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The tenth and final Round of the 2019/20 SWA OWS Series got underway this morning with near perfect conditions with a 29C sunny and fresh off shore easterly winds at Scarborough Beach proudly presented by Westpac. A venue record of 561 swimmers took to the water this morning in front of the Scarbrough Amphitheater.
Westpac Regional General Manager Michael Walker was in attendance to help start the swimmers for the final time in our 2019.20 OWS Series and brought with him a team of Westpac Volunteers who brought games and free Gypsy Soul Coffee vouchers before putting on a free BBQ at our OWS Series Windup looking over the beautiful Indian Ocean that hosts our series every year.
Congratulations to our 2019/20 OWS Series
Westpac Indian Ocean All-Stars
This year Swimming WA invited Surf Lifesaving and Triathlon to send us their best 5 swimmers to take on our team in the Westpac Indian Ocean All-Stars Challenge, a 1.25km swim around our course with a beach sprint start to make thing interesting. With bragging rights for the best in the ocean and a $500 sporting voucher up for grabs to the winning tean, tensions were high. While Surf Lifesavings Charlie Hewitt was first out of the water with a time of 15:04.3, it was solid performance of the Swimming WA team Rosie WILSON, Jack WILSON, Chloe GREEN, Samantha MACFARLANE and Sacha DOWNING that took out the win just 2 points ahead of Surf Lifesaving.
Well done to all swimmers who chose to come swim with us today and well done to those who challenged themselves to achieve their goals.
New Town Toyota OWS Series Hilux Competition
Congratulations to Sean for taking out this Rounds New Town Toyota Competition. Just by posting a picture on social media by the New Town Toyota OWS Series Hilux and tagging @new_town_toyota and @owsseries he will be receiving a $50 gift voucher. Thank you to all of those who participated this season.
Still To Come
While our 2019/20 OWS Series is ended today we do have two more opportunities for you to get your open water swimming fix.
- The first is our Diamond Mile Fundraiser at Harvey Dam on the 15th of March, with all profits going to the Swimming WA Foundation. The Swimming WA Foundation recognises the added costs associated with providing opportunities to swimmers with a disability, and is committed to providing access to swimming opportunities for all West Australians.
- The second is our Bonus Round, the Yara Burrup Classic for those seeking adventure and an extension to your summer. Join us at the beautiful Hearson’s Cove on the 9th of May and swim the turquoise waters set amongst the red Karratha landscape for one of our most scenic event locations.
For more information on both these events and for travel discounts follow the above links to the individual event pages.
Here are our place getters for the OWS Series Round 10: Scarborough Beach proudly brought to you by Westpac:
Swimmer tracking provided by
For a better viewing experience, get the RACEMAP App!!
The tracking application is provided by RaceMap. The maps can be used within this website but for best results, the RaceMap app should be installed from either your apple or android store.
- You can locate a swimmer by tapping on the search box and either scrolling down until you find them or type in their name or number.
- A swimmer in the search area who is bold means that they are being detected and should appear on the map, a swimmer who is faded means that more detections are required to determine their position and hence appear on the map.
- If you click on the person’s name it will highlight them in the map. You can highlight multiple people.
- The information below the swimmer refers to i) their speed, ii) their distance swam, iii) elevation from sea level and iv) distance to finish.
- You can zoom in and out on the map and even change its orientation – this is a lot easier to do in the app.
Key points about the tracking we use for the Open Water Swimming Series
- The data used for the tracking is collected by transmitters sitting on top of the swim buoys.
- It will usually take a few minutes after the race has started for a competitor to appear on the screen.
- The race tracking is “predictive” only and the swimmer’s position on the map can change due to alterations in speed and conditions. It relies totally on the timing chip being clear of the water for certain periods of time so that it can be detected by the transmitters.
- This type of tracking technology is 12 months old and Swimming WA are one of the first groups ‘globally’ to use it within a ‘purely’ swimming environment. The swimming environment is challenging, however, after every race, the data is analysed and modifications are made to the software to continually enhance its accuracy.
Thank you to The Nomad Company, our official photographer of the OWS Series. If you would like more details or to purchase an image please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.thenomadcompany.com.au