Posted on Monday 1st July, 2024

MSQ MC Swimmer of the Meet – Mick

Congratulations to Mick Schuddinh of the Miami Masters Swim Club, for being awarded the inaugural ‘Male Multi-Class Swimmer of the Meet’ at the MSQ State Championships in April. Thank you to Mick for sharing his swimmer story.

Mick Schuddinh: A Journey from Johannesburg to Miami Masters

Mick Schuddinh’s swimming journey began in the idyllic setting of a tidal lagoon in a small coastal town on the East Cape of South Africa. Growing up, this natural playground became the foundation for his lifelong passion for swimming. At the age of 11, Mick was introduced to competitive swimming, and excelled to represent his state at high school in backstroke.

After graduating from Rhodes University with a degree in physical education, Mick took on the role of head coach at a large boys’ school and became the state team manager for swimming. His dedication to the sport and his students was evident in his success as both an athlete and a coach.

In 2007, a significant change came when Mick’s wife, Marian, accepted an HR position at Rio Tinto in Brisbane. This decision was influenced by the favourable sunlight in Brisbane, essential for Mick due to his low vision. Embracing the move, Mick decided to swim for health and fitness, which led him to the Manly pool where he met Todd Robinson around 2010. Todd, recognizing Mick’s talent and needs, welcomed him into his squad with a designated lane to avoid collisions with other swimmers. Todd’s encouragement also reignited Mick’s competitive spirit, leading him to participate in Masters Swimming Queensland (MSQ) events.

Later, the Schuddinh family relocated to the Gold Coast, where Mick rejoined Todd’s squad and thrived in the bi-weekly sessions. Now representing QMM Miami Masters in the Multi-Class S12 classification for vision impairment, Mick is accompanied by his dedicated carer, Natalie. Her support is invaluable, allowing Mick to focus on his performance and enjoy the swim meets fully. Mick praises Natalie’s astuteness, which helps him navigate the complexities of competitions effortlessly.

Remarkably, now at the age of 70, Mick is close to matching his 50m freestyle time from high school. His perseverance paid off at the recent MSQ State Championships, where he tied for first place against all swimmers in the 70-74 years 50m freestyle. Reflecting on the event, Mick described it as the most enjoyable and professionally run competition he has ever attended, extending his congratulations to all involved in its organization.

Adding to his accolades, Mick Schuddinh of the Miami Masters Swim Club was awarded the inaugural ‘Male Multi-Class Swimmer of the Meet’ at the recent MSQ State Championships in April. This recognition highlights Mick’s exceptional achievements and dedication to the sport.

Mick Schuddinh’s story is one of resilience, passion, and the joy of swimming, proving that age and challenges are no barriers to pursuing one’s dreams and achieving greatness in the pool.