PERTH, Australia, December 4. RECENTLY retired West Coast Eagles premiership player Andrew Embley and former Fremantle Docker’s Captain Shaun McManus have today challenged open water swimming champions Rhys Mainstone and Simon Huitenga in an open water race with a difference on the Swan River in Perth.
To celebrate the launch of the 2014 BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series ‘Swim the Swan’, today’s race in aquatic zorb balls saw Mainstone and Huitenga use their open water skills to prevail over the two AFL legends, with Commonwealth Games gold medallist Blair Evans and former World Marathon Swimming Champion Shelley Taylor-Smith watching on as official time keepers.
West Australian FINA World Cup medallist and the reigning champion from last year’s 10km open water swim Rhys Mainstone, says the Swim the Swan and BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series is a great way to celebrate open water swimming in WA.
“Today was a lot of fun, and that’s the whole idea of the race on Sunday 2 February,” said Mainstone.
“We’ve got such a fantastic open water swimming community in WA and to be able to race in the iconic Swan River is not only a great opportunity for us as elite swimmers, but also for those who just love setting themselves a challenge and achieving it.”
“With events from 500m to 10km there’s a distance for everyone, and what better way to spend a Sunday morning in summer, than swimming along the river with your mates.”
Swim The Swan will see swimmers race over five distances — 500m, 1.25km, 2.5km, 5km and the Olympic Marathon distance of 10km for a share of more than $100,000 in prize money. The course starts and finishes at the Barrack Street Jetty, and hugs the city shoreline as swimmers get the rare opportunity to swim looking up at the Perth skyline.
Registrations for the 2014 Swim the Swan on Sunday 2 February are now open at www.aquaticsuperseries.com.au
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