Clarence Valley Masters Swimming Club member Tony Hayman has recently broken a national 25m short course breaststroke record in Brisbane.
Clarence Valley Masters Swimming Club member Tony Hayman has recently broken a national 25m short course breaststroke record in Brisbane. Debrah Novak

Hayman masters new swim record

HE’S always been a keen swimmer.

In fact, Yamba resident Tony Hayman has been swimming on and off for over 45 years.

Hayman admits he doesn’t go overboard when it comes to training but at the recent River City Masters event in Brisbane Hayman broke the national record for his age group in the 25m breaststroke.

The former Kiwi swum an impressive time of 16.34 seconds to win the event.

Hayman then backed up with a victory in the 50m breaststroke and places in the 25m freestyle and butterfly.

“I’ve only been swimming Masters since about June last year,” Hayman said.

“I did a lot of swimming when I was young, about 45 years earlier. And I suppose I’ve been swimming competitively since the age of 18.”

The 60-year-old was raised in Wellington on New Zealand’s North Island prior to taking up residence in Australia.

“I’m originally from Wellington but have spent most of my life in Sydney. I moved to Yamba five years ago to retire,” he said.

A keen surfer, Hayman keeps himself fit by catching the odd wave and swimming with his two children.

“I took up surfing late in life and I’ll surf most days depending on the waves,” Hayman said.

“I don’t do a lot of training, but I do a lot of swimming with my kids.

“I swim with them on my back and it just happens to build up a bit of strength.

“It’s good for the kids as well. If they stop kicking I stop swimming.”

Hayman’s next meet is the Queensland State Titles at Banora Point in late March.



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