Blackwater Triathlon Club member, Julian Boeg, has been a serious competitive swimmer since he was 7 years old and, despite the fact that he’s now competing in the 55-59 years age group, his enthusiasm for the sport remains undimmed. Julian has been a regular competitor at the annual Sundays Well Masters Swimming Gala, usually returning home with an impressive haul of medals, and this year was no exception. The gala, which is held in the Douglas swimming pool in Cork, is a very popular event on the swimming calendar and attracts competitors from all over the country. This year the event featured swimmers from Cork, Kilkenny, Waterford, Limerick, Galway and Northern Ireland. The races are run on ability levels rather than age and as a result it features some unusual match ups in some of the races. At one stage Julian found himself competing with a 71 year old man and a 23 year old woman in one event. As it happens the 71 year old won that race and the 23 year old came second. Which just goes to show that age really is only a number. Julian had a good day too, winning his age group in the 400m front crawl, finishing in 6 minutes and 8 seconds. He also finished third in the 50 metre front crawl in 33.28 seconds, second in the 50 metre back crawl in 38 .5 seconds and second in the 100 metre individual medley in 1 minute and 32 seconds. Julian is also an experienced swim coach and he reckons that racing short course events is really good for triathlon training as the swimmer has to stay cool and focused and then let the power meter go in a controlled way, keeping both technique and power fully engaged. Ably aided and abetted on the day by his support crew of fellow BTC member, Niamh Fleming, Julian really enjoyed the whole event. Once again it was a fabulous day out for both the competitors and their supporters, with very good racing and a really friendly atmosphere. Credit must go to Sunday’s Well Swimming Club for organising such a well run and well attended event. The Swim Ireland officials, junior marshals, timekeepers and the committee all ensured that the day went smoothly and there was great craic afterwards in the South County pub. Well done to Julian, and everyone else who took part on the day. Definitely one to keep in mind next year.