Steve Bird and his daughter Nicola in training for the Ocean Swims tomorrow.
Steve Bird and his daughter Nicola in training for the Ocean Swims tomorrow.

Birds are flying in the water



FORMER Queensland State swimming champion Steve Bird said he felt the need to do some training for his first crack at tomorrow's Ocean Swims so he didn't embarrass himself in front of his two daughters.

Nicola, 14, and Jacqui, 11, Bird are both members of the Sawtell Swimming Club and bragging rights will be up for grabs.

Steve, 41, learnt to swim at Rockhampton and later joined the Capricornia Swimming Club before heading to Townsville for a stint with the Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club.

He later went on to win State 100 and 200 metres backstroke and breaststroke titles as a 14 and 15-year-old competing at the Valley Pool in Brisbane.

Steve said he qualified for nationals on a number of occasions and although he didn't win any medals.

"It is a fairly big leap from State to nationals because you are coming up against a lot of top swimmers," he said.

The 600 metres and 2km swims won't concern Steve as he has competed in the 4.5km Magnetic Island to Townsville event.

"I don't really know how I am going to perform tomorrow but I have been doing 1500 metres each day in training," Steve said.

"Unless there is a swell, ocean swims are pretty much the same as pool swimming so I should be okay."

Late entries will be accepted tomorrow for the 600m and 2km swims for a fee of $10.

Full results and photos will appear in Tuesday's edition of the Coffs Coast Advocate.



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