A TEAM from Chisholm Catholic College will be competing in the 2020 Rottnest Channel Swim for the first time this week.
The Chisholm Crusaders comprises teacher Sule Alagic, parent Jeremy Trott and students James Trott and Christian Ziino.
They will be swimming 19.7km from Cottesloe Beach to Rottnest Island on February 22 to raise money for the college’s Vietnam Immersion Program.
Their target is $2500.
The program is designed to strengthen the college’s connection and mission with the Dominican Sisters to support with the work the sisters are doing.
Mr Alagic said it felt “surreal” to form a school team in the iconic event.
“We are all hoping for a nice easterly wind to assist our swim on the day and that the stingers don’t wish to make any outings that day,” he said.
“The school community is extremely proud of James and Christian for being brave enough to put their hands up, as well as coming up with the idea.
“It takes tremendous courage to decide to swim in open waters across the channel and it’s great to see the boys throwing themselves into the deep end.”
Mr Alagic said the team had been “putting in the hard yards”, training in the morning and participating in several local open water swims.
He said other than making it across the finish line, the team wanted to meet its fundraising target.
He said the immersion program was designed to support the work the Dominican Sisters were doing to make education accessible to the community, particularly Hoa Hong, a school for children with hearing impairments.
“Staff and students were set with the task of building a library in 2019, as well as the boarding school for the Indigenous Bana community the Sisters have opened,” he said.