82-year-old swimmer Tony Goodwin who trains at the Ku-ring-gai Fitness & Aquatic Centre has won a swag of gold at the FINA World Masters Championships in South Korea. He had previously been named Australia’s ambassador to the event.

The world champion breaststroker returns to Australia, bringing home a total of six gold medals and one silver won in seven events, the most gruelling of which was the 100 metre butterfly.

Tony Goodwin (centre) holding the Australian flag after being presented with one of his six gold medals.

Age is no barrier for Mr Goodwin, who keeps to a strict training regimen in the lead up to his competitions. The 82-year-old trains 6 days per week at the Ku-ring-gai Fitness & Aquatic Centre, only taking Saturdays off.

The dedicated athlete’s routine includes a 45-minute stretch session in the gym, as well as high intensity race pace training. Mr Goodwin puts his success down to a combination of good genes, healthy diet, plenty of exercise, vitamins and drinking in moderation.

“It’s important to keep your body moving and to have something that keeps you motivated well into retirement”. According to Tony, his doctor says he is ‘the fittest 80-year-old he’s ever seen.’

Tony also keeps busy as a volunteer coach for the YMCA, which manages Ku-ring-gai Council’s Fitness & Aquatic Centre in West Pymble. “I feel comfortable swimming and coaching here. I enjoy the social aspect with plenty of familiar faces.”

Tony has been a member of the Centre since it was rebuilt in 2014 and enjoys having the option of both a heated indoor or outdoor pool.

Tony will now set his sights on competing in the 2021 FINA World Championship in Fukuoka, Japan. By then he will have turned 84.

Source and images: Ku-ring-gai Council

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