The Butler boys, who will race in the ocean on Sunday, back row, from left to right: Guy Butler (45), Jason (38), Steve (49), Richard (51), Phil (48) and Jual Butler (28), with other family members.
The Butler boys, who will race in the ocean on Sunday, back row, from left to right: Guy Butler (45), Jason (38), Steve (49), Richard (51), Phil (48) and Jual Butler (28), with other family members. CONTRIBUTED

Butlers to make the plunge

FOUR brothers have never raced in the Byron Bay Ocean Swim Classic but that will change this Sunday.

Brisbane’s Steve, Phil, Guy and Jason Butler will make history in the event while Steve’s son Jual will also compete.

Jual is the brash youngster out of the group, according to 48-year-old Phil.

“Jual is the chest pumper in the group,” Phil said. “He’s a former Australian weightlifting champion but I think that will be more of an advantage to the rest of us because he’s built like Buzz Lightyear.”

If it weren’t for Jual losing a recent family go-kart challenge, he most likely would not be racing in the 2km ocean swim meet.

“We had a go-kart challenge six months ago and Jual thought he won that,” Phil said.

“But I was in charge and ruled that he didn’t win so now he wants another challenge for bragging rights.”

This is just the start of what should be some heavy banter between the Butler crew on Sunday.

“The sledging will be incredibly high between us,” Phil said. “But we’re really just a bunch of old farts.”

A large crowd of extended family will be on-hand to witness the presenting of the family trophy to the fastest swimmer out of the five Butlers.

“It’s an old golf trophy we re-made especially for this event,” Phil said.