FIVE local finswimmers recently returned from Spain on a high following their success in the World Master Cup, a national finswimming competition.
The small Australian team achieved a significant result by finishing seventh overall out of 44 teams, many of which had up to 20 members.
Glenn Hoppitt, of Howrah, was the outstanding medal winner for Australia, winning two gold medals and one silver medal.
Mr Hoppitt has been finswimming for 14 years and this was his first time competing internationally.
He said he thought his teammates were joking when they told him he won gold.
“I never thought about medals because I had no idea what to expect with the competition,” he said.
“But when I realised my entry times were up there with the best of them I knew I had a chance.
“It was a fantastic experience not just for the competition, but I also got to meet new people and I am now communicating with a swimmer from Berlin.”
Sabina Lane, of Lauderdale, won four bronze medals in the 50-metre surface swim, the 200-metre surface swim, the 100-metre surface pool event and in her first attempt at the 3000-metre ocean swim.
Brett Stephenson, of Lauderdale, also won bronze in the 200-metre surface swim and in the 3000-metre ocean swim.
Rob and Jenny Harman, both of Opossum Bay, swam Australian top 10 times in all their events, with Mrs Harman winning her heat of the 100-metre surface swim.
Mr Harman made finals in the 200-metre surface swim, 50-metre Apnoea and the 3000-metre swim.
Mr Hoppitt, Mr Stephenson and Mr Harman were part of the Australian team competing in the men’s top division of the 4×100-metre relay, finishing fourth.
Caption: Members of the Australian finswimming team, from left, Glenn Hoppitt, Brett Stephenson and Sabina Lane.