GB Masters 2016


Team Luton’s Graham Powell set a new British record for the 60 – 64 year age group at the Great Britain Masters Championships in Sheffield. He smashed the old record set in June 2013 by 0.47 seconds to win the 50m Backstroke in a time of 32.91 seconds.

British Record Holder, Graham Powell
British Record Holder, Graham Powell

 With the European Masters Championships in London next month, Powell only needs to find a further 0.34 seconds to break the European record.

Whilst Graham was the club’s star performer, Team Luton’s Masters swimmers were all in excellent form as they set a total of 13 new County records and 6 East Region records whilst winning 4 Gold, 2 Silver and 3 Bronze medals and 17 other top ten finishes.

Team Luton's Masters in Sheffield
Team Luton’s Masters in Sheffield

Powell shattered the East Region and Beds records in all five of his swims, winning the 100m Butterfly as well as the 50m and 100m Backstroke. Finishing in 2nd place in the 50m Butterfly, Powell still beat the East Region record by over 2 seconds. A further silver medal came in the 200m Backstroke where Powell beat his own Eastern and Beds records by over 2.5 seconds.

Team mate Malcolm Barton finished 4th in the 60 – 64 years’ 200m Breaststroke, just 0.32 seconds outside his own County record. Barton went one place better in the 400m Individual Medley to win a Bronze medal setting a new Beds County record of 7:30.16 in the process.

David Wright continued this year’s demonstration of his endurance and versatility, winning the 55 -59 years’ 200m Butterfly whilst collecting bronze medals over 200m Individual Medley and 200m Backstroke. Wright’s medley time was a new East region record by nearly 4 seconds whilst he smashed the County record in the 200m Freestyle by nearly 7 seconds to finish in 5th place.

In the 45 – 49 years’ age group, John O’Rourke finished just outside the medals in three of his events. O’Rourke came 4th in the 400m individual Medley, 4th in the 200m Backstroke and 5th in the 100m Backstroke. His time of 7:00.97 in the 400m medley event took over 49 seconds off the previous County record for his age group.

Competing in her first national Masters championships, Karen Mackenzie was just 0.26 seconds outside her own Beds County record to finish 4th in the 100metre Backstroke in the 40 – 44 age group. Mackenzie set a new County record of 3:12.25 in the 200m Individual Medley.

Karen Mackenzie
Karen Mackenzie

In the same age group, Eloise Turner established new long course Masters County records over 50m, 100m and 200m Breaststroke, finishing in 5th place over the shortest distance.

A further 4th place was claimed by Glenda Mayes in the 60-64 age group 100m Freestyle. Mayes also finished 7th in both the 50m Backstroke and 50m Freestyle.

Gwendalyn Skingley made her competitive Masters debut at Sheffield and finished 13th in the 30 – 34 years 50m Freestyle.