Hervey Bay Humpbacks Meet Summary 2023
Hervey Bay Masters Swim Meet Summary
Sharon Roberts – Meet Director
11th March 2023
The forecast for the day of the swim meet threatened storms and rain, but the weather cleared enough to be really humid, making diving in a treat for the 84 competitors from 17 clubs who travelled to Hervey Bay from as far south as Miami Masters from the Gold Coast, and in the north, the Rum City Masters from Bundaberg.
Member for Hervey Bay, Adrian Tantari MP, who graciously took time to officially open our meet along with Michelle Taylor from Fraser Coast Community Radio who donated her time to be our announcer.
Fifteen events flowed well throughout the day, including 200m to 50m competitions. The 400m events having already been swum via postal entries, with thanks to their club captains/race secretaries.
A BBQ was well received by hungry athletes and their supporters following the events of the day, while eagerly awaiting the race results. All were entertained by talented Humpback, Ken McDonald with a sing along.
Awards were presented to first, second and third in age groups with points being tallied for best large Club average (9 and over competitors) and best small club average (2-8 competitors).
Noosa Masters Club was awarded best “Large Club Average” and River City Masters was awarded best “Small Club Average” on the day. Congratulations.
The four “Closest to time” events proved popular with a cash prize of $50 each for the 200m IM, 100m Backstroke, 50m Breaststroke and 50m Butterfly, proudly sponsored by “The Bay Apartments”.
Another highlight was the “Dash for Cash”, $75 for this handicapped race. Competitors were randomly selected and handicapped according to their 50m time.
Rounding off a great weekend of competition and friendship, a ‘Recovery Breakfast’ was enjoyed by 22 competitors and supporters the following day at Café Balaena with delicious food and great service. Café Balaena has been a proud sponsor of our swim meet for many years.
A huge thankyou to the Humpback Committee, Anne, Debbie, William, Debbie, Linda and Sharon and all the superstar volunteers for the day.