Fo­cus on vir­tual Rotto swim

Pilbara News - - Pilibra Sport - Ali­cia Perera

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.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Perera

Ciara Wal­sham, 14, Kyah Campigli, 12, Ol­lie Tay­lor, 10, and Caitlin Wal­sham, 12, are pre­par­ing to com­pete in the Rot­tnest Chan­nel Swim.

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