Rob Wilkinson, Bruce Lovett, Trudy Ford, Ros Hodge, Tracy Dunn and Lexie Towner after competing on the Sunshine Coast at the weekend.
Rob Wilkinson, Bruce Lovett, Trudy Ford, Ros Hodge, Tracy Dunn and Lexie Towner after competing on the Sunshine Coast at the weekend. Picture Supplied

Perfect form for swimming titles

PREPARATION for the Queensland Masters Titles in two weeks is going, well, swimmingly for 75-year-old Rob Wilkinson.

The ageless swimmer collected firsts in the 100m and 50m breast stroke and 50m freestyle on the Sunshine Coast on the weekend.

His triple-gold effort was just reward for the five-day a week schedule following the black line in the pool, but he was not the only one of the Rum City Aussi Masters crew to come home with the spoils.

Bruce Lovett could only just count his golden haul on one hand, returning with four first places, while Tracy Dunn had three firsts and a second around her neck.

Trudy Ford had a brace of firsts and seconds, while Lexie Towner had one of every colour, plus another gold for good measure.

It was the first meet for 2010 and their form showed they are more than ready for an assault on Cairns in just over a fortnight.

“We’ve all been training really hard lately, everyone is quite motivated for these state titles,” swimmer Daph Soppa said.

The group have clocked between 2-2.6km five days a week in preparation, while the likes of Rob also squeeze in a weekly dance.

“He’s very active, always doing something.

“Rob, along with Lexie, attend almost every carnival there is to attend,” Soppa said.

A contingent of five swimmers will contest the Rocky Crocs swim meet on Saturday.

First-time competitor Cherry Gaffel is expected to do well in her age group, while Soppa will return to competition for the first time in two years.

“I get really nervous, and I’ve discovered that doesn’t go away with age,” she smirked.

Soppa will also be looking to find form before the much-anticipated Queensland titles in Cairns.



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