Triple treat: Bull Creek Paralympian Jeremy McClure to attempt triple Rottnest crossing


Jeremy McClure in the men’s 100m backstroke at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Picture: Christopher Lee/Getty Images
Jeremy McClure in the men’s 100m backstroke at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Picture: Christopher Lee/Getty Images

BULL CREEK resident Jeremy McClure has competed at four Paralympic Games but his biggest challenge could come this Friday.

The 30-year-old blind swimmer will attempt a triple Rottnest crossing in a taxing effort where he will navigate close to 60km of ocean.

He will depart Rottnest Island 8pm Friday and should wrap – having reached Cottesloe, headed back to Rottnest and finished at Cottesloe Beach – about 6pm Saturday.

If he is successful, McClure will join long-distance swimmers Ceinwen Roberts and Rohan Hollick on the shortlist of people to complete the triple crossing.

McClure took 14 hours to finish two crossings in 2016, with his freshest challenge expected to be a 22-hour slog that will take him through the night and deep into Saturday.

“I’m very, very excited,” he said.

“The journey up to now has been a lot of planning and training.

“I’m a little bit nervous, but that’s a good thing because it means something to me.”

By his side on the journey will be four support boats and a fifth containing a film crew.

There will be kayakers with Shark Shields and numerous guide swimmers.

McClure will be raising money for Variety WA, a charity that provided him a grant when he lost his eyesight at just 15 years old.

His aunty in-law, Julie Nelson, passed away suddenly earlier this year.

She had been heavily involved with Variety.

Mrs Nelson’s husband Peter and eldest son Ben will be two of McClure’s guide swimmers on Friday.

To donate visit https://give.everydayhero.com/au/jeremy-s-blind-rottnest-triple-crossing.

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