Swim Thru Perth: Australia’s oldest open water swim back


Saskia Lawrance (11), Georgie Wilmot (11), Elle Lawrance (9) and Kim Lawrance from Satterley. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d478186
Saskia Lawrance (11), Georgie Wilmot (11), Elle Lawrance (9) and Kim Lawrance from Satterley. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d478186

THE Swan River is home to Australia’s oldest open water swim, and the action is set to kick off again this January.

The Swim Thru Perth has been consistently held since 1912, apart from the two World Wars and a polio epidemic, drawing Olympians and world champions like event patron Shelley Taylor-Smith.

This year will bring with it the biggest field yet, with more than 300 swimmers taking the plunge and helping raise money for the WA Disabled Sports Association.

Co-ordinated by the Claremont Masters Swim Club and supported by a range of local sponsors including Satterley and Pure Leasing, competitors can choose from a variety of distances; the premier 5km event, 2.5km, 1.5km or 250m for those testing the waters.

The Swim Thru Perth takes place on Sunday, January 21, in Crawley.

For more information, visit swimthruperth.org.

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