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Breaking one Canadian Masters swim record would be an achievement for most people but Karl Donoghue’s breaking of his 100th Canadian record is simply phenomenal.

Now 76 years old, Donoghue of Penticton, BC reached this milestone in Richmond recently when he knocked a full minute and 18 seconds off the existing 1,500-metre long course Canadian record. As a member of the Okanagan Masters Swim Club (OMSC), his latest Canadian records include the 200, 400, 800-metre freestyle and the 50, 100 and 200-metre long course backstroke as well as short course records for the 200-metre backstroke and 800 and 1500-metre freestyle.

Donoghue trains five times per week, swimming an average of 12 to 14 kilometres per week, and has been swimming competitively for 47 years.

“There is nothing else to do at 6 a.m. in the morning,” quips Donohue when asked what drives him.

“Karl is an unassuming swimmer and we are incredibly proud to have him as a member of the OMSC team,” said president Sharon Spring. “He is an inspiration to all of us and is living proof that swimming is a lifelong sport.”

Spring said with Kelowna’s H20 Adventure and Fitness Centre as their base, the OMSC has put together one of the best Masters swimming programs in Canada.

“Our approximately 120 members can attest to the fact that swimming as part of a group makes exercise a whole lot easier and more enjoyable, even at 6 a.m.,” said Spring.

OMSC will be hosting the 2017 BC Masters Provincial Swimming Championships in April, and expects to attract up to 300 swimmers and their families to the Okanagan.

For more information on Okanagan Masters contact Greg Harris at

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