Elite open swim­mer heads to Bus­sel­ton

Kwinana Courier - - Sport -

RHYS Main­stone (28), of Golden Bay, has set his sights on the Bus­sel­ton Jetty Swim in Jan­uary.

As an elite Aus­tralian swim­mer, Main­stone has ac­cepted the chal­lenge of the 3.6km swim around the iconic land­mark and will be vy­ing for the ti­tle of the 1st Open Male Swim­mer in 2019.

He will be bat­tling it out against his good friend and the 2018 Bus­sel­ton Jetty Swim ti­tle win­ner Andy Don­ald­son, who com­pleted the course in 42 min­utes and 14 sec­onds.

Main­stone, a mem­ber of the UWA West Coast swim­ming club, de­clares his best achieve­ment was plac­ing third over­all in the 2015 FINA World Marathon 10km series.

This in­volved eight 10km races around the world where he av­er­aged a plac­ing of fourth.

Main­stone also placed sec­ond at the FINA World Cham­pi­onships 2011 Team 5km and four na­tional ti­tles in the 10km event.

In the 24-year his­tory of the swim, the 2009 1st Open Fe­male record of 43 min­utes 37 sec­onds by Melissa Ben­son and the 2012 1st Open Male record of 40 min­utes and 4 sec­onds of Travis Ned­er­pelt still hold.

“The goal would be to try and beat my good friend and com­peti­tor Andy Don­ald­son,” Main­stone said. “Ev­ery year he pumps the swim up and he man­ages to get the best out of me, from rac­ing to hav­ing a good laugh.”

The Bus­sel­ton Jetty Swim is renowned for be­ing a par­tic­i­pa­tory and fully in­clu­sive event re­gard­less of age, abil­ity, ex­pe­ri­ence or gen­der.

“No mat­ter your swim­ming abil­ity, there is an event for every­body in the Bus­sel­ton Jetty Swim to par­tic­i­pate in, so ev­ery­one can be in­volved,” Main­stone said.

“This event is one of the best in the world.”

The Bus­sel­ton Jetty Swim is on Feb­ru­ary 9 and 10.

Visit www.bus­sel­ton­jet­tyswim.org.au.

Rhys Main­stone will be com­pet­ing in the Bus­sel­ton Jetty Swim.

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