2019 Rottnest Island swim | Busselton life savers cross line in just over five hours

Busselton Surf Lifesaving Club members Mitchell Rabjones and Angus Johnston-Walker competed in their first Rottnest swim finishing in just over five hours.
Busselton Surf Lifesaving Club members Mitchell Rabjones and Angus Johnston-Walker competed in their first Rottnest swim finishing in just over five hours.

Busselton Surf Lifesaving Club members Mitchell Rabjones and Angus Johnston-Walker recently raced in their first Rottnest swim as a duo, completing the crossing in just over five hours.

The first timers said the conditions could not have been better and the race went without a hitch.

Rabjones, who now resides in Perth, grew up in Busselton and started out at the club as a nipper, has retained his competition rights with Busselton Surf Lifesaving Club.

He recently competed at the Surf Lifesaving Country Carnival in Denmark and Country Championships in Perth.

Johnston-Walker has also been a member of Busselton Surf Lifesaving Club since he joined as a nipper 10 years ago as well as swimming with the Busselton Swimming Club.

Almost 12 months to the day, the pair decided to join forces and give the Rottnest swim a go.

While they have trained independently, Mitch has been back in Busselton intermittently over the last year providing joint training sessions.

Having Mitch around at the surf club has also provided the impetus for team entries at the open level at recent surf club events.

The pair also teamed up with fellow surf club members Lachlan Murray and David Miles to take out the Open Team Surf Race at the recent Country Carnival in Denmark.