Australia Swims Makes International Waves
Australia Swims not only gets millions of Australians into the water, but its marquee events are also having a positive ripple effect overseas.
One of the major charities supported by the Rotary Club of Brighton’s Swimland Great Australia Day Swim, is Swim Vietnam.
Alarmingly, eight children drown in the Asian nation every day and it’s the major cause of juvenile deaths.
Weekend Water Wrap
A bumper weekend of open water events has helped kick off Australia Swims, with nearly 3,000 people pulling on their goggles across Saturday and Sunday.
The Portsea Swim Classic marked the first event of the campaign, while flocks of people headed down the coast for the Queenscliff 180 Family Swim which took place the following day.
With participants pledging their distance to the Lap Australia Challenge, the eight teams currently sit on a combined total of 10,387.04kms, placing them over the most Northern most tip of Australia – Cape York.
Ocean Pool Challenge returns
The Ocean Pool Challenge is back!
After successfully holding its first Ocean Pool Challenge in 2018, the West Illawarra Aquatic Swim Club will this year run the event on Monday 21 January, to coincide with Australia Swims.
Lorne Pier to Pub
Thousands of people will head down to the Victorian coast this weekend to witness the iconic Lorne Pier to Pub on Saturday.
Now in its 39th year, nearly 5,000 entrants will take part in the 1.2km swim which starts at the Lorne Pier and finishes on the foreshore in front of the Lorne Surf Lifesaving Club house.
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.
Sam Sheppard claims his 4th Portsea Swim Classic Win
Australia Swims has kicked off this weekend with major events all over Australia. In Victoria swimmers young and old converged on Portsea for the Portsea Swim Classic. Over 1,500 participants competed in the iconic 1,500m swim with over 20,000 eager spectators cheering them from the beach and surrounding boats.