Over the year’s a number of CMSC’s athletes have been profiled in the newsletters and I will be going through the archives and reposting them here. Last month I put up a profile of one of our most prolific swimmers, Jeff Welechuk.
Today Keith Shaw takes the spotlight. Keith is one of our 3 remaining members who were with CMSC during the inaugural season. The others are Pat Macolmson and Pete O’Brien and you will be hearing from them shortly.
If you know Keith at all you won’t be surprised that he was more than willing to respond to my questions.
Keith Shaw, age 72 and born in Regina, started swimming with Calgary Masters Swim Club within the first formation month (February 1977) at Inglewood Pool, under founder Henry Rechel and Coach Alex Wallace. Six members travelled to Etobicoke for the first Senior Age Division Aquatic Championships (world-wide masters’ invitational) in August 1978.
Shaw began swimming on a high school team in grade 10 at age 14, so wasn’t burned out with age group. He had medal success at the provincial level in breaststroke and medley relays.
He attended the University of Colorado on a partial academic and swim scholarship, where he lettered 4 years, was team co-captain, was assistant coach, earned two silvers at the Big Eight Conference Championships, and was honoured this fall (2014) with a 50 year Alumni “Living Legend” award.
After graduating with a B.SC. Teaching Degree, he was a Sessional Instructor at the University of Saskatchewan, where as Assistant Swim Coach, he helped them win the WCIAA Championships by beating UBC and U. of Alberta. Shaw opened up the new pool at U. of Regina, and taught and coached five years before education cuts. He then taught for 30 years with the Calgary Board of Education plus coaching and intramurals.
In 1972 at 29 years, Shaw attended “Aerobics” author Ken Cooper’s presentation and began swimming 3 times a week for 30 minutes for fitness, which soon became 1hour sessions. In 1980, CMSC hosted the Canadian Masters Swim Championships at U. of C., winning 7 medals, which he had designed.
At age 39 in 1982, he increased weekly training to 4 times with CMSC to achieve better results for planned competition in ‘83 at the US National Masters Championships. It successfully earned a bronze in the 50m breaststroke L.C. in Indianapolis.
In 1985 at the World Master Games in Etobicoke, Shaw won seconds in the 50 and 100m L.C. breast plus 5 more top ten medals. In 1989 He swam in Denmark at the World Master Games, but missed the gold by 1/1000 second to US Olympian Mullikin of Counsilman’s Indiana team. He did get 3 silvers in breast.
In 1993 at the US National Masters in Santa Clara, Shaw’s best US meet, he got silvers in the 50 & 100 breast, 4th in 200 breast, 5th in 100yd free & 7th in 500 free.
In 1998 Shaw won gold at the Portland L.C. World Masters Games in 50m breast. He earned silver in the 100 and 4th in 200 breast, plus a top ten in an IM. In 2003 at US National Masters he earned 5 top ten awards, 3 in breast , 1 in IM and 1 in butterfly.
In 2011 the 240 year men’s 4 x 100 free relay team of Dave Dickson, Peter O’Brien, Mike Morrow and anchor Shaw set a world Master’s (and Canadian, obviously) record of 4:36.48 at the Canadian L.C. Championships in Nanaimo. In addition to the above world record the same 4 got a Canadian record in the 200m SC 4 x 200 medley 240 yrs with 2:12.00 in 2010. Shaw’s best show at the Canadians was in 2011 at Kelowna, where he won 4 golds, 3 silvers and a bronze.
Shaw attended his first US National Senior Games in Houston in 2011 and earned a bronze in the 50yd breast after increasing weekly training to 5 swims, walking 18 holes of golf and biking 30 minutes/week.
After separating permanently his minor right bicep in February 2013, and rehabbing all summer, by November he was back to regular 4 swims and 13-14 kilos weekly. In Jan.-Feb. 2014, he set 3 Alberta Long Course breast records & 2 Short Course AB. Records.
In May 2014 Shaw returned to Santa Clara US Nationals with equally good results with his first silver in the 200 breast, bronze in 100yd breast, 4th 50 breast, plus 6th & 8th in the 200 & 100 IM. In May he qualified for six events for the US National Senior Games in Minneapolis in May 2015.
As of December 2014, Shaw held 16 AB. Records in breaststroke: 2 x 50-4yrs; 3 x 55y; 3 x 60y; 4 x 65y and 4 in 70-74y age group. Shaw Co-ordinates and swims in the Calgary and Alberta 55 Plus Games and swims in the Canada 55 Plus Games, claiming 15 national golds.
Shaw shared some of his “Shaw’s Laws:” Eat good nutrition; wear extra layers to pool in cold; wear sweats, crocs on deck & to start blocks; train hard with no wasted time; tapering’s important as you age; try for 50% of workout in speciality stroke; use cross training; have top equipment for big meets; set major goals especially age-up years; & eat protein within 20 minutes of exercising.
Shaw’s motto: Have Good Times & Good Times!