Eyeline Swim comes of age
The Noosa Eyeline Swim was introduced to the Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival program back in 1989 and in its colourful 21 year history has become an integral part of the festival and one of the blue ribbon events that competitors and spectators flock to each Friday of the festival weekend.
Executive Chairman of USM Events, Garth Prowd said in 1989 we devised a strategy to introduce a swim event to utilize one of Noosa's biggest draw cards -Noosa Main Beach. We wanted to encourage patronage to both the swim and the Surf Lifesaving Club. This concept was an instant hit with swimmers and spectators.
USM Events worked hard in building the numbers up in the swim and reached its peak in the mid '90's to the beginning of 2000 with over a 1,200 competitors taking part each year and thousands more spectators making it the largest ocean swim in Queensland.
With the Noosa Triathlon a sell out in record time, the Eyeline Swim is the next to fill and organizers have indicated a bumper year with entries way ahead of last year. Organisers are keen to attract the support of local swimmers and urge them to enter this year and help commemorate this key event on the program.
The swim is not just for the elite but encourages people of all ages and abilities with categories from Tadpoles (Under 13) to Pioneers (70+).
Over the years the Eyeline Swim has attracted some of the biggest names in swimming including, Keiren Perkins, Guy Leach, Grant Kenny, Lisa Curry-Kenny, Ky Hurst, Grant Hackett, Julie McDonald and Michael McKenzie just some of the swimming superstars to add their names to the winners list.
This year's event will be no exception with Olympian Melissa Gorman who recently won gold in the US at the Pan Pacific Championships over 1500 metres signed up for the 21st anniversary race along with fellow Olympian, Bronte Barratt. Both girls are expected to be in hot form, fresh from the Delhi Commonwealth Games.
In the men's event, former Ironman champion Ky Hurst makes his return to try for an unprecedented seventh Eyeline 1000 title but will but will strongly challenged by Commonwealth Games favourite Nick D'Arcy and Trent and Codie Grimsey.
"Our competitors can lay claim to a significant portion of the growth and development of this event," Prowd revealed.
"Almost everything that has happened in the development of the festival has been the result of feedback from competitors, supporters and participants. We hope that the local community gets behind the Eyeline swim this year as it achieves another milestone for the festival," he added.
The Eyeline Noosa 1000 Ocean Swim kicks off from 4:30pm on Friday 29 October followed by the Hastings Street Fiesta, Clovelly Estate Waiters Challenge and the Celebrity Tri Bar and entertainment.
The 2010 Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival will be held from 27 October to 31 October.
For further event information check out the website at www.usmevents.com.au.
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