This is a very overdue post about two dedicated swimmers who travelled to warmer climes to compete in the Great Barrier Reef Masters Games. What commitment!

Image shows John and Adam poolside with their medals
John Collis and Adam Cowle have bragging rights after winning many medals at the Great Barrier Reef Masters in Cairns

On 26 May two Molonglo Water Dragons headed north to Cairns to swim in the Great Barrier Reef Masters Games. Leaving their winter woollies behind, Adam Cowell and John Collis enjoyed some family fun in the sun and a bit of friendly competition in the newly refurbished Tobruk Memorial Pool, Johnny Collis junior’s home pool in the 1960s.  They have certainly done a great job of redeveloping the pool, with shade sails, a 25m warm-up pool, an indoor 25m pool and a wave pool.  The boys wasted no time showing the locals how it’s done, bagging a swag of medals, and setting a few good times in the process. John was delighted to take home the gold in all three breaststroke events, only just nabbing the 100m by two 1/100ths of a second. Adam swam some really good times and the two combined with some Queensland swimmers in a number of relays. Cairns in winter is a wonderful place for a holiday, with warm sunny days and cool trade winds, and we had a great holiday as well.