With Summer just weeks away, Australian neurosurgeon Charlie Teo has joined author and TED speaker Nigel Marsh to encourage Aussies to step out of their comfort zone and strip down for the fifth annual Sydney Skinny. Presented by nudie, the Sydney Skinny is Australia’s most exhilarating and fastest growing swim event held on Sunday, 19 March 2017 on Sydney’s spectacular harbourforeshore.
Entries are now open for the nude ocean event’s two swim courses – the 900m and 300m – which are both untimed and suitable for people of all swimming abilities.
The Sydney Skinny is a life affirming and uplifting event which celebrates the good things – courage, acceptance, community, charity and the beautiful Sydney Harbour. The event encourages participants to practice gratitude, adopt a healthy body image and support those around them. Many participants use it as a line in the sand each year to introduce a positive change into their lives.
Clothes, constraints and inhibitions are left on the sand as thousands of people challenge themselves to the invigorating experience. Diving off Cobbler’s Beach, Middle Head, participants are protected by the privacy and stunning surrounds of Sydney Harbour National Park and of course the iconic Sydney Skinny Sarongs given to each swimmer as they leave the water.
Nigel Marsh, event founder, said: “The Sydney Skinny is a fantastic day out with lots of laughter, a supportive vibe and a focus on happiness. Everyone emerges from the water ready to take on life with a more optimistic, happier and connected perspective.”
“And, importantly, it’s not about being seen nude or seeing anyone else nude. The Sydney Skinny is about leaving all pretences behind, kick-starting a new and exciting chapter in life and focusing on the things that unite us and make life worth living; like courage, acceptance, kindness, friendship, adventure, laughter, diversity, charity, community, and above all, joy,” Marsh said.
Participating in his second Sydney Skinny, esteemed neurosurgeon Professor Charlie Teo, has this year joined the event as a charity partner, with the opportunity for participants to raise money for his charity, Cure Brain Cancer Foundation (recently voted Charity of the Year 2016 by The Australian Business Awards).
Professor Teo said: “I like getting out of my comfort zone and getting naked in front of 1000 other Sydney-siders certainly puts you in a place that is unfamiliar, daunting, challenging and confronting! I also encourage, or rather, insist, my staff participate because a team that swims naked together, stays together. So to all those people out there who have employers who think they’re a little above you at times, get them to the Sydney Skinny as a team-building exercise. It’s so much fun!”
“I’m very proud to announce Cure Brain Cancer Foundation as one of the Sydney Skinny’s designated charities for 2017. It’s a great cause that is in need of funds to help accelerate the discovery of treatments for the deadliest form of cancer and the one disease that kills more children than any other! By getting out of your comfort zone for a brief moment you will help those with brain cancer get back into one,” Teo said.
Those looking to enter are encouraged to book early to secure the group or ‘wave’ of their choice. The event is not a race, with small groups of participants entering the water at different stages throughout the day in a spectator-free and secluded environment.
The Sydney Skinny aims to raise money for a number of Australian charities and causes, including event partner Charlie Teo’s Cure Brain Cancer Foundation and the Foundation of National Parks and Wildlife. Sponsorship partner nudie are also celebrating five years of supporting the event, with the 2017 design of the famous nudie sarong to be released in the coming months.
While the swim is reserved for adults only, families and kids are welcome to bring a picnic and enjoy the food on offer and free music at the specially designated event picnic area in the National Park.
Sunday, 19 March, 2017
The Sydney Skinny, 900m / nudie novice, 300m
Registration starts at 8am / First swim wave is 9am / Final swim wave is 12:30pm
Cobblers Beach, Middle Head, Sydney Harbour National Park