Australia & Oceania

Bay of Islands Classic 2018

Date: 
Saturday, 1 December, 2018 (All day)

Duke of Marlborough Hotel Bay of Islands Classic – 1 December 2018

3.3KM – 750M – 300M – 200M – 100M

39# GMHBA Lorne Pier to Pub swim

Date: 
Saturday, 12 January, 2019 - 12:30

The GMHBA Lorne Pier to Pub is in its 39th year in 2019 and is the largest ocean water swim in the world. The swim is a 1.2km course starting at the Lorne Pier and finishing on the foreshore in front of the Lorne Surf Lifesaving Club house. It is organised and run by the volunteers of Lorne Surf Lifesaving Club.

GMHBA Lorne Pier to Pub – 12.30pm Saturday January 12 2019

Entries for the 2019 events will open early November.

Rottnest Channel Swim 2019

Date: 
Saturday, 23 February, 2019 (All day)

Highly regarded worldwide and one of Western Australia’s iconic events, the Rottnest Channel Swim is a 19.7km open water swim from Cottesloe Beach to Rottnest Island.

Zoggs fogbuster: Swimmer suffers significant eye damage from recalled anti-fog gel for goggles

A Queensland swimmer has suffered "horrible pain" and damage to his eyes after applying a recalled anti-fog gel to the inside of his goggles.

Darren Lydeamore, who spent three days in hospital, had no idea that Zoggs Australia had recalled the faulty product, and his treating doctor said given the seriousness of his injuries, the recall should have been more strongly worded and better publicised.

NZ Ocean Swim series heading to Nelson after decade in Christchurch

After 10 years in Christchurch, the New Zealand Ocean Swim Series has announced its South Island swim event is relocating to Nelson, with the very first 'The Big Tahuna' event scheduled for Saturday March 31 2018.

Attracting over 8000 swimmers nationwide each year, the series is entering its 12th season and includes multiple distance events for elite athletes as well as adults and children of all abilities in the Bay of Islands, Auckland, Mt Maunganui, Wellington, Rotorua and now Nelson.

First Tasmanian to swim English Channel celebrates 10th Anniversary with 10k swim in Scots Loch

Swimming 10k is nothing for elite swimmer Anne Steele. She spent her last holiday swimming from island to island in the Maldives where the water is 29 degrees and clear. In Loch Earn in the highlands of Scotland the water is a pitch-black 13 degrees. Anne's main problem is finding water in Tasmania that is cold enough. Listen as she outlines her training plan (including lying in ice baths) and shares the connection this swim has with her late Father.

Auckland Marathon Swim, a Challenging Finale in New Zealand

The GSS season is wrapping up. This weekend was the last race of the season in New Zealand and the 2nd last of the whole series. There were some crucial points up for grabs and more to be won next weekend at the Pacific Championships in Australia. The Auckland Marathon Swim was a great finale for an exciting year of swimming in New Zealand, giving swimmers a challenging 10km to compete in. The weather in Auckland during the week before the Marathon swim saw a cyclone come through and significant rains and flooding. Fortunately again the weather gods played their part and the day saw a gentle 10-15 knot North-westerly causing more issues for the kayaker than the swimmers.

Robinson takes out Webby by a fraction...

After all of the rain, we were hoping for a clear day on Saturday for the King of the Bays, to round off the season - and wow did the weatherman over deliver! The beautiful sunny day (with just a little bit of chop out there to keep the ocean swimmers happy!) made for a perfect finale with 1400 swimmers taking part in the four distances across the day.

The fastest swimmers across the line in the 2.8km distance were NZ Open Water Champion, Matthew Scott (35:16mins) and 2016 Rio Olympian, Emma Robinson (35:58mins). 

Charlotte Webby’s second place in the event secured her the Overall Series female title, retaining her title from last year. While Matthew Scott’s fourth win of the summer confirmed him our Overall Series male winner.

Check out the event results, non-wetsuit results and photos from our final event of the season. 

Swimming Australia Announces Open Water Team for World Champs

Swimming Australia has nominated three athletes to take on the 10km open water event at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, adding to the three that were already selected for the 5km event at the Australian Open Water Championships in January this year.

Following on from their successful performances at the Abu Dhabi FINA World Cup earlier this month, Chelsea Gubecka, Kareena Lee and new comer Jack Brazier will now join Jarrod Poort (5km), Jack McLoughlin (5km) and Kiah Melverton (5km) on the Australian Dolphins Swim Team for the open water events.

Gerald Kirkham competes in 60th Port Pirie Open Water Swim

PORT Augusta swimming legend Gerald Kirkham has proven age is just a number, competing in his 60th Port Pirie Open Water Swim on Sunday March 19.

Kirkham, who turns 85 in June, is the first swimmer to achieve this milestone, competing in his first swim in 1949.

He is closing in on the same milestone in the Port Augusta and Whyalla Open Water Swims, participating in 58 and 59 events in the respective cities.

Kirkham has previously won the two-kilometre Port Pirie race on two occasions, as well as a first-place finish in Whyalla, second in the Henley to Grange swim and third in the now-defunct five-kilometre Delfin Island race.

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