GWYN Williams from Kalamunda is returning to the ocean this month to compete with his daughter in the gruelling Port to Pub open water swimming event.
Swimming is in the Williams family DNA with credentials stretching back to the 1962 British Empire Commonwealth Games, where Gwyn was selected as a team member.
Mr Williams will hit the water with his daughter Sian, who is reigning Port to Pub solo champion.
“The Port to Pub is a great event that is obviously very close to our family and it will be great to see the months of hard work pay off,” he said,
“Sian has competed in a number of national swimming championships and has a couple of silver medals under her belt.
“My daughter Ceinwen is an open water swimming champion who has completed the English Channel cross, the Manhattan Island Marathon swim and a triple crossing of the Rottnest Channel.
“We had a fantastic time at the event last year, and we are hoping that we can have a repeat of last year’s success together as a duo.”
Ceinwen Roberts, who is organising the event, said the swim was a one of a kind celebration of the WA way of life.
“The response to last year’s event was phenomenal and we have been overwhelmed by feedback about how encouraging and empowering the whole process was,” she said.
“Many of the swimmers are returning this year and we are also welcoming a whole new contingent of people of all ages and from all backgrounds.
“It is truly living up to its name as the ‘Swim for All’.
Ms Roberts said it was an opportunity for ordinary people to compete on the same playing field as Australian legends including Olympians Jarrod Poort, Libby Trickett and Eamon Sullivan.
Ms Roberts said the Port to Pub left from Leighton Beach on a 19.75km swim route to Rottnest Island on March 25.
“Participants can swim as a solo, duo or team of four or six, with the addition of a 25km solo ultra-marathon option providing a platform for the advanced swimmer,” she said.
“The 25km ultra-marathon is the longest swim in Australia and aims to attract people from all over the world looking to compete on a national and international circuit.”
“The Port to Pub is a great way to showcase the amazing natural assets and lifestyle of WA, and we hope to see many more people take up the challenge and tick the event off their bucket list.”