A MINDARIE school will send a large team of swimmers south for the Busselton Jetty Swim this weekend.
Quinns Baptist College is sending 52 swimmers to the event – three times the number it started with two years ago.
Former student Megan Quick will be among the team, having done her first Busselton swim in 2013 in a duo.
“It was an amazing experience, one that I wanted my fellow students from school to share and enjoy, so I approached our swim coach Ian Bower,” she said.
“I asked him if it would be possible to take a school team down to Busselton to take part in the swim the following year.
“A team of 16 of us had banded together and were preparing for the swim in the second semester and December (2013) holidays.
“We have Year 7s right up to Year 12s and teachers competing in this event.
“Last year we had two dozen students competing and achieved outstanding times.”
With the school marking its 20th anniversary this year, Quick said it would have its biggest entry to the annual swim, with 16 of the 52 swimmers entering the solo category.
“We have now added a new challenge to the weekend by entering the fun run on the Saturday before as a school team for those who want to up the ante,” she said.
“The QBC team is going to use the weekend and kilometres they swim and run as an opportunity to raise funds to support our annual community and compassion trip to visit and support under-privileged children in Bali.”
Bryn Norman said training had been beneficial and improved his fitness and self-confidence.
“Being in the team has helped me build on my teamwork and leadership skills too, as well as getting to know other people and making new friends,” he said.
“Being there since the beginning, I have seen the importance of this swim grow within all the age groups and QBC – from the first swim our school took part in, when about 16 of us travelled down to Busselton in an old, derelict bus from the ‘70s, to what it is today, with around 50 students participating.”
Jessica Wasely said she was proud of the personal achievement that came with completing previous swims.
“I always keep that first experience of the swim in my mind when I need a boost of confidence and the same with the second experience being the solo swim, thoughts of those always give me the confidence to do anything I want,” she said.
Other swimmers include Megan Geldart who will do her third swim, and Cassidy Smith whose family will form a support crew armed with towels, hats and sunscreen.