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Swim Thru goes plastic-free in bid to help the environment

Swim Thru goes plastic-free in bid to help the environment

THIS year’s Fremantle Ports Swim Thru is going plastic free for the first time.

Swimmers at the Fremantle Masters Swimming Club’s event on Saturday will no longer be given a single-use plastic bottle of water at the finish line.

Participants are being encouraged to bring their own bottles to fill up from a hydration trailer filled with UV filtered water and fitted with drinking bubblers.

Coordinator Louise Ainsworth said the decision not to give out plastic bottles of water had been well-received by swimmers.

“We warned everyone at last year’s event that it would be the last time we would give them plastic bottles,” she said.

“Everyone’s got into the spirit and jumped on board.

“We do see plastic when we swim, we are very lucky to swim in clean water but we can make the area even nicer.”

Organisers are expecting up to 400 swimmers to tackle various swim distances, from the 250m Livelighter try-it swim to the 1.6km classic and a 3.2km challenge.

Late entries will be available on race day at the venue until 7.15am.

The race was first held in 1922 and won by 14-year-old Maisie Boyle, who remains as the only female winner.