A master stroke in the pool

THE Border has a new golden girl of the pool after she made a clean sweep at the NSW Masters Swimming Championships last weekend.

Tallangatta’s Heather Morgan won gold in each of her five events; the 100-metre and 200-metre freestyle and the 50-metre, 100-metre and 200-metre breaststroke, posting a record time in the 100-metre breaststroke of 1:44.84.

But you’d barely know that she’d made such an inspirational achievement.

“It was my first competition in NSW so it was quite pleasing to do so well,” she said.

“It’s made me a bit more confident about going to the nationals now — we’ll see how we go there.”

Competing in the 70-74 age group, Morgan will head to Rockhampton after Easter to compete in the national championships.

It was my first competition in NSW so it was quite pleasing to do so well. It’s made me a bit more confident about going to the nationals now. - HEATHER MORGAN

Now 70, the retired Catholic College Wodonga teacher said she went to the Sydney competition on her own after joining Sydney’s Ryde Masters Swimming Club.

“I think it’s easier on your own to concentrate,” Morgan said.

“But I joined a Sydney club because there isn’t a masters club locally any more.

“I used to be a member of Border Masters, I would love it if people wanted to get it together again.”

Typically the medals weren’t on display and were in pride of place.

“I’ve got bigger things to aim for now,” Morgan said.

“But there will be more competition of course, and the Queenslanders are always very strong.”

Morgan’s success is testament to a passion for swimming.

“It’s a great fitness thing and a health thing too,” she said.

“It’s something I like to maintain, something I’ve been doing a long time and like to keep up.

“And when you’ve got competition it gives you something to aim for.”

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