SWIMMERS from Germany added an international flavour to the 2019 Jimmys Beach Open Water Swim held Sunday 17 November.
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Competitors chose either the 600m course, the 1500m Chris “Mobbsy” Mobbs Memorial Swim or both.
Publicity Officer from the Local branch of Masters Swimming NSW; Myall Masters Val Mobbs told News Of The Area, “this year we had 88 registrations in the 600m and 92 for the 1500m all co-ordinated by Brad Jensen who did a great job from start to finish.”
With water temperature at 20 degrees and the tide rising with a slight westerly wind the first squad of swimmers set off at 9.30am in the 600m “warm up” race.
The wind picked up late morning and swung south westerly creating the real sense of an ocean race for the 1500m course swimmers.
Myall Masters has been part of the community for more than 14 years.
Most members swim two to three times per week for fitness and health.
Val said, “The beauty is you can make of it what you want set yourself a goal and go for it.”
There are plenty of interclub meets each year plus there are pop-up events.
Some swimmers sign up to a Masters Swim Club to get ready for an ocean swim and then stay on because it’s social and good for their health.
This year’s First Men’s place in the major 1500m event went to Andrew Leese in a time of 21.47 with the
First Women’s award going to Brinlei Baxter in 22.55.
By Sandra CLARK