Veterans take to records
VETERAN Gladstone swimmer Don Jones and Biloela's Ian Carrick were hungry for records, setting eight state and one national record between them at the recent Queensland Masters Swimming State Short Course Meet in Cairns.
Jones, competing in the 70-74 years division, set six state records and bettered a national mark on his way to claiming the outstanding male swimmer award after winning all six of his events.
Jones, 71, is no stranger to breaking records since taking up masters swimming in 2000.
The Gladstone Gropers member said he was confident of performing well heading into the Cairns event, contested at the Trinity Anglican School Aquatic Centre, but did not take success for granted.
Boasting Queensland and NSW state titles experience in his youth, Jones said racking up records in his senior years came not as a result of chasing them, but from simply wanting to compete at his best.
"I work on my times and if I'm good enough to win, I'm good enough,'' Jones said. "I get some personal satisfaction from it but once you've done it, it's confined to the history books. You then have to move on.''
Jones, who swims 9-12km per week, said it was important for people his age to remain physically active, no matter how they choose to do it.
Carrick, who swims with the Biloela Bluefins club but also frequently travels to Gladstone to compete in club meets, won six events and set three state records in an impressive display which saw him share the 55-59 years age championship.
The 55-year-old went into the event carrying a shoulder injury but still produced six first placings.
Carrick, who holds nine state and one national record, was "extremely happy'' with his performance in Cairns, building upon the outstanding masters record he has established since returning to the swimming ranks in 1999.