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Fresh from claiming four gold medals at the Pan Pacific Masters Games, Lane Cove Masters Swimming Club member John De Vries already has his eyes set on next year’s Nationals.

De Vries returned from the Gold Coast having touched the wall first in the 50m, 100m, 200m and 400m backstroke.

“I’ve been sort of struggling with my backstroke for this season, it hasn’t been going right,” he said.  “But it came right for this competition so hopefully I’ve got it sussed.”

It would appear so, with De Vries only finding out when looking at the results that he had in fact claimed a Pan Pacific record for the 400m.  Not bad for someone who said he only started swimming again to help repair other injuries.

“I stopped swimming after I left school,” he said.

“I got to 45 and had my knee reconstructed and I came back and was playing tennis and my shoulder froze up.

“I decided I may as well do some swimming to get rid of it.”

As well as being a keen swimmer, De Vries has also taken on the responsibility of coaching at Lane Cove Masters.

“You get to pass on a certain amount of information that you know that other people don’t,” he said.  “Its good fun, it’s nice being able to help people do things that little bit better and make it a bit easier.”

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