BREATH OF FRESH AIR: Tony Hayman during his 100m breaststroke event at the Yamba Community Heated Pool on Sunday. PHOTOS: DEBRAH NOVAK
BREATH OF FRESH AIR: Tony Hayman during his 100m breaststroke event at the Yamba Community Heated Pool on Sunday. PHOTOS: DEBRAH NOVAK

Masters make a splash at Yamba

THEY came, punished themselves to extremes ... and conquered! We had it all from storm and tempest to brilliant sunshine but the 12th State of Origin Masters Swimming Carnival was a huge success.

Dedicated to the memory of two very special members Gareth Smith and Margaret Burridge, this year also marked the 40th anniversary of Masters NSW. Special guest Masters NSW president Jane Noake gave a touching speech of a meeting she held in Grafton with Ray Burridge and David Abrahams some 19 years ago when the club only had 19 members. Today our Clarence River Masters Club is 72 members strong and growing with swimmers aged 18 to their 90s and Ray and David are still participating.

I strongly recommend non-swimmers look at the age groups of these competitors, some of whom only took up swimming in their later years. It is inspiring to watch these wonderful people with a joie de vivre and encouraging for younger folk to realise they can exercise as long as possible.

We couldn't have a more enthusiastic president of the Clarence River Masters than Jane Lawrence, so a huge thankyou for her efforts and encouragement. Jane would like to thank all members and volunteers who assisted in various jobs and donating prizes.

"Without the commitment of these members we certainly couldn't hold this carnival," Lawrence said.

"We try and hold a fun carnival which encourages competitors to return year after year. Lawrence.

Swimmers came with good spirits and enthusiasm from Armidale (4), Campbelltown (1), Cessnock (6), Clarence River (28), Duck Creek Mountain (2), Maitland (4), Manly (1), Miami (18), Myall (1), Port Macquarie (7), Redlands (1), Ryde (5), Seaside Pirates Sydney ( 2), Twin Towns (6), Warringah (7), Wyong (1).

Thank goodness the sun came out on Sunday and Monday and Yamba demonstrated how perfect it can be.

A 101-strong presentation dinner was held at Yamba Bowling Club on Sunday evening after the carnival. Old and new friends shared the highs and lows of the carnival with a pictorial slide show.

Keeping in the competitive theme of the weekend the night ended with a quiz and congratulations to Warringah for taking home the prize.

The committee is ever grateful for the strong support from our local community for their generous donations including prizes for the raffles held on the weekend. A huge thank you to AB Accounting Maclean, Anderson Serjeant Accountants Yamba, Aston Motel Yamba, Botero Coffee, Maclean, Kitchen to Table Yamba, Maclean Variety Meats, The Northern Network, Yamba Bowling and Recreation Club, Westlawn Finance, Yalumba Wines, and Yamba Surf Club.

See you all next year!




30-34 Kylie Duff (Clarence); 35-39 Sarah Daley (Clarence), 40-44 Yvette Cotton (Ryde), 45-49 Sharon Walsh-Barltrop (Port Macquarie), 50-54 Colette Southam (Miami), 55-59 Ann O'Neill (Miami), 60-64 Bobbie Winger (Clarence), 65-69 Violet Wilkinson (Warringah), 70-74 Lindy Salter (Miami), 75-79 Robyn Hughes (Twin Towns), 80-84 Denise Robertson (Miami), 85-89 Diana Moore (Miami).



20-24 Noah Southam (Miami), 35-39 Stuart Ramsey (Cessnock), 40-44 Graham Hill (Seaside Pirates Sydney), 45-49 Byron O'Loughlin (Wyong), 50-54 Gordon Southam (Miami), 55-59 John Morton (Clarence), 60-64Mark Eaves (Clarence), 65-69 Trevor Armstrong (Clarence via Melbourne!), 70-74 Peter Kaupert (Warringah), 75-79 David Misson (Twin Towns), 80-84 Conrad Gleeson (Twin Towns), 85-89 David Abrahams (Clarence).

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