Hospital high jinks . . . (from left) Ian Hartmann, Steve Prest and Margaret Gill prepare for the Ocean Swims next month.
Hospital high jinks . . . (from left) Ian Hartmann, Steve Prest and Margaret Gill prepare for the Ocean Swims next month.

Campus staff in the swim



IAN Hartmann is determined to complete the trifecta in the Novotel Pacific Bay Resort Ocean Swims, even if it takes him all day.

Ian, 44, is a maintenance carpenter at Coffs Harbour Health Campus, one of up to a dozen employees from the facility who will take on the challenging swims in the harbour on February 26.

Ian, an ocean swims veteran, will enter the 600m short course (one lap around the jetty), the 2000m long course in and around the jetty, and the 250m charity swim.

While having a good time will be the order of the day, Ian admits he already has a little preparation up his sleeve.

"I've been doing squad training at Sawtell Pool," he said.

Theatre nurse Margaret Gill, 46, is gearing up for the 2000m and 250m swims.

"I've been swimming at the jetty and in the pool," she said.

This will be her fourth appearance at the ocean swims.

For health and security assistant Steve Prest, 47, 'laps' at the Greenhouse Tavern and the Plantation Hotel have been sufficient training.

"I'm going to go in all the races," he said.

If competitors complete the 250m charity swim, they will be in with a chance to win cash for their nominated charity or school.

A raft of major prizes is up for grabs on the day, with racing to start from 9am.

Proceeds will benefit local surf clubs, whose volunteers will be on duty during the event.

For further information, contact Mick Maley on 6652 7684.



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