It was a masterful show of form from these Gladstone Gropers
SWIMMING: A number of Gladstone Gropers Masters Swimming Club athletes received a perfect confidence boost ahead of more competitions.
Ruby Lawler led the way with six gold medals at the recent Pan Pacific Masters Games on the Gold Coast. She was first to the finish line in the 50-400m freestyle, backstroke and 50m butterfly.
President of the Gladstone Gropers Rod Porteous said Ryan Chinner starred as well in the 45-49 age category.
"Ryan has returned to swimming recently after a few decades doing other things in life. Contesting a tough age group Ryan finished with top six placing in 50m butterfly, breaststroke and freestyle and 100m breaststroke," Porteous said.
"Ryan is looking to participating in the State and National titles in 2019."
Fran Moroney (55-59), Alison Davenport in the 65-69 year bracket and Joan Green (80-84) also competed
Moroney finished with two medals, a second place in the pool and a gold medal for the 2.5km ocean swim. She contested in eight events in the pool and finished in the top 10 with personal-best times.
"Fran combines her swimming between the Gladstone Gropers and 3D Coaching in an effort to qualify for the team for the World Multi Sport Festival in Spain next May," Porteous said.
"To round off a busy three weeks of competitions, Fran also did the qualifying race at Kawana Waters for the Multi-Sport Aquathon team and did the swim leg for the winning women's team the next weekend at the Hervey Bay 100 Triathlon."
AT A GLANCE
Alison Davenport: Bronze medal 400m backstroke + 3rd-best for her age in Pacific Rim
Joan Green: Bronze and silver for 200m and 400m backstroke. Next goal - State and National Titles as well as Hervey Bay Club swim early next year