VETERAN swimmer Tom Walker was left “disappointed” despite bringing home a silver medal from the World Masters in Australia.
The City of Chester Swimming Club swimmer was second in the 200m backstroke, but he finished outside the medal places in the 70-74 age group in his strongest event – the 50m breaststroke – in Perth.
Tom, who with wife Brenda has been swimming in the masters classes since 1985, also came sixth in both the 100m and 200mŠbreaststroke.
“I know we get slower as we get older, but to fall out of the top three in my best event is disappointing,” said the 73-year-old from Handbridge.
“It is unlikely I will be able to make that time up as the 70-year-olds who have come in recently have raised the bar and set a very high standard.
“The target is to get to the next age group and be the fastest there so I can’t wait to be 75.”
The World Masters take place once every four years and the Perth event was Tom and Brenda’s ninth.
Brenda, 70, was pleased with her performance, which saw her claim 200m backstroke silver, fourth in the 100m backstroke, sixth in the 50m and eighth in the 50m freestyle.
She was also part of the Southport team which took fifth in the freestyle relay and seventh in the medley relay.
“I was very pleased because before the competition I had no indication I would do as well as I did,” said Brenda.
“When the competition came around I pulled out a performance. It is good to find out you can still deliver.”
In the 55-59 age group, Colette Hayes, who is trained by Brenda, was doubtful she could achieve the required qualifying times in her first international event.
But after training with the Miami Masters on the Gold Coast, she beat her personal best by 40 seconds in the 800m freestyle and by seven seconds in the 200m freestyle.
Meanwhile, other City of Chester Club masters have been busy competing in home waters.
Tony Fields (60-64) was pleased to achieve silver medals in the 50m, 100m and the 200m breaststroke at the Cardiff Masters.
Greg Bamham (30-34) entered the Carlisle Masters and took gold in the 50m butterfly, silver in the 200m freestyle and bronze in the 100m.