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