Third time’s the charm
THERE were three weeks between Ceinwen Roberts accepting Rohan Hollick’s challenge to complete a triple crossing between Cottesloe Beach and Rottnest Island, and the duo actually swimming for 19 hours.
“Rohan had done two crossings and had been joking about it (a triple crossing),” Roberts, of Swanbourne, said.
“He wrote me an email and said ‘how about it’ and we did the triple crossing three weeks later.
“Swimming in the middle of the night in shark-infested waters was pretty hairy.”
The personal trainer said there was no need to alter her training in the lead up to the March, 2013, triple crossing because she was already preparing for the 48km Manhattan Island Marathon Swim and had recently completed the Rottnest Channel Swim solo.
The duo was among the first swimmers inducted into the Rottnest Channel Swim Association Hall of Fame this month.
“Rohan and I were in shock. It was unbelievable to be inducted with other people like Peter and Barbara in an association I have respected and loved so much,” Roberts said.
Peter Tanham, nicknamed King of the Channel, and Queen of the Channel Barbara Pellick were first to be inducted after completing 28 and 25 solo swims respectively.
Pellick was the first female to complete a double crossing.
Roberts has competed in the Rottnest Channel Swim 14 times.
Ceinwen Roberts with her Rottnest Channel Swim Association Hall
of Fame trophy.