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Swim Wales Masters Short Course Championships 2021 Report

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National events returned in record-breaking style after an 18-month delay with the Swim Wales Masters Short Course Championships 2021.

The Masters community had records tumbling in the pool and set a new highest attendance as 192 swimmers came out in force at Newport Live on Saturday. Amongst the 730 swims, four British records fell and many more Welsh standards were set at the first national event since the outset of the coronavirus pandemic.

Woking SC swimmer David Bryant was the first to set a new British record in the 200m Breaststroke 60-64 category with a time of 2:44.61. A pair of records fell in the 200m Individual Medley as Nicola Latty raced home in 2:37.04 to set a new British best time in the 50-54 category. Totnes swimmer Simon Veale broke the men’s 65-69 category record in a time of 2:43.36. There was also a British record for Swansea University’s Harry Turner, who sprinted to a time of 24.22 in the 50m Backstroke.

Amongst the Welsh record breakers was Garfield Thomas, the oldest competitor at the event, in the 80-84 category. He produced a stunning swim to set a new record in the 200 freestyle (3:24.03).

Helen Gorman, a member of the Swim Wales Masters Panel, celebrated her birthday at the event, and was delighted to see the community come together again.

This meet is really what Masters swimming is all about - fun, friendship and some impressive swims across the age groups,” she said. “After the last 18 months without competitions, I was very happy to be racing and seeing friends - on my birthday, too! Thanks to the officials, volunteers and everyone that enabled us to return to racing.

“It was great to see so many familiar and new faces in Newport and it was a great day of racing, especially the brilliant skins competition to finish off the day!”

Swim Wales would like to thank all the volunteers, officials and participants who made the Swim Wales Masters Short Course Championships 2021 a success.