One family, two gold medals at Masters world championships


Menlo School grad Thomas Foley earned All-American recognition as a water polo player. Sean Foley, his father, showed off the genes that helped shape Thomas into a top athlete when both competed at the FINA World Masters Championships in Montreal, which concluded last Sunday.

The younger Foley, who just turned 30, became eligible for his first Masters competition. The Olympic Club of San Francisco won a gold medal in the 30-plus division with him on board.

The Olympic Club beat CSK VMP of Russia, 9-5, in the championship match.

Not to be outdone, father Sean was part of the gold medal-winning Santa Barbara Masters 55-plus team. Santa Barbara topped HZC de Robben of Holland, 9-7, in the title tilt.

"This was essentially the same Dutch team we had played two years ago in the gold medal game in Italy," Sean Foley said. "We prevailed in double overtime. This time we got an early lead and continued to pull away."

The Olympic Club women's 30-plus team also won its division, as did the 50-plus men. The men's 40-plus finished fourth, while the Santa Barbara 60-plus earned the bronze medal.

"It was really fun watching him in his first ever World Masters Championships," Sean Foley said of his son. "Thomas started all games and had the first goal in the final."

The Foley's each played on a team that went undefeated during preliminary play and then won twice in the medal round.

"Some of my teammates think that this might be the first time a father and son both won gold medals at the same World Championships but I am not sure," Foley said. "All I know is that is was really fun being able to share this experience with my son, my wife and his girlfriend "

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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Posted by Jim Turner
a resident of Menlo Park
on Aug 11, 2014 at 3:09 pm

What a great shared family experience to have! Congrats to you both.

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