Waves of support for Quinns Baptist College students in Port to Pub attempt


Kedian Whittle, Ebony Schell, Luke Smoothy, Royan Norman, Juan-Hendre Van As, Duncan McIsaac, Sarah McIsaac and Danielle Jans van Rensburg. d479041
Kedian Whittle, Ebony Schell, Luke Smoothy, Royan Norman, Juan-Hendre Van As, Duncan McIsaac, Sarah McIsaac and Danielle Jans van Rensburg. d479041

NINE students from Quinns Baptist College in Mindarie will tackle a 19.7km swim from Leighton Beach to Rottnest Island next month.

The group will join several other school teams in the Hotel Rottnest Port to Pub event on March 17.

Coach Ian Bower said the school had been participating in the event for some years and it proved a great fit for the swimming team.

“The first year Port to Pub ran in 2016 we knew we wanted to be part of it and be one of the first schools to become involved,” he said.

“Our students feel like winners just by being involved as they each receive their own hat and towel.

“They make a big deal about each of the swimmers, which is fantastic for the students.

“This kind of training is teaching them life skills and dedication. It is also mentally challenging for many of them.”

A team of 83 students, former students and teachers from the school also did the Busselton Jetty Swim and run this month.

They set two records for the school, with Luke Smoothy breaking the 50-minute school record for a solo swim time by a student and Lucas Shelton the first student to run the half-marathon then do the solo swim.

Smoothy will also be swimming in the March 17 event, as will his peers Danielle Janse van Rensburg, Sarah McIsaac, Duncan McIsaac, Royan Norman, Ebony Schell, Juan-Hendre Van As, Kedian Whittle and David Zipasuca.

Organiser Ceinwen Roberts said the event was designed as a “swim for all” and encouraged people of all ages and swimming skills to get involved.

In 2018, the event will continue its support for R U OK? and Coastcare.

Register at www.porttopub.com.au by March 1.

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