One of the great things about World Masters is catching up with all of your swimming mates, and I was therefore slightly surprised but delighted to reacquaint myself with Gobbie the rescue dog, who first burst onto the scene at Montreal. Dogs on the pool side are not a feature you regularly come across but Gobbie (the most photographed creature in Montreal) see here and here.
All Gobbie fans will be delighted to know that he is now 7 years old so he’s entered the 45 – 49 years dog paddle (or if you’re American and politically correct “human stroke”) he loves flying and spent his time quietly sitting on a seat next to his mistress.
Sadly I don’t know his owner’s name although I do now that she has a serious latex allergy and a fabulous taste in Crocs.
If you can’t be bothered to follow the links above I’ll summarise the Gobbie story, when I was talking to his owner she told me that he was a rescue dog and specially trained to bring her”nappy pins”. Which left me rather puzzled as to what earthy good a nappy pin could be to someone in need of rescuing?
About three days later I was informed that she suffered from a serious latex allergy and the penny dropped that it wasn’t nappy pins at all but epipens!
So today was Hajos A and the 100 Breaststroke and boy isn’t it hot. I was seeded 12th and managed to avoid yesterday’s paper issues and was satisfied with an 8th place finish in a time faster than Aberdeen so I can’t really grumble; except I will because they no longer dish out putty medals for the top 10 finishers, this time it’s down to the top 6.
- 800 warm up
- 100 breast stroke 1:32.39
- 400 swim down