LAKE Leschenaultia, in Chidlow, is gearing up to give the Western 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,11 November. Due to the significance of the day, 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 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 the water is a pleasant temperature to swim in," he said. "I am thrilled we can offer our spectacular Lake Leschenaultia as a venue for this exciting event."
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 as the 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. There is also a 400m 'Go Jump in the Lake' event which is open to non-competitive swimmers (aged 9 and over).
Cr Daw encouraged people to pack a picnic lunch and stay to enjoy everything the lake has to offer including canoe and stand-up paddle board hire and the stunning walking trails surrounding the lake. (Alternatively, Reflections Café will be open on the day).
The popular Open Water Series is generally held at beaches throughout metropolitan and regional WA. A range of different distances will be available including 400m, 800m, 1600m and 3200m. Start times on the day will be staggered with the 400m novice event hitting the water first at approximately 9.30am. Registrations on the day will be from 8am-9am.
Official times will be recorded by the Blue Chip timing system. Anyone interested in attending the Lake Leschenaultia Open Water Swim, can register here.