A small squad of Sudbury swimmers took part in the ASA National Masters Swimming Championships over three days at Ponds Forge Sheffield.


Friday began with the gruelling 1500m freestyle event for men and women. Sharon McLellan (40-44 years) had an outstanding swim finishing with a personal best time of 22.30.08 to come sixth in her age group.

Vicki Buck (50-54 years) knocked a staggering 35 seconds off her previous best time, recording 24.35.01 coming fourth. 

Carly Buck (19-24 years) took centre stage later in the evening winning the 50m breaststroke comfortably, just one-hundredth of a second outside the British Masters record with a time of 34.49. 

Saturday began with a bronze medal winning performance from Stuart McLellan (50-54 years) in the 400m individual medley with a time of 6.27.96. Stuart saved his best to the last day winning a brilliant silver medal in the 200m individual medley in a time of 2.57.07. 
Carly Buck was in impressive form in the 100m breaststroke, and despite being seeded fifth fastest overall, again showed true class to win another gold with a time of 1.16.12, just three tenths outside the British Masters record.

It was then Vicki Buck's turn to produce a medal-winning swim in the 400m freestyle, taking the bronze with a time of 6.16.76.

To complete the medals, Ashley Buck, swimming the 800m freestyle event for the first time in competition thrilled the Sudbury team, winning silver in a time of 9.17.02.

The full results for the team were:

Sharon McLellan: 1500 freestyle (6th, 23.28.55), 400 freestyle (9th, 5.59.68), 200 individual medley (9th, 3.19.00).

Stuart McLellan: 1500 freestyle (6th, 22.30.08), 400 freestyle (7th, 5.37.48), 400 individual medley (3rd, 6.27.96), 200 individual medley (2nd, 2.57.07), 200 freestyle (5th, 2.34.05)

Vicki Buck: 400 freestyle (3rd, 6.16.76), 200 breaststroke (5th, 3.43.77), 100 breaststroke (5th, 1.43.18), 50 breaststroke (6th, 46.08), 1500 freestyle (4th, 24.35.01)

Ashley Buck: 800 freestyle (2nd, 9.17.02), 200 backstroke (4th, 2.12.43), 100 backstroke (4th, 1.00.75), 50 freestyle (10th, 25.44), 50 backstroke (5th, 28.37)

Carly Buck: 50 breaststroke (1st, 34.49), 100 breaststroke (1st, 1.16.12), 100 individual medley (10th, 1.13.36)

Brian Allen (45-49 years): 50 Freestyle (18th, 34.81), 400 freestyle (17th, 6.29.45), 100 breaststroke (13th, 1.35.33), 100 individual medley (17th, 1.31.66)

20 November 2002


Junior members of the SDSC were successful in winning the Junior Summer League. Swimmers can be seen celebrating their win at the Stowmarket pool.





Suffolk swimmers returned from the British National Masters Swimming Championships at Ponds Forge, Sheffield, with an incredible 18 individual medals. Ashley Buck (Sudbury) had a terrific weekend with three medals. Other medalists were Vicki Buck, Stuart McLellan and Shaun Harrison.


The Sudbury team of A. Buck, S. Harrison, Kimberly Hough and Heather Fry won bronze in the 160 years combined age 4x50m mixed sex medley relay.

Newspaper Article Suffolk Free Press - 2002


Mayor of Sudbury John Sayers presented trophies to tournament top girl Jenny Copeland (Norwich Penguins), right, and to top visiting club 
Stowmarket, below right after Sunday's races.

Mayor trophy

Mayor trophy





The aim of Sudbury & District Swimming Club's two-day B-Grade Open Meet was to allow local and not-so-local youngsters, who wouldn't normally stand a chance of winning a race, to compete against swimmers of similar standards in order to win medals. There were many Sudbury youngsters who took full advantage of the gala, entering as many as ten events, any particular strokes or distance in which they were already deemed "too fast" to be B Grade swimmers (according to the ASA graded swimming tables) were off limits. If swimmers entered a race at a time when their P.B. (Personal Best) was within the boundaries, but then swam too fast during the gala itself, they were awarded extra-specia1 "Speeding Tickets" in recognition of an A Grade performance.


Sudbury Speeding Ticket winners were:

Alex Aldhouse 12 yrs 50m Butterfly and 100m individual medley;

Victoria Aldhouse 15 yrs 100m freestyle;

Alex Deal ll yrs & under 100m breaststroke, 200rn freestyle and 50m butterfly;

Stuart Hogger 12 yrs 200m individual medley (IM) and 50m butterfly; Hayley Murray 15 yrs 200m IM and 100m freestyle;

Kelly Murray l2yrs 100m freestyle; Eleanor Pickett 11 yr &. under 50m breaststroke;

AIice Wooler I I yrs & under 50m freestyle.

Free Press sports editor Ken Watkins with Sudbury's Alice Wooler.



Sudbury swimmer Mark Osterritter has returned in triumph from competing at the World Masters Games in Melbourne, Australia, with a silver and a bronze medal.


In a competition that attracted over 25,000 athletes in all sports from around the world Mark, competing in the 30-34 year age group, proved to be one of the best British swimmers taking part.
His first success came in the very competitive 100m freestyle event. In a close-fought race, Mark swam one of his best-ever times in a 50m pool of 56.08 to secure a bronze medal. 

His next event was the 50m butterfly, where he just missed out on the medals finishing fourth. 
This was followed by a very competitive 50m backstroke race where he managed a creditable seventh place. 

Mark saved his best swim for the end of the competition with an outstanding 50m freestyle sprint. 
Despite not swimming in the fastest heat, he produced a magnificent effort to edge out most of his rivals to take the silver medal.

Thirty-year-old Mark, who lives in Halstead, has always been a successful swimmer, originally with Halstead Swimming Club. He progressed from there to Haverhill and enjoyed tremendous success at county, district and national level.

He took a few years out of the sport in his late teens and came back to the sport around 1993 when he joined Sudbury under the guidance of club coach Bernie Buck. 

Within a year, he achieved six gold medals at his first County Championships with Sudbury and went then went on to win his first medal at district level at backstroke.

Following a life-threatening head injury after a fall six years ago, Mark made a gradual recovery and, through his own self-determination, backed up by tremendous support from his family and friends, began to recover his competitive edge.

He now competes at all major Masters competitions throughout the country, as well as club galas for Sudbury. His resounding triumph in Melbourne is the icing on the cake.


Newspaper Article - SFP - 14 November 2002



FOUR members of Sudbury Swimming Club travelled to Swansea to compete in - Great Britain Masters Championships, with Mark Osterritter winning a gold and a silver, and Stuart McLellan two silvers, in the new 50m pool. Mark won a gold medal in the 50m back- stroke, and silver in the 100m freestyle in a personal best Cime. He finished seventh in the 50m fly and fourth in the 50m freestyle. Stuart McLellan won silver in the 200m and 400 individual medley. He finished fourth in the 800m freestyle and fifth in the 200m freestyle. Sharon McLellan finished fourth in the 1500m freestyle, fifth in the 800m and seventh in the 200m freestyle. Heather Fry swam in the 50m and 100m freestyle, finishing ninth in her age group. 


A small team competed in the Diss Otters open meet. Between them, they won eight golds, nine silvers and six bronzes. The team was Terry and Sandra Mansi, Stuart and Sharon McLellan, Chris Walker and Margaret Nolan.