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30 October 2012
Minister for Sport and Recreation, Hon Terry Waldron MLA and Deputy Premier and Minister for Tourism Hon. Kim Hames have today launched the richest Open Water Swim in the country for elite and mass participation swimmers, as part of the inaugural 2013 BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series.
The Open Water Event to be held on Sunday 20 January will see $100,000 in prize money spread across four distances and five age group categories for males and females alike, expecting to attract swimmers from interstate and overseas to swim in the iconic Swan River.
“With the CBD as the backdrop to the course, it should be a spectacular event and we expect many of the world’s best distance swimmers to come to Perth to compete,” Dr Hames said.
Joined by FINA Open Water gold medallist Rhys Mainstone, Olympian Travis Nederpelt and dual Paralympic gold medallist Katherine Downie, Minister Waldron said the Open Water Swims will only add to what promises to be a fantastic event for the State.
Having just returned from Hong Kong where he won the FINA Open Water Marathon, University of West Australia swimmer Rhys Mainstone says an event of this nature right on his doorstep will only help his dream of representing Australia at 2016 Rio Olympics.
“Open water swimming has such a strong following in WA and to get to compete in an event of this nature, in the Swan River is something that I’m really looking forward to and training hard for,” said Mainstone.
“I think it’s great that the sponsors are getting involved and putting prize money on offer for elite and recreational swimmers alike. With such positive incentives to get involved in swimming this event is really poised to become a must-do on the international open water swimming calendar and I would expect we’ll see many of the world’s best here in Perth.”
“I’ll be swimming the 10km race, which is the Olympic distance for Marathon swimming, but with events from 500m up, there are plenty of options to get involved.”
Some of Australia’s elite Open Water swimmers including Olympian and Melissa Gorman, and English Channel word record holder Trent Grimsey are expected to be among the elite competitors alongside Mainstone, while the event is also open to intermediate and amateur recreational swimmers.
Races will include a 10km, 5km, 2.5km and 500m swim, starting from 8.00am on Sunday 18 January 2013 with registrations now open at www.aquaticsuperseries.com.au
The BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series is proudly supported by naming rights sponsor BHP Billiton and the Western Australian State Government through Eventscorp and Royalties for Regions.