Registrations are closed

Online registrations are now closed. There will be $75 on the day registrations from 8.00am to 9.15am only unless sold out prior. The registration desk will be at the finish line at the end of the rowing course, opposite Loreto College at Lake Wendouree. Please be early to avoid disappointment.


Ballarat Triathlon Club


Sunday, 24 March 2019


Lake Wendouree, Ballarat

Registration closes on:

Friday, 22 March 2019 at 5:00 PM - (GMT+10:00) Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney


Registrations Now Open

10.00 am, Sunday 24th March 2019 

Welcome to the 2019 Golden Nugget Bakery

“Swim to the Rings”

We look forward to seeing you at our 2,000 m Open Water swim event on Sunday 24th March 2019.

This event is proudly hosted by the Ballarat Triathlon Club along with our naming rights sponsor, Golden Nugget Bakery and will cater for all entrants who have an interest and desire to swim the magnificent 1956 Olympic Rowing Course. From the big guns that will swim it in under 30 minutes, to everyday swimmers that just enjoy a challenge, this is the event for you, so come on down to Ballarat and dip your toes in the water and “Swim to the Rings”.

Event options

After positive feedback, we again offer a specific lane on the course allocated to swimmers who want to wear flippers!! Flipper swimmers understandably wont be in the running for age group category prizes but will be able to participate in the event and enjoy the experience of swimming the iconic 1956 Olympic rowing course plus the marquee "Swim to the Rings” event, the 2,000 m straight-line swim down the entire length of the 1956 Olympic Rowing Course. In year two it will be again be a truly unique experience and one not to be missed!


(all prices are inclusive of all fees & charges, so the price you see is the price you will pay):

  • Standard Pricing $60  - 1st Feb - 15th March
  • Late Entry $70  - 16th March - Sat 23rd March (midday)

Online registrations close at midday on Sat 23rd March unless sold out prior. On the day entries will be allowed for $75 (if not sold out prior).

Included in your entry:

·      Swimming cap,·      Event merchandise ·      Event timing ·      Prizes ·      Age-group categories ·      Transportation to event start if required ·      Full safety and medical services ·      Wetsuit optional swim rule ·      Clear water conditions ·      Buoy lined course for easy navigation

  Please take advantage of discounted entry prices and share this event with your friends, family and networks. The sooner you register, the more you will save! Then start ticking those arms over and get ready to be one of the swimmers on the starting line of the second ever 2000 m Golden Nugget Bakery "Swim to the Rings" on 24th March 2019.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use a wetsuit?

Short answer...Yes. We realise that there are lots of swimmers out there that are comfortable in the pool but may like the added buoyancy and comfort in wearing a wetsuit, so 'Yes' is the answer. We'd suggest some practice in one prior to the day if possible though.

Can I hire a wetsuit?

Short answer...Yes. Orca Wetsuits will be available for rent on race day at a cost of $50. If you would like to rent a wetsuit, please get in touch with Orca Australia by sending an email to:   Wetsuits are subject to size availability, so make sure you get your order in early!

ORCA have also offered a Try-Upgrade option, but we'll tell you more about that later.

 Can I have a practice swim in Lake Wendouree prior to the event?

Short answer...Yes. Whilst you can't have a practice swim along the actual rowing course, there is a designated safe swim area also in Lake Wendouree. Entry & exit from St Aidand Drive / Wendouree Parade for approx 700m out and back loop with 4 buoys for sighting (these buoys currently have ‘no boating’) in a "L" shape. It is suggested that you swim with the buoys to the left of you approx 2-3 metres where the water is clear, clean & 90% weed free. Added bonus in this area is that most swimmers should be able to stand up.

For anyone interested there is a loose swim schedule of 6pm Monday and Thursdays & 4pm Sundays (wetsuit optional), however there is no guarantee that a club member will be there. Whatever the case, be safe please

What are the age group categories? 

We've listened and expanded the Age groups. They are as follows based on age of the entrant on the date of the event. Medals awarded for 1st, 2nd & 3rd in both male and female age group categories:

  • 12 - 17 yrs  Male & Female
  • 18 - 29 yrs  Male & Female
  • 30 - 39 yrs  Male & Female
  • 40 - 49 yrs  Male & Female
  • 50 - 59 yrs  Male & Female
  • 60 + yrs      Male & Female