Thursday, July 11, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Sinkers On The Road Again

The last two weeks have seen some travel for the Sinkers as they headed both north and south for various events.
Brisbane Southside long course meet - This was a well-attended event that drew 184 competitors representing 31 clubs (28 from Queensland, one from NSW, one from Tasmania and one from New Zealand). The program for the meet was split so that the shorter and longer events were spread throughout the day and masters’ swimmers could target their swims according to their personal preferences. Swimmers could enter up to five events earning individual and club points accordingly.
The Sinkers very own Nigel Dalton combined his VP duties with a great set of swims in the 400m, 200m, 100m, 50m back and 50m free to round out his five events. Nigel Placed second in his age group out of the 9 contenders, just a single point separated first from second.
Townsville Ship to Shore - Two intrepid Sinkers attended this event which is one of the most popular swims on the Townsville Open Water Swim Associations (TOWSA) annual calendar. The event offers two ocean swim distances of 1.5 or 3km in the calm waters off Townsville, the Strand serving as the backdrop for this one-of-a-kind open water swim. 
One of their newest members, Steph Gunton placed 5th in the F40-49 age group in a time of 26m 05.76 with Megan Taylor 6th in the same age group hot on her feet with a 26m 06.15. This is a great lead swim of the series as they head to the iconic 70th version of the Magnetic to Townsville 8km swim scheduled for July 20. A number of Sinkers as well as other Mackay representative swimmers will embark on the main event later this month.
Balnagowan Session - In preparation for the Magnetic Island to Townsville swim 4 sinkers travelled to the favourite OWS destination at Balnagowan to enjoy a longer and cooler swim. It’s a great location for a swim offering calm waters and less need for support to accompany the swimmers. Let’s not forget the Sinkers event here, that is scheduled as always for the first Sunday in November (03/11/2024) and offers 1.25, 2.5 and 5k events in this tranquil location.
For further information on upcoming events and sessions, please visit or phone 0413 805 156.
Contributed by Dan Stampa

Megan Taylor and Steph Gunton aboard the ferry heading to the start line before the race
The Sinkers have been on the move, tackling competitive meets and open water swims with determination and camaraderie. Images supplied

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