Claremont team enabled to tackle long distance swim

The Superfins are getting ready to race at the Busselton Jetty Swim.
The Superfins are getting ready to race at the Busselton Jetty Swim.

BEING able to race over a long distance inspires members of the Claremont-based Superfins team to enter the 3.6km SunSmart Busselton Jetty Swim next February.

“Superfins compete because our swimmers enjoy the challenge the jetty swim offers and the great feeling being involved in such an iconic event, and the atmosphere is terrific and our swimmers all enjoy it, especially when they get to the finish line,” Superfins chair Jan Saunders said.

Superfins members have physical, intellectual and learning disabilities.

The Swim was first held in 1996 with 82 racers, and has grown to an estimated 2900 swimmers of all abilities participating during the weekend of events during February 9 and 10.

A team of 27 Superfins members, including swimmers, supporters and coaches may participate in the solo 3.6km race around the South-West town’s wooden jetty or 600m legs in teams.

Jetty Swim ambassador Dylan Coop is among the team members after he represented Australia at national and international open water swims and the Special Olympics World Summer Games.

Ms Saunders said adding the one-mile Swim to Shore to the race program had meant more Superfins had a training goal to participate.

“Being able to have Superfins who have not yet swum at Busselton come along for a couple of years as supporters also allows them to see what is involved and hopefully encourage them to attend in future years,” she said.