Melbourne firm organises bloody big event

12 December 2013 By Justin Whealing

Folklaw likes a catchy title, and the Bloody Big Swim supported by Hall & Wilcox fits that criterion snugly.

Folklaw likes a catchy title, and the Bloody Big Swim supported by Hall & Wilcox fits that criterion snugly.


The Melbourne law firm has launched the inaugural Hall & Wilcox Corporate Swim Challenge, part of the  Bloody Big Swim, which is Australia’s second-longest open water paddle.

Held on 18 January, teams of four will be negotiating the 11.2 kilometres from Frankston Life Saving Club to Mornington Life Saving Club, which is a bloody long way!

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“There are many passionate swimmers in the corporate world, and we think this provides a fabulous opportunity to get together, form a team and take on one of the best open water swims in the country,” said Hall & Wilcox partner Bruce McFarlane (pictured), who is also the captain of the Nipper's program at the Mornington Life saving Club.

John van Visse, who has won the 48-kilometre Manhattan Island marathon swim three times, is an ambassador to the event.

“Being able to participate in groups of four means corporate teams can plan their strategy around the swimming ability of each team member,” he said. “Participants can expect team bonding and a huge feeling of reward at swim’s end.”

That’s great John, but Folklaw, whose swimming prowess represents a lack of style, substance and staying power, will not be “bonding” with anyone by swimming 11.2 kilometres, which is 11 kilometres further than Folklaw’s Mark Spitz replica budgie smugglers have ever swum before.

All proceeds from the swim will be going to surf lifesaving clubs.

All those interested can register here.

Melbourne firm organises bloody big event
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