Keen for Ocean Swim
DEDICATED competitor Daniel Bannerman will rack up his 10th appearance in the Beachside Radiology Ocean Swim on Sunday.
A category winner for the past six years, Bannerman’s training has been restricted by work commitments and he may not be as advanced with preparations as he’d like to be.
“Since last year’s event my learn-to-swim school has picked up more than a hundred kids and being so busy I haven’t been into the ocean as often as I’d like to be,” Bannerman revealed.
“The best I’ve been able to do is get down to the Jetty by myself around lunchtime for an hour but that’s about it.
“Still, I’ve entered all three sections again as there’s no point holding back if you are dedicated about doing this thing.
“It doesn’t really matter where you finish as long as you do the best you can.”
Bannerman has encouraged his more confident students to enter the 250m Jetset charity swim should they feel it’s within their capability.
“Maybe we’ll get some first-time entrants from the group who will see how much fun it is and keep coming back in future,” he said.
“And I’ll really get a buzz swimming with kids I’ve been teaching and watching their progress with strokes and techniques.”
Once his swimming group graduates, Bannerman has a four-month break to consider another assault on the Coolangatta Gold.
Meanwhile, entries for Sunday’s Jetty Ocean Swims continue to flow in with hundreds already entered online at www.coffsoceanswims.com
Late entries will be taken tomorrow at Park Beach Plaza between 10am and noon during the visit by the stars of Bondi Rescue.
Later in the day, entries may be made at the Coffs Jetty Foreshores near the yacht club from 2.30pm.
Final entries will be taken on race morning from 6.30.
The race day program features the 600m Southern Cross University shortcourse event at 8.45am (males) and 9am (females), followed by the Novotel Pacific Bay Resort 2000m Ocean Swim for allcomers at 10am.
After the charity swim at 11.30am, presentations and prize draws will take place outside the Coffs Harbour Yacht Club.