KEEN SWIMMERS: Ann Adams (left) and Dot Jarvis of Ipswich City Masters Swimming Club.
KEEN SWIMMERS: Ann Adams (left) and Dot Jarvis of Ipswich City Masters Swimming Club. David Nielsen

Making a splash

DOT Jarvis couldn't even swim when she was first asked to join the Ipswich City Masters Swim Club in the early 90s.

She joined anyway - and she couldn't be happier.

Two decades on, Mrs Jarvis is one fighting fit 77-year-old, and she owes most of that to all those frosty mornings she spent doing laps in the Ipswich Grammar pool alongside her fellow club members.

The Ipswich City Masters honoured Mrs Jarvis and fellow founding member Ann Adams at the Grammar pool on Sunday.

"It was Ann who asked me to join the club in 1993 - they needed a certain number of swimmers to start the club," Mrs Jarvis said.

"I couldn't even swim at that time - I had to get lessons.

"It's the best thing I've ever done.

"Swimming through winter hardens the body up and at 77, I am fit as a fiddle."

The club quickly increased its membership after starting out with only four swimmers.

It has 24 members now, but has had as many as 40 at different times.

President Eric Edgeworth said the club's high participation rate helped it win several Queensland masters swimming trophies for highest average club points.


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