Ironman star Ali Day joins Ian Thorpe to get Australia swimming
Surfers Paradise Ironman star Ali Day has joined forces with some of the biggest names in swimming as an ambassador for Swimming Australia’s innovative Australia Swims campaign – urging all Australians to go swim and celebrate a quintessential part of Australian life.
The five-time Coolangatta Gold champion will join ranks with legendary Olympians Ian Thorpe, Leisel Jones, Libby Trickett and Bronte Campbell to encourage people to get involved this January.
“I’m absolutely honoured to get the call from Swimming Australia and Optus to join in what is a fun campaign,” said Day, one of the SLSA poster boys.
“I have swum all my life – it’s been my life and being an Ironman it is such a crucial, important part of what we do in our training routine.
“I’m in the water every day and I am lucky enough to swim with some of the best swimmers in the world every morning.
“I remember swimming in the rock pools as a youngster down on the NSW South Coast where we grew up and I love nothing more than going back there and reliving those memories – it was great fun.
“I want every lifesaver around Australia to join the Australia Swims movement and to get on social media and share #AustraliaSwims and #Optus.
“Swimming is such an Australian thing and it is so important for all Australians to learn to swim and to keep on swimming – it is such a part of staying fit.”
Swimming Australia has targeted January 20 to January 28 as their festival of swimming with events and experiences held around Australia for all ages and swimming abilities. It all kick’s off with Optus Swim Sydney Harbour on Saturday 20th January .
Day is also encouraging all lifesavers to contribute to Australia Swims goal of completing a virtual lap of the country – logging their daily swims to cover the 35,877 kilometres around the Australian coastline.
“I’m lucky that I now swim in one of the best squads in Australia with Cam McEvoy, Madi Wilson and young gun Elijah Winnington at Bond University under coach Richard Scarce so I’ll be getting in their ears to see how far they intend to swim and how many people they can inspire to get involved,” said Day.
All you have to do is log on to AustraliaSwims.com.au and pledge how far you intend to swim over the 9 days.
Swimming legends past and present will also be part of the action, following in the footsteps of past ambassador, Olympian Daniel Kowalski with Thorpe, Jones, Trickett and Bronte Campbell all part of the campaign.