Most of us don’t often get the chance to line up alongside Olympic swimmers and world champions, but that’s just what’s on offer this weekend at the 3rd annual Noosa Summer Swim.
The ocean swim event, part of the World Series Swims calendar, has expanded to two days this year (30-31 January 2016), with Olympian Michael Klim as ambassador (pictured below).
Joining him this year are fellow Olympians Andrew Lauterstein and Libby Trickett, along with Deano Gladstone from the popular Bondi Rescue TV series (pictured below).
We might not all be going stroke for stroke in the water with these stars of the pool but it’s such a fun and relaxed event that you’ll feel like you’re rubbing sun-screened shoulders with them – and there’s always the chance to just be a spectator and see them in action from the sand.
The event has ocean races for adults over 1km, 2km and a new 3km marathon distance from 10am on Saturday 30 January. There are also junior races over 300m and 1km.
Also new this year are fitness and yoga sessions on Noosa’s Main Beach on the second day of the event, Sunday 31 January. It’ll be a great chance to recover from the previous day’s swim with yoga at 7am and 7.30am ($10 per session – bring a towel), followed by the Milk & Co Active Club with Michael Klim from 8am. This promises to be a fun, social fitness session with beach circuits to keep you moving ($10 per person), and all ages and fitness levels are welcome.
Last year’s event was a fantastic day with hundreds of swimmers, young and old, fit and not so fit, taking to the beautiful waters of Laguna Bay, off Noosa’s Main Beach. The bay’s calm waters are so inviting that with any dip in the ocean I feel like I could easily keep swimming, but after swimming the 200m each way to the off-shore pontoon in place for last year’s Noosa Triathlon and Multi Sports Festival, I’ve decided a bit more training is still needed!
Watch this video from last year’s Noosa Summer Swim for some great highlights.
Online entries for the swims close at 4pm on Friday 29 January, but there’ll be 100 late entries up for grabs on the day. They say that ocean swimming is more challenging than doing laps of the local pool, but organisers say the course is designed to be challenging but achievable for all abilities and fitness levels. Maybe next year…