A member of Newbury District Swimming Club breaks British, European and World Masters records at the South East Region Long Course Masters Championships in Crawley


A West Berkshire swimmer broke a British, European and world record en route to glory over the weekend.

Bucklebury’s Dave Milburn won the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke at the South East Region Masters Championships at the K2 Sports Center in Crawley on Saturday and Sunday.

He broke the 50m world record by 0.24 seconds, after it had been held by an Australian swimmer for the past 10 years.

Dave Milburn broke British, European and world records at Crawley over the weekend

He said: “I’m really on cloud nine. It’s a lifelong dream for me.

“I knew the British record was close at hand, but I really didn’t think I was going to break a world record.

“A lot of those world records are held by former Olympians.”

Over the weekend, Mr Milburn, who swims with Newbury District Swimming Club, set his first European and world records – in the 50m event – ​​as well as further British records in all three events.

“I currently hold several British Records for certain breaststroke events and having changed age groups this year my aim was to try and win one or two more,” he added.

Mr Milburn, who turns 60 later this year, trains four or five times a week in the pool, with additional gym sessions also added.

He is currently preparing for the Welsh Masters in Swansea in March, before traveling to Aberdeen for the National Masters Championships in June.

He will then compete in the European Masters in Rome at the end of August.


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