Iconic fundrais­ing is­land swim

Multisport Mecca - - News - Bill Hoff­man bill.hoff­man@sc­news.com.au

WHEN it comes to bucket lists, the Is­land Char­ity Swim has be­come a must-do for both elite ath­letes and plug­gers look­ing for a real chal­lenge to their com­fort zone.

First com­pleted in 2001 and draw­ing big fields ever since, the event to be held on May 13 is also much more than that.

Swim­mers don’t just have to be up to the open ocean cross­ing from Mud­jimba, around Old Woman Is­land and over to Mooloolaba, they must also reach fundrais­ing thresh­olds which help pour much-needed funds into the Nam­bour and Cur­rimundi spe­cial schools.

Or­gan­iser Jason Crowther says the 2017 swim is on target to raise sig­nif­i­cant funds for the schools with 35 in­di­vid­ual swim­mers al­ready nom­i­nated as well as a grow­ing num­ber of teams who re­lay-swim the cross­ing.

This month, pro­fes­sional triath­lete Casey Munro, who was the first to fin­ish last year, led a group of four in­clud­ing event novice Grant Ed­wards, Crowther and Jar­rod Covey on a fa­mil­iari­sa­tion swim off the beach at

Mud­jimba and around the is­land and back to the beach.

For Grant, it was the first time in the wa­ter at the is­land and he was blown away by the clar­ity of the vis­i­bil­ity and the abun­dance of ma­rine life.

He has been drawn to the event prin­ci­pally through his friend­ship with Nathan “Nugget” Dell and his wife Shan­non whose daugh­ter Lola at­tends Nam­bour Spe­cial School.

“It’s the val­ues of the event,” Grant said of his keen­ness to give the swim a go.

“It’s a re­ally great event and I’ve al­ways wanted to be part

of it. The her­itage and gen­eros­ity of the peo­ple is not lost on me, and it’s an hon­our for me to be in­volved.”

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PHOTO: PA­TRICK WOODS

Jar­rod Covey, Grant Ed­wards, Jason Crowther and Casey Munro take part in the an­nual Mud­jimba Is­land Char­ity Swim.

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