Mike Jennings and Norman Trusty - Windermere swim
Norman Trusty with Mike Jennings and friends after the Windermere swim. Colin Burnett in the track suit was a breaststroke swimmer – his intention was to swim the Channel after his Torbay swim. Pete Barber in the light flannels held the 800 meters Kent athletic Championship and at 80 years of age held the World shot put championship.
Mike went on to swim the Channel, England to France 1966, time 13hrs 02mins. France to England 1960, time 13hrs 31mins.
Norman Trusty swam the Channel on three occasions; France to England 1967, time 12hrs 05mins. England to France 1971, five weeks apart, time 12hrs 24mins and 13hrs 41mins.
He also completed 9 Channel relays; 1971 Hetzels Texas Volunteers one way England to France, 1974 Hetzels Texas Volunteers Two Way – completing records for Fastest England France Swim 8hrs 51m, Fastest France England Swim 8hrs 59m and fastest 2 way Channel Swim; 1977 Channel Swimming Association Committee Golden Jubilee Team, one way
Other Swimming Events included; 1954 British Long Distance Swimming Association Torbay Champion, 1966 British Long Distance Swimming Association International Windermere Championship (10 1/4 Miles), 1974 British Long Distance Swimming Association International Windermere Championship (26km)
Norman also swam Windermere on 5 occasions. Morecambe Bay, 2nd place, 3hrs 27mins14secs; Bala Two Way 1963, third place; and the Coniston Vets 1979 finished 1st place, and 1981 3rd place.
As a youngster, he was Kent County Backstroke, and Long Distance Champion from 1954 to 1957. A member of the Otter Swimming Club, to win the ASA National Championships in the Medley & Free Style Relay Teams in 1953, 54, 55, 56.
Norman has served as an Official Channel Swimming Association Observer since 1967 and continued in that capacity a total of 37 years. For many years he served as Observer Liason Officer responsible for appointing independent observers for Channel swims. He received the Channel Swimming Associations Audrey Scott Memorial Trophy in 1998 for the greatest contribution to Channel Swimming and he was awarded the Observer of the year trophy in 1991.
Today he has observed at least 50 solo swims, 13 successful relay teams, 2 double crossings and 4 two way relay teams. Norman was the team manager and coach for the swimming section of the Metropolitan Police Relay Team for the inaugural championship of the London to Paris 1984 Triathlon.
While crewing on Channel swims Norman has gained qualifications to further his credentials as an observer. They include passing shore based courses in handling sail and power craft as well as certification for wireless telegraphy and radio regulations.