Registrations Open for a Swim for All!

After two years of attracting a broad range of high profile to recreational swimmers, the Hotel Rottnest Port to Pub organisers and participants are ‘raising a challenge’ for everyday Western Australians to start training to swim from Perth mainland to Rottnest Island on Saturday 17 March 2018.

Event organiser, Ceinwen Roberts, said more than many other open water swimming competitions in Australia, the Port to Pub provides access to an enormous challenge that is suitable for everyone.

“Swimmers can enter as a solo, duo or team of 4 or 6 to swim 19.7km from Leighton Beach to Rottnest Island. We also have Australia’s longest open water swimming route of 25km for more experienced swimmers. This category attracted Olympian Jarrod Poort earlier this year, and we already have a number of high profile swimmers expressing interest in getting in on the action in 2018,” she said. 

“What makes this event special is the community of inspirational people who come to the stage every year. These are ordinary but extremely extraordinary individuals, and we are so proud to invite them to be official ambassadors for the 2018 event.”

The Port to Pub swim follows the original open water crossing from North Fremantle to Rottnest Island over 60 years ago. It not only celebrates Western Australia’s natural assets and iconic waterways, it helped over 900 people achieve their own personal goals last March and many more who competed in 2016. 

 In just two years, the event has attracted high profile swimmers such as Olympic champions Libby Trickett, Eamon Sullivan and Jarrod Poort, along with a broad spectrum of participants who are being encouraged to use their achievements to empower others.

“I think people are genuinely surprised by what they can achieve. No matter if it is within a team of six or as a solo in the 25km ultra marathon, the feeling is indescribable when everyone gets to Rottnest Island, and we see novice swimmers celebrating alongside some of Australia’s biggest names,” Ms Roberts continued. 

“We want to make sure every Western Australian is aware that this event is not reserved for top athletes, but also everyday people. If there’s someone out there with even a single consideration about entering the swim, the message is clear - there is a great community that will support you and help you achieve this amazing bucket-list challenge. This includes a training program that can start immediately.”

Online registrations to the 2018 Hotel Rottnest Port to Pub can be made at

Early bird entry fees are $310 per person for solo, $550for duos ($275pp), $1040 for teams of four ($260pp) and $1560 for teams of six ($260pp).

Pic (LtoR): Corinne Zadow, Byron Kimber, Dr Soo Lim, Dean Kerns, Leith Weston-McKerracher “Leithal", Shane McGurk.

Images thanks to Clip Media Motion

Oct 15 2017 - 8:15am