Monash swimmers take podium finish

Monash Tritones

The Monash Tritones logo, courtesy of the artist Friedo Lighart

The Monash Tritones, a team comprising of University staff and students, have placed third in the inaugural Giants of the Bay open-water swimming relay.

Giants of the Bay is the first event of its kind to be held in Melbourne, but its importance goes beyond its uniqueness, the event aimed to raise money for and improve awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Associate Dean (Education) of the Faculty of Art Design & Architecture, Kit Wise, took part in the Monash Sport-approved event by participating in and leading the Monash Tritones in the 42-kilometre swim relay in Port Phillip Bay.

“We had a fantastic time, placing third out of the five teams who competed. We even beat a team that had seven English Channel swimmers, and have raised nearly $13,000 as a team, which is a great result,” Mr Wise said.

The 10 strong Monash Tritones were made up of University staff, students, alumni and parents of current students.

Along with Mr Wise, staff members Dr Katie Leach, Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Jenny Bennett, Department of Medicine, Alice Wright, Office of the Vice-President (Finance) and Pablo Pizzuto, Monash College, took part.

Faculty of Engineering student Simon Harbig and sessional staff member Friedo Lighart, Faculty of Art Design & Architecture, who designed the team’s logo, also competed in the event.

Participants swam the 28 kilometres from Point Lonsdale to Port Arlington on 10 March, stayed overnight and then swam the 14 kilometres from Port Melbourne to finish at Royal Brighton Yacht Club on 11 March.

“We were proud to represent Monash University and we’re very grateful to Monash Sport for providing us with our TeamMONASH™ gear. We plan to continue the team and to compete again next year,” Mr Wise said.

Donations can still be made to Mr Wise and his Monash Tritones team online.

All money raised will go to Autism Victoria.