Australia Swims launches the Lap Australia Challenge

03 December 2018
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The teams are away for the Lap Australia challenge!

Lap Australia is a challenge to get all Australians swimming during Australia Swims (19 - 28 January) as part of a participation movement to get the nation active. A perfect complement to Sport Australia's 'Find your 30' campaign, Australia Swims is about reigniting our passion with swimming - a vital lifeskill, sport and recreational pastime.

To complete the Lap, collectively we need to swim 35,877 kms. This year eight teams are aiming to achieve that with their swim tribe.

Meet the Teams up for the Lap Australia Challenge

Teams taking part in this year’s event include: 

  • Citizens of the Reef, led by  Australian Dolphins Shayna Jack, Jake Packard and Mack Horton - #TeamCOTR;
  • Soldier On, led by Paralympic Champions and Australian Dolphins Ellie Cole OAM and Brendan Hall OAM - #TeamSoldierOn;
  • Team Belgravia Leisure led by Olympic gold medalist Brooke Hanson OAM #TeamBelgravia;
  • Team Reidy, led by Bondi Lifeguard Andrew Reid, supporting OneWave - #TeamReidy;
  • Masters Swimming led by Swimming legend Dawn Fraser AC, MBE and World Record holder 100 year-old George Corones, supporting Beyond Blue - #TeamMasters;
  • Surf Life Saving Australia, led by Coolangatta Champions Ali Day and Georgia Miller - #TeamSurfLS;
  • Beyond the Black Line led by Olympians Linley Frame and Josh Beaver - #TeamBTBL; and
  • MS Mega Swim led by Paralympic Cyclist Carol Cooke, AM - #TeamMS.

Masters Swimming has taken the early lead. Amazingly Dawn Fraser noted that over her lifetime, her swim log calculates to swimming two laps of Australia on her own!

Anyone can join one of the teams, when they pledge their swim. It's about which swim tribe or cause you connect with.

To pledge your swim, simply head to the Australia Swims website, calculate how far you can swim in 10 days, pick your team and start swimming!

We also got a calendar of all the swimming activities taking place during the 10-day challenge to keep you motivated.

More about the teams

  • Citizens of the Reef
  • Team captains Mack Horton, Shayna Jack and Jake Packard are here and ready to go!

    As Australian Dolphins, these three spend most of their time training in the water, winning medals and breaking records, but outside of the pool they all have a strong passion for giving back and doing their part to protect one of Australia's greatest natural treasures - the Great Barrier Reef.

    Jumping on board as co-captains Mack, Shayna and Jake are excited to see their squad assemble this Australia Swims. Inspired by Earth Hour Founder and Citizens of the Reef CEO, Andy Ridley, these Dolphins are determined to make a difference by building a swim tribe of
    environmental enthusiasts that will swim their way around Australia raising awareness.

    Join #TeamCOTF

    Australian Dolphins, Mack Horton, Shayna Jack and Jake Packard

    Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef

    Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s first collaborative and independent movement for the Reef. Their connected platform is powered by your actions, bringing together people, projects and organisations from across the Reef and around the world. United they aim to inspire collaboration and collective impact on a global scale. From ditching single-use plastics to citizen science and world-leading research – everyone has a part to play. Together, we can ease the pressures that the reef faces - but we need your support to do it. Because it’s only when we’re united as Citizens, that our individual actions can come together to make a real, physical impact on the Great Barrier Reef.

    Commit to a brighter future for the reef. To find out more info and become a citizen of the reef head here. Check out some of the amazing projects and beautiful shots of our Great Barrier Reef on their Facebook page.


  • Soldier On
  • Meet your co-captains, Brendan Hall and Ellie Cole! With 32 gold medals between them Ellie and Brendan have signed on to inspire and encourage Team Soldier On. As Paralympic champions both swimmers are no stranger to adversity, both having lost one of their legs to illness at a young age, but it's their strength, determination and dedication that make the dream team of captains.

    Partnering with defense and armed forces non-profit Soldier On, these two swimming powerhouses will be offering advice, inspiration, words of wisdom to the nation during Australia Swims. So pledge your swimming to Soldier On this January.

    Soldier On Team Captains - Ellie Cole and Brendan Hall

    Soldier On

    Soldier On’s mission is to work side by side with those who serve and protect Australia, and their families, helping them to secure their future. Their services aim to HELP individuals build resilience and create, and expand meaningful connections with family, community and employers through:

    • Health and wellbeing – Psychology, social activities and programs, sporting activities and programs and service initiatives.
    • Employment – Transition services, employment support, career development assistance.
    • Learning – Education and training programs, vocational training.
    • Participation – Social activities and programs focused on connections with family, friends and the broader community, volunteering and sports programs.
    To find out more information on the great work Soldier On does for our service men and women, visit or check out their Facebook page for regular updates.   
  • Team Reidy
  • Andrew 'Reidy' Reid

    Your team captain Andrew 'Reidy' Reid is ready to go!

    He saves lives for a living as one of our favourite Lifegaurds on Bondi Rescue. Reidy will be there every step of the way this Australia Swims to inspire, encourage and motivate his team. Reidy's very own Sydney Harbour Splash event will take place during Australia Swims on the 26th of January, giving participants the chance to swim along-side some of Australia's most iconic landmarks.

    There's no time like the present, join Reidy for a 10-day celebration of all things swimming. Be sure to check his Facebook and Instagram for regular updates, tips and words of wisdom from the man himself. 
    This year Team Reidy is getting behind a great cause in OneWave, a surf centric organisation that focuses on mental health, letting people know they are not alone and encouraging them to get in the ocean, surf it out and talk about it. It doesn't matter whether you're riding a wave for the first time or the hundredth time you never forget the feeling of being on a wave, letting everything go with a massive smile on your face. OneWave is all it takes to free the funk. To give you hope.



    One Wave holds weekly Fluro Friday sunrise sessions at beaches around the world to raise awareness for mental health. Dressing up in the brightest outfits possible whilst doing various beach activities, surfing, swimming, yoga and more to come! Fluro makes people smile and it gets people asking important questions, which are normally avoided about mental health. Everyone is welcome to participate in these free events. For more information and find out how you can help get more people facing mental health challenges in the ocean, head over to OneWave now.

    Head over to the Lap Australia page now to join Team Reidy now!

  • Beyond the Black Line
  • Team captains and Olympians Linley Frame and Josh Beaver are here to motivate, coach and inspire the nation once again for this Australia Swims. Acting as co-captains Linley and Josh have a wealth of swimming knowledge ready to share and are excited to see the Australian spirit in action this Summer as we collectively try swim around the nation. Both athletes have a strong passion for giving back, sharing their highs and lows, providing support to swimmers at all stages of their journey. With both having heavy involvement in community outreach it made perfect sense for them to sign on as team captains for Beyond the Black Line (BTBL).  

    "Beyond the Black Line is more than an online resource. It’s a conversation starter. BTBL focuses on sharing the life experiences of our elite swimmers as they grew up in the sport, with our young swimmers who are facing the physical and emotional highs and lows of growing up.

    At the heart of this, are online videos and face to face workshops featuring past and present Australian Dolphins. It’s all about openly talking things through and creating the right sport and life balance. So we can all continue to be the best we can be – both in and out of the pool." - Linley Frame

    Beyond the Black Line is a program created for swimmers, by swimmers, and delivered to swimmers through workshops around the country. The purpose of the program is to share experiences and normalise common issues faced by teenagers within our swimming community. It’s a conversation starter.

    The program is also complemented by an interactive website where further resources and information is available. BTBL has been designed to help support swimmers, who are navigating the journey of puberty and beyond, through hearing other swimmers’ personal stories.


    The videos online and in the workshops are an opportunity for young swimmers to learn from some of our past, present, and emerging Australian Dolphins. The workshops create an environment to openly discuss challenges and learning opportunities that occur along the journey. The program aims to support and educate our swimmers beyond the traditional training and competition of swimming.   

    Head over to the Lap Australia page now to join Team Beyond the Black Line!

  • Team Belgravia
  • Team Belgravia meet your captain swimming superstar Brooke Hanson! As an Olympic gold and silver medalist, Brooke remains one of Australia’s most recognised Olympians. Representing Australia over 25 times in the pool at major international championships Brooke is ready to take on a different kind of role this Australia Swims. Proudly acting as captain for Team Belgravia Brooke will be providing tips, sharing trade secrets and sending endless motivation to her team this Australia Swims.

    Connecting community to leisure Belgravia Leisure helps the public enjoy swimming, fitness, sporting and leisure services regardless of their physical ability, financial capacity, cultural background or stage of life. To governments and owners of recreational facilities, this means they can be confident that everyone in their local communities has an equal opportunity to access services or further their careers at their centres.

    Belgravia Foundation

    Focused on connecting the community to sports, leisure, recreation and fitness is the Belgravia Foundation's mission, and passion. Even though they have done a lot, it's time to do more, as no one should be missing out on sports, leisure, recreation and fitness. Their aim is to create greater access to sports, leisure, recreation and fitness for every person in Australia. That’s why the Belgravia Foundation has been created.

    Importantly, every dollar raised in the local communities they work with will be used in that community. 100%. All of it!


     They place value on partnership, and will work with the community to help those in need. Belgravia Foundation is a registered charity created to reduce barriers to participation in sport, aquatic, fitness, recreation and health programs. To find out more information on the work they do head here or check out their Facebook page for regular updates.

    Head over to the Lap Australia page now to join Team Belgravia now! 

  • Team Surf Life Saving
  • Ironwomen Georgia Miller and Ironman Ali Day have signed up for yet another challenge, to co-captain a legion of swimming enthusiasts offering tips, tricks and waves of motivation to their team.

    Both Georgia and Ali come from Surf Life Saving roots and in their rare moments off from training and representing Australia at World Championships, can be found giving back to the surf community.

    Urging all Australians to go swim and celebrate a quintessential part of Australian life, Team Surf Life Saving Australia challenge you to join them this Australia Swims, be it at the beach or the pool and help us lap Australia. 

    The iconic red and yellow flags have become more than just a sign that it's safe to swim, they're an Australian icon. Surf Life Saving Australia is a community cause committed to reducing coastal drownings by 50% by 2020.


    Every day lifesavers rescue 30 people and they conduct 451 preventative actions every hour, volunteering there time and sometimes putting their own lives on the line to help protect others at beaches all around Australia.

    But it's so much more than what meets the eye with this nationwide institution, from little nippers to high performance events, conducting research, coastal preservation and event international development Surf Life Saving Australia is there. Join the red and yellow team this Australia swims!


    For more info on the work they do head to Surf Life Saving Australia or check out their Facebook and Instagram
    Head over to the Lap Australia page now to join Team Surf Life Saving!

  • Team Masters Swimming
  • Masters Swimming Team

    Swimming legend Dawn Fraser and Centennial World Record holder George Corones head up our Masters team. Team captains Dawn and George, 81 years old and 100 years old respectively, collectively hold over 40 world records.

    Dawn and George both know that swimming is a sport for life, as highlighted in the active Masters community where we see active, healthy swimmers well into their 70's and beyond regularly participate in events. Established in 1975, Masters Swimming Australia is the non-government, non-profit peak body for adult swimmers aged 18 and above.

    Their mission is to provide an environment that encourages all adults, regardless of ability to swim and compete regularly, to promote fitness and improve their general well being, offered at club, state and national level. With a motto of “fitness, friendship and fun” and inspirational team captains like Dawn and George what's holding you back? Take the plunge and join Team Masters this Australia Swims. 

    Beyond Blue

    One of the most well known mental health charities in the nation, and Masters Swimming Australia counterpart for Australia Swims, Beyond Blue aspire to help all people in Australia achieve their best possible mental health. Their mission, to promote good mental health, creating change to protect everyone's mental health and improve the lives of individuals, families and communities affected by anxiety, depression and suicide. Three million Australians are currently experiencing anxiety or depression. Every day, nearly eight people take their own lives. Because this affects all of us, Beyond Blue are equipping everyone in Australia with the knowledge and skills to protect their own mental health, giving people the confidence to support those around them, tackling prejudice, stigma and discrimination. Mental health conditions don’t discriminate, and neither do we. Our programs and initiatives support people at all stages of life, wherever they live, work, study and play! To find out more about Beyond Blue head to their website for resources, contacts and more or check out their Facebook and Instagram for regular updates and inspiration.  

    Head over to the Lap Australia page now to join Team Masters and support Beyond Blue! 

  • Team MS Mega Swim
  • Carol Cooke

    A sports fanatic, workaholic, former undercover police officer and Multiple Sclerosis/Disability advocate, MS 24 Hour Mega Swim team captain Carol Cooke is one of the most inspirational figures in Australian sport.

    Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, Carol set herself goals many others wouldn’t have dared and continues to race internationally as a Para Cyclist. With 2 Paralympic Games, 3 gold medals and 7 World Championships under her belt she continues to challenge herself and others to believe that anyone can overcome adversity, accept change, find hidden courage and their own gold within themselves.

    Not one to sit still Carol believes in giving back to life and started the 24 Hour Mega Swim in 2001, raising money for MS. That one swim has now spread into 17 across the country and just under $10 million. She has been made a Member of the Order of Australia and has also become an author of “Finding Your Inner Gold”.

    Carol will inspire you to tap into your own resilience to achieve big dreams by never giving up. She truly believes that if you dare to face your fears and believe in yourself you can overcome anything.


    MS 24 Hour Mega Swim

    The MS 24 Hour Mega Swim is a fun team relay event where teams have a swimmer in the water for the entire 24 hours and compete for laps swum and money raised, in support for people living with multiple sclerosis. 

    It is one of Australia’s most popular and fastest-growing fundraising events, bringing communities together. People of all ages and abilities can take part in the MS 24 Hour Mega Swim with each team creating a roster to suit each swimmer. Some swim for 10 minutes, others for 4 hours!

    Ms 24 Hour Mega Swim

    The MS 24 Hour Mega Swim is a competition with points awarded to each team; 1 point for every $10 raised (banked funds) and 1 point for every 500m swum.

    The MS 24 Hour Mega Swim began in 2001 at the Fitzroy Pool in Victoria and was devised by Carol Cooke AM who had a vision of bringing people together to raise funds for those living with multiple sclerosis. Funds raised from 24 Hour Mega Swim contribute to MS Go for Gold Scholarships, Financial Assistance Programs and providing services to directly benefit those living with multiple sclerosis.

    Head over to the Lap Australia page now to join Team MS Mega Swim!   

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