This year we have a really great field lined up for the Rottnest Swimrun, including last year's winners Emily Loughnan and Gary Couanis who are back to defend their title. But they'll have some stiff competition, with the current Swimrun Australia (Sydney) champion Andrew "Reidy" Reid flying west to take part for the first time.
We had an opportunity to speak to Reidy about where he has come from, how he got into Swimrun, and his expectations for Rottnest.
We are excited to have you flying over from Sydney to compete at this year’s Rottnest Swimrun and thanks for taking the time to speak to us in the lead up.
Before we dive into the Swimrun questions I’d like to talk to you a bit about your background.
Dan: Can you tell us a bit about who you are and where you come from?
Reidy: I was born and bred in the Eastern suburbs of Sydney. Around the age of 22 I became a lifeguard on Bondi Beach.
Dan: Speaking of Bondi Beach, people might know you from the TV series Bondi Rescue - how long have you been working as a lifeguard at Bondi?
Reidy: I’ve been working at Bondi for 16 years.
Dan: So as a lifeguard you obviously need to keep fit and be a strong swimmer, were you always that way or did becoming a lifeguard push you to train more?
Reidy: I learnt to swim at an early age with my two sisters. I always enjoyed it but being a lifeguard means I have to do it more consistently so that I stay fit enough to pass my annual tests.
Dan: And what sorts of endurance races have you done over the years?
Reidy: Molokai 2 Oahu World Championships of Paddleboarding, Red Bull Defiance, Swim Run Wanaka, Ironman Melbourne , just to name a few.