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posted Jun 10, 2009, 9:16 PM by Bob Pender   [ updated Aug 31, 2010, 6:16 AM ]


Our Team shows what it is to be active, work hard, be mental prepared, reaching goals and most of all have team spirit & fun..
During spring many of our tri swimmers have participated in marathons preparing for the up coming tri-season etc. It is great to see that so many have completed 1/2 and full marathons. Some of the tri swimmers qualified for and or ran the Boston marathon.. Congratulations to all.. If your name is not mentioned and you participated in the runs, please email Kathy Jackson or me with your results. This is the only way we can keep track of Tri and running results..
Further more a small group of our swimmers,Sylvie Tremblay, Sonia Lopes, Katie Swift, Janice Gibbs and I went to Nanaimo BC to participate in the Canadian Masters Championship 2010, swimming with some of the worlds best masters swimmers. Our swimmers did awesome, swimming long course setting personal record, after personal record.. With Sylvie Tremblay having a powerful weekend, among her medal harvest winning 5 individual gold medals. Her contagious positive attitude got all of us in a powerful mind set to swim fast and of cause to go down the water slide.. . We won 7 gold, 4 silver, 3 bronze and lots of places among top 8. Our Relay team won a bronze and a silver see pictures. It was very exciting to watch everyone swim. Some of the highlights to watch for me as a coach was our relay team swimming optimal 100% they were on fire, winning a bronze medal. An other was watching the females 65-69 year old age group swimming . One person in particular Bonnie Pronk swam just like a 16 year old would swim today. I should say, when winner Bonnie Pronk was younger, she would be disqualified in breast stroke, if her head was just under the water at anytime. Bonnie has learned the new very powerful "wave" breast stroke swimming 50 m on 45.87 long course. "She is probably swimming a lot faster than she did when she was young".. ..  Who says you can teach an old dog new tricks?...Next years Nationals 2011 is in Montreal... mark your calendars.. Always May Long weekend ..One more congratulations goes to Jackie Hatherley for 2009 top ranked master swimmer in Canada and number 9 in the world in her age group ... amazing..

(Edit post) | Attachments: HPIM1329.jpg HPIM1330.jpg The Oakville Masters Swimmers participated at the 2009 Canadian Masters Swimming Championship this past May Long weekend.  All provinces were represented with 1000 participants among them 100 year old Jaring Timmerman.

The Oakville Masters really showed that they can swim fast and age is not stopping them.  Our Team did amazing... Out of 117 teams our team placed 24th with only 11 swimmers. The top team had over 100 participants.  All our swimmers placed among the top 12 in their age group, events and swimming PB's. We had 7 gold 9 silver 6 bronze and 11 places below 10th. One of the relay teams 4x50 free swam under the Canadian record but placed 3rd.

Masters is not really ‘All About Winning’ but we have some winners and should acknowledge them when they do as well as Jackie did.  Here is a great article about Jackie called Masterful Performance in the Oakville Beaver.

Andrew Hurd (three time Olympic swimmer and Canadian record holder) sat and cheer with our Oakville team.

The swimmers swimming Nationals were Jackie Hatherley, Valerie Scott, Sonia Lopes, Jennifer Agnew, Sylvie Tremblay, Janice Gibbs, Will Mckinty, Michael Parker, Tom Rebstock, Michael Liepner, Gord Hurd and Coach Mette.  See photos.