Bangor Masters ace David Bell competed last month in the Swim England Masters Nationals Championships (27 – 29 October), at Ponds Forge Pool, Sheffield. David had a standout performance over the meet taking home one silver and one bronze medal!! We’ve finally caught up with David and pulled together a race report to cover his success in the short course  Male – 45 -49 age group:-

Day 1(Friday 27th)

  • 1500m Free 2nd (20sec PB)
  • 100m B/C 5th (1sec PB)
  • 100m Fly 13th (David noted “not a good swim, died tired”)
  • 4x100m Free relay (200+ age group 3rd)

Day 2 (Saturday 28th)

  • 50m Fly 23rd (David noted “average swim, wanted better”)
  • 400m Free 9th 2sec PB (David noted “Good swim but messed up the count, swam an extra 50m!  Have to get Paul to teach me how to count!!”)

Day 3 (Sunday 29th)

  • 200m Fly 5th (David noted “Good swim happy with time after a tough weekend!”)
  • 800m Free 4th PB (David noted “Last swim in a long hard weekends competing, felt really good”)

Background to the event:-

David explained “The Nationals are for swimmers from England, Scotland and Wales, and foreigners like the GB Championships.  Also the British rankings are taken from these so it’s nice to be in the British rankings.  QT’s are quite tight to keep the standard high, great competition with GB, European and even a World Record broken!”


David’s retrospective

“Would not have achieved these results without the great coaching from Paul and the support from Bangor ASC.  Next Masters meet in March, British in June and then the Europeans in Sept in Slovenia if I get the QT’s (already have a few).”

Editor’s note

Many thanks to David Bell for providing an insight into Masters Competitive Swimming, and congratulations on a standout performance.