Covid cancelled us for a few years, but we’re back in 2023 for 3214!

WHERE: Moorpanyal Park, North Shore, 3214, Victoria. Corner of The Esplanade and Seabeach Parade.

WHEN: 9am sharp Saturday February 25th, 2023. Register on the day from 8am, we recommend you attend before 8:30am.

COST: From entry, to parking and refreshments, everything is completely free.

DISTANCE: 1000 metres – ‘to the beacon and back’.

PRIZES: Trophies to open male and female winners and teams. Plus age group prizes and lots of spot and novelty prizes.

HUNGRY? Free sausage sizzle.

THIRSTY? Free water, tea and coffee.

SECTIONS: Male and female Under 15, Under 18, Open, 40/49, 50/59, 60-Plus.

Want to help? Please download our swim flyer, print it out and put it on a wall.

Download Moorpanyal Swim Flyer

Watch the Moorpanyal 2020 video, a few weeks before Covid hit.

A message from swim founder, Dale Jennings.

North Shore is a village of some 200 households sandwiched between Geelong’s Corio Bay and Geelong’s major industrial precinct.

Its neighbours have included the Ford Motor Company’s product development team, Shell Refinery, Incitec Pivot’s fertiliser works, Midway Forest, Geelong Port, surfware specialist Quiksilver, Victorian Regional Channels Authority, newcomer giant Boral, an asphalt and cement producer and a busy range of other industrial pursuits, warehouses and workshops.

This marriage of bayside housing, enjoying some of the best views in Geelong, living cheek by jowl with the region’s gritty, noisy industrial enterprises and wharves, charged with the task of producing much of Geelong’s manufacturing wealth and exports, has fostered some strange bedfellows.

Like much of the Northern Suburbs, North Shore is one of those places that much of Geelong prefers to ignore and forget. The industrial back streets become a convenient dumping ground for those who are lazy or prefer not to pay tip fees. Stolen cars, old refrigerators and industrial and domestic rubbish commonly was dumped along the North Shore clifftops or steered into Corio Bay. Twenty one years back, dramatic change was taking place. Residents, sick and tired of heavy industrial traffic driving through the residential area 24/7, formed North Shore Residents Group and lobbied the Victorian Government for a bypass road. Abery Road followed.

Around the same time the group was searching for a way to mark the dawn of the 21st century and chose to hold a celebratory swim in Corio Bay from Moorpanyal Beach – “to the yellow stick and back!” About 1000 metres. Fourteen swimmers turned up. Gradually the swim has grown and tradition with it: swimmers keep turning up, residents prepare tea and coffee and cook prize-winning sausages from local butchers for swimmers, friends and family. Nobody goes hungry. Community businesses support the swim and make it financially viable.

This is Corio Bay’s only free open water swim – a journey to remember!

Sponsors

Thanks to our sponsors!

The Moorpanyal Park 1000 Swim is free to enter because of the great support given by industry and commerce in the Geelong region. The North Shore beach is a favourite of Northern Suburbs families, including a great many students and retired people who swim year round at the Waterworld complex. The Moorpanyal Park 1000 encourages them to prepare for an open water swim without the expense of the high profile swims. Not only is entry free, everything from the sausage sizzle to the prizes are free too. It’s a morning to be enjoyed with the whole family that won’t cost you a cent: even parking is free! It is our generous sponsors, along with our helpers, mostly local residents, who make this swim possible, and such a wonderful event.

Our heartfelt thanks to all the businesses that contributed. Organised by the North Shore Residents Group as a community service and supported by City Of Greater Geelong, Bancoora Life Saving Club, Ber’s Butcher, Biscuit Interactive, Boral, Fairhaven Life Saving Club, Fortune5, Geelong Advertiser, Geelong Boxing Club, Geelong Cross Country Club, GeelongPort, Geelong Volunteer Coast Guard, Incitec Pivot, Jennings Internet, Midway, Millars Lara, Popcultcha, Neverfail Springs, Quiksilver, Rotary Club of Corio, St. John Ambulance, Victorian Regional Channels Authority, Wathaurong Glass & Art and many others.

The Moorpanyal Park 1000 Swim started as an annual event in 2000 with just fourteen swimmers.

Now averaging more than 150 contestants, it continues to grow.

Thanks to all swimmers, supporters and sponsors for making this such a wonderful free community event. We appreciate everyone for their ongoing support of the Moorpanyal Park 1000 Swim and special thanks to members of the North Shore community.

And now, more than ever, community is important.

If you want to swim at a future event, get involved in the planning, help with sponsorship or just say hi our email address is:

swim@moorpanyal.com