Swimming Australia were proud to support the Optus Swim Sydney Harbour held Saturday morning in the picturesque Farm Cove.
The fun and exciting ocean swimming event saw participants turn up in huge numbers, with over 1,080 people making a splash and swimming alongside one of Australia’s most iconic landmarks.
The main distance race saw swimmers take on a gruelling 2 kilometres, alongside a middle distance of 750 metres and a kids distance of 300 metres.
Swimmers had the chance to jump in alongside former Australian Dolphin Team Members Matt Abood, Mareika D’Cruz and Daniel Kowalski. Ironman Ali Day and Australian Surf Race Champion Ollie Signorini also took part in the swim, while the Governor of New South Wales The Hon David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) and the Chairman of the Australia Day Council of NSW Angelos Frangopoulos officially opened the event.
Olympic legend Leisel Jones was also in attendance welcoming fans and signing autographs.
“We’ve had a great day out thanks to Optus and it’s been wonderful to see so many happy smiling faces enjoying the water. Sydney turned on perfect weather for us and it’s been lovely chatting to so many swimming fans, I’ve definitely perfected my autograph today!”, Jones said.
Swimmers of all ages turned out with 74 years between the youngest swimmer (5-year-old) and oldest swimmer (79-year-old), proof that age is no barrier and swimming is a sport for life.
Swimming Australia President John Bertrand AO said Optus Swim Sydney Harbour was a feature event of Australia Swims, a movement to re-energise and capture Australia’s passion for swimming and the water.
“Summer in Australia is synonymous with swimming, it is a favourite pastime across the country with so many personal memories and moments centred at the beach or the pool. Together with Optus, we want to encourage all Australians to come together between January 20-29, and go for a swim and celebrate a quintessential part of the Australian way of life.
“Today’s event was such a great start for Australia Swims, a beautiful day in Sydney with over 1000 swimmers enjoying a swim in the harbour. The feedback from those who swam was exceptional”, Bertrand said.
300m kids race – Girls – Rachel Leo (1st), Hannah Healey (2nd) and Julia Kim (3rd)
300m kids race – Boys – Preston Andrews (1st), Seb King (2nd) and Thomas Wait (3rd)
750m race – Womens – Grace Kells (1st), Indiana Field (2nd) and Hannah Healy (3rd)
750m race – Mens – Stuart Mackay (1st), Jack Wilcock (2nd) and Daniel Timms (3rd)
2km race – Womens – Imogen Foley (1st), Nicola Watts (2nd) and Kaneisha Cox (3rd)
2km race – Mens – Ollie Signorini (1st), Ali Day (2nd) and Jesse Goodyear (3rd)