Focus on virtual Rotto swim
Most adults would be exhausted at the very thought of doing an almost 20km channel swim, but four Wickham children are barely breaking a sweat.
Wickham Amateur Swimming Club members Ollie Taylor, 10, Kyah Campigli, 12, Caitlin Walsham, 12, and Ciara Walsham, 14, are about to compete in the Virtual Rottnest Channel Swim this Saturday, February 27.
The four are regulars on the North West swim meet circuit and Ollie, who is a former City of Karratha junior sportsman of the year, was ranked fifth in Australia in most of his strokes last year.
Coach Kylie Taylor said the team members were some of the youngest in the whole competition.
“I’ve spoken to the Rottnest Swim organisers, and Ollie is the youngest swimmer registered to compete, and our team is the second youngest team,” she said.
She said she had full faith in the team. “I got approached by the pool to say that they were registering for a virtual swim and they would love for the swim club kids to do it,” she said. “And I just thought ‘yeah, my kids are more than capable of doing that’.”
“I’m super-proud. They’re awesome little swimmers.”
The children will each do 5km of the total channel swim distance in a four-part relay at Wickham Pool.
They said they are used to swimming 4km in squads and have made few training changes.
The team are using the swim to fundraise for brain cancer research on behalf of Wickham resident Gary Lurz.
You can contribute by going to https://www.curebraincancer.org.au/my-fundraising/9907/2016virtual-rottnest-island-channelswim.
Ciara Walsham, 14, Kyah Campigli, 12, Ollie Taylor, 10, and Caitlin Walsham, 12, are preparing to compete in the Rottnest Channel Swim.