Ew­ers fam­ily in the swim to raise money for sports char­ity

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - Ju­lian Wright

THE Ew­ers fam­ily plans to make a splash at the 2017 Swim Thru Perth this month.

This year the event, which has a 105-year his­tory, will in­clude four dis­tances – 5km, 2.5km, 1.25km and 250m – on Sun­day, Jan­uary 22 in Matilda Bay, and for the first time, forms part of Swim­ming WA’s Open Wa­ter Swim Se­ries.

Cameron Ew­ers, di­rec­tor of first time event part­ner Pure Leas­ing Cen­tral, will com­pete and bring his seven-month-old son Kip to the new 250m Try It event, which is open to peo­ple of all ages and swim­ming abil­i­ties.

“I was al­ways into swim­ming, but got back into it in the last five years,” he said.

“I had not swum for a long time be­fore that. I was play­ing rugby through­out the winter and I al­most broke my neck and tore lig­a­ments off two of the ver­te­brae and couldn’t play rugby any­more.

“One of the things they said I should do is start swim­ming again as part of re­hab, but also be­cause it is non-con­tact and to strengthen mus­cles.”

The five-time Rottnest Chan­nel Swim par­tic­i­pant said his wife was also a swim­mer and the cou­ple had just in­stalled a pool at their Su­bi­aco home.

“We are rais­ing a wa­ter baby; Kip was down at the beach for a week while we were down south,” Mr Ew­ers said.

Pro­ceeds from Swim Thru Perth will go to the WA Dis­abled Sports As­so­ci­a­tion.

Reg­is­ter at www.swimthru­perth.org.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d463788

Cameron Ew­ers, cen­tre, with Heather Bird (9), Tom Men­gler (10), Paola Ion (9) and Timur Sey­yar (9), who are swim­ming the new 250m course for kids.

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