A Perfect Balance Of Work, Home, Family And The Ocean

A Perfect Balance Of Work, Home, Family And The Ocean

Last month, Penny Palfrey was named Townsville City Council’s Senior Sportsperson of the Year for the third year straight – another award for the marathon swimmer from Australia who was recently inducted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.

Senior, junior or somewhere between, Penny has been outstanding.

She was awarded based off of her 2009 swims in the Alenuihaha and Auau Channels in Hawaii, her swim from Santa Barbara Island to the Californian mainland and her second overall placing at the 48.5K Manhattan Island Marathon Swim.

Mayor Cr Tyrell explained why Penny was recognized. “These awards are essential in spotlighting the achievements of amateur Townsville athletes, coaches, officials and teams. It also pays hommage to those that work tirelessly behind the scenes to get these athletes to the top of their field. Penny is tremendous role model and a worthy winner of the city’s top sporting honour. She has shown enormous determination and extraordinary perseverance to achieve all of this success and at the same time, find a balance with work, home and family life.”

Photo from Penny Palfrey’s 72-mile (115K) Kaieiewaho Channel attempt early this year between the islands of Oahu and Kauai in Hawaii.

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