Chidlow’s Lake Leschenaultia to host WA Open Water Series

Lake Leschenaultia.
Lake Leschenaultia.

LAKE Leschenaultia, in Chidlow, will host the WA swimming community next month.

The Maida Vale Masters Swimming Club has held the open water swimming event at the lake for more than three decades.

Mundaring Shire President David Lavell said this year’s event was open to all swimmers.

“I am thrilled we can offer our spectacular Lake Leschenaultia as a venue for this exciting event,” he said.

“It’s been great that 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. But numbers have since grown significantly and this year we expect to see more members of the wider swimming community come along and enjoy this wonderful location.”

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.

Cr Lavell encouraged people to pack a picnic lunch and enjoy what the lake had to offer, including canoe hire and the walking trails. (Alternatively, Reflections Caf will be open on the day).

The Open Water Series is generally held at beaches throughout metropolitan and regional WA. Start times on the day will be staggered with the 400m novice event (open to 9 years and older) hitting the water first about 9.45am, followed by the main event, which is a 1.6km swim.

Official times will be recorded by the Blue Chip timing system.

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