“Most times we’ve seen each other when we’re not wearing very much, but thanks to training we’ve finally seen what everyone looks like in clothes!” laughs Allison Hass, team leader of the Cancer Council of WA’s Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim team, as we chat about their involvement in the 2017 Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim.
As part of Karma Resort’s sponsorship of the event, the global luxury resorts brand donated a full team place to the Cancer Council of WA, helping to raise vital funds for cancer research and to support sufferers and their families.
Allison says the team was lucky to be given the opportunity to fund-raise for a good cause, as they’ve seen the impact the disease can have firsthand.
Even before they joined together for the Karma Resorts Rottnest swim, the group had trained regularly together at the Perth City Swim Club. Forming a competition level team has given the foursome the opportunity to get to know each other outside of the pool.
“There’s nothing like training for team events to get to know each other’s strengths and challenges. That’s the great thing about sport; it brings people together.”
Asked about their strategy for the swim, Allison quips that it depends on where you’re from.
“If you ask the American one, we’re all going to swim as hard as we can until we can’t swim anymore. I think we’d be better off keeping a sensible pace and rotating every 6-8 minutes or so – and then bring it home hard at the end.”
“If you ask the bearded one or the English one, they won’t have a clue!”
“We’re planning to play to each other’s strengths – having an experienced open water swimmer to start the race and hopefully finding our paddler and boat with ease amongst the pandemonium at the start!”