SALISBURY Masters swimmers Chris Jessup, Rob Langan and Phil Muspratt are competing at the World Masters Swimming Championships this week in Montreal, Canada.
The 5 day competition is the premier event on the international calendar and will attract thousands of masters swimmers from across the globe.
Chris Jessup who'll be competing in the 65-69 age group, will be attending his 7th World Championships, which is a fantastic feat in itself. "I am looking forward to this one as much as the others with the chance to be part of a big event which will probably host around 7,000 competitors from perhaps 70 countries. My 5 events are 50m, 100m & 200m Breaststroke and 100m & 200m Butterfly" Jessup commented.
Jessup added; "The worldwide motto of Masters swimming is Fun, Friendship and Fitness. We are all there for these ideals and the competition in the pool will be hard fought but the general atmosphere will be a friendly one."
Rob Langan will be at his 2nd World Championships after making his World debut in Italy two years ago. He too will be taking in 5 events where he'll hope to gain further international experience.
"I'm looking forward to competing - I learnt a lot of lessons from my experiences at the same Championships in Italy during 2012 from warm up and race preparation to ensuring I swim well in an environment I wasn't familiar with in the UK."
"The thrill of swimming in an outdoor pool is exciting and I hope to translate this into some positive performances across my 4 days of competing. The 100m Backstroke is my main event that I have trained hard for, I am focussing on this event as it provides a good balance between an all out sprint but ensuring I pace the race correctly. I am also competing in both the shorter and longer backstroke events (50m and 200m) as well as the longer frontcrawl events (200 & 400m) Freestyle."
"I hope that competing for the first time on a different continent will prove successful and I'm thoroughly looking forward to the competition and also the wider North American culture" said Langan.
Phil Muspratt will also be at his 2nd World Championships, but this will be his 5th international event following two European Championships & one World Masters Games.
Phil will be racing in four events, the hotly contested 50 & 100m freestyle as well as the 200m freestyle and 50m backstroke. After winning the long & short course British titles, in addition to the titles he won at the Scottish National Championships, the British number 1 will be hoping to hit form for his biggest competition of the year.
"Swimming over here in Canada is throwing some real tough challenges, but ones that I'm really looking forward to. The challenge from the Brazillians & Americans is massive as they're two of, if not, the top two sprinting nations in the world."
"I really hope I can swim well & maybe come home with a medal. I'm naturally going there to win, but I also respect the calibre of my opposition, so I know it'll be tough. I owe a great note of thanks to my sponsors Jones & Co and Wedderburn for their support" Phil commented