The Armidale School squad will be the biggest in 19 years.
The Armidale School squad will be the biggest in 19 years. Contributed

TAS students set for Ocean Swims splashdown

THE buoys are set, Olympic champion Brooke Hanson is in town and the swimmers are ready to race.

The 19th Beachside Radiology Coffs Ocean Swims are on tomorrow and race director Mick Maley said it was not too late to enter one of the four swims.

"Late registrations can be made on race morning at the Yacht Club," Maley said.

"The event has attracted participants from all over the state, and the New England region will be well represented with a large contingent making their annual trip down the mountain from Armidale to take part in the swims," he said.

The Armidale School (TAS) will field a team of 70 swimmers including 65 students. TAS has been competing in this event for many years but Tim Hughes, the school's media and communications manager, believed this was probably the largest team entered.

"The students are keen to participate because it is part of the school's Triple Crown," Hughes said.

"This is awarded to those who complete the Coffs Ocean Swim, the City to Surf and the 111km Hawkesbury Canoe Classic during their time at the school," he said.

Hughes said it was also an important event for the Year 11 students doing their bronze medallion as part of surf life saving training.

"TAS is now a co-ed school, so this will be the first year we have girls swimming for us and we think one of them may well be the first out of the water," he said.

"Also, for the first time, TAS will award a new trophy, the Pacific Cup, to the first student home in the 2km event.

"We love making the trip to Coffs and it is great to see the students challenging themselves and achieving a goal they have set."

All competitors in the ocean swims can meet Hanson as well as go in a random draw to win fantastic holiday prizes courtesy of Novotel Pacific Bay.

The 600m ANZ Jetty swim is the first event of the day with event ambassador Hanson firing the starter's gun at 8am for the females, and 8.15am for the male competitors.

The junior events start at 8.40am.

At 9.30am, the 2km harbour swim starts.

Late entries for the Beachside Radiology Coffs Ocean Swims can be made from 6.30am on Sunday at the Yacht Club with a $10 late fee.

For further information go to www.villagesports.com.au



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