Alison takes on World Series Swims for kids with cancer
MORE than 2000 swimmers, including Olympic stars Michael Klim and Libby Trickett, will compete in the first of this year's World Series Swims at Noosa and Mooloolaba this month and in March.
For one of them, 62-year-old Alison Windsor, of Nambour, who has been swimming in open water meets for the last eight years, the competitions have a special significance.
Since 2015 World Series Swims has been staging events in Queensland, NSW and Victoria and this year it is supporting The Kids' Cancer Project, a national charity dedicated to providing money for vital childhood cancer research.
Cancer is the largest killer of Australian children and The Kids' Cancer Project was founded by Townsville man Col Reynolds, who in 1993 decided to do something to help children with cancer and their families.
Since then it has donated over $30 million to science for ground-breaking research.
As Alison told Seniors: "I think the charity is wonderful. I know of a little girl who has been through the cancer thing.
"She's been in and out of hospital and, when I see her down at the beach in a wheelchair, the experience breaks my heart because it is so close to me.
"It's a brilliant cause."
Alison has been a competitive swimmer since she was five and is an active member of the Mudjimba Surf Club, going on patrol every fortnight.
"I gained my bronze nine years ago and, when I saw how my kids, Sarah and Mark, were doing these open water swims, I said I can do that."
She is particularly proud of Sarah who has represented Australia 21 times in swimming, Royal Life Saving and Surf Lifesaving teams.
Does she have much success in open water racing? "Nine times out of 10 I take out my age division and Sarah usually wins her 32-39 years event. We just like to keep the mother-daughter thing going."
World Series Swims Noosa, February 11-12 and Mooloolaba, March 5.
Enter online at www.worldseriesswims.com.au.
To donate to The Kids' Cancer Project visit www.kidscancerproject.org.au