AGE NO BARRIER: David Abrahams prepares for the start of a backstroke event in the 85 to 89 years.
AGE NO BARRIER: David Abrahams prepares for the start of a backstroke event in the 85 to 89 years.

Abrahams an in-pool inspiration

SWIMMING: A small group of six Clarence River Master Swimmers represented the area at the River City Carnival in Brisbane and proudly brought home seven gold medals.

Standout competitor David Abrahams swam exceptionally well and took out the silver medal for 2nd overall in his age group, 85-89 years.

He came 1st in the 100m backstroke, 1st in the 50m freestyle, 2nd in the 50m backstroke, 2nd in the 25m freestyle and 2nd in the 25m backstroke.

Abrahams thoroughly enjoys the competition, the camaraderie and fun. He is truly an inspiration to anyone thinking they are “too old”, as it’s a matter of focus and willpower.

In total CRMS achieved seven 1st places, five 2nds, six 3rds, two 4ths, five 5ths, two 7ths and two 8th places.

Not a bad effort considering more than 200 swimmers competed at the carnival. The club placed 13th out of 26.

PROUD: Clarence River Masters Swimming Club members (from back left): Lyn Johnston, Helmut Klein, Alan Lawrence, Pam Smith and David Abrahams; (at front) Jane Lawrence and Bobby Winger at the River City Carnival in Brisbane.
PROUD: Clarence River Masters Swimming Club members (from back left): Lyn Johnston, Helmut Klein, Alan Lawrence, Pam Smith and David Abrahams; (at front) Jane Lawrence and Bobby Winger at the River City Carnival in Brisbane. Picasa

Congratulations to Bobbie Winger who was 1st in 100m backstroke, 2nd in 100m individual medley, 3rd in 50m backstroke, 3rd in 100m breaststroke and 8th in 100m freestyle.

Returning to competition swimming, Pam Smith came 6th in 50m backstroke, 7th in 50m free, 7th in 25m back, 8th in 25m freestyle and 8th in 100m freestyle.

Alan Lawrence came 4th in 25m fly, 4th in 50m freestyle, 5th in 100m IM, 5th in 50m breast and 5th in the 100m freestyle.

Helmut Klein came 1st in 100m breaststroke, 1st in 50m breaststroke, 2nd in 25m breaststroke (obviously his favourite stroke!), 3rd in 100m backstroke and 5th in 50m backstroke.

Jane Lawrence came 1st in 50m freestyle, 1st in 100m freestyle, 3rd in 50m backstroke, 3rd in 25 m freestyle and 5th in the 100m IM.

I’m sure River City Club look forward to the Clarence River Masters Club participation each year to provide some good stiff competition!

“The highlight of the carnival was the fun and laughter and the good swimming and company.” CRM club president Jane Lawrence said.

“It’s also great to have Pam Smith competing again and swimming so well.”



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