Res­i­dent trains hard to take on marathon Rot­tnest swim

Pilbara News - - Motoring -

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.”

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