Pip Passes The Torch

Pip Passes The Torch

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

At the State Harbour Crossing in Auckland, New Zealand amongst the sold-out field of 1,600 swimmers this past weekend, 4-time world record holder Pip Gower swam together with her daughter Sally Schnauer and granddaughter Amber Schnauer.

Gower [shown on left with Tessa Staveley on right] competed at the 1956 Olympics and placed sixth in her heat of the 100m backstroke.

In 1957, she broke the 200m and 220 yards backstroke world records. In 1958, she also broke the 100m and 110 yards backstroke world records. At the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, the native New Zealander won the bronze medal in the women’s 110 yards backstroke. She was later inducted in the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame.

Photo of trending trio at the New Zealand Ocean Swim Series in Auckland is courtesy of Simon Watts. Photo of Gower and Staveley is courtesy of Gisborne Photo News.

For more information on the New Zealand Ocean Swim Series, visit here.

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Steven Munatones