Bronte SLSC competitors have come together to create a formidable team to challenge for their club’s biggest annual event, the iconic Macquarie Bondi to Bronte Ocean Swim.
The team of Bronte SLSC competitors; Wally Eggleton, Andrew Bowden, Christoph Karow and Ben Walker have entered as the Bronte Express, named after the beach’s famed southern rip. The team will come together to try beat the rest of the pack to take out the teams competition at this Sunday’s 13th Macquarie Bondi to Bronte Ocean Swim.
The Bronte Express are looking good for a great performance, with Andrew just returning from captaining the Australian Lifesaving Team in Antwerp and Wally showing great form at the 2013 Mana Island Ocean Swim, in Fiji, taking out the 3km & 10km events. Wally beat a high quality pack easily, cementing his standing as one of Australia’s up and coming open water swimmers.
Eggleton, 20 years old from Windsor, N.S.W. joined Bronte SLSC in 2012, trains with Colin Braund on the Gold Coast and is setting his sights on the 10km at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships. A big couple of years ahead for the youngster with goals for September 2014 in France for the World Surf Life Saving Championships and then sites on Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympics.
The Macquarie Bondi to Bronte Ocean Swim attracts world class swimmers from all over and this year is shaping up to be an incredible battle of Australia’s finest ocean swimmers with winners from past years lining back up to take on the Bronte guys.
Thousands turn out to give this challenging swim a go each year with thousands more taking to the Eastern Beaches coastal walk following the swimmers on land. So come down to Bondi at 10am to see the Bronte guys start in the elites wave or meet them at Bronte from 10.20am to cheer them onto a close finish.
However it’s not all just about the elite’s, this year a new adults event launches, The Bronte Bay 800m. This is a swim for those who want to be a part of the day but are not up for the 2.4km swim from Bondi Beach.
This new event is unlike many other shorter swims; it’s all about participation. Bronte Bay swimmers are able to select the wave they want to swim in, allowing people to swim with friends and family, rather than in traditional swimmer age groups. Bronte SLSC has celebrated ocean swimming’s growth over the past 13 years and believe this event will offer new ocean swimmers and opportunity to get involved in the Club’s biggest annual event.
What about the kids? Nippers from all clubs are invited to join in the fun of the Banana Boat Bronte Junior Ocean Swim. There are two distances for the Nippers from 8yrs -13 yrs, with every Nipper being put in the draw to win one of the great lucky draw prizes – even a Bennett Nipper board valued at $895 is on offer!
For the past three years Bondi to Bronte swimmers have fundraised for the swim’s charity partner The Kids’ Cancer Project, an organisation focussed on finding a cure for childhood cancer. The Bondi to Bronte has helped to fund trials at both Westmead Children’s Hospital and University of NSW, where Professor Gunning and his team have developed a new class of drugs that cause cancer cells to collapse and die. In 2013 Bondi to Bronte swimmers aim to raise $40,000 to take the total raised for The Kids’ Cancer Project to $100,000 in just three years.
The Bondi to Bronte was created to raise money for Bronte SLSC’s world champion competitors, the club’s life saver training facilities and equipment needed to keep the community safe and welcome the entire community to come and be a part of the Club’s annual event.
All events will accept entries on the day, however Bronte SLSC urge all to enter online before Sunday to avoid hassles and help out the amazing Bronte SLSC volunteers who make this annual community event happen.