An End­less Sum­mer of Fam­ily Fun

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

PORT to Pub swim reg­is­tra­tions opened this week.

Now in its fourth year, the event is a 19.7 km open wa­ter swim from Leighton Beach to Rot­tnest Is­land that at­tracts 1500 novice and com­pet­i­tive swim­mers.

For­mer Olympian Ea­mon Sul­li­van said the event brought back a lot of mem­o­ries from his com­pet­i­tive swim­ming days.

“When we were asked to be in­volved, for us there are a bunch of old swim­mers that used to swim to­gether and it was a good chance to dust off the Speedos,” he said.

“It’s a good day, es­pe­cially when you get to the is­land. Fin­ish­ing at Rot­tnest is pretty iconic in WA.”

Last year the event had to be stopped due to de­te­ri­o­rat­ing weather con­di­tions.

Two teams look­ing for re­demp­tion in­clude Su­bi­aco Sport Mas­sage Steam team, led by Sul­li­van, and the South Cott Physio Dream Team, led by cur­rent Aus­tralian open wa­ter cham­pion Nic Rollo.

Sul­li­van said last year was frus­trat­ing and the team tried to keep go­ing.

“Last year was the first year we had re­ally strong com­pe­ti­tion be­cause in the first cou­ple of years it was a pretty new event,” he said.

“We are not fit by any means; we are re­tired and prob­a­bly 10 ki­los heav­ier then we used to be rac­ing.”

Sul­li­van said the train­ing sched­ule this year looked lit­tle dif­fer­ent.

“A lot of us are now new dads, so time is pretty short,” he said.

“It’s all fun, about getting to the end, hav­ing a beer in Rot­tnest talk­ing about how well you swam, who was worst on ground, who was best.

“We are re­ally look­ing for­ward to this year.”

To regis­ter, visit www.port­


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