Poort an­nounces he will swim to Rot­tnest Pub

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stage -

OLYMPIC swim­mer Jarrod Poort will take part in the 2017 Ho­tel Rot­tnest Port to Pub swim.

The dual Olympian, cur­rently Aus­tralia’s best open water swim­mer, an­nounced he would take on the 25km ul­tra-marathon swim.

The 22-year-old said he was al­ready in train­ing and was look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge on March 25.

“The Port to Pub’s 25km ul­tra­ma­rathon is a rel­a­tively new event, but one I think sounds like a real chal­lenge, even for my­self,” he said.

“Swim­ming dis­tances like th­ese is not only a real test of phys­i­cal prepa­ra­tion, but also a men­tal bat­tle. I’ve only swum in WA wa­ters a hand­ful of times, but they hold very fond mem­o­ries for me. I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to come over and swim­ming in the com­pany of such an amaz­ing and broad range of swim­mers.”

The swim leaves from Leighton Beach in North Fre­man­tle and fin­ishes at Ho­tel Rot­tnest on Rot­tnest Is­land.

Event or­gan­iser Cein­wen Roberts said it was great to have the Olympian tak­ing part in the event.

“This is an event for the peo­ple, whether you are a recre­ational swim­mer or Olympic cham­pion. It’s about go­ing out there and mak­ing the most of Perth’s amaz­ing life­style and tak­ing the chal­lenge of a life­time,” she said.

The cur­rent record for the swim was set by Bradley Smith last year with a time of 5:34:33.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to reg­is­ter visit www.port­topub.com.au

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