Resident trains hard to take on marathon Rottnest swim
Pilbara resident Aaron Ellis-Kerr is preparing to join hundreds of people taking part in this year’s Hotel Rottnest Port to Pub on March 25.
The swim leaves from Leighton Beach for a 19.75km swim route to Rottnest Island. Participants can swim solo, or aas a duo or team of four or six, with the addition of a 25km solo ultra-marathon option providing a platform for the advanced swimmer.
Ellis-Kerr said he had been involved in swimming and surf clubs growing up in Perth, but had not dipped his toe in the water for a while.
He said he had started swimming again to keep fit during the football off-season and had decided to take his swimming to the next level, competing in open-water swim events.
“Training has been a challenge considering the dangerous open-water conditions in Port Hedland and cyclone events that can close the pool for weeks, but my wife has started joining me in the pool and we are making great progress and I can’t wait to get into the open water and see how far my training has taken me,” Ellis-Kerr said.
Port to Pub event organiser Ceinwen Roberts said the swim was one of a kind and celebrated the WA way of life.
She said it was exciting for ordinary people to compete on the same playing field as Australian legends, based on the response to the inaugural swim last year.
“The response to last year’s event was phenomenal and we have been overwhelmed by feedback about how encouraging and empowering the whole process was,” Roberts said.
“Many of the swimmers are returning this year and we are also welcoming a whole new contingent of people of all ages and from all backgrounds.
“The Port to Pub is a great way to showcase the amazing natural assets and lifestyle of WA, and we hope to see many more people take up the challenge and tick the event off their bucket list.”