Ocean swim a chance for everyone to get wet

Sat, 29/10/2011

 

As the athletes hit the water for the Noosa Eyeline 1000 metre Ocean Swim, the skies opened and the rain poured down.

It mattered little, of course, to the 500 competitors. But for the thousands lined up along Noosa Beach to see some of the country’s best open water racers, the idea was that they watched while the athletes got wet.

Subaru Ambassador, Ky Hurst, had hoped to add to the eight Noosa ocean swim trophies already in his cabinet with another one today. But that iron man legend and 2008 Olympian had to settle for fourth today, while his younger opponents filled the podium.

George O’Brien took the men’s title, and while Hurst was a little disappointed, he was delighted for his fellow Queenslander.

“It’s great that George won today,” Hurst said. “We’re both from the same surf club so it’s good to see a Gold Coast boy win.

“I’m pretty happy with the way things went really,” he said philosophically. “The seas were flat, but that’s OK, and the runs were long enough.

“The pace was hot from start to finish. It was really quick.”

As with the spectators, it just wasn’t his day. We left Ky on the beach with kids clamouring to have their photo taken with him. Nothing, at least, was going to dampen their spirits.

Melissa Gorman was also happy. She won the women’s race – convincingly.

 

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