This swim team has an average age of 90 — and they’re back to break records

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John Sheridan says at their age death has become all too common. (ABC News: Sarah Whyte)
The team will attempt a 4x50m freestyle relay at the state championships in Homebush this weekend.”Ray is going to go first, then John, then Ossie and then me,” Mr Van Gelder said.”We are guys are of a mature age.”The main thing is it’s fun and if we get a good result out of it, then it makes it even better.”

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John-William Steen passed away the night before his race. Photo:
Ray McGingsky [second from the front] is the newest recruit to the team. They may have an average age of 90, but the 360 squad from Sydney are preparing to break a national record after overcoming tragedy within their own ranks.Six months ago they lost one of their members on the eve of their first attempt at the record for the Masters Swimming organisation.The team’s 93-year-old breaststroker, John-William Steen, passed away in his home the day before the race.Now the swimmers, Max Van Gelder, 87, John Sheridan, 92 and Ossie Doherty, 91, are attempting the race once again with a new member, Ray McGimpsey, who is 90. you guessed it, 360.And this will be the first time a male 360 team have attempted the relay.The newest swimmer, Mr McGimpsey, was recruited by Mr Sheridan from his retirement village in Sydney. (ABC News: Sarah Whyte)
“He’s a pretty fit guy,” Mr Sheridan said. “He’s 90 this year and he was a chemical engineer, so he must be pretty smart.”

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The team say they continue to miss their old team mate, John-William Steen. (ABC News: Sarah Whyte) (Supplied: Warringah Masters Swimming)
Mr Van Gelder said everyone still missed their former team-mate Mr Steen.”I have known John-William for a long time, he was very consistent, he was a good friend.”Mr Sheridan said they were all at an age where death has become all too common, even within their own ranks.”I am becoming used to losing friends, it’s becoming a bit of a habit really,” he said. (ABC News: Sarah Whyte)
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The team will attempt a 4×50 freestyle relay at the state championships in Homebush this weekend.
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The 360 squad get ready for training: John Sheridan (92), Ossie Doherty (91), Ray McGimpsey (90), Max Van Gelder (87). (ABC News: Sarah Whyte)

Baked Relief helps feed flood-affected areas

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“We’re going to make sure everyone is fed; every tiny little bit goes a long way.”Baked Relief is also helping members of the Lismore community who have been affected by flooding.Details on how to donate and where drop-off locations are can be found at bakedrelief.org. “Getting this baked relief out there can really pick up their spirits and it makes a such a big difference to their life.”A full van of baked goods arrived at a drop-off point yesterday from the Graceville community along with handwritten notes.”When you see little notes from little girls it touches you and that’s the reality of a tragedy and a disaster,” Mr Naumovski said. Fruit cakes, biscuits, loaves and muffins are helping put smiles on the faces of people affected by floods in Logan and Beenleigh.Baked Relief is a network of home cooks motivated by kindness to bake goods and deliver them to people recovering from natural disasters.The group was founded by Danielle Crismani after the Brisbane floods in 2011 and now reactivates during times of disaster. External Link:

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Ovens have worked overtime throughout south-east Queensland this past week, with various community groups engaged to help distribute the many trays of cakes and biscuits.The Logan House Fire Support Network is just one of the groups that has been working around the clock since Friday getting food to those who need it. Photo:
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All baked items are delivered boxed and wrapped with ingredients listed. “We’ve got to do what we’ve got to do and this is about getting people back on their feet,” Louie Naumovski said. (ABC Radio Brisbane: Terri Begley)
“There’s total devastation out there but surprisingly people are doing their best.”We arrive with sweets and baked goods and it gives them food in their belly.”Mr Naumovski said the community spirit had been high despite the trying conditions.”When you get to a devastated house or street and you bring out all the goods, you just see the smiles on their faces.”There’s still pockets around Logan we can’t get to and we’ve been delivering till 7:00 at night.

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Cakes, biscuits and slices are lined up to be delivered to homes affected in flooding.