Swim­mers hit the wa­ter

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page -

SWANBOURNE Ocean Clas­sic Swim Thru founder Colin Cook (83) gets as much en­joy­ment help­ing en­trants as he did the many times he raced in the 2.2km an­nual event, to be held for the 30th time next Satur­day.

“It gives me a lot of plea­sure just see­ing ev­ery­one en­joy them­selves,” Mr Cook, who joined Swanbourne-Ned­lands Surf Life Sav­ing Club in 1947, said.

More than 600 swim­mers, stand-up pad­dle board­ers and beach run­ners will com­pete in the race, where com­peti­tors are also awarded for get­ting clos­est to their nom­i­nated times.

Mr Cook, born the year his club was, has not com­peted in the race for sev­eral years and in­stead will bring en­trants’ bags and tow­els from the start at 8am at Cottes­loe Beach and help with the postevent break­fast

“One year there was an en­try from cham­pion swimmer Shel­ley Tay­lorSmith, who said she could do it in 24 min­utes,”he said. “I didn’t know her, so I called and said ‘do you want to change that?’ and she said ‘you’d bet­ter check who I am’.”

Many en­trants use the Swim Thru, which raises money for the Swanbourne Ned­lands SLSC, as train­ing for the Rot­tnest Chan­nel Swim next month.

The Swim Thru is open to new ocean rac­ing swim­mers, in­clud­ing club mem­ber Amy Carmichael, who tack­les it for the first time on Satur­day.

En­ter at www.swan­ny­surf­club. org.au.

Colin Cook (83) and first-time en­trant Amy Carmichael.

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