THE recent Myall Masters inaugural Open Swim at Jimmy’s Beach, could only be described as a huge success.
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Dozens of swimmers took to the water to compete in a 600 metre swim or for the very brave a 1.3 kilometre mini marathon.
“There was free entry, free fruit, free water and a free barbecue at the surf club afterward for the competitors,” Lorraine Lock told News Of The Area.
“There were people from Maitland, Sydney, not just locals,” Lorraine said.
President of the Myall Masters Swimming Club Chris Lock told News Of The Area, “There were prizes for first past the post, men and women as well as handicap.”
The water temperature was around 22 degrees, there was a light breeze and the water was crystal clear.
Members of the Tea Gardens Hawks Nest Surf Club helped out on the water by ensuring all swimmers were safe and sound.
On the beach, spectators cheered the winners along with the rest of the field with everyone encouraged and congratulated on completing the swim.
The results of the Jimmys Beach Open Water Swim.
600m Men Open, Peter Rogers from Freshwater.
Women Open, Sharon Taylor from Hawks Nest.
1300m Men Open Winner, Nathan Darcy from Fern Bay.
Women Open Brinlei Baxter from Tenambit (near Maitland).
600m handicap winner Men Colin Milne, Hawks Nest.
Women Catriona Hellicar from Tea Gardens.
1300m Handicap Men Open, Michael Rose from Pindimar.
Women Open, Sue Wiles from Wentworth Falls.
And at the end of the day everyone was a winner.
“It’s something we’ve not done before but we’re promoting Masters Swimming because we want more people to join,” Chris said.
By Margie TIERNEY