Lake Leschenaultia set to host open water swim next month

Lake Leschenaultia in the Perth Hills will host an open water swim next month. Photos: Courtesy of Skyworks WA
Lake Leschenaultia in the Perth Hills will host an open water swim next month. Photos: Courtesy of Skyworks WA

LAKE Leschenaultia, in Chidlow, is gearing up to give the West Australian swimming community an insight into what makes it so special.

Shire of Mundaring’s fresh water lake will play host to an open water swimming event on Sunday, November 11.

Due to the significance of the date, a short service will be held prior to the races to recognise and respect the 100 year commemoration of the signing of the Armistice, ending World War 1.

Organised by the Maida Vale Masters Swimming Club, 2018 will mark its 32nd event at the popular lake location.

Shire of Mundaring President John Daw said this year’s event is open to all swimmers.

“The lake is looking absolutely magnificent and is still completely full from the good winter rains and I am thrilled we can offer our spectacular Lake Leschenaultia as a venue for this exciting event,” he said.

The Maida Vale Masters have showcased one of the Shire’s most popular locations since their first event in 1986.

Back then, there were only 26 swimmers. Numbers have grown significantly and it is anticipated this year will be no exception.

This year Swimming WA has nominated the open water event at Lake Leschenaultia as one of its targeted swims, which means it has the potential to attract up to 300 swimmers and their families.

Swimmers do not need to belong to a club but they must be at least 11 years old to swim without a chaperone.

There is also a 400m ‘Go Jump in the Lake’ event which is open to non-competitive swimmers aged nine and over.