Much-needed help for team

FREO SWIM­MERS SUP­PORT DIS­ABLED SURFERS

Cockburn Gazette - - SPORT -

A TEAM of Fre­man­tle swim­mers will sup­port the Dis­abled Surfers As­so­ci­a­tion (DSA) classes in Ger­ald­ton when they race in the Rot­tnest Chan­nel Swim from Cottes­loe beach on Fe­bru­ary 27.

“At the mo­ment the as­so­ci­a­tion has to take their equip­ment and trailer up there ev­ery time there’s an event,” Oceanstyle team mem­ber Jim Loughridge (25) said.

The North Fre­man­tle res­i­dent will join Mos­man Park’s Jess Ngeh (29), Ge­orgie Monro (24) from North Fre­man­tle and South Fre­man­tle’s Daniel Roberts (23) in the at­tempt to raise about $1000 for the DSA dur­ing the 19.7km swim.

The team’s mem­bers vol­un­teer at DSA classes at Leighton Beach.

It will be the first time he and Mr Roberts have at­tempted the cross­ing to Rot­tnest Is­land but North Cottes­loe Surf Life­sav­ing Club mem­bers Monro and Ngeh have pre­vi­ously com­peted in the race.

The team has been train­ing at Port Beach, North Fre­man­tle about three times a week.

“We are wor­ried about the stingers go­ing to Rot­tnest, and we’ve heard jokes that you need to cover your­self with pig fat to pro­tect your­self,” Loughridge said.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son 449286

Bruce Peel, pres­i­dent of the Perth branch of the Dis­abled Surfers As­so­ci­a­tion, with sup­port team Daniel Roberts, Jim Loughridge, Jess Ngeh and Ge­orgie Monro.

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