Swimmers hit the water
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.