First Medals in Brazil

December 28, 2011 by David Weiner-Maccabi NSW
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Masters swimmer Trevor Wainstein has opened up Australia’s medal account at the Pan America Games, picking up three silvers on the opening day of the swimming meet at the Hebraica club.

Trevor Wainstein and Lynda Becker at the Opening Ceremony

Wainstein competed in six races on Tuesday, posting the second fastest time in the 50m freestyle, 50m backstroke and 200m backstroke.

With a smaller masters field at this year’s meet, Trevor was pitted against both opens and juniors competitors in his races – with the final standings in his category coming down to times swum.

The Games in Sao Paulo are Trevor’s third experience at an international meet. He was part of Australia’s all-conquering masters swimming team at the Maccabiah Games in 2009 and he has also competed at a World Masters Championships.

Masters sport was the catalyst for Trevor to jump into the pool at a competitive level. He’s been swimming for five to six years, and is enjoying the places, and meets, that the sport has taken him to.

“It’s a nice sport to get involved with,” Trevor said. “The facilities are great, particularly in Australia.

“And it’s social too.

“I swam in April with people like Clive Aaron at the Australian Masters Championships. It brings you to meets like this and you meet a lot of people.”

Trevor will receive his medals on Wednesday, before completing his schedule of races.
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