Open Water swimmers to battle it out at Bathers Beach - Aus

13/02/2015 by Steve Knowles

The 2015 Australian Open and Age Open Water Championships will kick off tomorrow with over 360 swimmers from across Australia descending on Bathers Beach in Fremantle, Perth, on the hunt for age group titles in both the 5km and 10km distances, as well as Open titles up for grabs in both the able-bodied and Multi Class 5km events.

Some of Australia’s best open swimmers will be on show, including Olympian Jarrod Poort along with his 2014 Pan Pacific Championship teammates Simon Huitenga, Rhys Mainstone, Chelsea Gubecka and Kareena Lee.

After taking the national 10km title at the recent BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series, Swim the Swan, Poort will race in the 5km event on Sunday 15 February as the defending champion and the one to beat, but will face tough competition from West Australian local Huitenga.

Following a photo finish in the national 10km event at the Swim the Swan, there is no doubt the men will be hot on each other’s heels as they look to secure a place on the podium in Perth.

In the corresponding women’s open 5km race, 16-year-old Pan Pacs bronze medallist Gubecka will set out from the shoreline in search of her second consecutive title in the event.

With a silver medal to her name from the 10km event, Gubecka will be hoping to move her way up the ranks to gold on Sunday but will need to keep a close eye on her Pan Pacs teammates Lee and Walker, as well as Junior Pan Pacs representative and Perth local Sacha Downing, who will all be in the mix for a medal.

In the Multi Class disciplines, defending champion Brenden Hall will go head-to-head with West Australian local, Guy Harrison-Murray in the 5km event, while silver medallist from last year Rakiya Thomas will be the sole representative for the women.

Harrison-Murray successfully gained his Australian citizenship at the beginning of this year and will now be eligible for selection into senior Paralympic teams.

A total of eight age group titles will also be on offer over the two days with races commencing at 8:00am on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 February.

In conjunction with the Australian Open and Age Open Water Championships, Swimming Australia will today hold a development activity as part of the Junior Excellence (JX) Program.

Children aged between 11 and 13 years were invited to participate in a clinic run by senior open water swimmer Sam Sheppard and then join in an introductory 2.5km open water race.

Following the race, the JX swimmers will be presented with certificates and treated to a barbecue lunch.

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Race program Saturday 14 February:
Event 1 Boy’s 14 – 18 Years 10km - 8:00am
Event 2 Girl’s 14 – 18 Years 10km - 11:00am
Event 3 Boy’s 13 Years 5km - 2:00pm
Event 4 Girl’s 13 Years 5km - 2:15pm

Race program Sunday 15 February:
Event 5 Men’s Open 5km - 8:00am
Event 6 Men’s Open MC 5km - 8:00am
Event 7 Boy’s 18 & 17, 16, Years 5km - 8:00am
Event 8 Women’s Open 5km - 9:30am
Event 9 Women’s Open MC 5km - 9:30am
Event 10 Girls 18 & 17, 16 Years 5km - 9:30am
Event 11 Boy’s 15 & 14 Years 5km - 11:00am
Event 12 Girl’s 15 & 14 Years 5km - 11:15am