Swim for Saxon is a very special event held at Queenscliff Beach to honour Saxon Bird, a champion Queenscliff competitor who tragically died at the Australia Surf Lifesaving Championships on the Gold Coast in 2010.
The commemorative swim caters to athletes of all abilities and ages with an 1km and 2km swim in memory of Saxon.
Queenscliff is a beautiful spot in Sydney's northern beaches. Spend the day relaxing by the beach, surfing or walk down to Manly Corso to grab a bite to eat or an ice cream.
Swim for Saxon honours the life of Saxon Bird, a young champion who died after being swept away during an under-19 ironman event at the Australian Titles on the Gold Coast in 2010.
The memorial event includes a 1km and 2km swim following a course at Queenscliff Beach. Athletes as young as 13, who have adequately trained, are eligible to take part in the swims.
Swimmers need to be aware of the wide-open beach break at Queenscliff Beach as well as the banks and currents.
While you're there
Queenscliff is a beautiful spot to enjoy in Sydney's northern beaches. After the race, take some time to explore the area.
For those keen surfers check out the surf between North Steyne and Queenscliff . There is usually not big swell at Queenscliff Beach, so the conditions are ideal for swimming, body surfing or body boarding.
Grab a bite to eat at one of the takeaway shops behind the surf club or walk down to Manly Corso where there are a variety of great cafes and restaurants. Alternatively, pack a picnic lunch or use the BBQ and sit on the beach and enjoy the beautiful ocean views.