Nova 106.9’s Breakfast team makes history at the World Aquatic Masters


Nova 106.9 Brisbane‘s Ash Bradnam, David ‘Luttsy’ Lutteral and Susie O’Neill have written themselves into the record books, taking to the pool together at the World Aquatic Masters Championships in Japan.

They’re the first Australian radio team to compete together at a Masters.

The brekky team narrowly missed winning third place in the mixed freestyle relay, with Susie breaking a national record for her 50m freestyle leg of the relay.

They found themselves in this unique position when Olympian Susie pondered on-air in May about how she should celebrate her 50th birthday.

Her co-hosts convinced her to mark the occasion by competing in an international competitive swim meet – and taking them with her!

Susie eventually agreed to compete at the World Masters in the 50m mixed relay with Ash and Luttsy, along with Nova listener and Brisbane school teacher Kylie Fletcher.

Susie made her return to competitive swimming on Monday at the World Aquatics Masters Championships, marking her first international competition race since the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

She won the individual 50m butterfly race in the women’s 50-54 age group and broke the world record of 29.08 (long course).

Supported by Rackley Swimming, listeners have enjoyed the journey and lead up to the competition with Nova 106.9, even creating an exclusive mascot to accompany the team: A dugong!

Created by Brisbane company Heads Up Film Services, the mascot dubbed ‘Ayyo’ was poolside when Susie won.

Ash, Luttsy & Susie have also been broadcasting the Brisbane breakfast show each morning this week live from Fukuoka, Japan.

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