Jetty record blitzed
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.”