Ewers family to make a splash at 2017 Swim Thru Perth

Brett Silvester crosses the finish line at the 97th annual Swim Thru Perth.
Brett Silvester crosses the finish line at the 97th annual Swim Thru Perth.

THE Ewers family plans to make a splash at the 2017 Swim Thru Perth this month.

This year the event, which has a 105-year history, will include four distances – 5km, 2.5km, 1.25km and 250m – on Sunday, January 22 in Matilda Bay, and for the first time, forms part of Swimming WA’s Open Water Swim Series.

Cameron Ewers, director of first-time event partner Pure Leasing Central, will compete and bring his seven-month-old son Kip to the new 250m Try It event, which is open to people of all ages and swimming abilities.

“I was always into swimming but got back into it in the last five years,” he said.

“I had not swum for a long time before that; I was playing rugby throughout the winter and I almost broke my neck and tore ligaments off two of the vertebrae and couldn’t play rugby anymore.

“One of the things they said I should do is start swimming again as part of rehab but also because it is non-contact and to strengthen muscles.”

The five-time Rottnest Channel Swim participant said his wife was also a swimmer and the couple had just installed a pool at their Subiaco home.

“We are raising a water baby; Kip was down at the beach for a week while we were down south,” Mr Ewers said.

Proceeds from Swim Thru Perth will go to the WA Disabled Sports Association.

Primary school-aged entrants of the Try It event can nominate their school on entry and the school with the most participants on race day will win $250 towards new sporting equipment.

To register for the event, go to http://www.swimthruperth.org.

This year is the 98th Swim Thru Perth. The first event was held in 1912 and has only been interrupted by the two World Wars and a polio epidemic.