Daniel Bannerman in training for the Ocean Swims.
Daniel Bannerman in training for the Ocean Swims. Bruce Thomas

Plenty in the swim

THE Coffs Coast Ocean Swim has always drawn a large throng of swimmers but reigning 250 and 600 metre champion Daniel Bannerman believes the number of participants tomorrow is set to go through the roof.

“It should be a good event this year. Last year it clashed with the NSW Surf Lifesaving championships but this year it doesn’t clash with anything,” Bannerman said.

“So there should be more entries this weekend as there will be the surf lifesavers entering as well as people from the triathlon club, swimming clubs and the outriggers.”

Tomorrow will mark the ninth year in a row that the local has entered the event and he says it’s obvious once you’ve been in one swim why people keep coming back year after year.

“It’s just a good event that is really well organised and the biggest thing is the sponsors,” the 25-year-old said.

“In the other swims there’s a couple of prizes for the top few but every category gets a prize here. You get well looked after at this swim and you get a shirt, towel, goggles and swim caps.”

Each year Bannerman enters all of the three races that are held each year – the 250 metre dash, the 600 metre swim and the blue ribbon event held over 2000 metres that was won by multiple Commonwealth Games gold medallist Hayley Lewis.

Bannerman believes that swimming all three events leaves him pretty tired and it may have been part of the reason why he finished in eighth position 12 months ago in the long distance swim.

“I don’t think I can win the two kilometre because once you back up from the 600 and put everything into it it leaves you pretty tired,” he said.

“Hayley Lewis did the two kilometre last year and we got to the first buoy together but by the time I was on her feet I was pretty tired.”

Then again with the amount of money that is raised for charity by this event each year, for many winning isn’t the reason why they enter.

Registrations for tomorrow’s swims are still being accepted at the Coffs Harbour Yacht Club this afternoon between 2.00pm and 3.30pm and from 6.30am tomorrow morning.

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