Gregory swims in record time

More than 60 competitors took to the water early on Friday, January 26, for the annual Esperance Open Water Swim Thru.

The Australia Day event, sponsored by Esperance Toyota, saw participants swim 2.5 kilometres in the open water race from the James Street Groyne.

Completing the swim in a record time of just 37 minutes and seven seconds, Georgia Gregory took out the race and became the first ever female winner of the competition.

The race was tight, with Mitchell Cooper just five seconds behind Ms Gregory.

Both swimmers broke last year’s record of 37 minutes and 48 seconds, held by Shannan Dixon.

James England followed the pair, with a time of 38 minutes and 20 seconds.

Mr England was followed by Shannan Dixon, Cooper Kennedy and Maddie McGrinder, who all came within just five seconds of each other.

During the presentations, organisers thanked all those for attending and congratulated participants, extending a special thanks to the Esperance-Goldfields Surf Life Saving Club and sponsors Esperance Toyota for their ongoing support.

Awards, donated by Esperance Toyota, were given for the top finishers as well as the best of each age group.

This year’s event featured a strong emphasis on swimmer safety, with Esperance-Goldfields Surf Life Saving Club, Sea Search and Rescue, The Department of Transport and Goodwin McCarthy Helicopters all pitching in to patrol the beach.