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Curtin Employees Make a Splash at Port to Pub Swim

The spotlight was on staff and students from the School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science at the inaugural Port to Pub Rottnest swim on Saturday 19 March 2016.

Sian Williams, Exercise Science lecturer, won the 20 km category, taking four hours and 57 minutes to complete the race, and coming in 18 minutes ahead of the first male competitor.

Ms Williams, who only started training for the event six weeks ago, said she had been worried about how well she would swim on the day.

“I felt a bit lonely all by myself for most of the race. I was nervous about the unexpected and how my body would pull up,” Ms Williams said.

 

Sian Williams, Exercise Science Lecturer
Sian Williams, Exercise Science Lecturer, won the 20 km category.

Adding to the honours was fourth year student, Rebekah Weller, who was the first female to cross the finish line in the 25 km category.

Ms Williams and Ms Weller were among 700 competitors who gathered at Leighton Beach to swim in the 20 km and 25 km categories.

The Port to Pub swim was established to meet public demand for open water swimming, and to provide an alternative race for swimmers who miss out on the over-subscribed Rottnest Channel Swim.

Rebekah Weller, fourth year student.
Rebekah Weller, fourth year student, was the first female to cross the finish line in the 25 km category. Photos by Freestyle Photography, provided by Rebekah Weller.
Rebekah Weller, fourth year student
Rebekah Weller, fourth year student, post swim. Photos by Freestyle Photography, provided by Rebekah Weller.