Some persevering swimmers have to wait until they’re nearly 30 years old to finally feel the thrill of breaking a world record. Jaring Timmerman of Winnipeg waited until he was 100.
The World record-holder in four events in the Masters 100-104 age group added two more world records this week, these in the unprecedented 105-109 age bracket, a category no swimmer in Canadian history has competed in.
Timmerman, who turns 105 in a month, which qualifies him to compete for records in the 105-109 age group, went what his son said was a lifetime-best 3:09.55 in the 50-meter back at the Katherine Kerr Pentathlon over the weekend, following that up with a 2:52.48 in the 50 meter free. Both will stand as world records for the age group.
Starting a sport at age 79 could be considered a pretty late start. But Timmerman has now ground out a longer swimming career than even most collegiate swimmers. Now with two more world records under his belt, it’s safe to say Timmerman has made the most of his late arrival on the swimming scene.