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Swim Sensation, Jan 2, 2013

Some innovative new ideas has Port Fairy Moyneyana Ocean Swim organisers hopeful of attracting record entries for this Saturday's event.

See your ad hereWhile the swim had 240 competitors last year, Port Fairy Surf Life Saving Club member Paul Buchanan said the club was hoping to exceed that this year.

"We are very excited about this year's swim and we are looking to get 300 swimmers taking part," Buchanan said.
"We have had some great sponsorship which has helped us being able to advertise and get the word out there a bit more."

Buchanan said the introduction of a novice swim this year was also a way of increasing entry numbers and encouraging new people to take up ocean swimming.

The Moyneyana Ocean Swim will be 1.2 kilometres and the novice swim 300 meters.

"The novice swim was trialled at the Warrnambool ocean swim last weekend and they had 30 people do it, which was good," Buchanan said.

"Some people who swim in the pool are a bit daunted by ocean swimming, so hopefully the novice swim can help show them it is a challenge they can take on."

Another big change to this year's swim is the time and day it is held. Normally held on a Sunday morning, the swim will instead be held this Saturday at 5pm.

The surf lifesaving club will host a barbecue after the swim.

The field is expected to feature a large number of the visitors staying in Port Fairy for the summer period, as well as up to 30 Port Fairy Surf Life Saving Club members .

The Moyneyana Ocean Swim is the second leg of Shipwreck Coast Swim Series. Warrnambool hosted the first leg last weekend, with the final leg to be held in Port Campbell on Sunday, January 20.

While there is a core group of swimmers who compete in all three swims and have their eye on the overall tri-series title, Buchanan said everyone was welcome to take part in Saturday's swim at East Beach.

"People can swim in all three of the ocean swims or they can just do one if they like, it is all about what suits the individual," he said.

"We are looking forward to seeing as many people as we can getting in the water on Saturday and enjoying the swim."

Entries can be made online at http://www.pcslsc.org.au or from 3.30pm on Saturday at the Port Fairy Surf Life Saving Club.

 

ANTHONY BRADY 2013 ARTICLE: Swim Sensation, 2 Jan, 2013 12:30 AM. [The Moyne Gazette online]. Available at www.moynegazette.com.au [Accessed 3 January 2013]
ANTHONY BRADY 2013, IMAGE: Port Fairy swimmers ready for ocean race. [The Moyne Gazette online]. Available at www.moynegazette.com.au [Accessed 3 January 2013]