2021 didn’t happen, but we’re quietly confident about February 2022.
Geelong’s only open water swim, the Moorpanyal 1000, held each year at North Shore, has been postponed. When restrictions ease we’ll be back, bigger and better than ever.North Shore Residents Group launched the swim way back in February 2000, to celebrate the turn of the century, and committed volunteers have conducted it on the last Saturday of February 21 times, growing from an initial dozen starters to around 150 swimmers in recent years. After consulting residents and supportive North Shore business leaders, Group President Bruce Cohen announced health must come first, yet he was hopeful improvement in virus controls might open the door on the popular swim being staged in late spring or early summer. A determined group of local swimmers have been training over the customary 1000 metres of the swim from St Helens Park jetty for several months, mostly on Thursdays. Others have prepared at Ballarat, Werribee and Melbourne’s western suburbs, plus regulars from the Geelong region. Industrial and commercial supporters based in North Shore have promised their ongoing support when the Moorpanyal 1000 does become possible. In other news, City of Greater Geelong’s parks team has been busy right through the summer at keeping Moorpanyal Park in good shape. Hard work pays off: the park is being used more than ever! After Eastern Beach, which has been in the news about overnight campers, Moorpanyal Park is by far Geelong’s second family beach, with lots of young family groups making good use of the playground and barbecue facilities, plus a clean sandy beach stretching 200 metres plus. The Lascelles Wharf end of the park continues to attract angling groups and the almost ever-present lone fisher-persons. The clifftop and beaches area have been chosen for wedding ceremonies, also for the scattering of ashes and memorials by families of long term Moorpanyal bay-watchers. Dog walkers also value Moorpanyal Park and respect the ‘pick-up poo’ rules. Sport, church, school, work and community groups meet and value Moorpanyal Park. Many northerners, when passing by, enjoy it as a snack spot with a view.
NORTH SHORE RESIDENTS GROUP President signals ‘down with covid’ and looks forward to when we can reschedule the swim
SponsorsThanks to our sponsors! The Moorpanyal Park 1000 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, Boral Geelong, The Training Room Geelong, Biscuit Interactive, Jennings Internet, Xtreme Technology, Surf Life Saving Victoria, Fortune5, Geelong Advertiser, Millar’s Cafe, Popcultcha, Geelong Ports, Geelong Volunteer Coast Guard, Incitec Pivot, Midway, Neverfail Springs, Pace Physiotherapy, Quiksilver, Rotary Club of Corio, St. John Ambulance, Victorian Regional Channels Authority, Ber’s Butcher, Admiral Thrawn, Wathaurong Glass & Art, Geelong Cross Country Club and many others.
Thanks to all our helpers.This swim was the brainchild of North Shore residents Jim Anderson and Dale Jennings. Together they organised a team of people who donated their time and talents to make the swim possible. The Moorpanyal Park 1000 started as an annual swim in 2000 with just fourteen swimmers. Now averaging more than 100 contestants, it continues to grow. Thanks to all swimmers, supporters and sponsors for making this such a wonderful free community event. Thanks to everyone for their ongoing support of the Moorpanyal Park 1000 and special thanks to members of the North Shore community. We’ll beat Covid. And now, more than ever, community is important.