Time running out to get your entries in for Ocean Swims
THE annual Beachside Radiology Coffs Ocean Swims are on this Sunday and organisers are urging swimmers to register online before entries close on Friday to avoid a late fee.
Event director Mick Maley said the event has attracted swimmers from Victoria and Queensland, and large contingent from Armidale, Tamworth and Sydney.
"The event is in its nineteenth year and many people make the trip to Coffs each year ... because of its beautiful location and unique protected harbour," Mick said.
"They can still enjoy the ... ocean swim without contending with the large waves they may encounter at an open beach."
The Coffs Ocean Swims cater for all ages and skills with the Beachside Radiology 2000m swim, the ANZ 600m Jetty swim and the Coffs Harbour War Memorial Olympic Pool 150m and 300m Junior swims.
The events start at 8am this Sunday at Jetty Beach.
Olympic swimmer Brooke Hanson is the Ocean Swims ambassador for this weekend's event.
Brooke said she can't wait to be part of the Coffs Ocean Swims again.
"Coffs Harbour is my second home and I'm counting down until Sunday's event," she said.
Brooke will be starting the events and presenting the prizes to the placegetters. She will also be drawing the random prizes which include holidays courtesy of Novotel Pacific Bay Resort.
All proceeds from the swim will be distributed to local community groups and charities including Rotary Daybreak, Coffs Nippers SLSC, Sawtell SLSC, Woolgoolga SLSC and the Disabled Surfers Association.
"Without the help of the volunteers from these organisations the event would not be possible and we are extremely grateful for their continued support," the event director said.
"The forecast for Sunday is looking very favourable with light winds and lots of sunshine, making it ideal for a morning on the beach.
"We encourage Coffs Coast residents to get involved by taking part or cheering on family and friends as it is a great local event with all funds helping the local community."
For further information and to enter the Beachside Radiology Coffs Ocean Swims, go to www.villagesports.com.au.
Online entries close at 8pm on Friday.
Late entries can be made on Sunday from 6.30am at the Yacht Club with a $10 late fee.