Clarke and Steele win awards, set records

Recognition: Ketrina Clarke after being named the 2015 Tasmanian swimming coach of the year. Picture: Wendy Shaw

Award winning swim coach Ketrina Clarke and English Channel swimmer Anne Steele won a swag of medals and set four new records at the Pan Pacific Masters Games on the Gold Coast.

Ketrina’s son, Thomas, was also in the winners’ circle, with three gold and two silver medals. Clarke, of Grindelwald,three times Tasmanian swim coach of the year, won gold in the 55-59 year age group in 50m butterfly, 200m butterfly and the 400m individual medley and silver in the 200m IM, 400m free and 100m fly.

The 200m fly was in a PPMG record time of 3:05.56. South Esk Club president Jayne Shepherd hailed the mother and son performance. “South Esk’s head coach extraordinaire, Ketrina Clarke, has again proven swimming isa sport for life while competing at the Pan Pacific Masters’ Games,” she said.

“And not many swimmers can say they’ve had the privilege of competing alongside their mother at an international swim meet. Well South Esk swimmer and last year’s club captain, Thomas Clarke, did exactly that.

“Thomas continues to show why he’s such afantastic role model, balancing his internship at the Gold Coast Hospital while continuing to train for his swimming.”

Thomas won the 200m fly in a Pan Pacrecord time. Itwas also a national Masters record but as Thomas is not a registered Masters swimmer the national record is not official. Thomas, competing in the 18-24 year age group, also won gold in the 100m and 200m backstroke; and silver in the 100m fly and 50m backstroke.

Hobart teacher Steele won gold(45-49 years) in the 200m fly, 400m fly, and 400m IM, in record times, and bronze in the 200m freestyle.

Coinciding with themasters games was the Australian short course championships.

Northern swimmer Morgen Hawkins, 19, recordedpersonal bests in the 100m and 50m breaststroke.

Former Tasmanians Ariarne Titmus, 16, and Jacob Vincent, 17, won their first gold medals in open events. Titmus won the 400m freestyleand selection to the Fina world short course championships in Canadain December. She was equal third in the 200m free. Vincent won the 800m freestyle, was third in the 400m freestyle and second Australian in the 1500m free.

Tom Curran, 20, formerly of Launceston, was a finalist in the 200m backstroke and Paralympian Jacob Templeton, 21, formerly of Devonport, was a finalist in the multi-class 50m and 100m freestyle, 50m and100m backstroke and 100m butterfly. The Burnie 100 makes a welcome return on Saturday, November 19. Some94 swimmers will take part in81 events.

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