In March 2020 life as we knew it changed. We watched on incredulously, glued to the news channels, as Covid 19 made its presence felt around the world. Before we knew it, lockdown restrictions were in place and many of us found ourselves working from home for the first time in our lives.
Despite the gravity of the situation there was a silver lining. A motley but like-minded group with a love of ocean swimming formed the Warriewood Stingrays – named due to our frequent sightings of the same. We swam through the lockdown– the ocean providing us with ample space to social distance. Lo and behold we loved it, and we continued swimming throughout the winter, collecting new Stingrays along the way. The group has been swimming now for over a year. We swim most days at Mona Vale Basin. On weekends when the conditions are right, we swim out through the blowhole at Warriewood.
The Stingrays recently took on the Starlight Foundation Super Swim. We had a 25 strong team who are also patrolling Warriewood Surf Club members. In 30 days, we swam 593 kilometres and raised $20,210, bringing us in as third place fundraisers in Australia. Special mention goes to Joey Andrews who swam an impressive 55km. Thanks also to our local community and surf club members who generously contributed to our fundraising efforts. Well done Warriewood Stingrays on a fantastic effort. Keep on swimming.