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Survivor Stars Relying On Jungle Training To Get Them Through WA's Iconic Swim Challenge

The gruelling 19.7km swim from Cottesloe to Rottnest is the ultimate challenge for some, but it's just another day for a group of Australian Survivors.

The Rottnest Channel Swim kicks off on Saturday morning with Harry Hills, Locky Gilbert and John Eastoe from Survivor All-Stars and Sam Schoers from Australian Survivor all taking part.

“I’m pretty relaxed about it,” Schoers, who competed in the event three years ago, told 10 daily.

“Last time we got in after about six or seven hours. I’m not really stressed. We’ve all done Survivor, so I know we’ve all got guts.”

The Rottnest Channel Swim kicks off on Saturday morning with Harry Hills (pictured right) and Sam Schoers (pictured left) taking part. Image: 10 daily

The iconic West Aussie event is in it’s 30th year and is a 19.7km open water swim from Cottesloe Beach to Rottnest Island with 2500 swimmers from 16 different countries competing.

“It’s such an iconic event, I’m glad we can tick it off the bucket list,” Hills said.

Schoers may be prepared for the event, having spent the last three months training in Thailand, but that’s not the case for all the Survivors.

“Fun fact, Locky and John haven’t trained for this,” Hills said.

The Rottnest Channel Swim is a gruelling physical test and this year's competitors will be going up against some Survivor All-Stars. Image: Supplied

But they can rely on the training they had in the jungle to see them through.

“The way I look at it, Survivor challenges – no sleep, no food – and you compare that to swimming with your friends, on a nice sunny day, this is cruisy by comparison,” Hills said.

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“I’ve definitely grown in terms of mental strength, I think most people do that go on Survivor, you become resilient, we won’t give up.”

And as for after the swim: “I’m presuming John and Locky won’t get changed and run straight to the pub … if they do that I’ll be following them,” he said.

The event kicks off at 7am on Saturday, February 22 from Cottesloe Beach.