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Wisbech swimmer strikes gold at World Aquatics Masters Championships in Doha





Wisbech Swimming Club’s Lucy Ryan just returned home triumphant after winning gold at the World Aquatics Masters Championships in Doha.

Ryan, who has been competing in Masters events for the past 25 years, tasted success in the female 50-54 years 200m breaststroke event.

The new Wisbech World champion said: “Masters swimming is a fantastic opportunity to travel and race like-minded people.

World champion Lucy Ryan in action
World champion Lucy Ryan in action

"It gives me a reason to train and stay in shape. So much more is known now about nutrition, supplements, strength and conditioning, while approaches to swim training and racing have evolved too.

"It makes it possible to continue challenging myself and even improve as I age.”

Ryan represents Great Britain through Team Anglia at World Masters’ level, but swims for Wisbech Swimming Club at other events.

Among 3,000 athletes from 964 clubs, she was the only Team Anglia swimmer in Qatar, where she also won silver in the 50m and 100m breaststroke, and took a top ten place in the 200m individual medley.

“I've been involved with Wisbech Swimming Club for 20 years,” she said.

“My daughter is also a current swimmer and loves it.”

Gold medallist Lucy Ryan on the podium
Gold medallist Lucy Ryan on the podium
Gold medallist Lucy Ryan in Wisbech Swimming Club colours
Gold medallist Lucy Ryan in Wisbech Swimming Club colours

Ryan owns Grange Farm Swim School and added: “Basically, I’m in and out of the pool all day every day, sharing my love of swimming with the community.”



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