Ky Kinsella blasts from the water to take the big double at the 2014 Beachside Radiology Coffs Ocean Swims.
Ky Kinsella blasts from the water to take the big double at the 2014 Beachside Radiology Coffs Ocean Swims. L

It's the Ky and Maddy Show at the Jetty in Coffs Ocean Swims

HE'S a young man of few words but Ky Kinsella let actions do the talking in the 2014 Beachside Radiology Coffs Ocean Swims.

The slightly-built teenager entered the water twice and took out both the 600m ANZ Swim and 2000m major event.

"Oh there's nothing special that I do really," Ky said at the presentation.

"Except come down here four or five times every week to train.

"There's nothing much planned for the future, except I may have a go at the Byron Bay swim next."

While Ky is already considered a pool swimmer of great promise, the female 2000m swim winner, Maddi Gough, is also considered one of the best prospects among a group of enormously talented swimmers, surf lifesavers and triathletes emerging in the region.

"It was pretty good today and a lot of fun," she said.

While the shy young champions took their deserved share of the accolades, the community aspect of the swims again provided plenty of great stories among the unheralded.

Such as Denise McKinnon who has been winning the fight against a serious illness and did herself proud to complete the 600m event.

"I have really fantastic friends who got me into swimming and I am so proud to have done this today," she said.

Former councillor and dedicate ocean swimmer Bill Palmer received one of the biggest ovations of all when named the winner of his over-80 years division.

"When you get to my age you start to run out of opponents," he laughed.

"Not many of them to beat.

"It's great to see all these young kids doing so well.

"The Ocean Swims are a wonderful community event that will be with us for many years to come."

Village Sports event director Mick Maley said entries were up several hundred on last year.

There were 524 registrations taking part in 603 individual swims.


Male 2000m

Ky Kinsela (Upper Orara) 28:54

Hayden Blanksby (South Lismore) 29:01

Jay Kennedy (Armidale) 29:01


Female 2000m

Maddy Gough (Coffs Harbour) 29:10

Alina Tape (Bowraville) 29:37

Tahlia Kollen (Coffs Harbour) 30:55


Male 600m

Ky Kinsela (Upper Orara) 9:05

Cooper Woolley (Bateau Bay) 9:19

Hayden Blanksby (South Lismore) 9:24


Female 600m

Alina Tape (Bowraville) 9:26

Bonnie Hancock (Sorrento) 9:57

Tahlia Kollen (Coffs Harbour) 9:57


Male 300m

Jacob De Dassel (Boambee East) 4:26

Ky Sullivan (Boambee East) 4:37

Wil Pitkin (Grafton) 4:43


Female 300m

Mette Klinkers (Coffs Harbour) 4:36

Gracie Pitkin (Grafton) 5:07

Hannah Joseph (Coffs Harbour) 5:16


Male 150m

Rory Beech (Coffs Harbour) 3:55

Levi Bannerman (Korora) 4:23

Kayne Wells (Boambee East) 4:40


Female 150m

Olissa Onley (Sapphire Beach) 3:57

Mia Benson (Boambee East) 4:06

Lily Pengelly (Bellingen) 4:16

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