18 June 2018
The British Masters LC Championships
The British Masters LC Championships were held in Plymouth between 9-11 June 2018. Despite the event being a considerable distance for many to travel, there were many swimmers there and the competition was good.
As with all masters events, the emphasis was not only on the racing (which was pretty fierce) but also on the camaraderie, the friendships and the fun - as usual this involves meeting up with old friends for meals out, and making new friends along the way too.
Jane Asher, the multiple world record holder aged 87 (and all round lovely lady) received an exceptionally well-deserved BEM (British Empire Medal) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for voluntary services to swimming, which was very well celebrated by all those present.
The long-awaited showdown between Dave Gee and Matt Conrad-Jones took place in the heats of the 200IM, with Matt and Dave separated by a single swimmer. In the end youth prevailed and Dave won, but Matt did a great swim and owes a few of us a pint!!
Pip Williams: (55-59 age group):
Gold and British Champion in 50 back (37.45)
Silver: 100 free (1.12. ) and 50 breast (41. )
Bronze: 100 breast (1.35. ), 50 free (31.10) and 50 fly (34.1 )
Matt Conrad-Jones (50-54 age group):
100 free 16th (1.10.94), 200 free 5th (2.43.11), 200 IM 8th (3.06.71)
Dave Gee (30-34 age group):
50 breast 8th (38.63), 200 IM 6th (2.56.60)