Team channel swim winners again


Swimmers Gregg Tidboald, Patrick Hoey, Rhys Mainstone and Chris Paunich. Picture: Matt Jelonek         www.communitypix.com.au   d445658
Swimmers Gregg Tidboald, Patrick Hoey, Rhys Mainstone and Chris Paunich. Picture: Matt Jelonek         www.communitypix.com.au d445658

Sponsored by Rokeby Dental Surgery & Implant Centre in Subiaco, teammates Gregg Tidboald, Patrick Hoey, Rhys Mainstone and Chris Paunich defended their two-time winning title last month to finish first overall in the 19.7km swim.

Dentist Kate Scanlon said the boys were determined to beat the long-standing team record next year.

“We were all really proud of them, especially since they got so close to the record,” Dr Scanlon said.

“They were in the elite champion category of the race called Champions of the Channel.

“It was a great day for our surgery following the success of these boys and again being able to support charity forever15.”

They crossed the finish line in 3 hours and 46 minutes, more than 20 minutes faster than their time last year.

The surgery raised funds and awareness of brain cancer in memory of 15-year-old Hale School student Will Atkinson through the forever15 foundation.

Dr Scanlon said WA’s fastest 100m freestyler and Cottesloe local Hoey was Rokeby Dental Surgery & Implant Centre partner Kevin Hoey’s son.

“He helped rally the team, as all four have huge swimming achievements in their own right,” she said.

Claremont resident Mainstone is a contender for the Australian Olympic team for the 10km open water swim in Rio.

Dr Scanlon and fellow dentist Justin Float also competed in the swim, with Dr Float finishing fifth in his team’s category and Dr Scanlon completing the race solo in 5 hours 36 minutes.

Visit www.forever15.com.au .