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World Masters Championships winner Jean Howard-Jones is from Ringwood

By mbarber  |  Posted: August 26, 2014

Jean Howard-Jones with her medals from Montreal

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One of Dorset’s oldest competitive swimmers has returned from the World Masters Championships with a trio of bronze medals.

Jean Howard-Jones, 71, who lives at Avon Castle, near Ringwood, achieved third place in the 70-74yrs 50, 100 and 200m freestyle in Montreal – the latest in a series of international successes since she had a kidney transplant 15 years ago.

Her times of 36.12sec, 1min 23.33sec and 3min 10.86sec also broke the South West regional long course records for her age group.

Jean, who swims for Poole, was city swimming champion in her native Sheffield as a teenager before “retiring” at 15.

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She returned to the sport at the age of 59 after winning gold medals at the World Transplant Games in Japan.

Report and photo by Roger Guttridge

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