LAKE Leschenaultia, in Chidlow, is gearing up to give the Western Australian swimming community an insight into what makes it so special.
The Shire of Mundaring's fresh water lake will play host to an Open Water Swimming event on Sunday,12 November, organised by the Maida Vale Masters Swimming Club. The club has held the event at Lake Leschenaultia for more than three decades.
Shire President David Lavell said this year's event is open to all swimmers. "I am thrilled we can offer our spectacular Lake Leschenaultia as a venue for this exciting event," Cr Lavell 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 stay to enjoy everything the lake has to offer including canoe 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. Start times on the day will be staggered with the 400m novice event (open to 9 years and older) hitting the water first at approximately 9.45am, followed by the main event, which is a 1.6km swim.
Official times will be recorded by the Blue Chip timing system. Anyone interested in attending the Lake Leschenaultia Open Water Swim, can register here.