Bray’s Dan Golden wins gold at 2017 World Masters Swimming Championships in Budapest


Bray resident Dan Golden has had the midas touch at the 17th FINA World Masters Swimming Championships in Budapest.

A member of NAC Masters Swimming Club, Dan won gold on Wednesday 16th August in the 50m butterfly event (65-70 age group) in a time of 30.09 seconds. This time sets a new FINA World Masters Swimming Championship record also. He also took fifth place in both the 50m and 100m freestyle events.

The FINA World Championships take place every two years, with this year’s event running from 7th – 20th August.

 NAC Masters is one of Ireland’s largest and most successful masters swimming clubs. Founded in 1988, the club has grown steadily in both membership numbers and reputation. “Masters” is the term given to competitive swimming for anyone over 25 years old.

Jackie O’Connor, Chairperson, NAC Masters said, “We’re very proud of Dan’s performances at the World Masters. He’s competing against the best masters swimmers in the world, so it’s fantastic to see him bring home gold. I know he has been training really hard in recent months and was thrilled to be travelling.”

“I’d encourage anyone with an interest in training and competing to come down to one of our sessions in the National Aquatic Centre or Westwood Clontarf. Our training times are available on”

“In the pool we currently have 11 Irish record holders: Dan Golden, Joanne Figala, Jack Meade, Julie Galloway, Helena McGrath, Liz McCarthy, Sandra O’Leary, Tom Healy, Richard Harding and Helen O’Leary and we also have 28 Irish relay records across the age groups.”

“We’re all really looking forward to more fun and success in 2017.”

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