Polo teams take out vir­tual Rotto

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Perera

A 20km swim and a 6am start were no de­ter­rents to 54 Kar­ratha res­i­dents who took on the Vir­tual Rot­tnest Chan­nel Swim on Satur­day.

Six teams com­peted in the town’s fourth Rot­tnest Chan­nel Swim sim­u­la­tion at the Kar­ratha Leisure­plex, along with a sev­enth team based at Wick­ham swim­ming pool.

The Kar­ratha Wa­ter Polo As­so­ci­a­tion, com­pet­ing for the first time, came in first and se­cond with their men’s and women’s teams re­spec­tively.

Men’s team the Mar­lins 1 fin­ished in 4hr. 8min., the fastest time ever recorded at a Kar­ratha vir­tual swim, though as a team of more than four, they are not clas­si­fied as com­pet­i­tive.

KWPA sec­re­tary Anouska An­gove said they got in­volved to pre­pare for the up­com­ing wa­ter polo WA Coun­try Cham­pi­onships, hosted by Kar­ratha this week­end.

“Be­cause it’s the week be­fore State coun­try champs, we thought it would be a good way to get some ex­tra train­ing in,” she said.

“It’s a good lit­tle team­builder.”

Or­gan­iser Tepi Smith, a for­mer com­peti­tor in the Perth Rot­tnest Chan­nel Swim and the vir­tual com­pe­ti­tion, said the event was al­ways pop­u­lar in Kar­ratha.

In Wick­ham, one of the State’s youngest teams swam a 4 x 5km re­lay, fin­ish­ing in 7:31 de­spite Ol­lie Tay­lor, 10, suf­fer­ing from pneu­mo­nia and Caitlin Wal­sham, 12, hav­ing a bad shoul­der in­jury.

Pic­ture: Tepi Smith

Kar­ratha Wa­ter Polo As­so­ci­a­tion men’s team Mar­lins 1 cel­e­brate be­ing the first to fin­ish the Vir­tual Rot­tnest Chan­nel Swim.

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