After a tough training session tomorrow morning, Melbourne Vixens star Madison Browne is looking forward to cooling down with a refreshing dip in the ocean.
It won’t be any leisurely paddle – Browne will be among 5000 competitors taking part in the famous 1.2km Pier To Pub swim, being held at the popular Victorian coastal seaside resort town of Lorne.
It will be the fourth time that Browne has contested Australia’s largest open water swim.
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The Australian Diamond midcourter said having grown up spending her summers at Lorne watching the iconic event, that it’s a great weekend to be part of.
“My dad (Mark) comes from Lorne and I grew up doing nippers (lifesaving) there,” she said.
“I volunteered at the event every year when I was a lifesaver at the club and I always thought that I’d love to swim it one day.”
Browne, who recently turned 26, will compete in the race alongside her fiancé Todd and said she’s aiming to better her PB time of 18 minutes set last year.
“I go out to do a good swim but I just swim and enjoy it,” Browne said. “I love the beach and swimming in the ocean and it’s just a bit of fun really.”
The Pier To Pub has been held for the past 34 years and attracts thousands of swimmers and spectators to Lorne over the weekend.
“It’s a great way to keep fit and get started for the pre-season,” Browne said.
“It’s an awesome event and it’s just good to be part of it every year. It just keeps getting bigger and bigger every year but you always enjoy getting down there and having a great weekend. It’s a great family weekend.”
Browne said the Vixens are working hard in the lead-up to the start of the season with plenty of gym sessions and on-court work getting the squad fit and primed.
“Now is time that counts putting in the hard yards,” Browne said. “We’ve been training really hard but so far it’s been good.”
Browne said having finished runner-up and third in the past two seasons, there’s plenty of motivation for the Vixens leading into 2014 to try and get their hands on the title for the first time since 2009.
“It’s been disappointing the last two years. It doesn’t sit well with us so we’re not accepting anything less than making grand final and winning it,” Browne declared.
“We’re definitely pushing to go that one step forward and get our hands on the premiership cup – as every team wants to as well.”