Posted on Tuesday 28th January, 2020

Thelma Bryan OAM

Congratulations to Thelma Bryan on being awarded an OAM. Thelma is a founding and Life Member of Cairns Mudcrabs Masters Swimming Club, which formed in 1982, and has held various positions on their committee. Thelma has swum for more than 80 years for enjoyment, fitness and friendship. Thelma has amassed Masters’ swims in five different age groups, broken 70 National records and approximately 300 State records. Thelma enjoyed participating in the Masters Swimming Queensland programs and was regularly listed among the age group winners. She also enjoyed triathlons doing the swim leg in team events, the Green Island swim, the Strand and Ross River swims in Townsville plus the Dunk Island swim.

Unfortunately, due to ailing health Thelma is no longer able to participate in her beloved sport. Thelma is a mentor to many swimmers for what she has achieved over her time as a Masters’ member and her dedication to swimming. She enjoyed her work as a volunteer and being able to assist people where necessary.  Yoga was a special program for her being able to teach people to relax and breathe properly in the “Steady Steps Falls Prevention program” at the Cairns Base Hospital.

Her enduring legacy is as an athlete who as well as her numerous achievements, demonstrated that sport is an integral part of life into old age.  She is an excellent role model for members of all ages and a respected active member of her community.

Thelma is a retired school teacher having taught children in three continents during her career. Thelma was awarded the 2015 Positive Ageing Award in Cairns for her dedicated services to seniors over many years. Thelma will celebrate her 90th birthday this year. MSQ are pleased to have been a small part of her nomination for this award. Congratulations Thelma!