Wincanton Master Swimmers swoop medal haul at British Championships
The British Masters Swimming Championships took place at the Welsh National pool in Swansea on the 14th -16th June.
Four swimmers from Wincanton Swimming Club attended the championships and came back with 16 medals between them.
Philippa O’Grady won gold in both the 200 BR/S and Butterfly and silver in the 200I/M and 100 Butterfly in her respective age group.
Adele Parham won silver medals in the 200 F/S, 200 Butterfly, 400 F/S and 400 I/M in her respective age group.
John Anderson won gold in both the 100 and 200 BR/S and silver in the 50 BR/S in his age group.
Paul Partington won silver on the 50 F/S and Bronze in the 50 Butterfly, 200 I/M, 200 F/S and 200 BK/S.
The swimmers who train at the Wincanton Leisure Centre and the Oxley Sports Centre in Sherborne, now work towards the Masters Nationals which will take place in Sheffield at the end of October. Several will also be hoping to head to Budapest for the European Masters in June 2020.
Philippa O’Grady said “Master swimming is becoming more and more popular. It’s a great way to stay fit, make great friends and compete at various levels to suit you. The oldest competitor taking part at the championships was 91 years old! I hope to still compete at this age too!”
Pictured Philippa O’Grady and Adele Parham
Five Wincanton Master swimmers recently took part in the three day ASA National Masters and Senior Age Group Championships held at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.
Philippa O'Grady won gold in the 45-49 age group 200 Butterfly taking 3 seconds off her previous personal best. She went on to win silver medals in the 100 Fly, 200 & 400 IM events.
Rosemary Johnson who is now in the 75-79 age group came back winning 3 silvers and one bronze in her events.
John Anderson (60-64 age group) and Paul Partington ( 65-69 age group) missed out on medals this year but with tough competition were still placed in top 10 nationally in their events.
Adele Parham ( 45-49 age group) who has been battling with back problems all year, still entered and swam close to her personal bests bagging a Gold medal as part of a Mixed 160+ 200 F/S relay team.
Philippa said "Competitive master swimming is becoming more popular and to achieve these results at this level is fantastic for us all. We are now back training hard at Wincanton Sports Centre and the Oxley Sports Centre in Sherborne. The LEN European Masters championships are being held at the Olympic pool in London next May. We are all very excited about competing at this iconic venue."
If anyone would like to join our masters squad please contact Philippa O'Grady
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MASTERS DEVELOPMENT DAY
This development day was held at the University of Bath on 13th January 2019. We had a fantastic day with a morning and afternoon swim session in the 50m pool coached by Ian Woollard - Barnet Copthall Masters coach. We also had a very informative talk from a fellow master swimmer Dr Karen Howells (Sports Psychologist) who gave us insight into a better mind set for swim training and competitions. Jane Asher (Masters multi world record holder) talked about her journey and how she maintains her winning streak at 87 years old! And finally the day was wrapped up with a talk from Sharon Lock the Swim England Masters officer who gave a talk about open water swimming and tried to entice some of us indoor swimmers to try the outdoors!
Wincanton Masters triumph at the 16th Royal Navy Open Meet
21 swimmers from the Wincanton Masters squad competed at the annual event held at Millfield pool on the 12th March. The swimmers, whose ages range from 30 to 77 competed in a total of 120 events at the meet.
As well as winning copious amounts of golds, silvers and bronzes, five members of the team won best overall swimmer in their age group awards. Jaki Farrell in the 40-44 age group, Philippa O'Grady 45-49 age group, Adele Parham 50-54 age group, Val Regan 60-64 age group and Paul Partington in the 65-69 age group.
This year the Royal Navy named the top visiting team trophy in memory of former Wren, master swimmer, and Wincanton masters coach Lindsay Lant, who sadly passed away in December. The team went with the aim of winning the trophy and came away triumphant.
Philippa O'Grady (Lindsay's daughter) says "I am hugely proud of the whole team who turned out in force to compete for the trophy, some of whom have not swum in competition for a very long time! Mum would have been deeply humbled and honoured that the Royal Navy named a trophy after her and that we managed to win it, in its inaugural year."
Front: Sadie Turner, Damian Orton, Joanne Kain, Lindsay Lant, Adele Parham, Philippa O'Grady, Natalie Lovegrove, Samantha Hetreed, Simon Emery, Rosemary Johnson, Lucy Hart and Colin Lovegrove.
Back: Sarah Mills, Christine Osborne, Gavin Munnery, Gabby Osborne and Phil Merritt.
Royal Navy Gala 2012 Results