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    2021 Bendigo Hawks Winter Series Round 3 is CANCELLED

    12th September 2021 by Competitions Officer

    Due to the ongoing uncertainty around access to public swimmimng pools in Victoria, the Executive Committee of the Bendigo Hawks Aquatic has regrettably decided to cancel the third round of this season's Winter Series

    We've not yet given up hope that it will be run at some time in the near future but that outcome currently rests with the Victorian government. Once we have a clear view of what might be possible we will make every effort to find a suitable date and venue to run the Meet.

    As has been the case throughout this Winter Series we will happily refund the entry fees for those swimmers who have already entered Round 3.


    2021 Bendigo Hawks Winter Series Round 2 is ON!!

    29th July 2021 by Competitions Officer

    I'm really pleased to advise that this Sunday's 2021 Bendigo Hawks Winter Series - Round 2 will be running at the Gurri Wanyarra Wellbeing Centre in Kangaroo Flat.!!!

    In order for it run in a COVIDSafe way,and within the guidelines advised by the Victorian Government on Tuesday morning, there will be some things we ask you to do. We think they're not too onerous if it means our kids get what has become a very rare chance to swim in competition. We're very grateful to the management and staff of Gurri Wanyarra for working with us to make the Meet possible.

    • The Meet is scheduled to be finished before midday.
    • Results will only be posted to the Meet Mobile app.
    • The Meet Program will be available for download from on Thursday.
    • Ribbons will not be handed out at the Meet. We will send all the ribbons for this Round and Round 1 to your home Club.
    • Spectators (that is, anyone who is not a parent/guardian) are not permitted to attend.
    • All swimmers11/under must be accompanied by one parent/carer.
    • Just two coaches and one Team Manager per Club please.
    • The Relays will not be run.
    • We'll be trying to disperse the Clubs around the facility as best we can to help with social distancing, so please bring your own chairs. The grandstand may not be available to you.
    • Once your swimmers have completed all their events we'd appreciate it if you could leave the facility at your earliest convenience.
    • In line with Victorian government advice, masks must be worn at all times.

    While all swimmers 11/under MUST be accompanied by a parent/guardian, swimmers12/over MUST NOT be accompanied by a parent/guardian. For 12/over swimmers, only the swimmer will be permitted entry to the venue. This is necessary to ensure that we remain below the government mandated people levels for the venue. We all love to watch our kids swim but in these difficult times we should remember that the most important thing is that the children get to swim. If we did not enforce this then there would be no swim meet. Of course, if you have a swimmer 12/over and a swimmer 11/under, you're in luck.

    Parents who are time-keeping are counted as "officials required to make the competition happen" so will not be counted in the venue numbers. To allow more parents to see their children swim we will revert to an 8-lane competition. A time-keeping roster will be published in the Meet Program. We will be taking a 15-minute break after the Butterfly events to provide all officials with a chance to refresh before the second half of the Meet. During this period, Clubs may change over time-keepers but the departing time-keepers must leave the venue immediately. That is, one time-keeper out of the venue then the replacement time-keeper can come in. We will leave it in the hands of the Clubs to ensure the venue limits are not breached if they choose to swap time-keepers.

    Good luck to all your children on the day. We hope it's successful for them. We're so happy to be able to run this Meet for you. See you on Sunday.


    Bendigo Hawks Winter Series - Update

    24th July 2021 by Competitions Officer

    With Victoria once again in Covid lockdown, Round 2 of the the Bendigo Hawks Winter Series is at risk of not being able to run. The Hawks committee advise that they will make a decision once the Victorian government have made an announcement about any restrictions that may impact the successful running of the Meet.

    If the Meet is postponed or cancelled full refunds will be made available.


    A delayed start but a huge success!

    4th July 2021 by Competitions Officer

    After COVID-19 once again had a say in how the swimming year was going to run, we finally got the better of it today with a highly successful Meet being held at the Gurri Wanyarra Wellbeing Centre. The success can be attributed to the hard-working Hawks committee who were strongly supported by the parents of our swimmers, the Officials who came from near and far, the Gurri Wanyarra team and, of course, the 132 swimmers from 22 Victorian clubs.

    The swimmers love this iconic Series that's been running for more than twenty years. It's designed to provide experienced swimmers with multiple opportunities to gain a qualifying time for important Meets later in the year while also providing novice swimmers with a chance to get started in competition in a serious but supportive way. Those young swimmers can build a lot of confidence as they see their times improve in quick succession from one Round to the next.

    Twenty young Hawks competed on the day, some for the very first time. Except for our Club Captains, Riley and Tom, all our swimmers were under 12 years of age. Altogether the team achieved fifteen Personal Best times which is a fantastic achievement for such a young squad. Our coaches on the day, Carla and Jack, were really excited about our Club's prospects for the new season.

    Full results from the Meet can also be found on the CVS Competitions Page page. [TOP]

    Bendigo Winter Series - New Dates

    8th June 2021 by Competitions Officer

    In the face of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in Victoria, the committee of Bendigo Hawks Aquatic has changed the advertised dates for this season's Winter Series.

    • Round 1 will now be held on Sunday July 4th - Short Course
    • Round 2 will now be held on Sunday August 1st - Short Course
    • Round 3 will now be held on Sunday September 19th - Long Course

    Aside from the date changes, every other aspect of the Series will remain unchanged.

    Each Round of the Series will remain at the Gurri Wanyarra Wellbeing Centre in Bendigo.

    Swimmers who have entered this week-end's Meet will be automatically entered into Round 1 on its new date. Swimmer who have already entered Round 2 and Round 3 will be automatically entered on the new dates.

    The Hawks appreciate that this may not suit every swimmer. Any request for a refund received at before the new closing date for Round 1 (June 28th 2021), will be honoured.