Emerald Seals in the fast lane
TIM Edmistone proved why he was once king of the pool after taking out the men's 50m freestyle sprint in a blistering 31.37 seconds at the inaugural Mackey Masters in Capella.
The former Emerald Seals club captain-turned-apprentice tradesman looked in spectacular touch, especially when you take into account his three-to-four years spent out of the pool.
"It hurt a fair bit. My fitness isn't quite where it used to be," Tim chuffed.
"But I was quite surprised, it wasn't all that far off what I used to get."
The fourth-year refrigeration technician said it brought home all the memories of what originally enticed him to the sport.
"Back then I was swimming twice a day. It's good for commitment," he said.
"It definitely helps with your health and wellness."
Watching on poolside, mum Vicki joked that the pool wall could not arrive quick enough for the former Seal.
"I don't think he could have gone much further," Vicki said.
"He was pretty chuffed about it (the win)."
Tim's star-studded return was backed by Blackwater mum Leonie Geary, who showed that it wasn't just the kids who could clean up in the award stakes.
Geary dusted off the swimming goggles to take out first place in the women's sprint and claim dual trophy honours with Tim.
Outgoing club spokeswoman Sue Sands congratulated Tim on his starring return, highlighting how he was and has remained a wonderful ambassador for the Emerald
"He has always been very popular with the other members," Sue said.
"It was a pleasure."
The masters' event, which is held in honour of the well-known former club family, was run in conjunction with the Seals' annual junior swim carnival.
This year the carnival was moved to Capella's Aquatic Centre due to renovations at the Emerald pool and the Rundle Park sports complex.
Despite the change in venue, the young Seals left nothing to chance with a number of Emerald age champions making their presence felt among the 100-strong competitor turn out.
Ten-year-old Mackenzie Reid, who will team up with fellow Seal Bridget Young at the State Primary Schools Swim Championships, was crowned her division's age champion at the Capella carnival.
Young placed a close second in the 11-years girls overall standings.
The swimming duo is due to represent the Capricornia school swim team at the Brisbane-based state championships in March.
Tory Edmistone came within a whisker of making it a family double in the pool, with the Emerald swimmer picking up runners-up honours in the 14-years girls' age championship.
Jill Mooney and Lachlan Sands were also unlucky in the final standings, after finishing with runners-up placings in the 15-years girls' and 15-years boys overall points standings.
With the masters event due to be held every year at the Emerald carnival, the question begs will we see Tim being back to defend his masters' title in 2013?
"Yeah definitely, I'll be back," Tim quipped, after a momentary hesitation.
"I don't think he could have gone much further."
Tim's mum Vicki