Bag of medals for Redlands masters ( admin posted on October 21st, 2018 )

MASTERS swimmer Doreen Matthews with Olympian Liesel Jones. REDLANDS Masters returned from the PanPac Games with a swag of medals. Pictured are (from left) Kathy Ellis, Sharon Devitt (club captain), Doreen Matthews, Nathan Mead, Alan Patterson (coach), Lisa Lower, Sharon Dettmer and Trevor Green. Paul Nichols was absent.
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NINE Redlands Bayside Masters swimmers returned from the bi-ennial Pan Pac Masters Games on the Gold Coast with 41 medals, including an impressive haul of 17 gold.

The result was a big turn around from the 2010 games when they achieved 14 medals.

It was an inspiring result from everyone and was most rewarding for Lisa Lower, who brought home six gold.

She had equalled the record for the 200m individual medley at the previous games, but returned in 2012 to prove her ability and smashed the Pan Pacs record by an impressive 10 seconds.

Doreen Matthews, at 88, having learnt to swim six years earlier, had set her sights on competing as well.

After a swimming layoff of three years, she decided that she would like a Pan Pac medal.

Her determination is based in her past activities, when, at the age of 68, in a night exercise in the SES, Doreen was winched down from a Black Hawk helicopter.

She followed this up in 1995 at the age of 71, when she abseiled off Kangaroo Point.

Congratulations go to the swimmers for keeping the Redlands’ flag flying high in the swimming lanes.

If you want to master your swimming and improve your fitness, attend free coaching sessions in the club’s adult Master Your Swimming program at the Cleveland Aquatic Centre, made possible through the support of the Redlands City Council Community Grants and our volunteer coaches. For details contact Alan on 0412 143 742.

Results: Lisa Lower six gold; Alan Patterson four gold, four silver, two bronze and gold in the 2.5km open water swim; Paul Nichols three, gold, two silver, five bronze; Trevor Green two gold, one silver, one bronze, one gold and one silver in the open water swims; Sharon Devitt one gold, three silver, one bronze and two gold in the 1.25 open water swim; Nathan Mead one gold, one silver and two bronze; Sharon Dettmer one gold, one silver; Doreen Matthews three gold, three silver.

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