Perfect conditions attract big field for new open water challenge at Leighton Beach

Perfect conditions attract big field for new open water challenge at Leighton Beach

A PUBLIC holiday with the temperature hovering in the mid-30s proved the perfect day for hundreds to converge on Leighton Beach for the latest round of the Open Water Swimming Series.

More than 500 swimmers took to the water for the event, competing in five distances ranging from a 150m come-and-try to the popular 5km.

Swimming WA chief executive Darren Beazley said Leighton Beach was a new addition to the 17-event series and there had been a lot of excitement in the lead-up to the swim.

“Coming out of the event, we’re so pleased to have added Leighton into the series this year,” he said.

“We had some very fast swims from some of our national competitors through to some kids as young as seven having a go in the 150m.

“Open water is one of the fastest growing sports in Australia so to have an active community such as Fremantle embrace the series is very encouraging.”

Winner of the male open 2.5km race Will Rollo said the weather was ideal.

“Conditions were great out there, Leighton is a fantastic beach,” he said.

“It’s a great way to start the morning and there’s definitely a lot of fast swimming out there.”