Success for club and swimmers at the state titles

Rum City Masters swimmers Lyle Ferguson, left, and Tom Hosking with their medals after state success. Missing in the photo is Justin Giles. 235645 Picture: RUM CITY MASTERS SWIMMING CLUB

By Shane Jones

When it comes to the Rum City Masters Swimming Club it really does stand out from the rest when it competes.

And this was evident recently.

The club competed at the Queensland Masters Swimming Championship earlier this month at the Sunshine Coast with just three members competing.

Lyle Ferguson, Tom Hosking and Justin Giles not only represented themselves, but also the club, taking out the small clubs trophy, which is competed by clubs taking six members or less.

“Overall there were 500 competitors at the state championship this year,” Rum City Masters spokesperson and swimmer Ferguson said.

“Miami Club were the overall winners with us winning the small club’s trophy.”

Individually each member also did well with Giles getting three gold medals in his age group, 30-34.

He won in the 200-metre breaststroke, 200-metre individual medley and the 400-metre individual medley before also picking up a silver medal in the 50-metre freestyle, 50-metre butterfly and the 100-metre butterfly.

It was an impressive performance given that Giles only returned to swimming a year ago.

Joining Giles with gold was Tom Hosking with a gold medal in the 200-metre breaststroke and the 50-metre breaststroke in the 35-39-year-old category.

Hosking also got silver in the 50-metre butterfly and bronze in the 100-metre breaststroke and the 200-metre individual medley.

Hosking also reduced his best time in the 200-metre individual medley by six seconds with an improvement in the 50-metre breaststroke of two seconds.

But outdoing them all was Ferguson who won five gold medals in the 80-84 year-old category.

He won gold in the 50-metre freestyle, 200-metre freestyle, 400-metre freestyle, 800-metre freestyle and the 400-metre breaststroke and added a silver in the 100-metre backstroke.

“I had personal best time in the 400 and 800,” Ferguson said.

“I’ve only been a masters swimmer for three years.”

The club will now prepare for their own meet on July 17, which will be held at the Fairymead Pool from 12pm to 5pm.

Approximately 12 clubs and 85 competitors were involved last year.

Ferguson hopes more can come this year with restrictions easing around the state.

If you want to join the Rum City Masters, who train a couple of times a week, you can contact them on 41551285.