Hundreds hit the water for ocean classic

Aiden BoyhamSound Telegraph
Winner of 2km race Steve Hughes with Barbara Pellick.
Camera IconWinner of 2km race Steve Hughes with Barbara Pellick. Credit: Rockingham Masters Swimming Club

Masters Swimming WA and the Rockingham Masters Swimming Club teamed up to co-host the Rockingham Ocean Classic on March 3, with hundreds hitting the water in the name of fun and competition.

The open-water event, which was held at the Rockingham Foreshore, attracted 200 competitors from clubs across the South West.

As part of the Masters State Open Water Championships, the event featured 1km, 2km and 4km swims, with several Rockingham Masters Swimming Club athletes shining as the club had eight podium finishes.

Rockingham’s Steve Hughes was the winner in the male 2km race, while Allison Haas from Perth City Swim Club took out the women’s 2km category.

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Craig Sandford, who is also from Rockingham, took out the men’s 1km race, with Perth City’s Siobhan Wilkins winning the women’s 1km race.

Wade Adam won the men’s 4km race, while Ingrid van der Wel won the women’s 4km swim. Rockingham Masters Swimming Club president Erica Thomas thanked sponsors for their support in helping host the race and said the club would look into running the event again after it turned out to be a roaring success.

“We had a lot of positive comments from Perth clubs about our foreshore,” she said.

“They really enjoyed their time here and they had no idea how lovely it is here.”

Rockingham Masters Swimming Club athletes will now get ready for meet at the Mandurah Masters on March 25.

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