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We are not just “another insurer”. We know, we must do more. We must make a difference and we must provide our clients with access to the best people, products and technology available in order to ensure every engagement with Brooklyn is meaningful. We’re here to assist to help your business and your clients.
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MAKING YOU THE EXPERT
On 21st February, Alex Coombes, who is an ex-Australian representative swimmer, undertook the Rottnest Island Swim, one of the hardest and most prestigious open ocean swims in the world. Underwriting Manager, Rob Collyer, was on-hand and provided the following summary:
“At 5.45am on a beautiful calm morning at Cottesloe beach, the starters gun went off and competitor no. 221, Alex Coombes (aka “Coombesy”), confidently dived into the crisp blue Indian Ocean resplendent in red swimming trunks and white cap ready to tackle the 19.7km’s ahead of him. It wasn’t long before the swell picked up and Coombsey found himself battling the elements, whilst his partner Samantha and a few mates helped steer him toward “Rotto” in the support boat.
Whilst Coombesy was well and truly putting in the ‘hard yards’, the rest of the Brooklyn support crew were gathering with Perth’s finest brokers at Fremantle Jetty ready for a day of entertainment on the high seas and to cheer Coombsey home.
We had 30 on board the boat and ready to cheer our boy on whilst sipping champagne and downing a few coldies (We know who had the raw end of the deal here!). To add a bit of drama to the day, news started filtering through that a support boat had reportedly seen a 3 metre “unidentified” shark at the 10km mark! Undeterred, Coombsey was already well ahead of all the drama powering through the “washing machine” like swell.
By 10.30am the Brooklyn Boat had moored off Rottnest Island. What a sight it was! Crystal blue water, white sand, dolphins off in the distance and a boatload of brokers just ready to let loose on this fine Saturday morning.
We soon got the news from Coombsey’s support crew that he had made it ashore (in one piece!) and a cheer went up. In a time of 5 hours and 12 minutes Coombsey finished a phenomenal 10th overall in a field of 2400 competitors!
We hauled Coombsey onto the boat and thrust a coldie into his hand which promptly disappeared. This was cause for celebration and the crew did not disappoint. An enjoyable afternoon was had trying valiantly to compare our past school swimming carnival prowess with what we had just witnessed.
Of course days like this just don’t happen and we would like to thank all those involved including our capacity providers, Catlin, Vero and Allianz whom all kicked in valuable contributions for the day.
Coombsey has so far managed to raise almost $11,000 for KidsXpress, smashing his target of $10k with more donations to follow. If you haven’t had the time to donate please jump on board and add to this tally”
KidsXpress CEO, Margo Ward, perfectly summarised the day and Alex’s achievement:
It is rare to find a person so incredibly disciplined & focussed to achieve such physical endurance and yet be a man who is so humble & generous of heart. You are an inspirational role model for our kids Alex (to all of us) and for this I am very grateful that you took on the challenge. I am also honoured you chose KidsXpress to raise funds for in your own unassuming way. I very much look forward to being able to thank you in person when you return to Sydney and look forward to thanking all the Brooklyn team for their support when you visit KidsXpress later in March. Thank you to all that supported Alex’s fundraising efforts and especially those that gave so generously. I know it means a lot to Alex and to me too.
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