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The organizing committee of the Gwydir Shire Copeton Freshwater Swim have scored a huge coup in Ky Hurst website drawing Olympic Swimmer and Ironman Ky Hurst to their swim on the 26th of April.


Ky was thrilled to be asked to attend as a major ‘drawcard’ and morale booster to the region, at a time when the drought is impacting heavily on many.  Ky has a history of marathon swimming, competing at the 2008 Summer Olympics in the 10km event. He is a legend on the Ironman circuit, having won five Ironman Series titles and in 2014, was runner up in the Series after a strong finish in the last race. 


“I’m really looking forward to spending the weekend in Copeton and more importantly having the opportunity to swim in a pristine location.” Ky said.

Read more: Ky is Coming to Copeton

Go PRo Hero 3 Action CameraThe Go Pro carrot is dangled again at this year's Copeton Freshwater Swim.

All entries before the 7th April will go in the draw for the Black Addition Hero 3 Camera courtesy of Mo Tackle in Coffs Harbour.

Its only February and a dozen people have already gone for the Go Pro by entering early so don’t miss out. Our monster random draw is also filling up with lots of goodies so you could be a winner by just entering one of the three swims.

SO GET YOUR ENTRY IN EARLY to win the GO Pro Camer

Entries close for the Go Pro 12.00pm Monday 7th April.       


The new addition to the Copeton Freshwater Swim program, the Sapphire City 5km race is starting to attract the long distance Janelle McCosker and Tahlia Crispswimmers.

Belinda Chapman is all keen to go and was our first female entry and hails all the way from Rooty Hill in Sydney’s west. The first male entry is coming all the way from Thornbury Melbourne, Victoria so the new distance has drawn competitors from thousands of kilometres apart.

Our first local entry in the 5k is 15 year old Tahlia Crisp from Inverell.

The Holy Trinity student is no novice when it comes to long distances and is also very community minded. Tahlia travelled to Brisbane last year to swim in the Million Metres for Motor Neuron Disease fundraiser. Read more: 5km’s Not a Swim too Far for Some


What a day it was!  With over 1000 competitors contesting the events which ranged from 300m for the kids, 750m

and the 2.2 km eventKy1.

This was the final event in the Great Australian Swim Series.  The Series hosts events across the year at Byron Bay, Gold Coast, Hamilton Island and the final one in Sydney Harbour.  This was the fourth year, and who else but the great Ky Hurst is the ambassador and Swim Series icon!

I have been fortunate enough to swim at Hamilton Island in 2013, and now the Sydney Swim on Australia Day.  Two beautiful locations and two fantastic swims.  Swimming around the Harbour, seeing the Opera House and the Harbour

Bridge as you swim is certainly an experience to be remembered.







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