Fundraisers don togs for charity
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.
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.