Lyn still master of the pool

At 68 years-of-age, Australian paralympian Lyn Lillecrapp, of Gawler, is participating in the 14th Australian Masters Games in swimming this year.

Lyn contracted polio when she was two-months old. It was a disease which wouldn’t slow her down.

She started her competitive swimming career in 1974 and with an extensive medal tally under her belt from the 1976 Toronto Paralympics, 1988 Seoul Paralympics, (she also competed in the 1992 Barcelona Paralympics) and other international multi-class meets, Lyn is looking forward to the competition in Geelong in October.

Lyn swam in the 2009 Australian Masters Games, won medals at the Swimming SA State Sprints and holds two current Multi-Class Australian records. 

Most recently, Lyn swam in the Multi-Class 100 metre butterfly at the Victorian Open Championships in January this year and raced against the best young swimmers with disability in the state. 

Although she didn’t win, she beat her best time by 14 seconds.

“This year I am planning on entering the 65 to 69 age group, competing in the 50 metre freestyle, butterfly and backstroke, the 100 metre butterfly and backstroke as well as the 100 metre medley (short course with one lap of each stroke).” 

When asked about her chances of bringing home gold at the Masters this year Lyn said, “If my nemesis Elizabeth from Perth competes, I will come in second but at this stage, she isn’t 100 per cent sure if she will be attending.”

Lyn trains five days per week and swims between three and a half to four kilometres each session - most days she trains with the Starplex Swim Club squad.

In 1992 Lyn received the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to swimming, particularly as a gold medallist at the Stoke Mandeville World Wheelchair championships and in 2009 she was inducted into the Swimming SA Hall of Fame.

Lyn also coaches at the Starplex Swim Club in Gawler.

The Australian Masters Games offers 54 different sports ranging from athletics to basketball, to drill dance to wood chopping and swimming. 

Participants must be over 30 years of age, there is no maximum age or qualification criteria and no limit to the number of events a person is allowed to compete in at the Australian Masters Games.

SWIMMING GREAT: Lyn Lillecrapp, at 68, will be competing in this year’s Australian Masters Games in Geelong in October. Pictured with her Hall of Fame medal at the Gawler Pool.

SWIMMING GREAT: Lyn Lillecrapp, at 68, will be competing in this year’s Australian Masters Games in Geelong in October. Pictured with her Hall of Fame medal at the Gawler Pool.

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