Dawny's Cockatoo Challenge
Tweed River Swim
Sunday, November 30, 2014
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So were we...
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Killer at Tweed
Another great day... Close to Paradise (Surfers, that is).
The 2014 edition of the Tweed River Swim Classic (The Killer Swim) was again blessed with perfect conditions. Killer's pre-race briefing (done without the aid of a PA system) warmed the crowd up nicely and had one ready to tear the water apart. Starter for Life, Olympic legend, Mike Wenden, had his trigger finger ready and got the races off bang on time.
Strong fields in both of the main events saw very competitive swimming (not that I saw any of it; plugging away at the rear of the field isn't the best place from which to watch the gun swimmers).
In the 1.2km swim, first swimmers home were two young gun females - 12 year old Jamie Cotter just pipping 15 year old Georgia Smith by a second. (Jamie's time was 18:21). Sophie Milliken came in 3rd overall and the men had to be content with 4th and 5th places. Alex Milliken edged out Will Nardi by 3 seconds. (Alex's time was 19:31).
In the 2.5km, 13 year old Hayden Cotter blitzed the field in an incredible time of 25:39, with past winner and 2nd male home, Anthony Heath, having to be content with 3rd overall. First female (2nd overall) was 15 year old Maddy Gough, in another amazing time (27:47). Jane Stevens was 2nd female home in 30:09. Special mention to Nathan Cotter who did the family name proud as well by clocking a 29:53.
The Cotter name looks like one to be followed in ocean racing and surf life saving!
Others worthy of mention are Ron Quin, 74 years young and the day's oldest swimmer (40:23 in the 1.2km race), the crew from Casino Crackups (Michael, Ray and Steven who all did the 2.5km race) and of course, the 28 wonderful people from Can Too (including legendary Can Too founder, Annie Crawford, and Brisbane Program Manager & Coach, Amy Abrahams), who once again provided energy and style and not inconsiderable amounts of swimming talent to the event.
The presentations were held on the deck of the magnificently renovated Riverview Hotel, preceded by Bort's famous free sausage sizzle. Very popular with young and old alike, as were the meals from the pub's bistro, [email protected] The locally brewed Stone & Wood also slaked many a thirst as the afternoon wore on… and on... and... on.
Keeping up the tradition of major musical talent playing on the deck after the presos were over, and maintaining the day's theme of "the younger you are, the better you are", a group of 17 year old local lads, Squeak Lemaire and the Moon Bears, played a set of original songs plus perfectly chosen covers (think Passenger and Nina Simone) that blew the roof off the deck. As Molly says, do yourself a favour and check them out at www.squeaklemairemusic.com or just go straight to youtube and look them up.
If you are anywhere near Murwillumbah on the last Sunday in November, the Killer Swim is the place to be.
Killer will be making his annual appearance at the 3 Points Challenge (North Curl Curl) next Saturday and as a Christmas Gift to his many acolytes he is offering "Half-Price Selfies" for anyone interested. $5.50 instead of the usual $11 (GST included). He will wear his flesh coloured skins if asked, but photos of him wearing those must not be published on any form of social media that people with sensitive stomachs or a refined sense of taste may be viewing (Andrew Bolt's or Alan Jones’s blogs are probably OK).
Yours in ocean swimming and community spirit,
fine ocean swimmers series...
Winners of random draws... NSW Masters Swimming membership - Jen Brammer, budgysmuggler.com.au voucher - Eliza Davey
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