Swim never gets old for Les

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Sport -

IT will be a re-en­act­ment 60 years in the making for Trevor Se­aborn and Les Ste­wart when they take to Leighton Beach for the in­au­gu­ral Port to Pub swim.

They were among just seven swim­mers who com­peted in the first ama­teur race to Rot­tnest Is­land in the 1950s, Se­aborn win­ning the race with Ste­wart not far be­hind in third.

Come March, 80-year-old Ste­wart will re-en­act the per­sonal achieve­ment and be­come to old­est per­son to swim the chan­nel cross­ing in do­ing so, while his long-time friend will send him off on his way with the starters gun.

They joined event or­gan­is­ers and other com­peti­tors in launch­ing the in­au­gu­ral event at Leighton Beach last Fri­day.

Port to Pub com­mit­tee mem­ber Cein­wen Roberts said the con­tri­bu­tion both men had made to open wa­ter swim­ming in WA was im­mea­sur­able, so it was apt they played a sig­nif­i­cant role in this event.

“The Port to Pub swim hon­ours the orig­i­nal Chan­nel cross­ing and its orig­i­nal route of 20km, while also in­tro­duc­ing an ex­tended 25km event, which is likely to at­tract swim­mers and swim­ming op­por­tu­ni­ties on the na­tional and in­ter­na­tional cir­cuit,” she said.

“The race is all about giv­ing more peo­ple more ac­cess to this iconic swim and meet­ing the in­creas­ing de­mand for open wa­ter swim­ming and ul­tra chal­leng­ing sport­ing events in WA.

“The in­tro­duc­tion of a team of six will en­able all lev­els of swim­mers to par­tic­i­pate.”

The swim will fol­low the route made in 1956 from Leighton Beach to Rot­tnest Is­land. Visit www.port topub.com.au to reg­is­ter.

Alysha Alikhan looks the part with bat in hand.

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