Major prizes up for grabs in swim

THIS year's Novotel Pacific Bay Ocean Swims boasts the largest prize pool in the event's history.

While the winners of each category of the competitive swims will receive trophies and prizes, the rewards for just participating on the day are staggering.

Random prizes in the 600m and 2000m swims, include six holiday packages, and sporting equipment from Sportsco.

As well at these, there will be three cash prizes totalling $2000, for just participating.

To top the prizes off for the longer swims, if you complete both the 600m and 2000m swims you will go into a draw to win an $800 holiday package of your choice, courtesy of Kelly Travel.

Any participants completing the 2000m swim, as well as 'The Big Swim' at Palm Beach, Sydney on January 30 will be in the draw for a five night holiday in Cairns including airfares courtesy of Novotel Pacific Bay Resort.

Participants in the 250m charity swim, a new event this year, will be eligible for two random prizes valued at $1500 for their nominated sporting club, school or charity.

"We thought the prizes were great last year, but with the help of local sponsors, we have been able to make them even better this year," chairman of the organising committee, Mick Maley said.

"To be able to get out and swim in our beautiful harbour, and have a chance at winning a great prize, should be incentive enough for anyone to have a go.

"With the weather warm and the water refreshing, everyone should be working up some fitness for the swims."

The Novotel Pacific Bay Ocean Swims will be held at the Coffs Harbour Jetty on March 6.

Entry forms available at local swimming pools, bike and sporting shops, or from

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