Alkimos SLSC president Maren Scriven gearing up for fifth Busselton Jetty Swim


Maren Scriven is preparing for her fifth Busselton Jetty Swim.  Picture: Martin Kennealey
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Maren Scriven is preparing for her fifth Busselton Jetty Swim. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d478380

MAREN Scriven learnt to swim only nine years ago when she set herself a goal of completing a triathlon.

“I always wanted to learn how to swim. I did early swimming lessons as a child but didn’t continue them because of where we were living,” she said.

Since then, her love for open water swimming has driven her to enter the sport of surf livesaving and take on the inaugural presidency of Alkimos Surf Life Saving Club, which was established last year.

Now she is preparing to take on her fifth Busselton Jetty Swim next month.

“I just enjoy it and even if I don’t enjoy it, I remind myself of why I did it in the first place and how far I’ve come,” she said.

“I don’t consider myself an athlete but I am a participant.”

Ms Scriven said she hoped to inspire others, including fellow Alkimos SLSC members, to follow in her footsteps.

“Most members are not only recent residents of Australia but new to the sport of surf life saving,” she said.

“Being a non-swimmer only a few years ago like so many of our club members, I can’t wait to show them how far you can come with your swimming in such a short period of time.”

The swim on Sunday, February 11, is a 3.6km course around the Busselton Jetty for solo swimmers and relay teams of two or four. Junior swimmers can also take part in the Kids Swim – a 222m swim for eight to 12-year-olds around the outside of the swimming jetty – held after the main swim.

The event also includes a weekend of entertainment over February 10 and 11 including a skateboard demonstration, come and try event, local musicians and beach games.

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