Swimmers Strike Gold in World Masters Games

Two swimmers from the Guernsey Swimming Club Masters recently returned from a long trip to Auckland, New Zealand with a haul of medals.

The ninth World Masters Games is the largest multi-sport event in the world, with 25,000 competitors across 28 sports. Over 1,600 swimmers competed in the Olympic sized pool and at open water events.

Mike Banfield won gold in the 85-89 age group in the 800m freestyle. Mike also secured a second gold medal in the 2.5km open water event at Takapuna Beach.

In the pool Esther Iseppi competed in the 55-59 age group and collected a gold for her 200m breaststroke as well as two silvers and a bronze in her other individual events. Esther also claimed a gold in the freestyle relay, having been invited by long-time swimming colleagues into the Royal Navy club team.