Ocean swims for the family

THE Novotel Pacific Bay Resorts Ocean Swims, to be held at the Coffs Harbour Jetty on February 26, is truly a family event.

"If you are over 10 years of age, there is something for you on the day," organiser Mick Maley said.

'Anyone who has done a bit of swimming will be able to participate in the 2000m or the 600m swims, and if you if you are in good health, anyone can do the 250m Charity Swim."

"The 2000m swim will be held within the Harbour, and is a great test of fitness. The 600m swim is around the Jetty, and is a distance that most people can handle.

"But last year we held the first 250m Charity Swim, to enable anyone to be able to participate on the day. It proved a great success, with lots of beginners participating, and many backing up from the other swims.

"While all the money raised on the day goes to local kids charities and sporting clubs, the 250 Charity Swim gives the participants a chance to chose the recipients of the prizemoney.

"There will be three random draws from all starter of the swim, and those winners will be able to donate $500 each to their nominated school or charity."

As a member of the Coffs Harbour Triathlon Club, which helps with the organisation of the Ocean Swims, Glenn O'Grady has been involved with the series for some time.

However, last year his son Daniel, then aged 11, participated in his first event.

"I am not known as a swimmer, but with my involvement with the Triathlon Club, I do a little training. Last year I had a go at the 600m swim, an enjoyed the event," Glenn said.

"Daniel was keen to be involved, but wasn't doing much swimming at the time. The added incentive to win some money for his school spurred him on to enter the 250m Charity Swim, which we did together.

"I swam with Daniel and we both really enjoyed the event. It was a great fun thing to do together." You can enter the swims on line at www.coffsoceanswims.com or collect an entry form at any of the local swimming pools.

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