Green machine wins second Danger 1000

January 7, 2024 BY

L-R: Georgie Hawkins and Jan Juc lifesaver Drew Green were crowned this year's Danger 1000 winners after superb swims yesterday in Torquay. Photos: PETER MARSHALL

FORMER Jan Juc SLSC junior Drew Green and Georgia Hawkins were victorious in the Danger 1000 main event of the Danger Ocean Swim Series.

Saturday’s perfect weather greeted 1,028 registered swimmers who took on the series’ five race categories next to Point Danger at Torquay Front Beach.

A total of 480 swimmers tackled the headline Danger 1000 swim.

Swimmers enter the waters of Torquay Front Beach.


Danger 1000 podium finishers (L-R) Bethany Forster, Sarah Harte, Georgie Hawkins, Drew Green, Mitchell Wills, and Sam Sheppard.


Drew Green was the fastest swimmer in the 1000m event, taking top honours for a second time in his return home from Queensland for his home club’s swim event.

The 22-year-old was able to defeat seven-time Pier to Pub winner Sam Sheppard by over half a minute and third place getter Tristan Read from Lorne SLSC.

He said he was thrilled to take top honours against a star-studded field.

Drew Green secured the overall victory in the Danger 1000 main event.

“It’s always good to come back home and support a club [Jan Juc SLSC] that has always supported me over the years,” he said.

“The Jan Juc and the Surf Coast events are extremely special to me, and I felt very fortunate to get a win over some quality competitors, like Sam Sheppard.

“I hope to build on this win over the next few months by chasing the Summer of Surf series rounds and continuing my training in preparation for Aussies.”

Drew Green and Sam Sheppard watch on following their Danger 1000 swims.

Georgia Hawkins crossed the line first in the female category of the 1000m event, with Rachel Ward and Jasmine Hume securing second and third, respectively.

Last year’s Rip View Classic winner in Point Lonsdale, Dakota Mathers won the Danger 5000 event, and Sam Sheppard took top honours in the men’s category.

Georgie Hawkins emerged from the water first in the open women category of the Danger 1000.
Georgie Hawkins receives her first place card in the Danger 1000 swim.

Other winners included Darius Schultz and Rachel Ward in the Danger 2500, as well as Keenan Gray and Zoe McKenna in the Danger 500.

L-R: Danger Swim Series organisers Aaron Green, Peter Smith, and Brad Papworth.


Weather conditions were perfect for the weekend’s Danger Swim Series.


Jan Juc SLSC president Brett Thompson said the annual fundraising event was incredibly successful.

“It was a terrific day for the club, with so many swimmers coming out and enjoying the great weather and swimming conditions,” he said.

“A huge shoutout to the army of volunteers who gave up their time to help deliver it. It’s a huge undertaking, and we couldn’t do it without them.”

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