Despite the bad weather, the Vanuatu International Open Water Swim organised by the Vanuatu Aquatics Federation (VAF) at Le Lagon and Erakor Lagoon on Saturday was a success.

VAF President, Ivan Oswald, confirmed around 30 of the overall 80-90 contestants were overseas participants, particularly from England, Noumea, Australia and New Zealand.

Initially known as Vanuatu’s Iririki Island swim, the organiser had to change the venue this year.

Mr Oswald explained the swim usually takes place at Iririki Island and around Port Vila harbor but due to the water pollution, VAF had to change the location to Le Lagon and Erakor Lagoon.

The VAF president is happy with the turnout on Saturday after all the participants were able to complete both the 2.5km and the 5km race. There was also a 200m splash and dash race for kids which was the last event of the day.

He acknowledged the volunteers for their commitment in foreseeing the race to its end, despite the bad weather.

The day ended with prizes given to winners and also random prizes given out to participants.

The VAF is responsible for all swimming related activities in the country.

The organisation is currently run by a passionate few and it is seeking help from other like-minded people, whether they be swimmers, ex swimmers, family, friends or just those eager to help with a great cause.

If you are interested in helping out in any capacity; whether it be as a Board or Committee member, or helping out with an event, please send an email to

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