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

Sydney 2000
Meet Australia's next swimming record holders
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.”

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.”

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)
To become a 360 squad, the members ages combined must add up to … Photo:
The team will attempt a 4×50 freestyle relay at the state championships in Homebush this weekend.
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April 04, 2017 15:13:33

The 360 squad get ready for training: John Sheridan (92), Ossie Doherty (91), Ray McGimpsey (90), Max Van Gelder (87). (ABC News: Sarah Whyte)