Jeremy McClure Ventures Off the Coast of Western Australia...Again

Jeremy McClure Ventures Off the Coast of Western Australia…Again

In February, Jeremy McClure recently completed a 34.1 km swim from Dirk Hartog Island to Denham Beach in Shark Bay in Western Australia. He previously had completed 11 total one-way and two-way crossings of the 19.7 km Rottnest Channel Swim and attempted a three-way crossing of the Rottnest Channel in 2017 where he was supported by 33 people including 7 kayakers, 8 escort pilots in 4 boats, a timekeeper, his wife, a shark scientist and 11 pace swimmers in his Jeremy’s Blind Rottnest Triple Crossing.

The blind four-time Paralympian from Australia is swimming another major solo swim off from the Western Australian shoreline. This time he will attempt to swim 55 km from Hummock Island to Front Beach between Dome Cafe and Champion Bay Surf Lifesaving Club Tower in Geraldton in mid-June.

It may be the longest distance ever swum for tethered blind swimmer.

His charity swim benefits Guide Dogs WA – more information is posted here.

McClure explains his story and his goals, “When I was 15, my eyesight deteriorated over about 6 weeks to leave me with only 2% vision. To give myself a positive distraction from the trauma of losing my vision I took to the pool, one of the few blind accessible sports. Ten months later, I competed in my first Paralympic Games in Athens at 17. I then continued to compete for Australia as a 100m backstroker at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, the 2012 London Paralympics, and the 2016 Rio Paralympics.

In recent years, I have found a new passion in open water swimming and pushing my limits. I’ve done 11 solo Rottnest Channel crossings, of which 4 were backstroke. Back in February this year, I was the first person to swim from Dirk Hartog Island to Denham WA and now I want to be the first person to swim solo from the Abrolhos Islands to Geraldton approximatedly 55-60 kilometers.

I want to demonstrate to people both able bodied and disabled that anything is possible and there is always a way around achieving something, no matter the obstacles.

For me to be able to achieve these swims, I rely on an incredible team of selfless volunteers. I require a relay team of guide swimmers who swim tethered to me, acting as my eyes and keeping us on track. A team of kayakers is responsible for surrounding us and keeping my guide swimmers on track and delivering vital food and drink every 30 minutes throughout the whole swim. They also have the responsibility of hanging a Shark Shield under the kayak to provide an extra sense of protection while swimming in the open ocean. When I am doing these big swims, I also require boats and support crew, for this swim we have 26 amazing people in the team.

I have chosen to raise funds and awareness for Guide Dogs WA as they have assisted me significantly with my first guide dog Presley and my current guide dog, Nina. Guide Dogs WA hold a special place in my heart.

I have a belief that I like to live by…there is always a positive out of every negative. Achieving these great feats and sharing it with my team brings me so much pride and joy.

To donate, visit here.

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Steven Munatones