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Swimming: Dorothy Williams becomes oldest British swimmer to win a gold medal

June 14, 2016

Alongside the European swimming championships and away from the media interest in Olympic selection, the LEN European Masters Championships 2016 took place at the iconic London Aquatics Centre.

The Cormorants team, Jane Asher, Penny Webster, Elizabeth Savidge and Christine Goodair

32 swimmers from Kings Cormorants club in London descended on the 2012 Olympic venue to race against swimmers from 48 European nations, winning a total of 9 medals, (6 Gold, 1 Silver and 2 Bronze).

Dorothy Williams a life-long member of the club became the oldest British swimmer to win a gold medal on the third day of the Championships. Competing in the 90-94 Years age group, she won the 50m Backstroke event in 1:11.05 and said “It’s eight years since I last competed and I really enjoyed swimming in the Olympic Pool.”

Jane Asher (above left), Britain’s top masters’ swimmer and Kings Cormorants coach, broke World Records, bringing her old record of 3:31.71 for a 200metre freestyle swim down by huge margin to 3:21.29 in the 85-89 Years age group.

The Cormorants team, Jane Asher, Penny Webster, Elizabeth Savidge and Christine Goodair (above) took the Gold in the 280-319 Years 4x50m Freestyle Relay. This was followed by their 320-359 Years age group mixed team winning Gold and the quartet of Jane Asher, Geoffrey Bishop, Penny Webster and Frank Taylor set a British record 2:56.39.

To round off the Championships Jane Asher was victorious in the 400m Free, finishing in a time of 7:10.67, knocking a second off her own 85-89 Years best of 7:11.71 from this year’s British Championships in Sheffield. This was surpassed by her 50m freestyle swims breaking the World Record of 44secs twice by doing a 39secs in her individual race and then swimming the first leg of the relay in 38.6. However, a highlight for Jane Asher was to swim in a “family relay” team comprising herself and her two sons Jamie and Alistair Asher with Christine Goodair.

Head Coach, Jane Asher commented on the club’s performance: “I am really proud of all the swimmers who competed at the LEN European Masters Championships 2016, they have worked really hard to achieve these performances”.

The Women’s Sports Magazine

For more information about the club, please visit: www.kcswimmingclub.org.uk


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