About Busselton Allsports Inc
To inspire people of all abilities to swim.
To deliver an outstanding event which provides participants with a sense of achievement and wellbeing while creating joy and connecting with the whole community.
To ensure that as many people of all abilities are inspired and have the opportunity to swim in a quality event.
The event retains a strong community focus and continues to provide significant benefits to Busselton and surrounding areas.
The Busselton Jetty Swim Committee continues to adopt contemporary governance and management practices to ensure the long term success and sustainability of the event.
Join the Busselton Allsports Inc. Team
Busselton Allsports Inc. is the not for profit organisation that oversees the planning and management of Busselton Jetty Swim. They are currently seeking Expressions of Interest for additional volunteer members to join the team.
People living in Busselton or the surrounding region who enjoy collaborating with others and have a passion for working with the community, events, sports or active recreation are encouraged to apply.
Key Tasks & Responsibilities
- Being an active member of the Committee, including attending meetings in person and helping out on event weekend
- Assisting with planning and decision making
- Utilising individual skills and knowledge to support the growth and development of the event
- Improving the performance of the organisation through strategy formulation and policy making
- Fostering a positive working relationship with other Committee members
- Being aware of and abstaining from any conflict of interest
- Assist other Committee members when necessary
- Adopt the culture of fostering future leaders and committee members
- In person attendance at meetings, initially monthly, then fortnightly, then weekly in the final lead up to event weekend.
- Estimated time commitment of about 2 hours per meeting or as required
- Other community activities throughout the year as required
- Event weekend 9th to 11th February
Committee is comprised of:
President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Race Director. Other roles include working with volunteers, juniors, merchandise, registration, governance, social media/marketing, and general commitee member positions.
Busselton Allsports Inc. is an Incorporated not for profit association founded in 1994. The Busselton Jetty Swim Committee is the governing body of Busselton Allsports Inc., with its sole purpose being the management of the annual Busselton Jetty Swim.
The present committee consists of seventeen local residents, with a variety skills. There are no staff employed by Busselton Allsports Inc. to administer this event. The Event Coordinator, appointed on a contractual basis, oversees partnership and operations management.
As an Incorporated Association, our organisation ensures it is not in breach of its fiduciary obligations to the Australian Business Register (ABR), Australian Taxation Office (ATO), and the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety with transparent financial reporting on a regular basis and compliance documentation submitted within deadlines.
Organisation of Event
Busselton Allsports Inc is a not for profit organisation consisting of a committee of eighteen dedicated members who work together year round to organise the Busselton Jetty Swim. This event was the brain child of Max Higgins and was originally presented by Busselton Triathlon Club (Busselton Allsports Inc) in 1996.
The event is staged with the help of many volunteers, both individuals and community groups. Many organisations are critical to the safe and smooth running of the event, including but limited to: St John Ambulance, Marine Rescue Busselton, Busselton Surf Life Saving Club and the State Emergency Service
Description of Event
The swim creates a grass roots celebration born by our local icon, the Busselton Jetty. The inaugural swim in 1996, attracted 82 participants (18 solo females, 30 solo males, 8 four-person teams and one duo team), mostly local.
In the tenth year of the event it was anticipated that 1000 swimmers and paddlers ranging in age from 7 – 75 would participate in the 2005 Busselton Jetty Swim. In fact the registrations were only just short of this target.
Due to the refurbishment of the Busselton Jetty at the time of the event, the 2010 swim was staged without the ability to have teams participate. Instead, a 1km swim from the beach out and return to the finish line was offered. A record of 1082 individuals registered overall with 171 entries in the 1km swim.
The 3.6 kilometre swim is unique as spectators can view the entire course around the Busselton Jetty. In fact, the first time the public had full access to the Busselton Jetty after the $27m refurbishment was on the Sunday morning of the 2011 swim. The official opening of the ‘new’ Busselton Jetty was held the previous night. A fantastic way to celebrate the Busselton Jetty opening!
By 2007 the entries did pass the 1,000 mark (1008) with a record 2084 individual swimmers for the 2016 event. Continuing this trend there were 2413 registered swimmers for the 2017 event. 2017 made a record for itself in that online registrations sold out within one month of being available, such is the popularity of the swim. 2017 also saw the pilot of the Busselton Jetty Kids Swim.
For the 2019 event another event was added, the inaugural One-Mile Swim to Shore. This proved so popular that an additional allocation of swim places for this event was increased to allow more swimmers to participate. The 2019 event entries reached a record of 2600 selling out within 16 hours of opening registrations with a final total of 2946 after an additional allocation of places in an attempt to meet demand. In addition to the main swim and after the success of the two previous years, Busselton Jetty Kids Swim was also part of the 2020 event.
The 2020 event celebrated the 25th year of the Busselton Jetty Swim. A free concert was held on the Saturday night prior to the swim event on Sunday followed by fireworks lighting up the skies of Geographe Bay to celebrate the significant milestone. The history of the event was held within the Railway House with memorabilia from the past 25 years of the Swim on display. The event organisers once again experienced records with the 3,300 entries selling out in just 3 hours.
2021 was unprecedented with the global pandemic affecting every person around the globe. Whilst the event proceeded, it was not without its challenges with regional borders between Perth/Peel and the South West reopening at 12:01am the morning of the event. The original 3,600 entries that sold out in 1 hour 18 minutes reduced to 2,948 as a result of the challenges that COVID19 presented.
In 2022 the ballot registration process was introduced to alleviate challenges faced the previous year. Swimmers who were unsuccessful in the first round were placed on a waitlist. Every swimmer on the waitlist was at some point promoted into the event. Ultimately 3801 swimmers were registered across the Solo, Teams, One Mile and Kids categories.
Competitors travel from the Perth metropolitan and intrastate for the event. Good support is provided from the districts of Bunbury and Margaret River. There have also been several interstate and even overseas competitors in recent years.
An estimated 8500 spectators enjoy the event. The atmosphere comes from the swimmers and their supporters who eagerly attend to encourage their grandchildren, husbands, wives, mothers, brothers, sisters or grandparents. In many cases swimmers are not sports minded but participate for personal challenge or to raise funds for their own charities by completing the course as part of a team.
The event attracts novice, experienced and elite swimmers. Participants can swim solo or join a team of two or four who complete a section each. It encourages the involvement of interested people of all ages, in many cases motivating them to train and eventually compete. People swim for a personal challenge or just to be a part of a great event.
A highlight of the day is when everyone stops to applaud the last swimmer (or as we call it – the ‘most elapsed time’) over the line.
Economic Benefits to the Community
The swim attracts participants and their supporters, who utilise accommodation houses, caravan parks or bed and breakfasts for a minimum of 1 night, usually for 2 nights.
Restaurants, café and other retail outlets benefit
Profiles the area as a prime tourist and lifestyle destination
The compounding economic benefits to the town is estimated at $3,000,000 each year
Funds raised surplus to staging the next event, will be directed back into facilities that enhance the ‘swim’.
The Swim aims to celebrate our local icon and heritage, the Busselton Jetty
Creates an opportunity to foster participation and encourage a personal training program
Continues to encourage the many teams made of families, often including three generations of swimmers in a team
Attracts swimmers from WA, interstate and overseas, developing a profile event for Busselton and Western Australia.
A record field of 4200 is anticipated for the 2023 event
Over 8500 spectators are expected
The swim attracts participants from the region, metropolitan and intrastate areas
Approximately 73% of registered competitors for the 2022 event were from outside of the South West.
Save the Date for future swims
2024: Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th February
2025: Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th February
2026: Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th February