South Australia hosts Australia’s premier open water swimming event

25 January 2017

Leon Bignell MP
Minister for Tourism

For the first time in 17 years, South Australia will host the Australian Open Water Swimming Championships from this Friday, January 27.

More than 360 athletes from interstate and overseas will join 75 locals to compete in the gruelling event at Brighton Beach.

The program will feature time trials across a variety of distances and, for the first time, relay events.

The event will also incorporate selection trails for the 2017 FINA 10km World Cup, the 2017 FINA World Championships and the 2017 World University Games.

The 2017 Australian Open Water Swimming Championships will be held from Friday until Sunday 29 January and is owned and managed by Swimming Australia. For more information visit Swimming Australia.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell
The 2017 Australian Open Water Swimming Championships joins a long line of significant swimming events held in our State including the recent Australian Swimming Championships which doubled as the 2016 Olympic Swimming Trials.

South Australia’s reputation for hosting world-class events continues to get stronger and hosting the 2017 Australian Open Water Swimming Championships further cements this.

The State Government is committed to growing our state’s event calendar and is proud to be the major sponsor of this event. The State Government has invested an extra $70 million in tourism to market South Australia nationally and internationally and attract major events.

South Australia recently secured the title of the ‘Best Event State’ for the second year running and it’s easy to see why. Along with these Championships, we have the upcoming Clipsal Adelaide 500, the Adelaide Festival, Fringe Festival, the day/night Cricket Test, Womad, the Australian Women's Golf Open, major music concerts and so much more.

I encourage everyone to get to Brighton and cheer on these incredible athletes while enjoying one of the most stunning beaches in South Australia.

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