Williamstown Open Water Championships


Sam Sheppard, Jordan Wilimovsky and Brendan Casey to compete at 2015 Vic Open Water Championships

WOW Flyer As the 2015 Open Water Championships and WOW Challenge are steadily approaching, our hosting clubs are looking forward to an exciting day of racing an entertainment. Those questioning whether or not to give this year's event a go, may be inspired by some of the high quality swimmers who will be competing. Australian Swim Team member Sam Sheppard, who achieved a 5th place in this year's Kazan World Championships, will be swimming alongside USA Olympic qualifier and current 10k World Champion Jordan Wilimovsky, and the current 10k Junior Pan Pac Champion Brendan Casey. Both athletes are based in Santa Monica, California and train under the watchful eye of former Surrey Park Head Coach Dave Kelsheimer. Jordan has qualified for the Rio Olympics representing the USA in the Open Water. Also, he is the current 1500m USA champion and is aiming to qualify in the pool as well. Coach Dave Kelsheimer has been a strong supporter of Open Water swimming whilst coaching at Surrey ark, producing numerous State and National champions including Surrey Park being the Premier Open Water Club from 2008 - 10. He has continued this commitment since relocating back to the USA in late 2010 and has recently been appointed as Assistant Open Water Coach for the 2016 USA Olympic Team. 'This upcoming event at Williamstown is an ideal location and timing for Victorian swimmers as they are at the peak of their fitness. The water temperature and conditions are similar to what is expected in Rio at the Olympics in 2016, which will assist in Jordan's preparation. Except, the water here will be substantially cleaner." stated Coach Kelsheimer. The day will consist of a variety of events. Those wishing to compete in the 5km and 10km Championship events must be registered Swimming Victoria or Masters Swimming Victoria members. There will also be events that will cater for all competitors including the Williamstown Open Water (WOW) 5km, 2.5km, 1.2km and Kids 750m. Open Water World Champion, Melissa Roberts, will also be running a Junior Excellence Clinic on the day, where swimmers will then compete in the WOW 2.5km race. For more details about the clinic visit Swimming Victoria's event page or email events@vic.swimming.org.au  
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