The annual British Masters Championships recently returned to Ponds Forge in Sheffield for the first time in seven years. Three BSSC Masters, Alyson Fordham, Lizzie Bellinger and Sally Winter joined more than 800 masters swimmers from across the home nations to compete in the 50m pool event. It was a thrilling and inspiring weekend, with multiple British and European records being set, including some by our BSSC swimmers!
Alyson Fordham became the first European woman in the 65-69 year category to swim under 31 seconds in the 50m Freestyle, taking Gold with a blistering time of 30.56 that many teenagers would be proud to achieve! She broke the British record to win the 50m Backstroke in a time of 38.53, took Gold in the 100m Freestyle (1:09.16) and according to Swim England, she was the star of the show in the 200m Freestyle, becoming a British record holder with a time of 2:38.23, securing Gold 3.10 seconds ahead of Silver and beating the previous best by 1.31! Sally Winter also took Gold in her age category (60-64 years) in a superb 200m Freestyle time of 2:35.61 and Bronze in the 100m Freestyle (1:10.73).
A British record also came from Lizzie Bellinger in the 100m Butterfly 45-49 years category taking Gold more than two seconds ahead of her closest rival in a time of 1:08.70, whilst Alyson also squeezed in a Silver in the 50m Breaststroke (41.65).
Massive congratulations to all three of our Masters swimmers.