Spirit. Smithton triathlete Kelly Honess will attempt to swim from Stanley to Smithton this Australia Day in support of the local pool.
Today’s (Thursday January 26) huge effort is in support of the Splash for Cash fundraising committee for the new Circular Head Community Wellbeing Centre.
At 10am Honess will kick off from the western side of the Green Hills at Stanley and navigate some 20 kilometres to Duck Bay, where she will be met by festival-goers at the Twilight on the Duck event.
Craig Ziegler, Lyndon Marthick and Honess’ partner Dale Poke will accompany her throughout the test of stamina, resilience and determination, following in a retired abalone diving boat owned by Ziegler.
“I went swimming yesterday with the boat and tried out the different scenarios for what could happen, getting in the boat quickly if I need to,” Honess said on Monday.
“I’m feeling a lot more confident now.”
Resting her body in the days prior to the swim, Honess is expected to reach the mouth of Duck Bay by approximately 6.30pm and encourages able swimmers to join her in the final stretch.
“I’ll be swimming with the tide coming in, a nice easy, cruisy swim with the tide, and should get in around 7.30pm or 8pm.”
The Splash for Cash committee wished to thank Arnolds’ BP in Smithton for donating fuel to the endeavour.
If you would like to join Honess on her swim from the mouth of Duck Bay contact her on 0488 273 275.