Veteran dives into fund-raising challenge

YOU'RE never too old to make a splash — just ask Peter Genellos.

The St Marys Rotary member, 70, competed in his 28th Bridge To Bridge swim at the Regatta Centre last week.

He swam the three kilometres in one hour and 12 minutes.

"It's pretty good for someone my age," he said.

Money raised from his swim for The Children's Hospital at Westmead is still be tallied but he hopes to have raised $4000.

He has raised more than $100,000 for the hospital over the years through the swim and now a ward has been named in honour of St Marys Rotary for its support.

"I've always been community minded," Mr Genellos said.

He had previously raised $25,000 for Nepean Hospital's breast cancer unit.

The Bridge To Bridge had been held on the Nepean River before the Regatta Centre was opened for the 2000 Olympics.

Mr Genellos has swum the event with Susie Maroney and the late Des Redford, who both swam the English Channel.

"When I was 55, Des said I would kill the English Channel but I never had the time," he said.

Mr Genellos swims 1500 metres five times a week and has already put next year's Bridge To Bridge in his diary.

Donations can be sent to St Marys Rotary, PO Box 10, 1790.

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