Yesterday a small group of us took to the water at the North Sydney Olympic Pool to begin our preparation for The Sydney Morning Herald's Cole Classic 2016 swim. The Cole Classic swim incorporates a 1km, 2km, and 5km ocean swim from Shelly Beach to Manly Beach and will take place on Sunday, 7th February 2016.
Participating in the swim is an opportunity to help raise money for a variety of 800 different charities. In 2015 the Cole Classic raised more than $140, 000 for charity. Each member of Bilue's team will be swimming in support of The Kids Cancer Project, an extremely special cause that truly holds a certain significance for us all.
As founder Graham Cole wrote in 1982, "the event is not a race but a challenge to all persons to stretch themselves in body and mind to swim a reasonable distance through surf. It will, I hope, be an incentive to persons to involve themselves in the self-discipline required to get fit; obtain confidence in their ability through swimming to achieve pride in having performed something that is, perhaps slightly above average, and finally to recieve some recognition of their accomplishment."
In order to rigorously prepare our team for the challenge we've scheduled in two distance swimming sessions each week. Beginning with 500m, we'll increase our distance by 200-250m each session, in the hopes that by the time we race we'll be capable of swimming at least 1.3-1.5km. In late January we've planned a dry-run session where we'll attempt to swim the entire 1km in the lead up to the main event.
We're immensely proud that we have the opportunity, people and motivation to be apart of this challenge. If you want to, you too can support a charitable cause by participating in the Cole Classic swim, or simply by donating to our cause - The Kids Cancer Project.