Australand Coogee Jetty-to-Jetty Swim 2010
While most people were enjoying a relaxing and lazy start to a beautiful morning, more than 600 doughty open water swimmers gathered at Coogee Beach to participate in this year's Australand Coogee Jetty-to-Jetty Swim,
The Swim is an annual event, organised by the Cockburn Masters Swimming Club, sees swimmers partake in one of two ocean swims: a 1.5 kilometre swim from jetty to jetty; or a 750m swim from the mid point between jetties.
When I arrived, the beach was jam packed with bodies in an array of swimwear. Unlike other ocean swims, the Australand Coogee Jetty-to-Jetty swim is open to all ages; the youngest swimmer was 8; the oldest in their 80s.
It's always good fun photographing events like this -- participants get into the spirit of things and joke around with you. Big tip for the blokes: If you want to suck you gut in at a photo opp, don't just suck it in, but take a deep breath; this puffs up your chest and brings your gut in, making you look athletic and heroic! 😉
Here is a selection of images from the swim. The final photo shows the last swimmer to come in -- certainly a tale about the indomitable human spirit!
For photos from full coverage of the swim, visit The Snapshooter website.