads, in tandem with son Nick.

Despite her early success in the water, she drifted into triathlons only stopping when she required a knee replacement.

The pool - being a lot "less taxing" on the body - gave her reinvigorated mindset and goals.

She is now in training for the Pan Pac Masters in November.

"Setting goals keeps me on track like anyone, but they have to be achievable," she said.

"I have no intention to stop until I'm forced out.

"Staying physically fit for as long as you can. I've no doubt it helps stay mentally fit too."

She said her fellow Masters competitors kept her striving for more.