This Summer we launched the inaugural Victorian Open Water Championships Series (VOWCS), a new, reinvigorated way of delivering our Open Water Championships, developed in conjunction with six surf and lifesaving clubs.
The series provides more opportunities for Victorians to compete in open water events and more opportunities to become Open Water State Champions.
And speaking of Champions, here they are!
1.2km Victorian Open Water Champions
Male 12 Year Old - Tharusha Perera (Haileybury Aquatic)
Female 12 Year Old - Catherine Boyle (Loreto Aquatic) & Kiara Mooney (Cheltenham Amateur)
Male 13 Year Old - Conor Hayes (EC Waves)
Female 13 Year Old - Alea Ord (Melbourne Vicentre)
Male 14 Year Old – Harvey Larke (Melbourne Vicentre)
Female 14 Year Old – Olivia Rivett (Inner City Aquatic)
2.5km Victorian Open Water Champions
Male 12 Year Old - Oliver Devine (Altona Swimming Club)
Male 13 Year Old - James Leahy (Melbourne H2O)
Male 14 Year Old - James Davey (Bayside Swimming Club)
Female 15 Year Old - Clare Milligan (Haileybury Aquatic)
5km Victorian Open Water Champions
Male 13 Year Old - Noah O’Donnell (Western Melbourne Propulsion)
Female 13 Year Old - Emily Bowden (Flyers Swim Team)
Male 14 Year Old - Emile Stigter (Rosebud Swimming Club)
Female 14 Year Old - Dakoda Mathers (Ringwood Swimming Club)
Male 15 Year Old - Cooper Edwards (Melton Swimming Cub)
Female 15 Year Old - Mia Foster (TigerSharks Swimming Club)
Male 16 Year Old - William Bowden (Flyers Swim Team)
Female 16 Year Old - Lauren McAuley (Flyers Swim Team)
Male 17 & Over - Robbe Dilissen (Western Melbourne Propulsion)
Female 17 & Over - Tess Burger (Bayside Swimming Club)
Congratulations to all our Victorian Open Water Champions. For full results click here.
Swimming Victoria Event Strategy Manager, Ashlea Keramidopoulos, is thrilled with the success of the series. “The VOWCS has been really well received by the open water swimming community. With the introduction of 1.2km and 2.5km as championship distances, we’ve seen a lot more interest from younger swimmers, which is great for Victorian open water swimming.” Keramidopoulos said.
We’d like to thank Williamstown, Jan Jac, Mornington, Mount Martha, Half Moon Bay and Mentone Surf and Life Saving Clubs for being part of the series. We look forward to working with you again for an even bigger and better VOWCS next Summer!
Note – unfortunately the series was cut short due to COVID-19 restrictions and the Mentone Marathon scheduled for 14 March was cancelled.