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George Goes For Gold!

26 February 2018

George stepping up to the blocks in his Funky Trunks APEX performance suit!

Thinking about throwing in the towel on the early morning pool session because you're not moving through the water like you used to? Well before you do, you better meet George.

You could say that George Corones, is the "king" of Masters swimming, racing through the world records in his age group of 100-104 years. George put on his Funky Trunks APEX Performance Suit at the recent Albany Creek Masters Swim Club meet and unofficially smashed the World Record in the 50m Free by 20 seconds, swimming an impressive 57.11 seconds! During the meet George swam five events and all were National Records, as no one else has ever done this.

For a World Record to be recognised by FINA, times must be recorded using "Automated Operating Equipment" in other words, touch pads. There are very limited opportunities for this to happen, so Swimming Australia are working in conjunction with Masters Swimming Queensland to sanction "an event" at the Australian Commonwealth Games Trials on the Gold Coast for George to try and set some World Records. As he prepares for the big event, we caught up with George to get some tips on how he keeps it up after so many years.

Can you tell us a little about your history as a swimmer?

At 10 years old, I competed in my primary school carnival. Between 1925-1931 at Primary School swimming I won a 1st medal in backstroke over 33 1/3 yards. In 1932-1939 at Secondary School and University I was very competitive with the best and was accorded top recognitions. I wasn't involved in any sport during the war and while I ran my busy medical practice until 1998 when I retired at 80 years of age. This is when I commenced Masters swimming.

Do you swim to keep fit or do you enjoy the competitive side of the sport?

I have swum regularly for twenty years for both fitness and competition with time off here and there for the odd disturbances and maladies.

How often do you train?

When possible I swim laps 3 days per week. I also go to the gym or do 3 kilometre brisk walks 2 days per week.

What is your favourite stroke?

Freestyle then breaststroke. My backstroke has been inhibited by a sore left shoulder leftover from an old rugby injury.

What's the secret to your success?

Immutable disciple of the incessant and reversible Process of Adaption inherent to all living beings.

Have you inspired other family members to take up the sport?

I leave that up to them. Maybe I've done too well!

Are you doing any special training in preparation for your attempt at breaking the World Record?

Harder and longer. The 100/104 age group data base will be adequate incentive.

Are you superstitious when it comes to racing? Any pre-race rituals?

No such luck. I am too much of a realist.

Good luck to George in his World Record attempt at Commonwealth Games Trials. He'll be racing in his APEX Performance Suit so he's got no excuse not to be the fastest in the world!

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