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