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IT will be a fam­ily af­fair for Dalkeith sur­geons Ben and Tim He­witt on Satur­day, as the broth­ers join forces to take part in the sec­ond an­nual Port to Pub swim to Rot­tnest Is­land.

Ben, an or­thopaedic sur­geon, reluc­tantly re­placed his for­mer high-pro­file swim­ming part­ner Jaime Bowler with his brother, a plas­tic sur­geon, in a bid to re­claim last year’s ti­tle.

Ben won the duo cat­e­gory in its in­au­gu­ral year with Bowler, who is known as one of the best open­wa­ter swim­mers in Perth.

He said he was now de­ter­mined to out-do Bowler in a friendly race to the fin­ish line, adding that the only way the duo could lose was if his brother did not per­form.

“If we lose, Tim will try and make out that I am re­spon­si­ble,” Ben said.

“But the fact is I do have a 100 per cent suc­cess rate in this swim, and if I don’t main­tain that suc­cess rate the blame is on Tim – af­ter all, the only thing that has changed is my part­ner.”

Team He­witt’s overt com­pet­i­tive­ness is not lim­ited to their swim­ming ri­vals.

“Our jobs are a good re­flec­tion of our roles within the team,” Ben said.

“As an or­thopaedic sur­geon I am the back­bone of this team, while Tim be­ing the plas­tic sur­geon is flashier and less vi­tal. He will start and fin­ish the race, but I’ll be do­ing the hard yards – just you watch.”

Port to Pub event or­gan­iser Cein­wen Roberts be­lieves this kind of friendly ri­valry makes the event a one-of-a-kind. “The re­sponse to last year’s event was phe­nom­e­nal and we have been overwhelmed by feed­back about how en­cour­ag­ing and em­pow­er­ing the whole process was,” she said.

“Many of the swim­mers are re­turn­ing this year and we are also wel­com­ing a whole new con­tin­gent of peo­ple of all ages and from all back­grounds.

“It is truly liv­ing up to its name as the ‘Swim for All’.”

The Port to Pub leaves from Leighton Beach on a 19.75km swim route to Rot­tnest Is­land.

Par­tic­i­pants can swim as a solo, duo or team of four or six, with the ad­di­tion of a 25km solo ul­tra­ma­rathon op­tion pro­vid­ing a plat­form for the ad­vanced swim­mer.

Pic­ture: Andrew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d466034

Broth­ers Ben and Tim He­witt are train­ing for Satur­day’s Port to Pub swim chal­lenge.

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