Dual Olympian keen to head­line Air­lie ocean swim

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

TRIATHLON: Fresh from a change of scenery as a yachts­man aboard Team Or­a­cle in the Amer­ica’s Cup, dual Olympian Ky Hurst will head­line the Air­lie Beach Icon Homes Ocean Swim on Satur­day, Septem­ber 2.

Hurst is fa­mil­iar with the re­gion hav­ing won the pres­ti­gious White­haven Beach Ocean Swim pre­vi­ously and jumped at the of­fer to re­turn to the area.

“I was keen to sup­port the race and high­light the won­der­ful wa­ter­ways of Air­lie Beach,” he said.

The event will in­clude three dif­fer­ent dis­tances as well as a fun ‘Any­thing Goes’ cat­e­gory.

The ju­niors can dip their toes into the world of open wa­ter swim­ming, an Olympic event since 2008, with a 350m swim.

The 750m event will be a great event in its own right, be­sides an ex­cel­lent warm-up for the fol­low­ing day’s Color­bond Triathlon.

Hurst will line up in the fea­ture event – the 2km swim. The race will com­prise two 1km loops and should en­sure spec­ta­tors can stay abreast of all the ac­tion.

En­try to the swim can be paired with en­try to the triathlon and save par­tic­i­pants in both events $15, or for those who want to stick to the wa­ter only it’s just $25 to en­ter the swim. Rac­ing starts at 8.30am. For more or to regis­ter visit www.whit­sun­day tri­club.com.

PHOTO: AN­DREA FRAN­COL­INI

STAR SWIM­MER: Ky Hurst will head­line the Air­lie ocean swim.

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