Bondi Beach is a popular beach and the name of the surrounding suburb in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Bondi Beach is located 7 km (4 mi) east of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of Waverley Council, in the Eastern Suburbs. It was named as one of the world's top 100 beaches by CNN in 2013.
The Bondi Iceberg Swimming Club is a pod dating back to 1929 and was started by local lifesavers who wished to maintain their fitness during the winter months. They formed the Bondi Icebergs Winter Swimming Club and drew up a constitution and elected office bearers. Included in the constitution was a rule that to maintain membership it was mandatory that swimmers compete on three Sundays out of four for a period of five years.
The Icebergs became licensed in 1960 and the members moved from a tin shed into comfortable premises with Bar and Poker Machines. A further update took place in the 1970's enabling the Club to operate on two floors. In 1994, female members were admitted and in 2002 the Club opened their new premises. Manly Beach is a beach situated in Sydney's Northern Beaches, Australia. From north to south, the three main sections are Queenscliff, North Steyne, and South Steyne.
Manly to Bondi
On 20 January 2013, a group of 10 swimmers, 5 kayakers and an escort boat crew traversed 13.3 km from Manly Beach to Bondi Beach. Anna Torok and Helen Conway swam with kayaker Millie Joseph. Alex Prendergast and organiser Miles Tollan swam with kayaker Collie Kinsela. Cae Tolman and English Channel veteran Iain McGregor swam with kayaker Gaétan Guilhon. Michael Teys and Sabine Homrighausen swam with kayaker Luke Teys. Todd McLaren and Andrew Lovett swam with kayaker Ian Paul. The escort boat crew included James Goins, Nicole Piha and Alison Annett.
Chloë McCardel completed 60 laps or 48 km across Bondi Beach in an 11 hour 42 second swim in 2011.
Bondi Splash N Dash
The Bondi Splash N Dash is a charity run-swim-run biathlon event that includes a 1 km beach run + 1 km ocean swim + 1 km beach run on Bondi Beach. The elite division will start with a 2 km run. The event also includes the Duck Dash. The top three places will split a prize purse of $4000. The event is the brainchild of local lifeguard and Bondi Rescue star Andrew ‘Reidy’ Reid.
World's Best Open Water Swimming Towns
Bondi Beach in Sydney was selected as one of the World's Best Open Water Swimming Towns by the World Open Water Swimming Association in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
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