Fundrais­ers don togs for char­ity

Pilbara News - - News - ■ Ali­cia Perera

There was as much fun as healthy com­pe­ti­tion at this year’s Kar­ratha Vir­tual Rot­tnest Chan­nel Swim held at the Leisure­plex on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 27.

Most of the six teams in­volved en­tered as large “nov­elty teams” of more than four peo­ple, made up of fam­ily mem­bers, friends, and sports groups, rather than small com­pet­i­tive squads.

Kar­ratha Wa­ter Polo As­so­ci­a­tion men’s team Mar­lins 1 clocked in first at 4hr 8min, while the women’s team came se­cond in 5:26.

Third and fourth teams Keep to the Left and P. Sher­man fin­ished only a minute apart.

The Mako Sharks fol­lowed at 6:26 while the Leisure­plex’s only com­pet­i­tive side, team of four Just Keep Swim­ming, fin­ished in 6:40.

To­gether the teams raised thou- sands of dol­lars for the Royal Fly­ing Doc­tor Ser­vice, this year’s nom­i­nated Rot­tnest Chan­nel Swim char­ity.

At Wick­ham swim­ming pool, four young lo­cals aged 10 to 14 also par­tic­i­pated in the vir­tual swim as a com­pet­i­tive team and fin­ished in 7:31.

Their ef­fort has so far raised $4500 for the Cure Brain Can­cer Foun­da­tion.

Dane Veli­ades with Tash and Aaron Hock­ing, and Holly Ver­non.

Pic­tures: Ali­cia Perera

Kar­ratha Wa­ter Polo As­so­ci­a­tion team Mar­lins 2.

Robyn Minogue, Genevieve Dow, 16, Dy­lan Minogue, 12, Erin Shay­lor, Sophie Sparks, 16, and Tanya Nee­son.

Or­gan­iser Tepi Smith and swim­mer Sarah McDon­ald.

Dane Veli­ades with Deborah and Caitlin Watts, 15.

Tash Hock­ing

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