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Olsen - Hooper Summer Handicap

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The Olsen – Hooper Summer Handicap is an Australia open water swim inaugurated in 2003 by the Brighton Icebergers. It is a handicap event which is swum out to the reef marker over a 2 km course. Originally called the Summer Handicap, it was renamed in 2004 the Olsen – Hooper Handicap recognising the mateship over 50 years of two of the Club’s senior and best performing swimmers, Rob Hooper and John Olsen. Handicapping provides even the slowest swimmer with some chance of a podium finish.

Courses[edit]

The Icebergers have a series of open water swimming courses including the 250m “Morning Glory” course, the 1.5 km “No Brainer” course, and the’ 2 km "Big Course" out to the Reef Marker.

Annual Iceberger Events[edit]

  • Olsen – Hooper Summer Handicap: Inaugurated in 2003, it is a handicap event which is swum out to the reef marker over a 2 km course. Originally called the Summer Handicap, it was renamed in 2004 the Olsen – Hooper Handicap recognising the mateship over 50 years of two of the Club’s senior and best performing swimmers, Rob Hooper and John Olsen. Handicapping provides even the slowest swimmer with some chance of a podium finish.
  • New Year’s Eve Midnight Swim: a 1.25 km swim in the phospherous flecked black sea starts from the pier at 11:45 pm and pauses at midnight at the “silver pole” marker located out at sea 1 km+ from the start. As fireworks light the night sky and city skyline marking the New Year, the swim is completed followed by a few beers and glasses of bubbly back onshore.
  • Christmas Relay Race: a group sprint race between the landings as team leaders and tactics are crucial

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