Le Pine & Co has been confirmed as the new naming sponsor of Lake Taupō Across the Lake Swim. 2019’s event will be held on Saturday 23 February.
Terry Kirkham, Le Pine & Co partner and keen swimmer, is taking part in the full-length 4.2km swim.
“Across the Lake Swim is a great event to show our connection to our community. We’re proud that the event is run by volunteers and the proceeds are distributed locally.
“The Across the Lake Swim is a favourite of mine and Le Pine & Co partners have a longstanding relationship with Rotary, which organises the event,” says Terry.
Lake Taupō Across the Lake Swim is New Zealand’s largest freshwater swimming challenge. It caters for a wide range of abilities, and is a fun, friendly swim.
The swim starts at Acacia Bay and finishes across the lake 4.2km at Three Mile Bay. There are also 2km, and 1km courses. The event provides those competing in the Ironman the opportunity to have a training run.
Terry has completed the swim several times and fondly recalls his first race.
“The first time I did this swim was 2011, when I was fairly new to Taupō. I didn’t have a wetsuit and felt a little trepidation getting into the water, still dark at dawn. Being my first time, I made a conscious effort not to push it and risk getting into trouble. However, once past the initial congestion and with the sun out, the conditions could not have been better. The water was clear and flat. Beneath the surface I could peer down several metres and above the surface I could see the mountains. You’ve got to imagine it, gliding between two worlds, one with mountains and bush in the distance, and the other slightly darker, cooler and totally serene. This was the most amazing and memorable swim I had the good fortune to take part in.”
For more information visit www.acrossthelakeswim.co.nz.
ABOUT ACROSS THE LAKE SWIM
The Lake Taupō Across the Lake Swim started back in 1963 and is Taupō’s longest running event, with thousands of swimmers taking part over the years. This iconic event is organised by the Lake Taupō Rotary and any proceeds from the day go towards community projects in the region.