Jetty record blitzed

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

AL­MOST 1000 peo­ple had the per­fect way to cool down while still hav­ing fun at the an­nual Coogee Jetty to Jetty Swim.

The Cock­burn Masters Swim­ming Club event had 977 par­tic­i­pants take to the wa­ter on a scorch­ing hot day to com­pete in ei­ther the 750m or 1500m events.

Per­fect con­di­tions saw a new 750m record set by 14year-old Rahul Je­gath­eva in just 8 min­utes and 25 sec­onds, break­ing the pre­vi­ous record by 39 sec­onds.

“I did think I would give the record a good crack and I set my­self the men­tal goal of achiev­ing it, but I did not think for one se­cond that I would beat it by that much,” Rahul said.

The event was not just about set­ting the fastest time.

Co-or­di­na­tor Nick Wyatt said the youngest com­peti­tor was only 10 years old, while the old­est was still go­ing strong at 90.

“This is why we love this swim, and love try­ing to at­tract peo­ple of all ages and abil­i­ties for this great event,” he said.

“We aim to put on the best and most en­joy­able fam­ily-ori­ented open-wa­ter swim in WA and we think we have achieved that this year with such a fan­tas­tic fes­ti­val at­mos­phere en­joyed by ev­ery­one through­out the whole day.

“With ev­ery­thing that’s hap­pened, it’s dif­fi­cult to know how we can top this next year, but I am sure the club will come up with some­thing that will chal­lenge the or­gan­is­ers and our ded­i­cated group of vol­un­teers.”

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