BIG FISH: Coffs ocean swimmers are now part of a world ranked event.
BIG FISH: Coffs ocean swimmers are now part of a world ranked event. Leigh Jensen / Coffs Coast Advoc

Ocean swims world renown

COFFS Ocean Swims are now recognised on the international stage.

Event organiser Village Sports is excited to announce the Beachside Radiology Coffs Ocean Swims are now part of the Global Swim Series (GSS) - a collection of independent races from all over the world that have joined together to promote open water swimming and a healthy, active and adventurous lifestyle.

The series has more than 30,000 swimmers competing in 55 races in 15 different countries and GSS president Rob Kent said the concept is growing fast.

"The aim is to grow the global open water swimming community by bringing races together on a regional and global scale," he said.

"A unique global ranking system recognises both speed and participation and ranks the swimmers over the season, which runs from the beginning of May to the end of April.

"We invite swimmers of all abilities from all over the world to check out the GSS races in their area or plan a trip and join us to start collecting GSS points to build a global ranking."

The Coffs Ocean Swims event has become the 55th international race and the 11th Australian GSS race.

Other countries involved include the United States with its infamous Alcatraz Swim, Canada, Spain, Greece, Barbados and Brazil.

Other recognised Australian races are the Rottnest Island Swim and the North Bondi Classic.

Village Sports event director Sinclair Black said the Coffs Coast event is unique.

"Geographically, Coffs is such a special place, where the mountains meet the ocean, kilometres of beautiful beaches, an incredibly diverse hinterland and a subtropical climate," he said.

"We are very excited about being part of the Global Swim Series because it is a great opportunity to be able to share a glimpse of the beautiful Coffs Coast with the world.

"It also gives open water swimmers the opportunity to test themselves against other competitors from around the globe."

The Beachside Radiology Coffs Ocean Swims are on at Coffs Jetty Beach on Sunday, April 3.

There is a choice of 600m swim around the Jetty, the 2km swim across the harbour and the junior races for children aged 8-14.

All proceeds form the event go to local charities and community groups including the Disabled Surfers Association, Coffs Coast Autism, Early Childhood Intervention and the Sawtell, Coffs and Woolgoolga Surf Life Saving Clubs.

For more info and to enter visit villagesports.com.au



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