Brighton Beach Beckons

18 July 2019
Brighton Beach will once again host the Australian Open Water Swimming Championships.

Swimming Australia is delighted to announce its 2020 Australian Open Water Swimming Championships will return to the scenic shores of South Australia’s Brighton Beach next year.

Taking place on the Australia Day long weekend between Saturday 25 to Monday 27 of January 2020, the event will see our country’s elite and emerging open water swimmers not only battle it out for coveted titles, but also prestigious spots on the Dolphins swim team.

It's always a hot competition in Adelaide.
It's always a hot competition in Adelaide, and next year will be no different.

As the world counts down to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the Australian Open Water Swimming Championships has been identified as one of two events for male athletes to earn selection, so there’s no doubt competition will be tough and fierce in the Men’s 10km race.

Noosa’s Kareena Lee, who won the top honour in the Women’s 10km event at this year’s national champs, recently secured the women’s nomination for the Australian Olympic Team at the World Championships in South Korea.

International swimmers will also likely target this event for race practice, ensuring it will form a vital part of the athletes’ preparation.

Swimming Australia’s CEO Leigh Russell said she was pleased to see the premier open water event return to South Australia for the fourth consecutive year.

“We’re thrilled our Australian Open Water Swimming Championships will be held at Brighton Beach – it’s a beautiful part of Australia’s coastline and the local community always embraces this event,” Russell said.

“Over the past three years we have continued to strengthen our relationship with the South Australian Tourism Commission and Brighton Surf Lifesaving Club, and we thank the South Australian Government for their ongoing support and commitment to swimming in Australia.

“Next year marks a significant period in our calendar as our male athletes try to make the team for Tokyo and capitalise on race practice opportunities, so I hope the people of Adelaide head down to Brighton and cheer them on.” 

The iconic Brighton Jetty
The iconic Brighton Jetty will be the perfect place to view the race.

Acting Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Tim Whetstone said the State Government was proud to have secured the Australian Open Water Swimming Championships for another year.

“2020 will mark the fourth consecutive year that we’ve hosted the championships, further cementing our reputation as the home of national swimming events,” said Minister Whetstone.

“We will also be hosting the Hancock Prospecting Australian Swimming Championships in June – the third time South Australia has hosted the all-important Olympic selection trials.

“Events inject millions into our growing $7.2 billion visitor economy, and we look forward to welcoming Australia’s best open water swimmers to Adelaide next year."

The Australian Open Water Swimming Championships will also coincide with ‘Australia Swims’, which is Swimming Australia’s annual summer swimming challenge.

For more information on the National Open Water Championships and Australia Swims, visit

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