Evergreen Cumming wins gold at the World Masters

David Cumming

David Cumming

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Eastbourne swimmer David Cumming, aged 76, won three gold medals at the recent World Masters Swim Championships.

Cumming competed at the Championships over three weeks ago which took place in Montreal, Canada, winning three gold medals in the red and blue of Great Britain.

What was just as impressive as Cumming’s medal tally was the fact that he did it at the age of 76.

Competing in the 75-79 age category Cumming won gold in the 200m butterfly, the 400m individual medley and the 3000m open water freestyle.

The Montreal World Masters Swim Championships , which took place from July 27 to August 10, was not the Eastbourne swimmers first overseas major tournament, he has competed in Australia, Italy, New Zealand and Germany .

Cumming, who has been swimming since the age of eight, attributes his love to swimming as one of the main reason’s for him still competing in the pool at the age of 76.

“ I just enjoy swimming I always have, I’ve lived by the sea most of my life and swim in the sea often in summer.”

The 76-year-old has been apart of the Eastbourne Swimming Club for just under 70 years.

With thousands of participants and supporters attending the World Championships, which takes place every two years, it’s an enticing prospect to attend the Championships.

Cumming said, “ It’s a fantastic thing, there are six thousand swimmers competing. There was a huge following. We must be adrenaline junkies, we are all competitive but not in a stupid way.”

The age of the competitors ranges from 25-year-olds to 92-year-olds. With younger performers looking up to the older performers and vice-versa.

Cumming added, “ It motivates everybody. You get tremendous support from the young ones. You are almost treated like royalty.”

Cumming isn’t alone when travelling around the world in pursuit of gold in the pool, he always has his number one fan poolside.

He said, “My wife always watches and comes along to the events, she is one of my biggest supporters. She calms me down before races when I get a bit nervous.”

On top of winning three gold medals Cumming came second in the 50m butterfly and third in the 100m butterfly.

But at the age of 76 Cumming doesn’t look like slowing down any time soon, and with the World Championship’s being hosted in Russia, a year early in 2015, Cumming has no time to rest on his laurels.

Cumming said, “ I just go month to month, year to year. You hear some sad stories about people you swim against getting serious injuries and not retuning. My body keeps holding up with it all, so I will just keep going.”