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Linzi Gaywood Sets Swimming Record

Linzi Gaywood of Co Sheffield not only took GOLD at the Swim England Masters National Championships, but she took the British record in the 50m Freestyle (60-64 years) with a time of 30.24!
Linzi celebrating her record
Linzi celebrating her record

Whilst at Worksop Linzi was involved with helping coach the swimming and water polo. She also helped umpire some junior hockey as well. Linzi was, and still is, married to Nick Gaywood, the then Director of Sport & Head of Physical Education 1998 – 2003.

She was an International Swimmer from 13-19 years old and attended the Edmonton Commonwealth Games representing Wales. She was the 3rd women in the country to swim a sub 60 sec 100 free. She then took up water polo - her dad and brother were Internationals and her son Alex played a few games for England - and played over 100 times for GB. She is 60 this year and still playing Division 1 (the top league!) National League water polo .

Linzi's husband Nick speaks of his pride, saying "I am very proud of her….she’s pretty amazing really! Clearly the talented half of the family."

When speaking to Linzi, she told us “it was fantastic to win in my home pool at Ponds Forge, let alone beat a British record. We have a great Masters swimming set up in Sheffield and we all train very hard together.  Masters events for swimming, water polo , diving and synchro take place all over the world and I have been lucky enough to compete in Sweden, Hungary, Slovenia  and Italy. They are wonderful social occasions, tremendous fun and a lovely way of staying fit and young!” 

Congratulations Linzi!

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