Posted on Tuesday 4th July, 2023

Tribute to Kris Apps

Masters Swimming Tasmania was saddened to hear of the passing of one of our members, Kris Apps, who passed away on 1 July. Kris was a valued member of our organisation and an active swimmer with the Talays Club until a little before lockdown.

After experiencing a severe car accident in the UK before migrating to Tasmania, Kris did everything within her power to manage and minimise her physical disability. She had a rigorous swimming training regime, more than most other senior swimmers. For many years she completed the full set of E1000 swims, and she achieved the seven-million metres award in 2015.

Kris with her Seven Million Metres award.


Kris was a coach for the Talays club, and also conducted regular coaching sessions for people with disability. She served on committees at club and Branch level and was MST Branch Safety Officer for several years. She competed regularly in Masters Swimming competitions in the pool and swam in open water events. Kris was an accredited official and in between swimming in events volunteered as Judge of Stroke and Inspector of Turns.

Kris contributed greatly to the Masters swimming community and is an inspiration to others on what can be achieved in life when living with disability.

Masters Swimming Tasmania extends our heartfelt sympathies to Kris’ family and friends.

Thanks to Mendelt Tillema for compiling this Tribute.