Guildford City’s master swimmers are coming home after a historic summer of swimming at the 18th FINA World Master’s Championships (South Korea, Gwanju) and the World Transplant Games (England, Newcastle). The club had a strong team of 11 swimmers who were competing at the highest level with other swimmers from around the world.
Master’s Coach Ivo Mandrazhiyski who accompanied the team to the competition in South Korea, was full of praise for the swimmers, he said: “It was a long and exciting week of racing against a world class field of athletes that saw many outstanding performances. The overall medal tally for the Club at the World Masters Championships was an incredible 35 medals”.
Michelle Ware- 7 (6 Gold / 1 Bronze)
Mike Hodgson -8 (3 Gold / 5 Silver)
Lynda Coggins -7 (3 Gold / 4 Silver)
David Bryant – 6 (2 Gold / 2 Silver / 2Bronze)
Christina Victor 3(1 Gold / 1 Silver / 1 Bronze setting 2 British Records)
Robert Dorran 2 (2 Silver)
Richard Hope 1 (Silver)
Jerry O’Riordan 1 (Silver)
Some of the most exciting races were the relay swims. Our team of swimmers in the 200 plus years team, consisting of Michelle Ware, David Bryant, Mike Hodgson and Lynda Coggins, managed to come top of the field, claiming Gold in the 4×50 Freestyle and 4×50 Medley.
Guildford City’s master swimmer Jodie Cox represented Great Britain in the World Transplant Games in Newcastle, England. Jodie once again produced some amazing performances, winning 7 medals including 4 Gold and 3 Silver medals and on the way set 2 new World Records in the 50m Freestyle and 50m Breaststroke.
Master’s Coach Ivo Mandradzhiyski said “I am extremely proud of everyone in the team as they have worked incredibly hard, showing the strength of character that ultimately led to these phenomenal results. I would also like to thank the Management Team for giving me this amazing opportunity, which allowed me to accompany the team to the Worlds. I am looking forward to the new season and working with the master swimmers as they prepare for their next cycle of competitions”.
For more information on this article or for details about joining the Masters Squad, contact Ivo Mandradzhiyski (see contact details on website)