Port Nelson Sea Swim 18, March 12, 2015
The culmination of one of the best seasons yet. It’s been a summer of beautiful weather, calm seas and a lot of swimmers.
Tonight’s field of 178 was up there among the biggest. The long course of 1700m and the short course of just on 600m were possibly the longest we’ve ever had.
Tonight’s featured swimmer is Peter Thomas. Peter is one of a dedicated band of non-wetsuit competitors, but more importantly he’s one of our most dedicated volunteers. Peter isn’t on any committees, he just turns up at 5pm every week, rolls out the mat, puts up the cones and the banners, then when the swim is done he puts them all away again. One of our most modest unsung heroes making the swims a better event for everyone.
The final entrant for the Samoa Swim Series draw next week is Margaret Johnston, also the series winner in F60-69. We acknowledge Andrea Livingstone of Wildside Travel in Motueka, who conceived and organised the prize without any prompting before the season started. Andrea has organised return travel between Nelson and Samoa, all internal travel in Samoa, accommodation and entries to the Samoa Swim Series for two people. It’s a fantastic prize. Every week we’ve drawn another swimmer and those who have completed the swim requirements will go into the draw next Thursday. Two of our top ex-policemen will supervise the draw and we’re hoping Andrea will be there to present the prize.
Photos: Emily Trengrove did her normal fine job. Here they are
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