Three members of our Masters squad competed at the East Region Masters championships in Newmarket bringing home eleven medals between them, two gold, five silver and four bronze.
Having swum previously with Stevenage as a teenager, forty five year old Lorraine Sadler only returned to the pool earlier this year and the East Region championships were only her second Masters competition. Nevertheless, in front of her proud parents who lived locally, Lorraine collected four medals in the 45 – 49 year age group. A goggle malfunction at the start of her first race, the 50 metres Breaststroke, was not an auspicious way to commence the day as she finished in second place just outside her best time. Undeterred, Lorraine proceeded to win a bronze medal in the 100 metres Breaststroke and a silver medal in the 100 metres Freestyle. A third silver medal came with a personal best time by almost a second in the 50 metres Freestyle.
In the same age group, John O’Rourke swam in five events, winning a silver medal in the 200m metres Backstroke and bronze medals in both the 200 metres Individual Medley and 400 metres Freestyle. With his best 50 metres Freestyle time in over three years, John missed out on a further bronze by just 4/100ths of a second. A further fourth place came in the 200 metres Freestyle.
Having been hospitalised less than six months ago with the onset of an atrial flutter, Alastair Gibb continued returning to form, retaining his East Region titles in the 55 – 59 year age group 200 metres Individual Medley and 200 metres Backstroke. Alastair also won a silver medal in the 400 metres Freestyle and a bronze medal in the 100 metres Breaststroke.