BENDIGO Hawks swimmers Dale Boyd and Cindy Nicholls left their mark on the 14th Australian Masters Games in Geelong.
Boyd, a 40-year-old competing at his first Australian Masters Games, entered the event because he wanted the challenge of swimming against his peers.
“It was inspiring and motivating to watch 60,70, 80-year-old athletes still competing in a sport they love.” Boyd said after completing his program of six events.
"There were older competitors that were in wheelchairs still competing.”
Boyd exceeded his expectations in winning two silver medals and two bronze medals and recording personal best times in each of his six swims.
Mother of two Nicholls, competing in her first Australian Masters Games, proved the dominant swimmer in her 35 to 39 age-group category by winning three gold and one silver medal across her 4-event program.
“I used to swim competitively as a teenager, and competing at the Masters games has brought a lot of those great memories back,” Nicholls said. “It was so much fun, and I can’t imagine ever not swimming again.”
Over the course of the weekend there were seven national Masters’ records broken, with four by an 80-84 years age swimmer.
Meanwhile, BHA swimmers of the next generation Ryan Dessens and Sarah Mueller were flying the Hawks flag at the Australian University games held on the Gold Coast.
Competing against elite fields, the two acquitted themselves well.
Dessens won bronze in the 50m breaststroke and placed 4th and 7th in the 200m and 100m breaststroke, respectively.
Mueller performed creditably in her 800m freestyle event.