Thursday, 27 December 2007

Masters swimming - Karnataka state meet 2007

The Karnataka Masters State Meet was held at the Vijaynagar Swimming Pool on the 15th and 16th of December 2007.

This was the first time that I was participating in the Masters circuit, which is usually considered to be a meet for recreational swimmers, and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The competition is only an excuse for swimmers from all walks of life to get together and test themselves. There were swimmers, both men and women, of all age-groups. The oldest competitor was Mr. Krishnamurthy who was 90yrs young and a great inspiration to all those who thought they were too old to swim or compete.

For me, it was a great opportunity to test where I stood after almost seven years. It was like starting swimming all over again. Firstly, I was in the youngest age group – 25-29yrs, and secondly, my times were comparable with what I clocked when I was 10-12yrs old :-D.

I am looking forward to the Nationals that are going to be held on the 29th and 30th of this month at Mumbai. If the state meet was any indication of what to expect at the Nationals I am sure to have a lot of fun and make many new friends.

Monday, 10 December 2007

Masters Swimming

The IV National Masters' Swimming Championship is to be held in Mumbai on December 29 and 30, 2007.

The selection for the Karnataka team will be held in Bangalore on December 15 and 16, 2007 at the Corporation Swimming pool, Vijaynagar.

Even though it is quite cold to swim in Bangalore, I have heard that there are many brave souls training hard in preparation for this meet. Personally it has been difficult to get to the pool, but I am looking forward to racing over this weekend as I am sure it is going to be a lot of fun :-)

I got to know about the Masters meet only on December 2nd and that too by chance. Over the last week I tried to dig for more information about the event, over the internet, but I have not been too successful. Hence I have made an attempt to share whatever information I am able to find on International Masters swimming with the hope that the same applies here.The different age-groups for men and women are as follows:
and you thought you are too old to compete???

Click here for the World records in these events.

Click here for the 2008 FINA World Masters Championship Official Handbook.

Click here to get info straight from FINA