Victoria’s peak open-water swimming event will be held at Williamstown beach in December.

Williamstown Swimming and Life Saving Club and Swimming Victoria will host the third Victorian Open Water Championships and the Williamstown Open Water (WOW) Challenge.

Swimming Victoria chief executive Jason Hellwig said more than 1000 entrants were expected, including the best open-water swimmers in the world.

But he said the event had something for everyone.

“With all distances open to all swimmers, it’s also unquestionably one of the most exciting and popular community open-water challenges in the country,” he said.

Distances range from the 750-metre Optus Junior Dolphin “Chase the Champs” kids challenge to the 10-kilometre marathon. This year’s event will also include a multi-class event for swimmers of all abilities.

The Victorian Open Water Championships and WOW Challenge will be held at the Williamstown Swimming and Life Saving
Club at Williamstown Beach on Sunday, December 17.

For more information and to register, visit the Williamstown SLSC website.

Next month’s event will see the return of 2015 10 kilometre world champion and this year’s runner up Jordan Wilimosky from the USA, and Chloe McCardel who has completed 24 English Channel crossings and holds the world record for the longest ocean swim in history -124.4 kilometres.