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It was a beautiful day! Laura swims 20 km

 

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It was a beautiful day!

Arriving at Mollymook Beach prior to sunrise, rays of sunshine filtered through the cloudy sky. It was the beginning of ‘A Beautiful Day’ as swimmers began arriving throughout the morning at their allotted times. Laura and her mum, Monica were already down on the beach in the southern most area. Garry arrived to check, that all would go to plan. Sean and Lloyd arrived, put on their cosies and went down the beach to accompany Laura on the first 4 kms of her 20 km journey. Grant was also there with his stand up paddle board (SUP) to provide water safety. Laura felt truly blessed, rather than swimming on her own she would have company for the first 4 kms, with Roscoe joining in on their return journey. This meant so much to Laura.

At the completion of her first 4 km she saw more swimmers lining up to accompany her on the next portion of her swim that would take her distance to 8 km. Here was Greg, Mike and a Sydney swimmer, Steve in the water to accompany her with Simone on her SUP providing water safety. At the northern end of Mollymook beach turning for home she was joined by Sue and Kate as this larger group swam this 4th lap, with increasing swell and chop. At the end of 8 km and turning to begin her next 4 km return trip, Chris took the surf board to provide company and water safety for Laura. As they returned at the 12 km mark Chris was really feeling it in his shoulders.

With 8 km to go Garry jumped in the water to swim with Laura. Chris with such a big heart once again did another 4 km on the board for water safety despite his shoulders beginning to really hurt. At the 16 km mark, Garry the man with such a wonderful and humble nature couldn’t let Laura swim the last 4 km on her own, nor could Chris allow them to go without any water safety. So off they went, Garry would end up swimming 8 km non stop and Chris doing 12 kms on the board.

Arriving home at the conclusion of 20 kms, over 6 hours in the water, swimming in what turned out to be in difficult conditions, there was Lloyd and Ruth, Sue, Kaye and Monica, all present to share with Laura, in her remarkable achievement. Laura was lost for words trying to explain her gratitude for all the swimmers who turned up throughout the morning to make this such a memorable occasion for her. Although the swimmers are a motley crew in some regards, an odd  assortment of people who are largely drawn together through there common love for the ocean, its time like these when you see the beautiful caring nature become so evident in many of the swim group, chipping in as best they can to help out a friend.

Laura was as over whelmed with gratitude! Thanks to all the swimmers who contributed. It was a beautiful day!  

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Laura’s Fundraiser for Motor Neurone Disease

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Mollymook Ocean Swimmer, Laura Wallace

to swim 27km to raise funds to fight Motor Neurone Disease

In January 2021, Laura will swim from Palm Beach to Shelly Beach (South of Manly) an Ultramarathon swim, 27km in distance that will take between 8 and 9 hours.

The 27 km swim is in recognition of the 27 month life expectancy for someone diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND). 

Please take a minute to read about this fundraiser on the ‘FightMND web site and to consider making a donation to fight MND.

Donations over $2 are tax deductible and can be made direct to FightMND on their secure website.

Click on this link to: ‘Motor Neurone Disease fighting Fund’

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Mollymook Ocean Swimmer, 20km marathon swim

 

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Laura swimming 8 kms on Saturday am December 5. (4 laps x 2km / lap of Mollymook Beach)

 

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Finish of 8 km, overcast sky and choppy conditions

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20 km next Sat. Dec. 12, 2020

 

Laura is planning to do 20 km (10 laps of Mollymook Beach) next Saturday in preparation for her 27 km Whale Beach to Shelly Beach marathon swim, due in late January 2021.

 

Garry J. suggested how good it would be if some of our Mollymook Ocean Swimmers could accompany Laura for a lap or two next Saturday. When Garry’s suggestion was later mentioned to Laura, she was elated to think she may have some company swimming next Saturday. So provided conditions are ideal, if any of our swimmer’s feel up to the challenge, Laura plans to start at 6.00 am. Each two laps (up and back) takes about 1 hour 20 minutes. So her following laps should begin around 7.20 am and so on throughout the morning, finishing some 6 1/2 hours later, just after lunchtime. It would also be nice for some volunteers for water safety.

 

For those who would like to join in, discuss with Garry J. throughout the week to see what can be arranged.

 

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Absentee – Mollymook Ocean Swimmer

 

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Swimmers ask where is Heather? Home watching TV!

 

Where is Heather? Any absentee note? We can’t even ask Kath where is Heather as Kath is off in her own little world enjoying herself on holidays before retirement.

Heather writes: “Thanks for all the news, Happy birthday Elise, looked like a fun night. Great photos of the ocean, I am missing the ocean and walking. I have been quiet and laid up for a couple of weeks. I’ve had surgery on both feet, one foot looks like it will be an easy recovery but the bunion & tendon surgery on the other foot has been more difficult. Very light weight bearing with crutches and feet up most of the time. Paul has been great and my brother and his wife have been visiting, so good timing! Friends have called round with coffee and books and a laugh.

Lots of binging on Netflix and google Play. Off to Sydney on Thursday to have it all uncovered and see what they say!”  XXX Heather

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Warrumbungles to Red Rock

 

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Kath exploring Breadknife and Grand High Tops Walk in the Warrumbungle mountains

 

Holiday before retirement, exploring the Warrumbungle mountains & onwards to Red Rock

 

Kath provides an update: “We have spent three days exploring this amazing ancient bit of landscape, on many walking trails through the beautiful Warrumbungles”. The name ‘Warrumbungle’ is believed to mean ‘crooked mountains’. This is an appropriate name describing the distinctive jagged skyline of the Warrumbungles, with its domes and spires separated by forested ridges and deep gorges and surrounded by plains and tablelands. The Breadknife and Grand High Tops walk is the jewel in the glistening crown and is must do for bush walkers who love a challenge with their scenery. The track follows Spirey Creek before climbing steeply to give close encounters with iconic formations such as Belougery Spire, Bress Peak and Crater Bluff.

As a matter of interest, the Breadknife is a volcanic dyke approximately 90 metres high and 4 m wide, thus the name. It is a 12.9 Km walk.  

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Memorable moments: Mollymook Ocean Swimmers

 

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Ulladulla Graduation 2020, Jamie, Dani and Jack

 

Swimmers share in this memorable occasion: Their young adult children graduating – Ulladulla High School 2020

 

Moni, John and Tracy, Robbie and Simone, Jo and Ian were among the many parents at the Civic Centre / Ulladulla Harbour to witness the joy and jubilation being shared among all the 2020 Ulladulla High School graduates. The youngsters were dressed to the hilt in some amazing eye catching outfits. They looked stunning as they lined up either in groups or with parents for some beautiful photo shoots using the harbour as a background. Whilst it was an overcast afternoon, we were still able to get some lovely photos.

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Mollymook Ocean Swimmers news Nov. 18, 2020

 

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Dolphins at North Mollymook

 

North Mollymook was the best spot for swimming last week whilst South Mollymook was subjected to strong Nor-East winds and currents. So the call was made to meet at North Molly last Thursday. However, apparently someone forgot to tell Issi, nonetheless all the swimmers were back at south Molly the following day albeit a little confused on where to swim due to the strong northerly current prevailing.  

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Mollymook Ocean Swimmers e-news November 8, 2020

 

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Annual ‘swimmer of the year’ awards night

 

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Elise’s 40th Birthday celebration

Annual ‘swimmer of the year’ awards night

The 2019 ‘Swimmer of the Year’, Issi is preparing a fabulous evening for the 2020 annual swimmers awards night.

It will be held at Issi’s place on Saturday December 19, 2020.

More details as the event date draws closer.

Elise’s 40th Birthday celebration

Just a reminder, can you let Elise know in the next day or two if you are able to join her and David to celebrate Elise’s 40th birthday. This will help in the planning for the evening. 

All swimmers are invited for this ‘night of nights’.

 

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Mollymook Swimmers news update Sept 13, 20

Tilpa Hotel

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Clare, Bob and Gareth at Tilpa Pub

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The Tilpa Hotel on the Darling River

 

Clare, Bob and Gareth spent a couple of days at the crowded country village of Tilpa on the Darling River, especially spending time at the Tilpa Hotel. (Bob and Gareth were among the original Mollymook early morning swimmers and played a huge roll in getting our original ocean swim up and running back in 2003)

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Step back in time: Visit Historic Grenfell

 

Enjoyed a wonderful experience, visiting the historic town of Grenfell.

 

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Grenfell Caravan Park: Bob awakes, after sleeping the night in his tent. (The temperature was below zero on this occasion).

 

Grenfell’s history is so evident as you stroll down the main street and visit some of its old buildings and spend time talking to local character’s, some who have spent a lifetime living in Grenfell. The town came into being as a result of gold being found back in 1866. A highlight was to visit O’Briens Hill and take a walk through the old gold diggings and shaft where so much gold was found and view the remnant mining machinery.

We camped at the local Grenfell caravan park which we found to be very clean and conveniently located within walking distance into town and to numerous points of interest viz. the magnificent aquatic centre, Company Dam, the Silos, Historic Railway station, the Chrysler Car Museum, Visitor Information centre and so much more. Found Clare at the Visitors centre to be extremely knowledgeable and helpful.

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Mollymook swimmer, Lena back in Germany

 

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Lena, safe and sound back in her home town

 

Lena writes from Germany to give an update for her friends, the local Mollymook Ocean swimmers.

“It has been a busy past few weeks. I passed my other exam and in the end it all worked out well. I am working, trying to write all my essays and get a lecturer to help me with my bachelor thesis. 

I thought the situation here would be worse, but apart from having to wear a mask inside, having barely any bars open and just a few social get together’s with not many people and usually outdoors, it isn’t too bad. My only concern is that we are heading straight into winter and most of the things we are doing so far can’t work then. But I guess time will bring the answer. 

Hope you are all doing well! Attached photos of my home town and my weekend off work where we have been in the Netherlands at the coast, with what we call “waves” from a really strong wind”.

Miss you all, love Lena.

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Birthday – Surfing – Travel – Inspiration

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Birthday Lady – Liz

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Amazing cakes

 

Liz’s birthday morning tea plus some snippets from this week in the lives of the Mollymook Ocean Swimmers and their friends.

 

Request from Ken: Throughout the lock down period, many shared their fun stories and experiences which were so well received. Should you have any sources of inspiring stories to share, please on forward them to me and I’ll attach them to our swimmers e-news letters.

 

Today’s attachment is an amazing inspirational You Tube video clip sent in to share, courtesy of Heather Stewart.

A MUST WATCH! Its titled – Yes I Can Paralympian

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Mollymook Ocean Swimmers e-news Aug 22-2020

 

Mollymook Beach, Picture Perfect – August 2020

 

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Mollymook Beach Thursday Morning – Perfect for swimming – Flat as!

 

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Thursday am: Ian a master of concentration

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Thursday am: Well it was ‘Flat as’

 

Beautiful swimming conditions at Mollymook beach, ‘Flat as’ then Ian pondered “Where did this wave come from”? That was Thursday, then on Friday there were swarms of Little Corella’s also known as ‘Blue eyed – White Cockatoo’s’ followed by another picture perfect day on Saturday the swimmers shared with a ‘Southern Right’ whale and some paddlers. (Click on pics to enlarge)

Plus a MUST watch video link at bottom of this post.

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John and Jacqui’s 70th Birthday Gift

 

John and Jacqui’s ‘Getaway’ to enjoy their 70th Birthday Gift from Family & Friends

 

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Bangalay room with golf course view

 

John and Jacqui enjoy their 70th Birthday Gift at ‘Bangalay’ Luxury Villas

John writes: “Jacqui and I arrived at Bangalay Luxury Villas on Sunday afternoon and it certainly lives up to its reputation. Villas have lovely modern design features and our patio looks out onto the golf course. Surf beach is a few minutes walk. We are having such a good time and would like to thank all our wonderful swimming and walking friends for our birthday treat. Our 3 day package included:

  • Complimentary wine and choc treats on arrival
  • In room continental breakfasts with yummy pastries, cereal, rhubarb compote and yogurt.
  • Delicious dinners both in room and in restaurant. Owners and staff here are very friendly and helpful.

Only downside is I had to have an emergency tooth extraction Monday morning and was instructed to avoid alcohol for the next 3 days so you’ll see the restaurant picture has me holding a mock-tail while Jacqui was enjoying a glass of bubbly.

Off to Jamberoo and Saddleback Mountain today so will get a chance to check out the views and the final hill climb leg of the Le Tape. Back home Wednesday and looking forward seeing you all”. Regards,John & Jacqui. 

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