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Achievements 2016

Page last updated 28/12/16

Neil Mackinnon really set the standard for us all to follow at the Shrewsbury Masters Meet and became the first record breaker of the year in Britian!

 He aged up an age group into the 75-79 years and bagged a hat-trick of records:

-       European record in 50 free 30.69

-       British record in the in the 50 fly 35.09

-       British record in the 100 IM 1.24.98

Congratulations Neil! A cracking start to the year! Definitely more to come!



NW Regional Meet, Blackpool 2016

As always this meet provides us with all with a way to set a benchmark for the year! Due to the timing of Europeans the distance meet had merged with the sprint meet. It was a very encouraging start to the year for everyone who swam! 

With a margin of 163 points Trafford were awarded the top club from the mighty East Leeds

The top male swimmer was Neil Mackinnon, Trafford Metro.

The top female in the most improved swimmer category wass Rebecca Henly

The top male in the most improved swimmer category was Daniel Korscz

We had a number of swimmers break records: 

The club came back with 91 top 3 finishes (77 individual and 14 team)! Well done everyone! 



The ASA T-30 Challenge 

The ASA's Annual T-30 challenge has become a part of the Trafford tradition in recent years.

Helen Sadler (2210m with a lead of 60m) and Lucy Lloyd Roach (2310m with a lead of 100m) both topped the rankings in their respective ages. 



British Masters and Senior Age Group Championships, Sheffield 1st-3rd April

A team of 20 travelled to Sheffield. The team consisted of Alec Johnson, Andi Bolton, Bob Bolton, Craig Ward, Dan Korsc, Dan Walsh, David Randall, Emma Bisset,  Jo Bolton, Helen Sadler, Jane Mccormick (22 weeks pregnant, managed to fit in her racing suit and came 5th in the 400 free), Joe Keeley, Judy Brown,  Laura Bowden, Lucy Lloyd-Roach, Neil Mackinnon, Nev Barton, Paul Barnard, Rachel O’Gorman, and Simon Rigby. 

Great performances by all secured Trafford, 3rd in the top club standings. Well done everyone! 

  Well done everyone! 

We had 54 individual top 10 finishes and all of our 13 relay teams were placed top 3!  See the individual and relay medal tables for more detailed stats (click on the tables to enlarge).

Individual Medals

Relay Medals


We also had a number of record breaking swimmers. 

We had a few swimmers and teams that were tantalisingly close to records too. Neil was only 4 hundreths off the world record in the 50 free.  There is definitely more to come! 



Yorkshire Swimming Association Open Masters & Senior Age Group Competition 2016, John Charles Centre for Sport, Leeds

Three swimmers crossed the border for this competition. They were Judy Brown, Neil MacKinnon, and David Randall. They raced in 15 events between them and came back with 15 top two finishes!

Neil was dominant in the 75 years and over age group and once again in record breaking form breaking his British Record in the 50 fly and missing the European by 14 hundredths!

Times are looking promising for all of these 3 when they race in London in a couple of weeks time.



European Masters Aquatic Championships, London 24th-29th May

We had 12 swimmers and 2 synchronised swimmers make the journey down to the London Aquatics Centre for the ‘much anticipated’ Masters European Championships! 

Our swimmers were:

Paul Barnard, Judy Brown, Laura Bowden, Alec Johnson, Dan Korsc, Lucy Lloyd-Roach, Neil Mackinnon, Jane McCormick, Rachel O’Gorman, David Randall, Simon Rigby, Helen Sadler

Annabelle Julia Surch-Williams and Jill Lawson were our representatives in the synchcro. With Annabelle and Jill in the duet and Annabelle in the solo.

Despite a challenging and unusual set of racing conditions that are unlikely to be replicated again, we came away with our most succesful European Championhship to date. Out of the 31 events we competed in, we came away with 22 top 20 finishes. It should be noted that this might have been more as swimmers were only allowed to compete in 3 individuals; for our longer distance specialists, there was no 400 IM or 1500 free and from a relay perspective, there weren't the longer relays that we enjoy our successes in.

Neil and Paul both lowered their own records that they had set in April. Neil knocked a second off his European record in the 50 fly to lower his record to 33.74 and Paul was 0.4 off 1st in the 200 free, he swam a 1:59.92, slashing over 2 seconds from British Record to go sub two minutes (long course) for the first time.

Jane McCormick deserves a special mention as she finished just outside of the top 20. She came 21st in the 800 free and that is whilst swimming for 2 as she was 7 months pregnant at the time of racing!

Great week in London; well done everyone! 


Cheshire County Masters Sprint and 400m Freestyle and IM Championships, Grand Central, Stockport, 9th July 2016

At a new time of year and venue, it was a refreshing change to one of our key meets. This is a friendly and welcoming meet, and we saw a range of swimmers from Trafford competing, from those competing in their first gala, to those returning to competition after an extended break, to our more seasoned team.

Some great performances all round! We had 28 swimmers competing.

We came back with 67 medals, 8 Cheshire records, 2 British Records and a European record! The Claire Dickenson salver for overall top male performance went to Neil Mackinnon and Trafford came home with the Tom Walker top club trophy. 

Special mention must go to Euan Henderson who comfortably broke 30 for the first time on his 50 free! 

Rounded off with the traditional team curry afterwards! 


23rd July 2016 ASA Masters Open Water Championships, Rother Valley.


Dan Pepper competing in the same age group as Olympian Robert Pavoni, came 4th in 25-29 age group in a time of 22:33


Laura Bowden 43:14 2nd (25-29)

We had 2 swimmers in the 45-49 year age group Steve Metcalfe making his debut outing at the Masters OW came 5th in 41:54. Ian Griffiths, continued his improvement and knocked over a minute off his time from last year and came 10th in a time of 56:43!

Well done everyone! Looked like some tough competition; especially in the men’s races!


Lancashires, Blackpool, 4th September 2016

8 swimmers competed in this meet and all of them were crowned Lancashire Champion in at least one event! Well done swimmers :) 



Arfon Meet, Llandudno, 8th October 2016


We had 11 swimmers competiting: Alec Johnson, Bob Bolton, David Randall, Jo Bolton, Joe Keeley, Michael Quinn, Paul Barnard, Phil Eccles, Richard Symons, Sam Milne and Steve Barton. A great team effort meant that we came away with the top club trophy!



ASA Masters National Championships 28th-30th October 2016 

Our Annual trip to Sheffield saw the club take part in 115 swims, 91 of them were top 10 finishes. We had a number of notable and record breaking performances! Well done everyone!



Masters Inter Counties Competition, Northern round, Blackpool 20th November 

Rounding off the year, we had 14 swimmers racing for the Cheshire team. Well done to the following swimmers:

Neil MacKinnon

Bob Bolton

Jo Bolton

Holly Gordon

Dan Korcz

Lucy Lloyd-Roach

Alec Johnson

Steve Metcalfe

Kath Thomas

Helen Sadler

Paul Barnard

Laura Bowden

Sandra Skellern

Andy Cooper


Cheshire came 3rd to Yorkshire (1st) and Lancashire (2nd) in the regional competition and finished 13th nationally. 

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