Armadale swimmer in training for 14th Busselton Jetty Swim

Liz Dunn. Picture: Jon Hewson
Liz Dunn. Picture: Jon Hewson

ARMADALE’s Liz Dunn is hoping to beat her previous time in her 14th attempt at the 22nd SunSmart Busselton Jetty Swim next year.

The 68-year-old Armadale Masters Swimming Club member said her goal was to beat her 2016 time as she solo swims the 3.6km around the longest jetty in the Southern Hemisphere.

“Although in a year or so, I envisage I’ll just be happy to finish,” she said.

Ms Dunn grew up in Busselton and said much of her time was spent at the beach where she learnt to swim at a young age.

“So joining a swimming club in (my) later years was a natural progression.”

The Armadale Masters train three days a week at Armadale Aquatic Centre between October and April and cannot wait until the upgrades at the centre are complete so they can train there year-round.

Ms Dunn said she felt fit and ready for race day.

“I find swimming tones muscles, builds strength and helps maintain a healthy weight while taking some of the impact stress off your body,” she said.

More than 2000 swimmers took part in the Busselton Jetty Swim this year and it has become a popular pilgrimage for local and international open water swimmers.

“Each and every Busselton Jetty Swim experience is memorable, even those in which we’ve battled rough conditions or stingers,” Ms Dunn said.

The SunSmart Busselton Swim is on Sunday February 12 with the event topped off by a concert from 1pm featuring Shannon Noll.