What better way to kick off 2012 than by sporting a fitness focus? Summer in Melbourne plays host to a myriad of sporting events designed to get us motivated and moving toward the year ahead. Whether an enthusiastic spectator cheering on the sidelines or keen competitor needing to be in the thick of it all, there are sports events to suit all tastes and all ages. Here are Chisholm and Gamon blog’s picks to give you a head start!
2012 Mars Australian Open Cycling Championships
5 – 10 Jan 2012
Witness the very best of Australia’s road cycling talent compete for national glory in one of the most prestigious events on the national cycling calendar. Covering scenic routes through Buninyong and Ballarat, plenty of high-paced cycling action is assured as Tour de France heros, Commonwealth Games and Olympic stars battle it out to secure the title of Australia’s best road cyclist.
Portsea Twilight Run
7 Jan 2012
Become immersed in one of Victoria’s most spectacular, natural environments as you walk or run this twilight event through the exquisite Point Nepean National Park. Breathtaking views of Bass Strait and Port Phillip offer visual motivation as competitors challenge their stamina through 4 or 8 km undulating routes. Get set for a fabulous new year via this enjoyable test of your mettle!
Danger 1000 Ocean Swim
13 – 14 Jan 2012
Sand and sea lovers should not miss this 2-day summer event! Now in its thirteenth year, the Danger 1000 Ocean Swim meet has grown to be one of the biggest in the country, renowned for excellent prizes and drawing notable swimming talent. Contrary to the name, the titled swim event held at Torquay’s Front Beach, is classified as the most calm and protected of the Victorian ocean swim circuit. Other swim race options, as well as a fun run on opening night ensure plenty of activity for all ages. Spectators are fortunate enough to observe the action from the comfort of the beach’s natural amphitheatre. The event runs in conjunction with the Bells Beach Bash Run, taking in the spectacular cliffs from Jan Juc to Bells Beach.
The Australian Open Tennis Championship– Grand Slam of Asia Pacific
16 – 29 Jan 2012
Game, set and match! See superstars of the tennis world converge on Melbourne Park for this world-class tournament unlike any other. Melbourne’s summer season provides the perfect environment for intense competition, tears, drama and jubilation as global tennis icons showcase their racquet skills in their quest for the ultimate reward. Excitement and excellence are assured!
Check into the Visit Victoria website for further details on these and other summer sporting events in your area, then let’s get moving!