Saturday the 25th of February 2017 saw the 26th annual edition of the Rottnest Channel Swim and as expected it was a great day to watch Perth City dominate. In true Perth City fashion it was a sweep across the board with athletes from across the club racing with passion, resilience and enjoyment.
Perth City was represented strongly across the board with 4 solo competitors, 1 duo and 3 teams. Caitlyn James was the first female solo swimmer across the line for Perth City, finishing third female overall in the Champions of the Channel (COTC) category in a speedy 5:12:46. Gareth Evans (7th COTC) Sabrina Seitz (12th) and Annika Lydiate (2nd) all made the 20km trek to Rottnest in impressive times in what was a very tough race given the heat, swell and ocean currents.
James who trains with Ian Mills, said “I was happy with my swim and coming third female, considering a year ago I wasn’t even swimming.” James credits her feeding and race plan for her successful race as she believes it was the difference between her and her competitors when the going got tough. James is looking forward to doing the race next year and is confident she can produce another great result after finding the motivation to continue to push herself at training.
Perth City also tasted success in the Champions of the Channel race with PCSC Boys finishing second over the line and first duo as they stormed ahead of 2016 Rio Olympian Jarrod Poort. PCSC Boys consisted of NOS swimmers, Reilly Kennedy and Callum Lauriston. Both boys have recently returned from competing at the 2017 National Open Water Swimming Championships and have shown they are in form after a stellar competition in Adelaide. Kennedy who is the younger of the two said, “it was great to have another hit out before Summer finished”.
The boys who are huge supporters of the swim agreed that the event is incredibly important for the broader community as it allows swimming to be brought into the mainstream media, allowing swimmers to feel like “celebrities” for the day.
Perth City was also represented strongly in the teams’ event as Millsy’s Angels and Eoin’s Angels took out the top two places showing off their #girlpower.
Ex-Perth City Member Solomon Wright who is now based in Queensland also took part in the race and finished second overall solo swimmer; a huge effort given it was his first time competing in the swim.
Perth City Swimming Club would like to congratulate all members and swimmers that took part in the event and we hope to see even more Perth City swimmers competing (and dominating again!) next year.