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Team mums do it for themselves
Team mums do it for themselves

For four mothers, taking on the Rottnest Channel Swim last year was a way to get out of their repetitive lifestyles that came with their children and give them something to focus on for themselves.

Suzie Tonich, Julia Feutrill, Denita Slatter and Melissa Murdoch have 10 children between them, all of whom go to the same school.

After failing to get through on the ballot this year, their dreams of beating their time last year, of seven hours and 14 minutes, were crushed until Ms Tonich found out HBF had a team place to give away. The women jumped at the opportunity and won the place, putting them straight back into training for the 19.7km swim.

"Three of us swim in a squad twice a week and then we send the programs to Melissa, who does them in her own time," Ms Tonich said. "Sometimes get a swim in all together," she said.

All four agreed that they were not really worried about sharks on the day, saying there would be so many boats that a swimmer would have to be very unlucky for something to happen.

Ms Feutrill said their children were not worried. "All our kids are beach kids, they all know about the surf, so they're not really worried about sharks," she said.

The Rottnest Channel Swim is on Saturday, February 25.

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