OLYMPIC swimmer Jarrod Poort has announced he will take part in the 2017 Hotel Rottnest Port to Pub swim next year.
The dual Olympian, who is currently Australia’s best open water swimmer, announced today he would take on the 25km ultra-marathon swim.
The 22-year-old said he was already in training and was looking forward to the challenge.
“The Port to Pub’s 25km ultra-marathon is a relatively new event, but one I think sounds like a real challenge, even for myself,” he said.
“Swimming distances like these is not only a real test of physical preparation, but also a mental battle.
“I’ve only swum in WA waters a handful of times, but they hold very fond memories for me, I’m really looking forward to come over and swimming in the company of such an amazing and broad range of swimmers.”
The swim leaves from Leighton Beach in North Fremantle and finishes at Hotel Rottnest on Rottnest Island.
Event organiser Ceinwen Roberts said it was great to have the Olympian taking part in the event.
“This is an event for the people, whether you are a recreational swimmer or Olympic champion. It’s about going out there and making the most of Perth’s amazing lifestyle and taking the challenge of a lifetime,” she said.
The current record for the swim was set by Bradley Smith this year with a time of 5:34:33.
The 2017 Port to Pub swim will kick off on March 25.
For more information or to register visit www.porttopub.com.au