Mandurah Catholic College student completed Rottnest Channel Swim solo

Caelan Hurley competing in the 2018 Rottnest Channel Swim.
Caelan Hurley competing in the 2018 Rottnest Channel Swim.

HALLS Head resident Caelan Hurley completed his first solo swim from Cottesloe to Rottnest and scored a medal at this years Rottnest Channel Swim.

The 16-year-old Mandurah Catholic College student successfully swam the course solo in six hours and 58 minutes.

He said he trained hard in the lead-up to the event.

“I swam at the Aquatic Centre either on my own or with Barbara Pellick’s ‘Rottoswmr’ squad,” he said.

(Left to right) Jamie Boukaseff, Caelan Hurley and Derek Hurley after Caelan finished his swim.

Towards the end of his training, he averaged between 20 to 40kms a week of swimming practice which involved early morning sessions before school and long ocean swims on the weekends.

Hurley was supported by skipper Des McLean, fellow MCC student Jamie Boukaseff, his brother Derek Hurley and mum Jen Hurley who travelled on a kayak alongside him on the day.

Hurley was met on Rottnest island by his Dad, Michael, and his sister Niamh.

“I’m keen to get back in the water and looking forward to swimming challenges in the future,” he said.