In a first for swimming, the 2020 Hancock Prospecting Australian Virtual Short Course will take place over the 27th - 29th November around the country. Thanks to Hancock Prospecting, swimmers and coaches will also compete for prize money, and be able to measure their times against the nation’s best.
For another first – the arena event merchandise has been especially designed by swimmer, designer and Bondi Lifeguard Wally Eggleton.
"Swimming has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. From school swimming carnivals to competing at an international level it has been a big part of who I am. I love the new places you see and the people you meet from being involved with swimming.
"Even now as a Bondi Lifeguard, swimming still plays an important role in my life. It gives me a great base of fitness for all the skills required to perform all types of rescues. When the opportunity came my way to start a career as a lifeguard on one of the world’s busiest beaches, I saw it as a great way to keep swimming in my life and continue to enjoy the sport in a different way,” Eggleton said.
"The inspiration for the design came from the many years competing at these events myself. The fast, powerful, underwater skills associated with short course racing needed to be highlighted in the design. I also wanted the person that will be wearing the design to have more of a connection with the image and for it to represent an inclusive competition at an elite level. Not just a design that tells people what the event is, but what the event is about."
Whilst they have been back racing and training for some time, Head Coach of Big Blue Swimming and Warringah Aquatic Swim Club, Cam Gledhill, is looking forward to having his swimmers compete in a National competition, albeit virtually.
“The event will be a test on how our swimmers have returned to training and where they are at. It’s great to have some meaningful competition and have a proper hit out post COVID lockdown and get some racing at a National meet."
On modelling the fabulous Short Course virtual merchandise, Cam said he won't give up his day job and “stick to coaching for the time being."
We look forward to seeing all swimmers competing across the country and wish coaches and swimmers the best of luck for the 2020 Hancock Prospecting Australian Virtual Short Course.
To order your limited-edition Virtual Short Course merchandise click here.
To learn more about the event click here.