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WOW Challenge & Victorian Open Water Championships

Sun, 17 Dec 2017

WOW Challenge and Victorian Open Water Championships

The WOW Challenge and Victorian Open Water Championships attracts first time open water swimmers to world and Olympic champions.

Held at Williamstown beach, only 10 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD, the elite and public swim together in all events, with championship swimmers posting recognised FINA times.

The event is the only Victorian qualifier for the Rottnest swim.

Events include: Junior Dolphins Chase the Champs Kids 750m, 1.2km, 2.5km, 5km, 7.5km and 10km.

This is a festival of swimming, offering a retail activation zone, food and beverage from The Kiosk by d’Asporto, all in historical Williamstown offering cafes, bars and restaurants.

Swim courses

All events are deep water starts.

The Junior Dolphins Kids 750m is the lead swim being a 300m out, 150m across and 300m return.

The 2.5km, 5km, 7.5km and 10km swims are an ‘L’ shaped 2.5km loop.

The 1.2km is the final event cutting through the 2.5km course.

Wetsuits optional for all events.

While you’re there

The WOW Challenge and Victorian Open Water Championships is a festival of swimming.

Enjoy fantastic food and coffee from The Kiosk by d’Asporto, get a free massage from Physio Health or wander through the retail zone.

Kez’s Kitchen will be giving out free health food, buy a Christmas gift from Natatio Swimwear or Archie’s footwear.

Instagram highlights

#wowchallenge #victorianowc

Travel and parking

Williamstown train station is a short 10 minute walk from the beach.

Ticketing parking is close to the venue and there is non-ticketed parking in surrounding streets.

WOW Challenge and Victorian Open Water Championships results

Event details

Sun, 17 Dec 2017
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Williamstown SLSC


Type of event
ocean swim
Course types
around the buoys
Swim lengths
750m, 1.2km, 2.5km & 10km
Swim series
Global Swim Series


Williamstown Beach
Williamstown VIC
Williamstown, Victoria 3016 Australia
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Weather forecast

Dec 17

Clear throughout the day.
12am 17°C 4 m/s
1am 16°C 3 m/s
2am 16°C 2 m/s
3am 15°C 3 m/s
4am 15°C 3 m/s
5am 15°C 2 m/s
6am 15°C 2 m/s
7am 16°C 3 m/s
8am 18°C 5 m/s
9am 19°C 5 m/s
10am 20°C 5 m/s
11am 21°C 5 m/s
12pm 23°C 4 m/s
1pm 24°C 4 m/s
2pm 24°C 5 m/s
3pm 25°C 5 m/s
4pm 25°C 5 m/s
5pm 23°C 7 m/s
6pm 23°C 6 m/s
7pm 22°C 5 m/s
8pm 20°C 5 m/s
9pm 20°C 3 m/s
10pm 19°C 3 m/s
11pm 18°C 4 m/s


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