Helmut wins nine medals at Pan Pacs
MASTERS SWIMMING: Jan and Helmut Klein have once again proven their prowess in the pool on the International stage.
The couple motored through the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre pool to claim another joint swag of medals at the recent Pan-Pacific Masters Games.
The Kleins were the toast of the Gold Coast during the biennial international competition that attracts about 12,000 athletes from around the world.
Representing the Clarence River Masters Swim club and their country at the event Helmut was unstoppable in the pool as he medalled in nine of his 11 individual events including three gold.
Klein swam away with gold medals in the 75-79 years freestyle relay, medley relay and 50 metre breast stroke.
He finished with silver medals in the 200m backstroke, 100m breaststroke and finished with bronze medals in the 400m backstroke, 400m breaststroke and 200m breaststroke.
Not just happy with proving his wares in the pool, Helmut then turned his attention to the 2.5km open ocean swim finishing that event with the bronze medal.
The list of results means the Clarence Valley swimmer will break his way into the top 25 of the Masters Swim Australia's top 100 males aged 75-79.
Wife Jan made her way into the finals for several disciplines and was unlucky to not come away with a medal.
She finished sixth in the 50m freestyle, eighth in the 100m freestyle and fifth in the 50m breaststroke.
Also representing the Clarence River Masters Swim club was Pan-Pacific Games official Lynne Johnson.
Johnson volunteered her time at the international event taking up a position as a starter and technical officer at the pool for three days of the competition.