South Fremantle: Fiona Stanley Hospital doctor looks to make a splash at Port to Pub swim

Fiona Stanley Hospital doctor Brooke Murphy is gearing up for the Port to Pub swim. Picture: Jon Hewson
Fiona Stanley Hospital doctor Brooke Murphy is gearing up for the Port to Pub swim. Picture: Jon Hewson

FRESH off completing the Rottnest Channel Swim, Fiona Stanley Hospital doctor Brooke Murphy is jumping back into the water.

The South Fremantle resident, who also works at Royal Perth Hospital, will take part in her third Port to Pub swim on March 16 as part of a team of four called Pistol Knights.

The team includes Serena Wells, Michael Berry and Paul Miller, who have completed 18 solo Rottnest Channel Swims between them.

Dr Murphy said she had got back into swimming in recent years as a way of balancing work and her personal life.

“I was always a good swimmer at school but it fell away and I didn’t swim for years,” she said.

“I worked out I need a distraction and so I jumped back into the pool.

“I met the group through the Port to Pub organiser and they are a great bunch of people.”

Dr Murphy has been training for the two events since September, doing about six to seven sessions per week.

“It can be tough after a night shift but other times it feels great,” she said.

“I’m often swimming at Cottesloe or South Beach.

“All the effort is worth it at the end, I get great support from my crew and there’s nothing better than having drinks after the swims.”

The 19.7km open water swim from Leighton Beach to Rottnest is expected to attract around 1500 novice and competitive swimmers.

Registrations are open until March 1 via www.porttopub.com.au.