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