The Wānaka Lake Swimmers Club are racing ahead of their Queenstown competitors in a friendly ‘lake perimeter’ challenge this summer, and they’re ploughing ahead. Camille Gulick from the club said that, “this year we were challenged by the Southern Lakes Swimming Club to a lake perimeter challenge. The rules are simple, each club will attempt to swim the perimeter of their respective lake and islands — Lake Wānaka versus Lake Wakatipu — within the swim season starting on November 1, 2019 and ending on April 30, 2020.”
Gulick said that our (somewhat competitive) Wānaka locals have jumped at the opportunity, “this challenge has certainly stirred up the competitive spirit of the swimmers here in Wānaka. Our membership base has grown to over 100 — double the number of members from last year. We also have some super competitive and adventurous individuals who have been out every week since the challenge began. One to note is Cameron Stanley, head coach of the Wānaka Swim Club, who has swum approximately 35km of the perimeter already!”
Despite the less than ideal flooding in recent weeks, the team are still very confident that they can keep pushing, said Gulick, “while the weather hasn’t been particularly summer-ish lately, we are hopeful that the club’s enthusiasm for the challenge will remain high and we will continue to rack up the kilometers when possible.”
At the time of writing, the Wānaka locals are ahead of the team over the hill by 17.3 percent, at 54.6 percent of the lake’s perimeter covered. Although, it is to be noted that Lake Wakatipu does have a slightly larger perimeter than Lake Wānaka (shhh… don’t tell them!).