Competing the key to Jess’ 40-B4-40 challenge

Therese ColmanBusselton Dunsborough Times
Jess Reynolds will compete in the Jetty Swim.
Camera IconJess Reynolds will compete in the Jetty Swim. Credit: Supplied/Busselton-Dunsborough Times

Earlier this year, Dunsborough mother-of-two Jess Reynolds challenged herself to compete in 40 sporting events before her 40th birthday in October next year, in a bid to raise money for the Guillain-Barre Syndrome Foundation of Australia.

The running coach and primary school sports teacher started her 40-B4-40 Project last month, after a close friend was diagnosed with the rare neurological disorder in 2016.

GBS is a condition in which the immune system attacks the nervous system, causing weakness and paralysis.

Reynolds recently competed in the Augusta Adventure Race and took home the title of overall female winner.

In February, she will be one of nearly 3000 swimmers taking part in the Busselton Jetty Swim.

Reynolds will compete in the swim for the fifth time and she said that as an athlete, she couldn’t imagine not being able to move her body.

“This year I am moving as much as I can to raise awareness of GBS, and hopefully some much-needed funds for the GBS Foundation to assist sufferers and their families,” she said.

“I love so much about swimming ... the sense of belonging to this incredibly awesome bunch of people who are brought together by a love of the ‘blue stuff’.”

To donate to Ms Reynolds cause, visit guillainbarresyndrome.org or chuffed.org/fund raiser/40B440.

The 2019 Jetty Swim is on February 9-10.

For details, visit busselton jettyswim.org.au.

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