Paralympic swimmer pays Mandurah clubs a visit

Paralympic swimmer and gold medalist Josh "The Hoff" Hofer stopped by a pair of Mandurah-based clubs to inspire their youngsters earlier this month.

Both the Mandurah Swimming Club and Manta Rays Swimming Club hosted the Aussie legend, as he gave brief speeches on his achievements in the sport while encouraging the next generation of young stars to continue to improve in the pool.

Hofer attended Mandurah's recent time trial night, where he regaled tales of his Paralympic campaigns before hitting the pool to take part in the swims.

His words inspired swimmers participating in the trials to strive for their best, resulting in many of them achieving state times for the respective open and age championships, as well as junior championships due to be held at HBF Stadium in September.

Meanwhile the Manta Rays, a recreational club for children with special needs, also had the chance to catch up with the five-time gold medalist.

Josh Hofer shows off his medals to members of the Manta Rays Swimming Club. Photo: Mandurah Photography Club.

Josh Hofer shows off his medals to members of the Manta Rays Swimming Club. Photo: Mandurah Photography Club.

The visit comes not long after a trio of their swimmers participated in the WA Disabled Swimming Association Championships in Perth last month.

Hofer's stop-ins lead to a busy period for both clubs.

Mandurah will be holding a Junior Dolphin Super Carnival at WestSwim Lakelands October 6, before returning to the Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre for their annual long-course meet on November 17.

For more information on the club or its upcoming meets email secretary@mandurahswimmingclub.com.au

Meanwhile the Manta Rays will continue their training, swimming on Wednesdays from 3.30pm to 4.30pm.

To find out more call 0437 561 336.