Hi Everyone,

About this time of the year we would all be starting to focus on which open water events we’d be entering and the training would begin. This year the calendar is sparsely populated with one or two major events and the rest are parked – the impact of COVID. There are one or two virtual events swimmers can enter, offering various distances. As much as I admire the effort which goes into organising such an event, I’m still struggling to get my training act together. To get focused! I know they’re as close as we’re going to get this year to local, accessible, real life events, but they’re still don’t feel quite the same. Fingers crossed that we will see more events on the horizon in 2021.

No events however, doesn’t need to mean no ocean swimming! Like many I have rediscovered my love of ocean swimming during our lockdown a few months ago. I hope to continue swimming in the ocean for the rest of this season and into the future. This newsletter shines a spotlight on ocean swimming. I hope you get the chance as the water warms up (and before the heat really kicks in) to get one or two ocean swims in.

Just a reminder for all our female swimmers, on Friday 11th December Masters Swimming NSW will be running the Masters Swimming NSW Women Only Twilight Swim Carnival at the Auburn Ruth Everuss Aquatic Centre. The carnival is now open for registrations and swimmers can enter up to three events. If you’re keen to join a relay team just let me know. It should be a fun night.

Finally, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Peta Kilgour for all her support and the enormous contribution she has made to Different Strokes Swimming and Sydney Swimmers. Peta leaves us at the end of the month to focus on her own business. The details about her final ocean sessions and our December Open Water Training surf sessions can be found in the newsletter.

I look forward to seeing you at the pool or the beach soon!

As always in swimming,

Kari Baynes

Photo: Bondi Ocean Swim 8/11/2020
Photo Credit: Michelle Cowans

Read the full newsletter here: https://mailchi.mp/sydneyswimmers.com.au/its-ocean-swimming-time?e=[UNIQID]