Session 1 of the Masters Nationals Championships and our Mike Banfield was the only competitor in the 85-89yrs age group, but took down the British record with a 32:49.92 effort in the 1500m Freestyle. Banfield took down Edward Hoy’s old record of 33:24.43 from four years ago. http://www.swimming.org/masters/three-1500m-freestyle-records-broken-in-session-1/
About the Masters
The Guernsey Masters were formed when a group of parents wanted to train to enter a relay team in the Guernsey Swimming Club Herm swim to celebrate the 100th birthday of the Club (est 1886). The training was first organised by Len Robilliard and his late wife Enid, and is now led by Frank Le Compte. Since those early days the Masters have gone from strength to strength. From the original 2 lanes at Beau Sejour to the whole pool at St Sampson High School. The pool is used to train twice a week on Mondays and Fridays. There is a waiting list to join the training sessions but we would love to hear from you.
The origin of the Masters was to train for a sea swim of 3 miles, and some masters still take part in numerous sea swims. There is a dedicated section who swim in the sea throughout the year. In recent years four swimmers have swum the English Channel and one of them, Roger Allsopp has achieved it twice. The second time he did the swim (30th August 2011) he became the oldest person in the world to swim across the channel. There are a number of swimmers who have also swum to Alderney and Sark and this group are always looking for a challenge.
Masters swimmers have entered various masters competitions in the UK, Europe and many other countries around the world.
Recent Masters News
The G4S 27th Open International Guernsey Masters Meet will take place on 13th, 14th and 15th April 2018. The closing date for entries is 13th March 2018. Download the entry form for the 27th Open International Masters Meet below or contact our Masters section for more information. G4S Masters Meet Entry Form 2018
The inspirational story of an ordinary man’s attempt to swim from Northern Ireland to Scotland – probably the most brutal open water swimming challenge in the world. Taking on sea temperatures at the limit of human endurance and braving the sting of the formidable Lion’s Mane jellyfish, our swimmer Adrian Sarchet faces the 19 miles...
Adrian Sarchet has completed the sixth ‘Oceans Seven’ challenge in Japan, the Tsugaru Strait Swim, in an unofficial time of 14 hours and 2 minutes. A massive congratulations from everyone at club! http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2017/08/adrian-sarchet-completes-6th-oceans.html
Two of our Masters swimmers recently travelled to Aberdeen for the British Masters Long Course Championships. Pauline Hogg moved into the 60-64 age group and won gold in 100m back, silver in 50m and 200m back and bronze in 400m freestyle. Esther Iseppi was on relay duty rather than individual events. As part of the...
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...
Open International Masters Meet
The Guernsey Swimming Club promote the local G4S International Masters swim meet at Beau Sejour. This is held annually and attracts competitors from many European countries, USA and further afield. This competition was originally set up and organised by John Eyre one of our master’s swimmers. He ran it for 20 years before handing over the reins in 2011.
Download the entry form for the 27th Open International Masters Meet here or contact us via the form for more information.