A community united around swimming

    Nippers meet Olympic Swimmer Josh Beaver

A community united around swimming


Like so many other communities on Australia Day, the Mount Martha Lifesaving Club (MMLSC) brought their community together for a very big swim. The Mount Martha Australia Day (MMAD) Swim has become a tradition on the open water calendar for many swimmers and locals on the Mornington Peninsula.

It's a family swim with a race for everyone and it attracted over 1,400 participants this year. The 5km swimmers led the way with an early morning start, then the 200m Nippers, 400m Novice and then finally the 1.2km swim. This is fitting for race organisers, MMLSC, who welcome all ages, backgrounds and physical abilities to their club. From Nippers to Masters to Icebergers, MMLSC caters to all, making swimming a recreation for all life stages.

Race start

The morning festivities kicked off with one of their own 10-year old Starfish Nippers, singing the national anthem. The Starfish Nippers is a modified Nipper program for kids and young adults with disabilities. And with national pride stirred, it was onto the action.

Thanks to Optus, Australian Dolphin, Josh Beaver was at the Nippers startline providing swimming tips and encouragement for the young swimmers. Then it was all smiles and high fives at the race finish for all the participants with everyone completing the course.


Despite being his day off from swimming training, Beaver decided to join in the fun and swim the 1.2km. Beaver came home with a solid second in the 18 - 29 male category behind MLC swimmer, Ryalnd Brian. 

Josh Beaver

All swimmers were able to be part of a bigger movement, Australia Swims, which set a challenge to swim one virtual lap of the nation or 35,877kms to be exact. Whether swimmers added 200m to the tally or 90kms (calculating all their swims from Jan 20 - 28), it all contributed to the cause of encouraging all Australians to be active and swim. An initiative by Swimming Australia and powered by Optus, brings together the swimming communities from beach to pool to open water events, and runs until 28 January. 

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