Schafer family dominates swim
THE SCHAFER name has filled the 2012 honour board for the Yamba Ocean Swim, with men's Convent to Main Beach victor Ben joined by mother Molly and younger sister Jacqueline on the podium.
Molly, a regular winner of the women's event, claimed another victory in the 40-49 years category, while Jacqueline snatched gold in the 2km 10-14-year division.
"It was great, it was a big thrill to win the men's race," Ben said.
"We come up from Sydney each year for a week or so and compete in this race and while I've won the junior divisions before, this is the first time I've won the men's title."
The Schafers, who now live in Cremorne, Sydney, formerly lived at Yamba and maintain their connection through the annual swim classic.
"I was a little unlucky not to win the 2km race, it was very close for most of the race," Ben said.
The next stop for Ben Schafer is the state titles at Homebush next week, where he aims to win a gold medal.
Judging by his results in 2011, that feat might not be a pipe-dream.
Schafer is a budding swim star and was named the NSW Combined Independent Schools "swimmer of the meet"' after winning eight events in his age group at the 2011 championships.
Schafer won every freestyle event, including the 50m, 100m, 200m and 400m, every butterfly event, at distances of 50m, 100m and 200m, and the 200m individual medley at the school championships.
Following the State titles in Homebush next week, Schafer has also earnt an invitation to swim against Australia's best at the Olympic trials in March.
"I won't be swimming at the London Olympics, but it will be great to test myself," Schafer said.