Rach swims 19.7km to Rotto 2022

By Rachel Ross

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My story

I have signed up to swim the Rottnest Channel swim - which means I will be swimming 19.7km from Perth to Rottnest on the 26th February 2022. 

Most of you who know me understand that my lanky (slightly uncoordinated) legs are much better suited to water sports. I have previously completed the swim as a duo and team, and have decided to commit to the whole 19.7km as a solo. Yes - I may be slightly crazy, and yes - I sometimes freak out about sharks, BUT overall I am pretty darn excited to work towards this goal. 

I have decided to fundraise money for the Leukaemia Foundation over the course of my training - with the goal of raising $3000 for this amazing charity. This cause is one which is close to my heart, and knowing I can help provide support to other families in need makes the journey a little more special. I have some amazing angels in the sky looking after me and one in particular whose smile and infectious laughter will get me through the darkest parts of the swim!

All support and or donations are very much appreciated Thanks a heap!

I’ve taken a stand against blood cancer.

Today, more than 50 Australians will be told that they have blood cancer and tomorrow - another 50 families will be devastated by the same news.

I have created this page to raise vital funds to help provide the special care that is needed to get families through a blood cancer diagnosis as well as to help fund more game-changing research into this disease. 

The money I raise will help provide care for those in need right now — and it will back the brightest researchers to continue uncovering faster diagnoses and better treatments to save lives. 

Please show me your support by donating to my fundraising campaign.

My Achievements

Congrats! You've hit your goal!

$80 raised - you've given a family a night of emergency accommodation!

You've covered genetic testing!

You've given a family a whole weeks accommodation near treatment

$1,000 raised - you've made a tube gene test with state-of-the-art-technology possible

You've covered 3 months of lab costs for vital blood cancer research

You've fund life changing research for 3 months

Thank you to my Supporters


Grant Oldfield

I guess you won the double or nothing bet! Well done Rach.





Well done Rachel, fantastic achievement x


Hayley & Matthew Lethlean

Bloody legend Rach! 💙💙💙💙💙💙


Rachel Marsh

You are a legend, and I'm so proud of you! Xxx



You are amazing Rach! Congrats on this huge accomplishment and onya for using it as a force for good.


Jennifer Parr

You absolute superstar! What an amazing achievement I honestly don’t know how you did it!! Well done! Lots of love xxx


Marina Lovegrove

So impressive what you did mate!!! ❤️ Congratz


Alex And Sophie

Well done Rach, amazing effort for such a worthy cause!!



Way to go Legend!


Lizzie Murray

You are so amazing Rachel I hope you are incredible proud of yourself x


Erin Solomon

You’ll smash it today Rach!! Well deserved bevvie waiting for you at the finish line 💪


Emma Pontifex

SO proud of you Rach ☆ Such an incredible achievement. You’re going to smash it tomorrow!!!! Sending all my love + energy to you for the big day xxx


Emma Barnden-brown

Good luck Rach!



Well done Rach, good luck!


U/i And A/v

Good Luck Rachel Xo 👍


Stephen Sherring

What an incredible individual effort... and an even more incredible cause! I certainly don't envy what you're about to do but we are all very proud and know you're going to smash it :)


Ali And Sydney Handtherapy Legends

May the water be calm and the winds easterly! Good luck Rach! Your a legend!!


Debbie Chan

Good luck!! You’ll smash it !!


Glynn Simpson

Way to go Rach! Best of luck with the swim!


Katharine Earl


Kel & Paul

We’re so proud of you Rachy Roo! You’ve got this girl!


Brodie Sherring

Mum would love this Rach and we’ll all be cheering you on from the comfort of our couches. Go get em!!! 💪


Megan O’sullivan



Amazing - you're definitely making the most of being back in perth for a great cause! Good luck!!


Andy Sherring

Go Rachel! Thank you for taking on this huge challenge, for such a great cause. I hope Vera’s spirit gives you extra strength in completing this mammoth swim!


Josie Thompson

Good luck, Rach!! Looking forward to seeing your beautiful smile at the end! A very impressive feat, go get it xx


Leanne & Paul Bartlett

Best wishes Rachel. You are so inspirational with your all your effort and dedication. Enjoy the swim! Xx


Gem & Mitch

You are such an inspiration to us!! You've blown our socks off from the get go with how commited and optimistic you have been through this whole process - cant wait to see cross the finish line. What an absolute lifetime achievement!!! So much love! Youve got this is the bag!!!


Amelia Shugar

Good luck Rach. You're amazing xx


Nerida And Ian Barnden-brown

Good luck little Rach. What a great cause to swim for!


The Murrays Xx

Go Rach! You GO GIRL!! What a great cause.


Rach Haughton

Good luck!!!! The jelly legs at the end of it will be worth it 👍


Leah Toovey

Good Rach you good thing!


Chelsea Nicholson

Good luck hun! Great to support such a good cause. Thankyou for your efforts xx


Ingrid Elsegood

Good luck Rachel. Take care xx


Joel Badger

Nice work Rach!! Best of luck in the swim 😁


Bec Newman

So proud of you!!! Xx


Krissy Power

You got this, so amazing you are doing this and for a wonderful cause, well done xx



Following your journey Rachel! Look forward to hearing all about it some day and perhaps get some tips! Smash it!!!!


Fiona Louise

You are amazing!!! Best of luck and enjoy ❤️ Xx


Henry Clarke

On ya Rach! :)


Jessica Ibbeson

You’re amazing!!


Elizabeth Mair

Good Luck Rach!


Kiran N

You're gonna smash it!




Oliver Mashinini

Good luck Rachel


Darya Bishop

You got this! Those legs were made for swimming! Xxx


Sandra Fay

Go you good thing! You will smash it 🏊‍♀️💪


Steven Fenwick

Good luck, you will smash it Rachel 💪🏽


Lucy Wilson

So impressed by you Rach! Xxx


Sarah Bartlett



Emily Burton

Go glen coco!!


Lynda Hartwell

Proud of you Rach. We know you can do it xx


Brad Cooper

You’ll smash it legend!



You’re amazing Rach! Best of luck xx



Good luck sweetheart - hope you enjoy/ love your swim. Vera will be with you all the way 😘


Jen Wells

Believe in your strength & know Mum & Dad would be so proud…especially of your determination & generous spirit 🏊🏼‍♀️Shine ✨ bright x


Ken Law

Well done Rachel raising money for a good cause ( Leukaemia Foundation ) Swim well Warmest Ken


Kaylene Bozich

You are awesome Rachel! Such a great journey for you as well as a special cause.


Tracey Wilson

👊🏽 Go Rach


Erin Alexander

Good luck Rachel! Erin & George X


Alex, James And Charlie Franklin

Go Rach! You’re a superstar. We will be cheering you all the way from SA xx


Amy Porter



Go you good thing!! So proud of you, enjoy dem carbs xx


Sophie Barnden-brown

You’re amazing!!! Go get it gf 🏊‍♀️ 🏆 🙌🏻


Kara C

Great work Rach!


James Ross


Robynne And Garry

Well done xxx


Julie & Darcy ????

Your amazing Rach. Swim like a fish, may all the good conditions be on your side xxxx


Amelia Barclay

Rach you are an amazing human!! Keep up the good training! You can do this!! Xxx





Shana & Peter Bargiev

We’re so proud of you Rachie and doing it for an amazing cause ! You got this x


Madelin Wilde

You got this Champion Girl 🙌🏼💕



Don’t get eaten


Katie Francis

Go Ray Ray! So proud of you already, bring on Feb we know you’ll smash it. Love Theo & Maeve xxx



You total hero ❤️❤️


Kirrilee Granville

You are amazing! Xx


Little Welsh Rach

So proud of you my lovely! I know you'll smash it!! Xxxx


John Langford

Go dolphin girl!


Bronwyn Smith

Amazing Rach, you are a real bright star! I didn’t know about Vera, very sorry to hear it. Good luck and good on you!


Andy Donaldson

Good luck for the swim Rach. You've got this!!!


Karen Marthins

Epic effort Rach! Will be barracking for you all the way! 🥰


Claire Prideaux

Best of luck Rach, what a massive awesome commitment! <3


Leo Allen



Go Rach!! You’re gonna smash it!!


Blake Cooper


Rachel Ross