She was the fastest female in the Under 15 category to swim 3.6km around Busselton Jetty in 2023. Now, thanks to Busselton Jetty Swim, she has access to a prestigious junior athlete development program.

Dunsborough local Ruby McLellan has earned a scholarship funded by Busselton Jetty Swim which provides entry into the South West Academy of Sport’s Individual Athlete Support Program. The program aims to develop local athletes to help them reach their full potential by providing specialised coaching as well as access to nutritionists, sport psychologists and physiotherapists. 

The promising young swimmer currently trains 8 times a week, including swimming up to 2 hours, six times per week plus two gym sessions. She started competitive open water swimming just over a year ago and finished 16th at the 2023 Australian National Open Water Swim Championship 5km event (15-year-olds). 

Ruby has some valuable tips for anyone training for the 2024 Busselton Jetty Swim.

“The secret to success really is consistency and getting in the water everyday if you can. It’s also really important to stay hydrated and on event day, just stay focused on yourself and your abilities.”