Success at European Masters Championships 2018 in Slovenia

Simon Shaw

10 WDSC Masters headed for the beautiful country of Slovenia for the European Aquatics Championships Championship, which took place in the outdoor pool in Kranj, and at Lake Bled, between 1st and 9th September. This is the first time in the club’s history that so many of our masters have been to such a large international championship; taking part in 32 individual events and 3 relays.

As always we had a great team spirit, supporting each other in every event raced (the cow bell and flags ensured we made our presence felt!!) as well as cheering on the inspirational athletes in the older age groups – the 94 year old Bulgarian winning the 100m backstroke and getting a standing ovation was incredible to be a part of and brought tears to our eyes.

We all had some great swims and gave it our all in very competitive and challenging age-groups. The statistics speak for themselves: out of 35 swims in total, 12 were top 6 places and 23 were top 10. There were numerous PBs, 7 new club records, a British Masters age-group record (unofficial as yet), a bronze medal and a gold medal.

Huge thanks have to go to Dave Gee for pushing us all hard in training, aided by Patrick Ahern. We might not have liked it at times, but the hard work and belief has paid off.

Next weekend sees all our Masters compete at the Berks and South Bucks County Championships where we are hoping to retain our Top Club trophy.

Louise Henley:

Gold in 100m breastroke (30-34) in 1.12.87 = British Masters record

5thin 50m breastroke in 34.21

10thin 50m free in 28.73

Pip Williams:

Bronze in 50m backstroke (55-59) in 37.30

5thin 50m free in 31.19

6thin 50m butterfly in 34.44

7thin 50m breastroke in 41.46

Greg du Tertre:

4thin 100m breastroke (25-29) in 1.09.56

7thin 200m breastroke in 2.35.53

8thin 50m breaststroke in 31.04

Greg Whyte:

6thin 800m free (50-54) in 10.00.45

7thin 200m backstroke in 2.33.59

8thin 100m backstroke in 1.09.67

10thin 200m free in 2.14.53

10thin 400m free in 4.50.58

Jo Beardsworth:

9thin 200m backstroke (50-54) in 2.57.52

3 races, 3 PBs, 3 club records

Carina Ralfs:

9thin 800m free (35-39) in 11.29.80

Sophie Trotter:

6thin 50m free (25-29) in 28.52

6thin 100m breastroke in 1.22.79

9thin 50m breastroke in 36.74


6thin 4x50m freestyle Men 160+ in 1.55.78

Matt Conrad-Jones, John Ralfs, Greg du Tertre, Greg Whyte

6thin 4x50m medley Mixed 200+ in 2.21.75

Matt Conrad-Jones, Greg Whyte, Jo Beardsworth, Pip Williams

6thin 4x50m freestyle Mixed 200+ in 2.00.46

Matt Conrad-Jones, Greg Whyte, Jo Beardsworth, Pip Williams