As most of you would know, the Master Swimming Queensland State Championships were held at Kawana last weekend. In spite of difficulties due to wet weather and Covid outbreaks leading up to the event, the local club (Sunshine Coast Masters) as well as MSQ, should be congratulated on their great efforts in putting together such a wonderful meet.
Our club should be very proud of the achievements of our swimmers – in and out of the pool! Everyone chipped in to help in setting up our space, introducing people, and helping out in so many different ways. There was a very convivial atmosphere throughout the three days.
And, of course, we excelled in the pool! In events like this, every swimmer earns points for the club just by taking part – in both individual events and relays. So, even if you weren’t in medal contention, you were still adding to our grand total of 2,442 points! That was an average of 56.79 points per person – which was well ahead of our nearest rival in the ‘States Champion Club Points Award’ won by Miami Masters! In the individual events, there were too many gold medalists to mention (although Denise Robertson, Margie Fittock, Alan Carlisle, Dave Boylson, Donald Leslie, John Crisp and Kim McKeon won four or more individual gold medals! Individual Record Breakers were: Denise Robertson, who broke State and National Records in three events (400 Free; 800 Free and 400 Breaststroke) and Kim McKeon who broke the State Record in her 100m Freestyle Event! If you check the MSQ website, you will also find a list of Fina points awarded to all swimmers in the different age groups. Of note, were: Denise (4th amongst all the women present) and Roger Belmar (8th amongst the men). These are calculated on Fina points awarded for your best 5 events. Our excellent individual results included 72 gold medals, 63 silver and 28 bronze!
Miami also won the ‘Club Champion Relay Award’ for the top points won in the relay events. We originally had every swimmer present in at least two relays (until an unavoidable withdrawal left one swimmer without a team). We earned a total of 582 points to take this award! Our teams took home 12 gold medals (one for each team member); 8 silver medals; and 7 bronze medals. In the relays, we had four teams break State Records; and two with National Records as well.
Then, in the Breaststroke Award, we had six contenders not far off in the points. (Alan, Lindy, Vanessa, Sean, Noah and Margie Watts.)
Five of our team members, Lindy, Alan, Colette, Gordon and Hobe also received special ‘Covid Crushing’ awards for special efforts in keeping the troops together during 2020!
A big thank you to everyone who made the trip! This includes our Timekeeping stalwarts – Tanya Kimber and Ros Davighi. It helped a lot to have one place manned on both of our lanes, so swimmers could just do quick bursts of timekeeping between their races. Also, an enormous thank you to our big strong boys, led by Andrew, who juggled with three tents – improvising as they went!