Hayley Lewis at the start of the 2008 2km ocean swim.
Hayley Lewis at the start of the 2008 2km ocean swim.

Hayley Lewis set to swim at Yamba

TRIPLE Olympian and World Championship 200m gold medallist Hayley Lewis is a definite return starter in the Yamba Surf Life Saving ocean swim at Main Beach on Sunday, December 27.

The event is open to swimmers from 14 years old to 70+ years, with a 700 metre swim starting a 10am, 2000m swim at 11am, 200m dash-for-cash at noon and presentations from 1pm.

Yamba SLSC organizer Ray Burridge said entries had already been received from Hong Kong, Sydney, Newcastle, the Gold Coast, Brisbane and from local Far North Coast clubs.

“We expect to beat the 321 individual entries last year which came from NSW, Queensland, Victoria and the United States, and the crowd of 800 who saw exciting racing and close finishes in a choppy surf,” Ray said.

Lewis, from Brisbane, will be swimming with her family and hoping to emulate her win in the women’s 700m and second in the 2000m last year.

The 700m swim starts at Convent Beach and finishes at Main Beach, the 2000 metre swim covers a rectangular out and back Main Beach course and the dash-for-cash has a 150 metre swim-in from the ocean start line and a run to the finish on Main Beach.

Entry fees are $15 for the 700m, $25 for the 2000m (both swims $35) and $10 for the dash-for-cash.

All swimmers must register to be numbered on Sunday morning, December 27, from 8am to 9.30am for the swims.

Entries, which close on Thursday, December 24, at 5pm, can be made by post to PO Box 219, Yamba, NSW, 2464, electronically at www.oceanswims.com or at the club house on Saturday, December 26, from 11am to 3pm.

An additional late fee of $10 per event will apply to entries taken from 8am on race day.

The 2008 result were:

700 metres: Men – Jackson Maynard, Tugun, Qld, 1; Codie Grimsey, Cashmere, Qld, 2; Joe Dougherty, Yamba/Burleigh Heads, Qld, 3. Women: Hayley Lewis, 1; Shannon Hulbert-Green, Byron Bay, 2; Keiralee Robson, Elanora, Qld, 3.

2000 metres: Men – Jacob Lollback, Yamba/Burleigh Heads, 1; Codie Grimsey, 2; David O’Brien, Berowra, 3. Women – Shannon Hulbert-Green, 1; Hayley Lewis, 2; Keiralee Robson, 3.

Dash-for-cash: Men – Joe Dougherty. Women – Shannon Hulbert-Green.

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