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Goodbye Hornsby …… Hello North Shore Masters

Hornsby High Fins Masters Swimming has moved on and emerged as North Shore Masters Swimming.

With many of our members swimming across the wider area we have made a change to better reflect our new goals and aspirations.

Stay tuned for more information and changes and look for our Facebook page to keep up to date with ongoing events.

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Plenty has happened with Hornsby Masters since October 2012

However it just has not appeared here yet.

I hope to progressively add something for the record about the following major events that some of our members attended.

National Championships – April 2016 – Melbourne


Stuart, Harry, Peter & Craig – Gold in the 240+ Age Group Medley Relay and Bronze in the Freestyle Relay.

FINA  World Championships – August 2015 – Kazan – Russia

National Championships – April 2015 – Hobart

US National Championships – Maryland USA – August 2014

FINA  World Championships – August 2014 – Montreal – Canada

FINA  World Championships – August 2012 – Riccione – Italy


Another Gold Medal Performance

Peter Gillings, Harry Henderson, Stuart Ellicott & Max Henry

At the recent State Short Course Championships our domination of the medley relay continued. Whilst we didn’t have our earlier team, with Craig unavailable and Ian injured, we were able to bring in Harry and also Max, who kicked us up to a new age group.

Overall we had a successful meet with Peter Gillings (1 Gold) Craig Magnusson (3 Gold) Stuart Ellicott (4 Gold 1 Silver and 2 new National Records) Harry Henderson (1 Bronze), Max Henry (3 Silver & 2 Bronze) plus a welcome return to competition for Lesley Buchanan (3 Gold 1 Silver & 1 Bronze).



2012 first half year update.

The first half of the year has been busy (at least for the editor) with State, Nationals and World Championships all in the period from March through to June.

Here is a recap:

At State Championships in March at SOPAC

Gold Medal to the Mens 200+ Age Group Ian, Peter, Stuart & Craig.










Other results:

First ever World Record for Stuart Ellicott in the 50 Breaststroke taking 0.57 off the old world record held since 2008 by Robert Strand of the USA.

Stuart Ellicott 5 Gold, Craig Magnusson, 4 Gold and 1 Silver, Peter Gillings 1 Gold, Max Henry 5 Bronze, Lucy Dumitrescu 2 Gold.


National Championships – Adelaide – April 2012

Craig Magnusson – 2 Silver & 2 Bronze, Stuart Ellicott – 2 Silver & 5 Gold, Max Henry 2 Bronze

New World Record for Stuart Ellicott taking 0.04 off the previous record set in March at SOPAC.

Here is Craig & Stuart with Paul Lemmon from Ettalong (centre) who was Swimmer of the Meet with Adam Biesler  (left) and Ian Jeffery (2nd left) who was runner up swimmer of the meet.









World Masters Championships – Riccione – Italy – June 2012 

Both Craig Magnusson and Stuart Ellicott attended the championships this year with a bunch of other Aussies some of whom swam under the NSW Bushrangers club. Here is a photo after one of our relay swims.









Craig swam PB’s in 4 of his 5 swims in a very competitive age group, making the top 20 in 3 of his events.

Stuart won Silver in the 50 Breaststroke (beaten by Tim Shead from USA by 0.06) and the 100 Breaststroke, and was 4th in the 200 Breaststroke and 6th in the 200 IM.  Stuart’s world record remained intact with Tim missing it by 0.07.


Over $5,000 raised for Splash for Cash – supporting the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children

Over $5,000 was raised for the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children, though entry donations, plus swimmers getting family & friends sponsoring them, for the event held at Knox Aquatic Centre on Sunday 25th March.

A special thank you to Paul @ Warringah Masters for bringing a team up for an Endurance swim, and also to Cameron @ Abbotsleigh and Lachy @ Knox for bringing along their teams for some training and relays.

Thank you also to the other individuals who came to have a swim in a great pool and support a worthy cause. Young Ryan from Hornsby Amateur Swimming Club raised much needed funds from his sponsors including his school mates from Hornsby Heights Public School.

I think that this is a great cause that Masters Swimming could get behind every year.  A special thank you to Knox Grammar Aquatic Centre for their generous support in providing the pool for the day.

Stuart Ellicott (President – Hornsby Masters)



Sunday 25th March 2012 @ the new Knox Aquatic Centre – Woodville Rd, Wahroonga 10 am – 4.00 PM

Come and join us at this great new venue.

Splash for Cash is a fun-filled, annual swimathon that raises funds for the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC).

RIDBC proudly helps children overcome the challenges associated with hearing or vision loss by providing education and support to them and their family.

Make a splash in 2012 with Hornsby Masters and help RIDBC continue to provide quality and innovative services that ensures children living with hearing or vision loss achieve the best outcomes.

Follow this link to enter Splash for Cash Hornsby Masters.






Hello World!

Welcome to Hornsby High-Fins Masters Swimming Club.

Located in the upper North Shore of Sydney, our members come from near and far.

Unfortunately we don’t have a pool to call home at the moment, or a club house to meet in, but we do have a few pools in the area that provide an opportunity for our members to train and develop their fitness and skill level.

Have a look around our site, and feel free to let us know what you think, give some advice, or just say hello. At least we will know that someone has found our site.

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