Competing At The Highest Echelon

Competing At The Highest Echelon

Jaring Timmerman is the world’s oldest masters pool swimmer. At the age of 104 with four world records to his credit, he competes in the 100-104 division. But there is apparently no stopping him as he turns 105 years in February.

I will be the only that will have a world record at 105 because no one else has it at this time,” Timmerman said to CBS News about his new age group: 105-109.

The Canadian dynamo started competitive swimming at age 79.

He swims twice a week to train and was diligent enough to get swimmer’s shoulder at the age of 100, but Timmerman understands Father Time. “I think it will be the end. 105- 109 that is pretty old you know,” reminded Timmerman who knows best.

Timmerman reminds us of Lorna Cochran (shown above), a nominee for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year. Her nomination read, “At the age of 89, Lorna Cochran shows the joys and benefits of open water swimming as clearly anyone on the planet. She emerges from the open water with a smile as wide and bright as can be. She is gracious to all, she is eloquent with the media. She is a late bloomer to the sport who is cheered on by her 7 children, 24 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and numerous respectful fans. After she started competing in South Africa’s aQuellé Midmar Mile at 74, she kept on competing year after year – proving that some things do get better with age. For her passion for healthful living, for her continued participation in the world’s largest competitive race, for the inspirational example of healthful, meaningful living she represents, Lorna Cochran is a worthy nominee for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.”

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Steven Munatones