Fam­ily goes with flow

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - South Perth - Nash'aa Nashid

FROM hum­ble begin­nings to a fam­ily fan­fare, the Black­mores of South Perth are keep­ing tra­di­tion alive.

Peter Black­more com­pleted a solo swim in the Rot­tnest Chan­nel Swim for the first time in 1987 and has since de­vel­oped a love for it.

It has now grown into a fam­ily tra­di­tion for the Black­mores who call them­selves the Black­more 7, with more than seven fam­ily mem­bers par­tic­i­pat­ing in the swim over 27 years.

This year Mr Black­more will swim with daugh­ter Louise (30), nephew Scott (25) and youngest son James (15) will join him for the first time.

“It’s an op­por­tu­nity to have a yearly ad­ven­ture to­gether that can be car­ried on through gen­er­a­tions in an iconic en­vi­ron­ment,” he said.

Mr Black­more said he hoped to in­spire other fam­i­lies, which was why he swam with his wife and two chil­dren when they were only aged 10 and 12. He joked that all fam­ily mem­bers must swim with him to be part of the fam­ily.

“A con­di­tion for my younger rel­a­tives of keep­ing the Black­more fam­ily name is they have to swim with me by age 16. My wife Sue had to swim with me be­fore get­ting mar­ried and adopt­ing the Black­more sur­name. My brother David had to swim with me to be able to call him­self my brother,” he said.

The Black­more 7 have col­lec­tively done 35 cross­ings and they con­sider the swim a strong bond­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Mr Black­more hopes to con­tinue the legacy and swim with his grand­chil­dren by the time they are 16 years old.

“Given the min­i­mum le­gal age to swim to Rotto is 14 and there no grand­chil­dren at the mo­ment, I am go­ing to have to keep very fit in my sev­en­ties and eight­ies,” he said.

Pic­ture: David Baylis

Clock­wise from top: Sue, Scott, James, Peter, Louise and Luke Black­more will all com­pete in the Rot­tnest Chan­nel Swim.

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