Monday, 27 October 2014

Katherine Johnstone (97) - A True Inspiration

Montreal 2014: Katherine Johnstone, 97 (NZL): "I don't know how to stop!" article by Sarah Chiarello, FINA Communications Department


"That was a long swim!" said 97-year-old Katherine Johnstone of New Zealand after clocking 7:59.19 in the 200m freestyle. The brave lady was tired but all smiles: she had just become the one and only FINA World Masters champion in the 95-99 category!

Unrivalled in Montreal, Johnstone celebrated the new accolade in the 50m, 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle, and 50m breaststroke. Two years ago in Riccione, Italy, Johnstone also swam the 800m freestyle but was not allowed this time. Back home, she still holds the national record in the 1500m freestyle.

Johnstone, the oldest swimmer to compete at this 15th Masters Worlds edition, soon created a sensation at the Parc Jean-Drapeau pool: after each of her swims, fellow swimmers from all over the world, in awe of such determination, would congratulate her and ask for a picture with her. Truly an inspiration for all, Johnstone played along, amused by her sudden popularity.

"I'm so happy to be in the sport of swimming, I don't know how to stop," she said with a laugh.

"I was ready to fly from hometown Auckland to come here. Swimming keeps me young and healthy!"

Johnstone paused for a few seconds, and said, weighing her words: "Underneath the wall of my body, I feel thrilled to help youngsters and adults to swim or keep on swimming."

Johnstone was four when she first dipped a toe in a swimming pool and was very competitive from an early age. Aside from swimming, she played various sports like field hockey and tennis.

 Katherine Johnstone (NZL) after her 200m freestyle effort - credit: Delphine Schmutz/FINA

Johnstone first took part in a FINA World Masters meet in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2002. She then travelled to Perth, Australia in 2008 and to Riccione, Italy in 2012.

"Here, I see old friends that I met at previous Masters Worlds, it's fantastic," she said.

Johnstone trains twice a week at Auckland's North Shore Masters club. "My coach has become my best friend," she said.

"Until my body allows me to, I'll keep going."
http://www.fina.org/H2O/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4699:montreal-2014-katherine-johnstone-97-nzl-qi-dont-know-how-to-stopq&catid=54:masters&Itemid=378

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Club News - Raumati and Levin Masters Celebrate Fun, Fitness, and Friendship




The Raumati Masters Swimming Club recently had the pleasure of hosting an interclub meet with Levin Masters at the Coastlands Aquatic Centre. More than twenty swimmers lined up to compete for a trophy crafted by Raumati president Simon van den Berg from a piece of Kapiti Coast driftwood.


The Raumati and Levin Masters swimmers have enjoyed a long association and the inaugural meet, which will become an annual event, followed the tradition of friendly rivalry and camaraderie between the two clubs.


Raumati Club Captain Marco Cecioni‘s programme of timed swims and not-so-serious events, which included relays that involved several slightly comical methods of getting from one end of the pool to the other, proved to be a test of competitive edge, teamwork and coordination skills. The visitors, clearly having had some pre-meet practice with the more unconventional events, left the hosts one point short of claiming the trophy.

Following the pool events, brunch was served by the centre’s cafĂ© after which the trophy was ceremoniously relinquished to the visiting club with the promise of reclaiming it at a rematch to be hosted by Levin next year.

Raumati Masters meets each Wednesday night from 7.00 pm to 8.00 pm and on Sunday mornings from 8.30 am to 9.30 am. Programmes are designed for both competitive and recreational swimmers, with lanes available (depending on numbers) to those who prefer to swim at their own pace.

 Interested? Contact Marco Cecioni, Raumati Masters Club Captain by emailing nzcecioni@hotmail.com

Upcoming Events

NORTH ISLAND SHORT COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014Preliminary results


NZMS 800 / 1500 POSTAL SWIM - 1 - 31 October 2014:  Entry form can be found on the NZMS site

AUCKLAND CENTRAL MASTERS HARBOUR SWIMS:  www.aucklandharbourswims.org.nz
Herne Bay - 16 November
Chelsea - 23 November
Bays - 8 Feb 2015
Rangitoto - 2 March 2015
10km Marathon Swim - 26 April 2015

STATE NEW ZEALAND OCEANSWIM SERIES 2014/2015: Dates for swims announced. Bay of Islands Classic, Paihia, Saturday 22nd November 2014; Harbour Crossing, Auckland, Sunday 7th December 2014; Capital Classic, Wellington, Sunday 25th January 2015; La Grande Swim, Akaroa, Sunday 15th February 2015; Sand to Surf, Mt Maunganui, Saturday 21st March 2015 and King of the Bays, Auckland, Saturday 18th April 2015.  ENTER HEREhttp://oceanswim.co.nz/

SOUTH ISLAND MASTER GAMES in Timaru 16 - 18th October 2014. For more info visit their website: www.simasters.co.nz

KOHI SUMMER SWIM SERIES:  Enter Here: http://www.summerswim.co.nz/
NOVEMBER:  6, 13, 20, 27
DECEMBER:   4, 11, 18
JANUARY:      15, 22, 29
FEBRUARY:   5, 12, 19, 26
MARCH:          5, 12, 19
APRIL:             2

NEW ZEALAND MASTERS GAMES:  30 January - 8 February 2015
More information at this link:  http://www.nzmg.com/

5 BRIDGES SWIM IN HAMILTON- 29th May 2015

Winner of the Swim T3 $50 Voucher for October

Congratulations to Liz Furey from Northland for winning this month's SwimT3 $50 voucher.

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Monday, 13 October 2014

Upcoming Events

NORTH ISLAND SHORT COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014: This annual swim meet will be hosted by Whakatane Masters on Friday 17th October (evening session) and Saturday 18th October. Saturday night function. Please support this meeting. We were close to not having a 2014 championships. Seeding Sheets Available Here


NZMS 800 / 1500 POSTAL SWIM - 1 - 31 October 2014:  Entry form can be found on the NZMS site

AUCKLAND CENTRAL MASTERS HARBOUR SWIMS:  www.aucklandharbourswims.org.nz
Herne Bay - 16 November
Chelsea - 23 November
Bays - 8 Feb 2015
Rangitoto - 2 March 2015
10km Marathon Swim - 26 April 2015

STATE NEW ZEALAND OCEANSWIM SERIES 2014/2015: Dates for swims announced. Bay of Islands Classic, Paihia, Saturday 22nd November 2014; Harbour Crossing, Auckland, Sunday 7th December 2014; Capital Classic, Wellington, Sunday 25th January 2015; La Grande Swim, Akaroa, Sunday 15th February 2015; Sand to Surf, Mt Maunganui, Saturday 21st March 2015 and King of the Bays, Auckland, Saturday 18th April 2015.  ENTER HEREhttp://oceanswim.co.nz/

SOUTH ISLAND MASTER GAMES in Timaru 16 - 18th October 2014. For more info visit their website: www.simasters.co.nz

KOHI SUMMER SWIM SERIES:  Enter Here: http://www.summerswim.co.nz/
NOVEMBER:  6, 13, 20, 27
DECEMBER:   4, 11, 18
JANUARY:      15, 22, 29
FEBRUARY:   5, 12, 19, 26
MARCH:          5, 12, 19
APRIL:             2

NEW ZEALAND MASTERS GAMES:  30 January - 8 February 2015
More information at this link:  http://www.nzmg.com/

5 BRIDGES SWIM IN HAMILTON- 29th May 2015

Swim Workout of the Week - Freestyle Pyramid




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2x150  on 2:15
1x200  on 3:
2x150  on 2:15
3x100  on 1:30
4x50   on :45

 
 
400

4x50   on :60
3x100  on 2:00
2x150  on 3:
1x200  on 4:
2x150  on 3:00
3x100  on 2:00
4x50   on :60

 
 
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DECEMBER:   4, 11, 18
JANUARY:      15, 22, 29
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