Rough, Remarkable, Renowned Rottnest Rewarded

Rough, Remarkable, Renowned Rottnest Rewarded

The Rottnest Channel Swim Association was inducted as an Honor Organization in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame ceremonies at the United Nations.

The Rottnest Channel Swim Association has conducted over two decades of 19.7K solo and relay crossing of the Rottnest Channel in Western Australia and is truly one of the world’s greatest open water swimming spectaculars with so many swimmers, so many boats, so much interest and passion for the sport.

Formed in 1989, the Rottnest Channel Swim Association priorities are to observe and authenticate people who swim the famed Rottnest Channel, promote safety, advise and encourage swimmers wanting to make an attempt as well as gathering and preserving historical data from the crossings.

Nearly 25,000 individuals have been certified by the Rottnest Channel Swim Association to have swum the channel as solo and relay swimmers since 1956. This was the acceptance speech of Raymond Yong, President of the Association:

The Rottnest Channel Swim Association is deeply honoured to be recognised for induction as an Honoree Club into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.

Whilst we regret not being able to attend the presentation, dinner and celebrations in New York, we are with you in spirit.

We wish you a wonderful evening and thank you once again for your very kind recognition of the work undertaken by our Association in hosting and promoting our local and somewhat iconic open water channel crossing – a 19.7K crossing of the Indian Ocean, from Cottesloe Beach to Rottnest Island in Western Australia.

If any of you are ever in our part of the world, drop in and say ‘hello’! We’d love to see you. And finally, our thanks go to Shelley Taylor-Smith, an Australian swimming icon in her own right, for accepting the award on our behalf
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Steven Munatones