Kids Getting An Early Start With The Open Water Stars

Kids Getting An Early Start With The Open Water Stars

Young kids, adults and professional open water swimmers took to The Great Brisbane Swim under rough conditions…

…with smiles all around. Brisbane was the first stop on the inaugural Great Australian Swim Series tour where Trent Grimsey and Melissa Gorman not surprisingly took the top honors at Sutton’s Beach Redcliffe.

It was a great mixture with some of the world’s greatest open water swimmers, young nippers and adults of all ages and abilities including some of Australia’s greatest pool swimming stars.

Olympian Melissa Gorman took it out fast and finished third overall behind the top two men.

When we turned the buoy to turn back along the beach, it was difficult battling the current and the wind. It was hard to see where you were going but that’s the way things go sometimes with ocean swims.”

Trent showed he is back on track after recovering from illness.

Similar to Melissa, he executed his race plan by taking the lead from start to finish to win in 29 minutes in very tough conditions whipped up by a strong easterly wind. “I like mixing up my strategies so my competitors don’t always know what I am going to do,” explained Trent on an Open Water Wednesday interview. “A few of the boys did a 10K swim yesterday, so I thought they might be a bit tired. I really wanted to go out hard early and build a lead and put the pressure on.”

But the day wasn’t all about the elite swimmers and the competitive drive to win. 368 swimmers the plunge, many for the first time.

With stars like Olympic legends Jon Konrads (at the start) and Susie O’Neill (at the finish), race director Brendan Capell summed up the event, “Ocean swimming is about accepting the challenge of the elements. The swim was a fairly big challenge. To see the determination and camaraderie between the competitors is what open water swimming is all about. To see first timers in the anything-goes-section swim was great.”

We also saw some great concepts in both the elite and non-elite dash-for-cash races which showcased ocean swimming’s speed to the first buoy and back and up the beach to claim the envelope with the cash in it.

Trent and up-and-coming sensation Danielle DeFrancesco were too quick for the rest of the field

Melissa commented on the kids, “The little kids that had a go in the 300-meter swim this morning were fantastic.

We were out there swimming with them and to see the effort they put in and the enjoyment on their faces at the finish line was just great. That’s what these types of swims are all about and I can’t wait for the next ones
– the 2.5K Bodyscience Great Australian Swim Series from Kirra Beach to Coolangatta on January 15th and the series final which will take place at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney Harbour on Australia Day on January 26th.”

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Steven Munatones