Swim Thru History



The Swim Thru Fremantle was first held in 1922 and was the first ocean water swimming race in Western Australia. It was also believed to be the longest ocean swimming race in Australia at the time, and was known as “ The Big Swim”. It commenced at the Fish Market Jetty and finished at South Beach Jetty (now demolished) at the end of Douro Rd, a distance of one and a half miles. The first race was won by tiny 14 year old, Maisie Boyle, the only female winner in the history of the race. A copy of the tea pot Maisie won that day sits atop the current trophy, known as the Maisie Boyle trophy.





The event was “re born ” in 2003. Held at South Beach in December each year, the event is run by the Fremantle Masters Swimming Club (the Freo Fins). Fremantle Ports have been the naming sponsor since 2006.


Until 2015 the Fremantle Ports Swim Thru was a 1600m (one mile) swim) north along South Beach to the Fremantle Sailing Club groyne, returning to the South Beach kiosk. 2016 was a year of change however and the event grew to offer 1.25, 2.5 and 5km swims along with the popular’ come and try’ novice event.