Female swimmer wins first Port to Pub Rotto swim


A 29-year-old South Perth woman has won the first ever Port to Pub Rottnest swim.

Sian Williams finished to 20km solo category in a time of four hours and 57 minutes, coming in 18 minutes ahead of the first male finisher.

“I felt a bit lonely all by myself for most of the race. I was nervous about the unexpected and how my body would pull up,” she said.

“I only seriously started training six weeks ago.”

Swimming legend Shelley Taylor-Smith, who sounded the starting horn for solo swimmers, said it was great to see a woman finish first.

“It shows you women can match men in endurance events. Racing against men brings the best out in women,” she said.

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Sian Williams, first 20km solo across the line in 4hr57min!!! 👏👏👏 @siany_williams

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