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Ian 'Thorpedo' Kaupke touching first in one of his three gold medal race wins
Ian 'Thorpedo' Kaupke touching first in one of his three gold medal race wins

RECORD numbers attended the 2019 edition of the Central West All Abilities Swimming at the Parkes Aquatic Centre last Wednesday March 6.

Teams from Temora, Cowra, Orange, Dubbo, Bathurst and further afield attended the blue chip event and they weren’t disappointed with some outstanding individual and team performances in overcast conditions.

For Currajong, Jamie Cook, Thomas Davis, Kyal Sauer and Tim Wheeler all performed admirably with ribbons for first, second and third in numerous events. It was an outstanding effort however the day again belonged to Ian Kaupke whom only 12 months before scooped the pool and all-comers before him on the way to a bagful of medals.

“He is an outstanding athlete,” marvelled Neil Hamilton of Currajong.

“He has a rich sporting background and is as comfortable running as he is doing martial

“The passion he shows for all the things he attempts is also admirable,” said Neil.

While Kaupke was one of many who performed well on the day, it was LiveBetter from Orange who stole the major gong. In their first attempt, LiveBetter dominated many of the events including the female races and relays.

“LiveBetter were very worthy winners and we are extremely happy they have participated in our carnival,” said organiser Indigo Kriedemann of Currajong.

“All the teams from all the providers should be pleased with their efforts.

“Without them, days like this can’t be a success and we are thankful for their sportsmanship and support,” she said.