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Ambassadors

Event organisers for the SunSmart Busselton Jetty Swim 2020 are proud to announce our 2020 Ambassador, Craig Challen SC OAM, joint winner of Australian of the Year 2019 and winner of West Australian of the Year 2019.  We are thrilled that Craig is lending his support to the SunSmart Busselton Jetty Swim in 2020.


 

ambassador craig challen

2020

CRAIG CHALLEN, Sc OAM

Joint winner of Australian of the Year 2019
West Australian of the Year 2019
Star of Courage (SC) 2018
Order of Australia (OAM) 2018
Companion of the Order of Direkgunabhorn 2018
Oztek 2009 Diver of the Year for services to Caving

Cave-Diver and Rescuer

In July 2018, respected cave diver and retired vet Craig Challen was about to go on a caving holiday in the Nullarbor Plains, when he was called to help on a rescue mission in Thailand. Craig was part of the international team that successfully rescued 12 boys and their coach from a flooded cave in Chiang Rai, Thailand.

Craig, who has dived some of Australia’s deepest wrecks and has set depth records in diving, was chosen for the mission based on his technical expertise. Working 10 to 12 hours a day in extremely dangerous conditions, Craig repeatedly risked his life as the children were swum, one-by-one, through the dark and narrow flooded caves.
Despite admitting he initially thought the rescue would be too difficult to accomplish, he played a leading role in this successful and heroic mission.

Craig was awarded the Star of Courage for his unwavering and selfless bravery following the successful rescue of the trapped soccer team.


It's been an honour in previous years to have the support and involvement of these exceptional people as our Event Ambassadors.

ambassador tamara bruce

2019

TAMARA BRUCE

10 Solo Swim crossings, 1 duo crossing, 2 team crossing of Rottnest Channel Swim
Female record holder of Rottnest Channel Swim
Overall winner of 1992 Rottnest Channel Swim at age 14
Numerous WA Pool State Records over 33 years
Inducted into International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 2017
Coach for Open Water Swimmers, Master Swimmers, Triathletes & Junior Swimmers

Ambassador Profile

Q. Why did you decide to sign on as an ambassador of the Busselton Jetty Swim?

A. This is such iconic swim, I love the unique setting and the many different ages and abilities that the swim can incorporate.


ambassador dylan coop

2019

DYLAN COOP

Member of Superfins WA and Special Olympics WA
Has swum Busselton Jetty Swim 10 times
Represented Australia at the Special Olympics World Games in 2011 in Athens in Softball
Represented Australia at the Special Olympics Word Summer Games in 2015 in Los Angeles in Open Water Swimming
Represented Western Australia at the Special Olympics National Game in 2018 in Open Water Swimming
Sits on the Special Olympics WA State Sporting Working Group

Ambassador Profile

Q. Why did you decide to sign on as an ambassador of the Busselton Jetty Swim?

A. I really enjoy doing the Busselton Jetty Swim. I enjoy all the fun weekend activities offered. I always like meeting lots of swimmers and forming friendships with them over several years. I also want to encourage people with disabilities to join the swim and to meet new people as well.


madonna blyth

2017 / 2018

Madonna Blyth

Hockeyroos #12
(342 Caps, 70 Goals)

Ambassador Profile

Q. Why did you decide to sign on as an ambassador of the Busselton Jetty Swim again?

A.  After being involved last year as an ambassador for the BJS I am really excited to again be a part of the action. The conditions last year brought out the best in the swimmers, highlighting their determination and perseverance despite terrible conditions to swim in. To see so many members of the community, both young and old, complete something so difficult in such a supportive environment is a major drawcard for me. 


ambassador Priya Cooper

2017 / 2018

Priya Cooper O.A.M. BsC

1999 Young Australian of the Year for Sporting Achievement
Sports Australia Hall of Fame
World Champion Paralympic Swimmer
Motivational Speaker

Ambassador Profile

Q.  Why did you decide to sign on as an ambassador of the Busselton Jetty Swim again?

A.  It was such a great weekend, full of activities and people participating in a wonderful event. I think it is important to promote events such as this that get a for the WA community to be part of.  It is a very inclusive event for all abilities.


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