Cristie Leet.
Cristie Leet.

Swimmer ready to tackle Rottnest

SWIMMING

WHEN it comes to Rottnest Island and its surrounding waters in Western Australia, most people think of the deep, dark, blue sea.

But for one Whitsunday swimmer, it is an opportunity like none other.

Christie Leet is a dedicated long distance swimmer and triathlete who will swim from Perth to Rottnest Island as part of the 2011 WAtoday Rottnest Channel Swim this weekend.

The event is one of Australia's longest open water ocean swim events and attracts attention from accomplished swimmers from around the country and abroad.

This year will be the first time Leet competes in the 20km event.

He said he was looking forward to the experience of taking part in his first Rottnest race.

“It's very exposed and it can be quite wild and rugged,” he said.

“There's a cyclone over there at the moment so it's going to be interesting.

“It's just about the experience.”

The passionate swimmer is no stranger to a long distance swim having competed in the 9km Magnetic Island to Townsville swim in the past three years.

He also was part of a trio who swam from Whitehaven Beach to Hamilton Island last year.

Despite usually doing it all himself, Leet has chosen to compete at Rottnest with a fellow competitor.

And when it comes to a partner there is none better than current world record holder for Olympic distance triathlon, Miles Stewart.

Leet said the pair hoped to complete the race in about five and a half hours, alternating after every two kilometres.

“My aim is to do it as a duo this year and on my own next year, depending on how we go,” he said.

“Miles is a very good swimmer so we hope to do well as a duo.”


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