Sri Chinmoy Lake Swims

Yarralumla Bay swimming beach Canberra

Choose from 3 options - 5km, 2.5km and 500m

Canberra's oldest lake swims, held since 1987
Held in the beautiful surrounds of Yarralumla Bay
Suitable for recreational and serious swimmers
Friendly, supportive atmosphere
Well-marked, easy to navigate courses
On-water safety support by Canberra Canoe Club
Trophies for age group placegetters in 5km and 2.5km swims
Junior categories for 500m race
Post-race pancake breakfast
Full results published online same day

About the event

The Sri Chinmoy Lake Swims offer 3 distance options: 5km, 2.5km and 500m.

The swims are intended as a true test of swimming ability and skill, for swimmers not wearing wetsuits. Hence Awards are presented only to those swimmers who complete the event without wearing a wetsuit. Swimmers may wear wetsuits if they desire, though they will not be eligible for Awards. Results of all finishers will be published on this website, with the wearers of wetsuits noted in a separate section.

In addition, in late November or early December each year, the Sri Chinmoy National Capital Swim is staged along the full 10km length of Lake Burley Griffin for solo swimmers and relay teams of 4.



    • 8.10am
    • $15 until 5 pm, Mon 7 February
    • $20 after 5 pm, Mon 7 February
    • Add $5 one-race licence fee (per entry) for non TA members
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    • 8.05am
    • $25 until 5 pm, Mon 7 February
    • $35 after 5 pm, Mon 7 February
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    • 8am
    • $35 until 5 pm, Mon 7 February
    • $45 after 5 pm, Mon 7 February
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Award Categories

Awards are presented in the following categories:

5 km and 2.5 km Lake Swims
Male and Female Under 50: 1st place to 3rd place
Male and Female 50 - 59: 1st place to 3rd place
Male and Female 60 - 69: 1st and 2nd place
Male and Female 70 and over: 1st place

500 m Lake Swim
Boys and Girls Under 13: 1st to 3rd place
Boys and Girls Under 17: 1st to 3rd place
Male and Female 17 and over: 1st to 3rd place

Course Records

Sri Chinmoy Lake Swims

Distance Age Category Male Time Date Female Time Date
500 metres Under 13 Henry Palmerlee 8:05 26/2/2012 Elizabeth Wigney 8:57 8/3/2015
500 metres Under 17 Oscar Johnston 8:06 21/2/2016 Elizabeth Wigney 7:50 19/2/2017
500 metres 17 and Over Wayne Miller 8:00 10/2/2013 Ursula Ditton 8:52 10/2/2013
2.5 km Under 50 Tyler O'Keefe 34:32 20/2/2022 Grace Hoitink 35:41 18/2/2018
2.5 km 50 - 59 John Fox 35:40 19/2/2017 Anne Smyth 40:25 21/2/2016
2.5 km 60 - 69 Tim Booth 43:27 26/2/2012 Anne Smyth 45:14 20/2/2022
2.5 km 70 and Over Trevor Scott 46:23 20/2/2022      
5 km Under 50 Benjamin Freeman 1:04:53 19/2/2017 Jenna Freeman 1:10:12 8/3/2015
5 km 50 - 59 Mark Wieland 1:17:29 10/2/2013 Nicolee Martin 1:28:51 20/2/2022
5 km 60 - 69 Graeme Wolfenden 1:34:16 19/2/2017 Pauline English 1:47:17 19/2/2017
5 km 70 and Over Russell Wenholtz 2:00:00 26/2/2012      


Previous Results

  • 2022 Feb 20th
    Sri Chinmoy Lake Swims, Sunday 20 February 2022

    A perfect morning for the Sri Chinmoy 5km, 2.5km and 500m lake swims at Yarralumla Bay.  The water was silky smooth and the skies were clear.  Close to 100 swimmers arrived to test out the waters and their abilities over the three distances, affording everyone an opportunity to feel the thrill of racing again!

    Our 5km warriors set off first, tackling 4 laps of the 1.25km course, giving us all at the shore a thrill as they came motoring in each time to start their next lap.  The clear leader from the start was Harry Braddick, with a swimming style that was a joy to watch as he approached the shore to finish in a time of 1:08:35. 2nd place went to James Waldersee in a great time of 1:21:38 and not far behind him Peter Debeljakovic in 1:24:35.  In the women's under 50 category, Emi Cashman took out the honours in a time of 1:16:01 and also comfortably claimed second overall, emerging from the water looking fresh and strong.  Second place went to Orlanda Sexton in 1:24:26 and third place to Ashleigh Webb in a time of 1:26:35.

    Nicolee Martin swam one of the performances of the day to set a new course record for the Female 50-59 in the 5km race, with a fine 1:28:51; while Janet Gorst continued her stirling form in the F60-69 with 1:50:10. Perry Blackmore won the M50-59 category in 1:20:55; while Graeme Wolfenden took out the M60-69 in 1:36:42.

    In the 2.5km race, Tyler O'Keefe led from the start, with a course record time of 34:32!!  No wonder when second place Gregory Smart came in with the excellent showing of 37:34, he hadn't seen Tyler even out in the distance.  Third place went to Billy Nicoletti in 45:02.  We might be able to see course record for the Sri Chinmoy National Capital 10km Length of the Lake being broken later this year, if Tyler gets a team together.

    Taking out the Women's 2.5km event, Megan O'Neill won in 43:36, with Amy Dwyer coming in 2nd with 45:35, followed close behind by third place Kim Louw in a time of 46:27.

    Our Men's 70 and over record in the 2.5km was also smashed today with Trevor Scott's time of 46:23,  taking over two and a half minutes from the previous course record set in 2016.  

    Anne Smyth who currently holds the record for the Women's 50-59 in the 2.5km can now add a new record to her name.  Anne won the Women's 60-69 race in the 2.5km in 45:14, taking a whooping 7 minutes off the previous record time.

    In our sprint race today over 500m, first place in the Male 17 and over went to Jeremy Chen, in a time of 10:32, followed closely by Greg Little in 10:52, with third place going to Toby Smith in a time of 12:23. The Women 17 and over first place went to Heather Lansdowne in 10:15, second going to Brittany Meers  in 11:08 and third to Lucy Jesiolowski in a time of 12:44.

    Much gratitude to all for coming to enjoy a morning out on the lake, test your fitness and enjoy some great company, we look forward to seeing you all at our next race.

  • 2021 Feb 21st
    Sri Chinmoy Lake Swims, Lake Ginninderra, Sunday 21 February 2021

    With a last-minute change of location to Lake Ginninderra, Canberra compensated with the most perfect conditions for the annual swimming races today – calm, flat, warm water in picture-postcard surrounds…

    The 5km swimmers started first on this 1.25km loop. As the lead pack came in after one lap, you could see how competitive the field was, with 4 swimmers neck and neck, generating excitement along the shore line as Jarrod Poort broke away from the Wieland brothers to take out the race in a fantastic time of 1.02.06, a close second going to Ned Wieland in 1:02:15, with brother Duke Wieland third in 1:02:26.  Matt Carkeet dominated the Male 50-59 in a time of 1:39:54; while Graeme Wolfenden took out the Male 60-69 in 1:35:49.

    The women's race was dominated by Nicolee Martin from the women 50-59s, taking not only 1st place in this category, but also 1st place outright in a time of 1:29:39, with 2nd place in this category also taking 2nd outright – well done to Suzie Gunning in 1:31:10.  First in the women's under 50 was claimed by Melissa Joy in a great time of 1:31:56, second going to Janelle Ahem in 1:33:34 and third to Jasmine Delaney in 1:53:36.  Janet Gorst took out the female 60-69 in an excellent 1:50:25.

    In the 2.5km race we had another sprint finish with Guy Boland taking the 1st place in a time of 36:10, Gregory Smart taking second place in 36:19 and third going to Joseph Lovie-Toon in 45:30.  A special mention to Glen Sturesteps who was in the wetsuited category, but probably played a significant role in pushing the field along, finishing just 2 seconds behind Guy in 36:12. 

    Andrew Dawes took out the 1st place Male 50-59 in a swift 39:38; while Phil Aungles took out the Male 60-69 with 50.18.

    In the women's 2.5km race, Megan Keil won in a time of 40.43, second going to Shannon Kellett in 42:39 and third to Emily Stacey with 43:57.  In the Female 50-59 category, Ann Reid came in first in 48:07 with Anne Smyth comfortably winning the 60-69s in a sizzling 46:22.

    Our sprint race started with an enthusiastic field of swimmers with quick, fun and fast out and back course.  The outright winner of the race in a close head to head with some other competitors was Rebecca Tiley in 10 minutes flat, in the girls under 17s.  Second overall and 1st in the Female 17 and Over went to Brigette Bragg in 10.03, while 3rd overall and first in the Male 17 and Over was claimed by Alistair Buttimore in a time of 10:09. It was a great finish to watch!

    Congratulations to all swimmers who made it along to compete: a beautiful day was enjoyed by all. We look forward to welcoming you all at our next event

  • 2020 Feb 23rd
    Sri Chinmoy Lake Swims, Acton Ferry Terminal, Canberra, Sunday 23 February 2020

    Anyone who faced Shane Warne bowling in his prime will appreciate the varied challenges facing Canberra’s open-water swimmers and event organisers alike. The vagaries and fluctuations of water quality in our lakes and rivers constantly surprise, flummox and test the fortitude, equanimity and flexibility as much as any wrong-un or flipper served up by the Sheikh of Tweak himself.

    Fortunately, adaptability is a prime quality of endurance athletes, so the shaded glade alongside the old Ferry Terminal at Acton overlooking a glass-tabletop lake welcomed an intimate, relaxed and grateful gathering to fully savour these rare conditions at one of the only beaches in the ACT open to swimming on this glorious morning. A 1.25km triangular course nestled neatly in the placid bay between Commonwealth Ave Bridge and the National Museum with no wind or traffic of any kind made for a clear, easily navigable route.

    Michael Brennan interrupted his morning long training ride to swim 5km, as part of his training for the Sri Chinmoy Multi-Sport Classic in Jindabyne 2 weeks from now – and duly set a blistering early pace to establish enough of a lead to win in 1:19:07, and hold off the challenge from a strong Cristhian Molendowski in 1:19:48, with Brendon Tasker finishing 3rd with 1:32:52. Lloyd Dobson meanwhile took out the Male 50-59 (and 3rd outright) in 1:27:13; Bob Welldon the Male 60-69 with 1:50:04; and the indefatigable Terry Dixon the Male 70 and Over, moments after Bob in 1:51:16.

    Janelle Ahern was fastest among the women 5km swimmers, taking line honours with a smooth 1:34:34 from the consistent Laura Marshall in 1:42:33 and Claire Stutchbury with 1:51:45. Tricia Bowman won the Female 50-59 in 1:41:19; and Janet Gorst the Female 60-69 with 1:58:48.

    The 2-lap 2.5km swim saw an impressive win in the Under 50 men’s race from Greg Smart with 38:03, from Chris Boardman’s 46:01 and Max Heffernan in 46:57. Andrew Dawes took 2nd outright however, in winning the Male 50-59 in 39:53, ahead of Steve Whan 3rd outright with his 42:05. Alex Gosman added to his historical trophy haul, taking home the Male 60-69 with 48:29 in a close-run race from Tim Booth’s 48:54; while the seemingly-immortal Geoff Llewellyn continued showing us all what a true champion is, the oldest participant in winning the Male 70 and Over in 1:26:44.

    Winner of the women’s race was Anne Smyth, from the Female 50-59 category in a fine 44:37, with 2nd place Ann Reid also from the F50-59 in 48:38. Fastest among the Undefr50 women came Jolin Edmondson in a solid 48:43, ahead of Carolyn McLaren with 52:47 and Julie-Ann Guivarra in 55:49. Claire Wall took out the Female 60-69 with 1:14:08.

    Gianni Bonansea was too swift for all comers in the 500 metre race, winning outright from the Boys Under 17 category in 9:47. Fiona Butler took out the Female 17 and Over in 10:16; and Sean Mullins the Male 17 and Over with 12:04.


  • 2019 Feb 24th
    Sri Chinmoy Lake Swims, Sunday 24 February 2019 – 5km, 2.5km & 500m

    A change is as good as a holiday, and sometimes enforced change can turn out to be a blessing in disguise. So it was with the 2019 Sri Chinmoy Lake Swims, which were not able to be held at the traditional venue of Yarralumla Bay due to concerns with lake water quality. The move across the Molonglo to Black Mountain Peninsula swimming area proved a delightful and fortuitous surprise.

    Due to the comparative narrows of Tarcoola Reach (between Black Mountain Peninsula and Weston Park), the loop had to be reduced to 1.25km, meaning that the 2.5km comprised 2 laps while the 5km swimmers would go around 4 times. An advantage of this reduction meant that shore-bound spectators could witness much more of the on-course action throughout the races. A light breeze created some wavy waters in the mid-lake but otherwise competitors found the course relatively fast and easy. Rowers were especially polite and patient in accommodating the new species found in their habitat – swimmers.

    Ned Wieland raced unchallenged in the men’s 5km event to just miss the 1-hour mark with a superb outing of 1:00:33, from 2nd Nicholas Alnutt in 1:03:35 and Nicholas Grinter’s 3rd-placed 1:09:11. In the Male 50-59, Lloyd Dobson won a tight race in 1:17:03 from Ned’s father, Mark Wieland in 1:17:29. The Male 60-69 proved a blue-ribbon category, with Keith Bennett taking the honours in 1:26:57 from Alex Gosman’s 1:32:38.

    Caitlin Risstrom took out the women’s 5km race in a fine 1:13:09, from Georgy Falster in 1:18:35 and Joanne Wilson with 1:26:02. Caroline Makin was 2nd woman outright, in comprehensively winning the Female 50-59 category in 1:16:09; while Petrina Quinn took out the Female 60-69 with her 1:53:53. Helen Rubin from Sydney was the back-marker ensuring the lake was all clear, in 2:19:42.

    Melanie Wellenberg was 3rd placed outright in the 2.5km swim, taking out the Women’s race comfortably with an emphatic swim of 34:20, from 2nd placed Tracy Clinch in 37:48 and Ellie Barrett with 39:20. Anne Smyth was 3rd overall among all the women, her fine 38:54 taking out the Female 50-59 category. Clare Wall meanwhile won the Female 60-69, coming in under the hour with 59:49.

    Ben Freeman proved his class once again in the men’s 2.5km swim, completing the 2 laps in 33:03, from Greg Smart’s 34:12 and Guy Boland in 35:10. Goulburn’s Andrew Dawes fronted a competitive Male 50-59 field with an impressive 36:11, from Steve Whan in 38:17, with Neil Bowman completing the podium placings in 42:18. Daryl McGill took out the Male 60-69 with 52:41, while evergreen Geoff Llewellyn – who is well over 80 – was unchallenged in the Male 70 and Over category to sweep home in 1:14:25. Stalwart Lachlan Lewis was the sheepdog to the 2.5km field, rounding them up in 1:36:37.

    The 500m swim was straight out and back today, with the return swim directly towards the rising sun posing an added challenge. The most competitive category today was the Boys Under 17, producing 3 of the first 4 placings: outright winner Alex Amon in 8:01, from Oscar Morgan in 8:43 and Gian Bonansea with 9:35. Crashing the boys’ party however, and taking 2nd place outright was a brilliant swim from Girls Under 13’s Madison Amon in 8:33, from Eliza Lawton’s 15:15. Luca Auzins won the Boys Under 13 with 15:17, just ahead of his dad Edwin who earned 2nd placing in the Male 17 and Over with 15:19, after 1st placed Phillip Livingstone’s 14:38. Heather Lansdowne took out the Female 17 and Over category in 10:06, from Anita Godley’s 11:11 and Emily Hanckel-Spice in 11:18.

    Our gratitude to the Canberra Canoe Club for on-water support today, and to all helpers from the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team.