The world of aquatics got a bit darker this November with the loss of centenarian swimmer Jaring Timmerman. He died November 5 at age 105.
Earlier this year, Timmerman made history when he set Masters World Records in the 50-meter freestyle and 50-meter backstroke events.
According to the Winnipeg Free Press, that was the last time he entered a pool.
He felt he pushed his heart so hard he might have overdid it," his daughter Donna Klassen told the news agency.
"But he was so disciplined. He would count his strokes and say that it should have taken him 27 strokes, but he did it in 26 so he bumped his head."
All told, Timmerman earned 160 medals since he began swimming at age 79. His courage both in and out of the water inspired generations.
"What struck me was young swimmers got out their pens and had him sign their T-shirts. 12- and 13-year-old kids were going to an aquatic in his hundreds. That’s inspiring," said Swim Manitoba executive director Mark Fellner, who was on hand when Timmerman received his final two medals.