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Carers are truly inspirational people

Penny Green,. is a member of the Joondalup Carer Support group Penny Green has been a member of the Beatty Park Masters Swimming Club for 30 years, and competed in many open water events such as the Swim Thru Rottnest, Busselton Jetty Swim and the Rottnest Channel Swim. Recently, Penny competed in the 2017 Swim Thru Rottnest and won her age category – no easy feat when that age category is 75-79 years.

Penny said, “I love to swim, it’s an escape for me. Since my husband Alan has been diagnosed with Vascular Dementia, life is not the same, so I can swim up and down the pool and get away from it all.

I learnt to swim in primary school in England, and loved it from there on. We have three daughters who all swim well; our number two daughter is doing the Rottnest Channel Swim and the Port to Pub, as a solo, early next year.”

Penny also competes in pool events and went to the Gold Coast in March for the 2017 Masters Swimming Australia National Championships. There she won four silver medals, one bronze, and broke four state records.

Penny has been competing in the Swim Thru Rottnest for about 30 years. The Swim Thru Rottnest was first conducted in 1977 and has been held annually ever since, on the first Saturday of December. The event consists of a 500m or 1,600m swim. This year over 500 people participated in the event.

Alzheimer’s WA run a number of Carer Support Groups. If you would like to find out more, please call us on 1300 66 77 88.

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