Notre Dame hits the water

06 March 2019

Staff and students take on 2019 Rottnest Channel Swim

In a quest to prove that mind and muscle go hand-in-hand, Notre Dame’s students and staff turned out in force for the 2019 Rottnest Channel Swim on Saturday, February 23.


Notre Dame’s Professor Philip Matthew’s yacht escorts swimmers on the Rottnest Channel Crossing

Among a large contingent of staff and students, Physiotherapy student Rosie Wood finished in the top ten in the Solo Women category, completing the 19.7km crossing from Cottesloe Beach to Thomson Bay on Rottnest Island in just 5 hours and 23 minutes.

Health Sciences Lecturer Dr Ashley Cripps and Academic Sessional Jesse Chandler also hit the water, each taking on the channel solo, finishing just one minute apart finishing in 7 hr 41 min and 7hr 40min respectively.

Dr Cripps, who took part in the swim for the second year and the first as a solo participant, said it was the toughest challenge he had ever undertaken.

“It was physically and mentally tough but really rewarding as well,” he said.

Two Notre Dame philosophy academics Dr Ines Pereira Rodrigues and Dr Tim Flanagan formed a team – Socks of Fire -- with two philosophy lecturers from Murdoch University to finish in in 7hr 41min. The team’s cheer squad – led by Acting Dean of Notre Dame’s School of Philosophy & Theology Professor Philip Matthews, in his yacht aptly named Passage West, finished the marathon in 7hr 41 min

“In the morning light, to see 2,500 swimmers and 900 boats stretched out all the way to Rottnest in a narrow channel, is a spectacular sight,” Professor Matthews said.

Swimmers rotated every 7 minutes, while a kayaker alongside them kept them on course, and swam together in the last kilometre to finish at about 3pm.


Media Contact - Beth Kennedy : +61 8 9433 0764 | +61 447 038 958 beth.kennedy@nd.edu.au.