Posted on Thursday 19th October, 2023

Maryborough Masters Meet Summary

The Maryborough Masters Meet was held on Saturday 14 October 2023 at the Maryborough Aquatic Centre. This meet is part of the Maryborough Masters Games. 

How good is it? Spring swim meet season and south-east Queensland members have been blessed with a coast meet at Noosa, a city meet with Rackley, and country meets in Toowoomba and Maryborough. And don’t forget the upcoming meet at Kawana. We are truly spoilt for choice!

Our meet in Maryborough opened to beautiful weather and, although numbers were down a bit (referendum day) a great day’s swimming went down for the 42 participants. The Wide Bay clubs of Hervey Bay, Bundaberg and Maryborough fought out the large club section with the host club coming out victors. The Small club award went to last year’s winners, Belgravia Masters. The dash for cash, ironically sponsored by local hair salon Dash 4 Hair, and ironically won in both male and female races by competitors who had the furthest to travel, went to Annabelle Johnstone from Ipswich City and John Haw from Southport. As our meet was open to non MSQ swimmers due to its status as a Masters Games meet and therefore a time trial, no records were set, though Marsha Reddiex did give the current women’s 80-84 50 metre freestyle a good test.

Following the day’s racing, swimmers, volunteers and supporters enjoyed the country hospitality for which our meet is renowned, and adjourned to the shade to enjoy some succulent burgers followed by meet award presentations and then dessert. And yes, once again among dessert choices was not one, but two tasty trifles which are fast becoming famous with our regular participants. Those trifles alone are reason enough to come to our meets!

How good does it get? Not much better than this!

Ian McAlister, Meet Director, Maryborough Masters.