Argyle sets entry record

Elise Van AkenThe Kimberley Echo
The 10km racers taking off at the starting line last year.
Camera IconThe 10km racers taking off at the starting line last year. Credit: Elise Van Aken/Elise Van Aken

The region’s biggest swimming event has set an entry record for the 10th year running, with the biggest number of teams gearing up to dive into Lake Argyle this May.

The 2020 First National Kimberley Lake Argyle Swim will welcome 120 teams and solo swimmers to the water on May 2, making up a total of 350 swimmers and 220paddlers and skippers.

But in what has become a tradition for the event, demand exceeded places with many would-be competitors taking to social media in an attempt to snatch up any entries that become available.

LAS event manager Glenn Taylor said while the committee did not want anyone to miss a place, they were very careful only to increase the field to a sustainable level.

“This is to ensure all the great character and unique aspects of the Lake Argyle Swim are retained,” he said.

“We are very conscious of ensuring your skippers can make dinner in time, after a hard day in support; we know there is great patience shown by all skippers at the busy boat ramp.

“We are always looking to grow the swim sustainably and we are strong advocates for improved boat access on our amazing lake.”

Teams from the Northern Territory, NSW, Victoria, Queensland and across WA will travel to the region for the open-water race.

Kununurra is well represented with a total of 123 swimmers, with a strong showing in the 10km distance among locals.

All skippers and 10km solo swimmers are required to attend one briefing and gear collection session at either Kununurra Country Club Resort on April 29 at 6pm or Lake Argyle Resort on May 1 at 5pm.

All swimmers and paddlers are also strongly encouraged to attend.

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