LONG distance swimmer Tim Hewitt boasts that training partner Jaime Bowler has never beaten him in a race, and she won’t get a chance to in this year’s Port to Pub because the duo is swimming together.
Hewitt said he and Bowler shared a swimming coach and had been swimming together for more than 20 years.
“She has never beaten me… I’ll retire before she gets the chance to,” the Dalkeith resident said.
Bowler swam in the Queen’s Baton Relay team at the Rottnest Channel Swim last month and will compete with Hewitt in the Port to Pub on March 17.
After the channel swim, Bowler said she was still on a high following the 19.7km crossing and was raring to go again for the Port to Pub.
Bowler is the Rottnest ambassador for Keiko Uno Jewellery, which will sponsor the team.
Uno, of Scarborough, said she admired Bowler as a working mum who was a veteran of open water swimming having won the Rottnest Channel Swim three times solo.
She said the team was expected to be fastest across the line.
Port to Pub starts at Leighton Beach outside Fremantle Surf Lifesaving Club, finishes at Hotel Rottnest and also includes a 25km ultra-marathon event for solo swimmers.