Team Profile - Legs Eleven
Team Legs Eleven is likely to be one of the more remarkable teams in the Hotel Rottnest Port to Pub swim this year.
The instigator and main driver of the six-man team is Garry Lymn. Garry recently had to have his left leg amputated above the knee and, to prove he's kept his good sense of humour, decided to name his team ‘Legs Eleven’. A keen swimmer for over four decades, Garry was back in the pool training just two months after surgery and is determined to successfully lead his team across the Channel to Rottnest Island.
Garry says his main task is to work out how to coordinate his changeovers on the boat but, with the promise of a few celebratory ales at the Quokka Arms at the end of the swim, he’s determined to work it out and get it right.
It’s something of an historic swim for ‘Legs Eleven’ with four of the six members of the team successfully completing a Rottnest Channel Swim together 20 years ago in 1996.
Whilst they joked about ‘getting the gang back together’ for a 20 year anniversary swim, they thought it probably wouldn’t happen given they are not quite as fit and able bodied as they were back in 1996!
The launch of the Hotel Rottnest Port to Pub swim offered them the opportunity for a six-member team, which they decided would make the crossing more achievable. Team ‘Legs Eleven’ was formed and was one of the first teams to register in the inaugural Hotel Rottnest Port to Pub swim.
The team has begun serious training and four members of the team have already completed their qualifying swim, including Garry.
Garry, you’re an inspiration to all, and especially to your team. Good luck Legs Eleven!
Richard Mazzachelli, Russel (Chook) Fowler, Gwyn Williams, Garry Lymn and Kim Bingham. Missing from the picture is Steve Cockman.