Local swimmers tackle 2019 Lorne Pier to Pub

Maryborough swimmers took on the Lorne Pier to Pub challenge at the weekend. (Back) Scott Johnson, Rick Seirer, Gayle Deason, Daniel Grose, Georgia Macguire, Gerald Salmon, Maria Lacey, Tony Collings, Frank Crameri, Jenny Collings, Jim MacIlwain, Geoff Macilwain, Ian Gervasoni, Joe Lacey, Tracey Gale (front) Chelsea Deason, Jack Collings, Laura Budd and Jenny Budd.

Twenty-four swimmers from the Maryborough district travelled to Lorne earlier this month to take on the annual Pier to Pub swim.

Conditions were near perfect for the 39th event on January 12, which attracted around 15,000 spectators and some 5000 swimmers.

Local swimmer Jim Macilwain completed his 14th Pier to Pub swim this year and said the event has become an annual tradition for the group of Maryborough swimmers.

“There’s a team of us who go down each year and the atmosphere on the foreshore is great,” he said.

“We all swim at various times because of the age groups which run from around 12 noon to 3 pm so we just socialise and have a good time. It was a great day.”

Locals swimmers ranged from early teens to Macilwain, who is the Maryborough’s oldest competitor at 83, and many have completed over 10 swims.

“I’m in the 70 to 100 year age category so I’m the oldest from Maryborough,” Macilwain said

“This year we had Laura Budd, who’s 14, swim it with her mum Jenny.

“We had Maria Lacey who will be doing her 20th swim next year and her son Joe Lacey did his 21st this year.

“We also had Paul Bates who swam it with his daughter Bridget so it’s a real family atmosphere.

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