On February 9, 2014, I entered two ocean swims at North Bondi , the 1 kilometre and the 2 kilometre. These were my last competitive swims at Bondi for the foreseeable future. North Bondi has a special place in my heart. It’s where I started ocean swimming in 2008. I joined a group headed by Spot (mad-as-a-cut snake) Anderson of Bondi Fit. I learned how to get through the waves, take the rip on the way out and make a racing finish on the way in. I’m still rubbish at these skills but at least I know how it should be done.
Thanks to Paul Ellercamp AKA Mr Oceanswim for the lovely underwater shot of me in my new flamingo cossie!
I am always inspired in these ocean swims by the swimmers, particularly the older swimmers. Swimming makes you live for ever, I’m convinced of that. We have swimmers in their 60s (almost me), 70s and even Dennis here who is 90 years old.
I think wistfully that this is my last Bondi swim as we are moving to the UK. It’ll be very different. There will be new swimming experiences, murkier, colder swimming experiences but no sharks, rips and thunderous surf. I’ll still live forever though.