Monday, 5 April 2021

The 6th Recipient of The Barry Young Medal of Excellence

The Barry Young Medal of Excellence is donated and awarded by North Shore Masters to the swimmer who breaks the oldest record during the year.

It is a huge honour to receive this medal as only 11 will ever be awarded.

Mary Ann Turbitt of Waitakere City Masters became the 6th recipient for breaking the Womens’ 400m Short Course Freestyle record in the 75-79 age group. This was set by Olga Johnson back in 1998 in time of 7:57:17. Mary Ann’s time was an amazing 6:59:16.

The Waitakere club presented the medal at a surprise dinner organised to celebrate her achievement.

Congratulations to Mary Ann and many thanks to North Shore Masters for donating this award in memory of our friend Barry Young.

Meet Mary Ann Turbitt

Mary Ann began swimming in Napier at the age of 7 and competed in many NZ Competitions for Hawkes Bay Poverty Bay.  

She participated in a number of other sports too such as  hockey, tennis and basketball and played for the NZ Women’s Hockey team at the World Competition in 1971 and represented Hawkes Bay at the National Basketball Champs.

Mary Ann then switched to Squash and represented Hawkes Bay and Central
Districts as an A grade Player , Qualified Coach and Team Manager and was privileged to play in the same team as Susan Devoy.

In 1989 she moved to Auckland and due to the unreliability of her body Mary Ann took up Swimming

again. Visiting many countries attending world Masters events during which she won 2 golds 2 silvers and a bronze. 

When she is not in the water Mary Ann enjoys learning other languages, knitting, music and gardening and keeps her strength up by regularly visiting the Gym and has taken up a new sport 8ball.  With a passion to give back to the community Mary Ann serves on the NP Club Over 60s committee.  

The inspiration for the continuation of sport in her life was her father Tom Turbitt who was a top NZ hockey coach at the time and also represented NZ in 1931 and she lives by her grandad's motto
“I want to wear out not rust away”. 

In her own words: "our swimming motto Fun Fitness and Friends is so True"

Congratulations on being awarded The Barry Young Medal of Excellence and we wish you all the best!