Third time’s the charm

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By DENISE S CAHILL

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.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­typix. d430819

Cein­wen Roberts with her Rot­tnest Chan­nel Swim As­so­ci­a­tion Hall

of Fame trophy.

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