Lexie takes out gold at masters
LEXIE Towner is a school cleaner by occupation and she certainly swept away her rivals in the pool at the recent Alice Springs Masters Games.
The Rum City Masters Swimming Club member of the past eight years ventured to the Alice for the biennial games two years ago and returned with an impressive six gold medals and one silver.
This time, a total of 228 competitors from throughout Australia contested the carnival, but Towner made a clean sweep in strong fields, bagging seven gold across all strokes.
She was the 40-44 years women’s champion after setting a pool record of 8:53.29 in the 400m individual medley and finishing first in the 200m individual medley, 400m and 800m freestyle, 200m breaststroke, 200m backstroke and 200m butterfly.
The amazing thing is that Towner found little time to train leading up to the games due to her family and work commitments.
But the devoted mother said she is driven to success by the swimming deeds of her children Teisha, 15, Darius, 12, and Chris, who has switched his sporting focus to surf lifesaving.
“They are my little inspirations in the pool at the moment,” Towner said. Buoyed by her latest success, she is gradually stepping up her preparations for the Pan Pacific Masters Games on the Gold Coast next month.
Those games are also held every second year and Towner said she has been competing at them since 2004.
“At my first Pan Pacifics I broke the pool record for the 35-39 years 400m butterfly at the Southport Pool, and I also hold the record at the same pool for the 40-44 years 400m fly,” she said.
“This time the meet is up at Miami and I will see if I can break the record again.
“Last time I got two gold, a silver and a bronze, and I won the 400m fly, so I’m going for three in a row in that event at the Games.”
Although all of her events are tough, none is more demanding on the mind and body than 400m butterfly.
However, it is Towner’s best event and she loves it.
“You have just got to make sure that you keep it together – that’s the most important thing,” she said.
Rum City club captain and coach Daph Soppa said she was really pleased with Towner’s achievements in Australia’s red-centre.
“(My children) are my little inspirations in the pool at the moment”