Dive in to finish 2019 with a splash

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Competitors at the start of the race in 2018.
Camera IconCompetitors at the start of the race in 2018.

Another strong turnout is expected as the nominations roll in for the New Year’s Eve swim, held annually at Middleton Beach on December 31.

Last year more than 100 swimmers took to the water, and numbers for the Albany Surf Life Saving Club-run event are likely to be similar next Tuesday.

Locals and holidaymakers are set to take part in the four events — 400m, 1.25km, 2.5km and 5km.

Prizes are up for grabs in each division, with the short course side of the event starting at 7.30am and the long course races beginning at 7.45am.

Registrations usually increase in the days leading up to the event and close on Monday, December 30, but late entries on the day are accepted.

ASLSC president Sarah Bowles said the swim was a great way for the community to finish 2019.

“It is just a nice way to finish off the year, come together and have a swim, and it’s an event that has a community feel,” Bowles said.

Matt Wells is the race director for this year’s event and Bowles said the event required lots of volunteer support to make it happen.

“It is our event but we’ve got a crew from Masters Swimming that help us deliver it on the day,” she said.

“It is one of those events that still requires heavy volunteer support to get it over the line and lots of water safety.

“Lots of our members also want to swim in the event so it does take a bit to pull together.”

Competitors can enter online by visiting register now.com.au and searching for Albany.

Andrew Donaldson won the 5km event last year ahead of young Albany swimmer Angus Bowles, while local Molly Bowles won the female 5km race.

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