Fifth-placed swimmer wins Cold Water Classic in Cottesloe after top four miss buoy

Curtin MHR Julie Bishop supported former leukaemia patient Mimi Anderson and her boyfriend David Panton at the North Cottesloe Cold Water Classic.
Curtin MHR Julie Bishop supported former leukaemia patient Mimi Anderson and her boyfriend David Panton at the North Cottesloe Cold Water Classic.

FIFTH-PLACED swimmer Adam Sudlow, from Mosman Park, won the Euroz North Cottesloe Cold Water Classic at North Cottesloe Surf Lifesaving Club last Saturday after the leading four entrants were disqualified for missing the last buoy in the 1.6km swim.

“Sorry to those guys who actually beat me, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles,” Mr Sudlow said.

Mr Sudlow came ashore in 23 minutes and 6 seconds, and the first woman was City Beach’s Jaime Bowler, who has competed all five classics, in 24:37.

There were 216 entrants in the fifth annual Classic, organised to raise funds for leukaemia research after the diagnosis of then three-year-old Mimi Anderson five years ago.

Last Saturday’s event was held in choppy conditions, with seaweed and blue bottle stingers offshore, with additional run, kneeboard and stand-up paddle board legs for some entrants.

Notable swimmers included the boyfriend of Curtin MHR Julie Bishop, David Panton, who came in 31st and also did the event’s 2km run.

Australian champion swimmer Rhys Mainstone was among the disqualifications for missing the last buoy.

Entrant Gabriel Tebar (25) was the winner of the Cold Water Legend prize for the men and women who tackle 5.8km over consecutive swim, run and paddle legs.

Event organiser Ceinwen Roberts said the fifth Classic raised about $16,000 for the research.