ONSHORE Podcast: Ep #036 – TOWSA

TOWSA's 'royal' beginnings stretch back to 1952 with the inaugural Magnetic Island to Townsville swim, and the association is now involved in organising a number of innovative local open water swimming events.


Date: 7 September 2020
Interview number: 036
Interviewees: John Barett and Kylee de Roy of the Townsville Open Water Swimming Association (TOWSA) 
Arcadian SLSC, Townsville, Queensland


We met up with John Barett and Kylee de Roy of the Townsville Open Water Swimming Association (TOWSA) and learnt about the ‘royal’ beginnings of the association and the direct link with the Magnetic Island Swim, which the association has run annually for more than 66 years.

We also find out about how the association has grown the sport of open water swimming in Townsville, the great events they organise each year and we go in-depth into the history of the Magnetic Island Swim. Before we finish up, we talk to Kylee about her achievements in the open water and how her role as the president of the Arcadian SLSC is an inspiration to young women.

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In this snippet from the full podcast interview, John talks about how TOWSA came to be and how the Queen was originally involved in the Magnetic Island Swim…




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