The secret of masters swimmer Jo Corben’s success

Masters ace Jo Corben

Looking for inspiration for your next swim? June’s Swimming Times magazine features masters ace Jo Corben as Verity Dobbie seeks to unravel the key to her success.

Jo Corben is a dominant figure in masters backstroke and still holds European 200m records across four age groups – but now world records are the measure of her success.


And inspiration may form part of the perfect formula for victory.

“Jo demonstrates a deep respect and knowledge for the sport and the swimmers involved in it. She explained that she was aware of masters having watched Moscow 1980 Olympian Jane Admans swim and been inspired by her”, explains Verity.

And upon her return to masters swimming, “Jo was looking up to Totnes swimmer Kate Veale, someone she had followed and admired for years and her aim at that time was to beat her.

“Mission accomplished at the Munich world championships when Jo and Kate came first and second in the 100 and 200m backstroke to give Jo her first world titles. Since then Jo’s been an almost constant feature in British masters.”

Drive & Determination

Also thrown into the mix is a huge portion of drive and determination.

“It is evident that Jo’s a swimmer who loves the sport and is driven by her need to succeed. Incredibly skilful, with a supreme work ethic and a very tough mental attitude, she knows what is takes to swim fast and is totally dedicated to her training.”


And Verity concludes after meeting Jo: “Despite this single-minded determination, you’re left with the impression that Jo is a person who doesn’t take life or herself too seriously.”

Be inspired by Jo and learn more about her training regime, her day job and how she is perceived by fellow masters swimmers by reading the full feature in the June issue of Swimming Times.

Click here to discover more and purchase the latest Swimming Times.

Also in the June issue: a full report and photos from the Arena League; British Champs, British Para-swimming international and ASA synchro nationals coverage; a review of fitness trackers and a quick interview with British Swimming chairman Maurice Watkins. Click here for more information.


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