Ready to Relay Race?
On Sunday 9th June, during the World Swimming Trials being held at the Brisbane Aquatic Centre 9-14 June, Masters Swimming Queensland will be holding a very special relay event. We will be staging a 4 x 50m women’s freestyle relay to showcase masters swimming at the World Trials. There will be a number of teams racing from a variety of Queensland clubs, with one team standing out for a unique reason: all the women have the surname ‘Campbell’.
That’s right – the four swimmers are all from one family. Mother, Jennifer Campbell (54) will be racing with her three daughters, Cate Campbell, 27, Olympian, World Record holder and World number 1, Bronte Campbell, 25, Olympian, World Champion, and Jessica Campbell, 23, Current MSQ State record holder for the 50m freestyle. In fact, Jennifer is also the current MSQ record holder of the 50m freestyle in her age group. That’s quite a bit of speed in one relay team! All ladies are members of the Barbarians, the MSQ virtual team. Together they are hoping to smash the National and State Masters’ record for this event. Adding their ages together puts them in the 120-160 year age group, where the current national record stands at 1:56.08 set in 1994.
If they get this right, they will be making history on Sunday night! Not only would they be the fastest team in the Australia for this event, but they would be the only team from one family to manage this. What an achievement! They will also possibly be the fastest relay team in the world. Unfortunately, they will not be eligible to set a world record, as Jessica is only 23. For a FINA world record, all swimmers must be 25 and over. The world record is 1.48.56 and currently held by Poland. It will be interesting to see how close they can get!
Cate is currently studying Communication, Bronte is studying Business, Jess teaches learn to swim, works at a boarding kennel and Coles, and Mum Jennifer is studying Midwifery.
In the same race, teams from Brisbane Southside Masters and Miami Masters will be also be competing. Good luck to all!
Free tickets are still available for this event, so why not come along to support our swimmers?