10.31.2012

Swimming competition attracted sold out crowd of swimmers for a 3km race along the Great Barrier Reef for the second year in a row
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AUSTRALIA (Oct. 29, 2012) – After a successful inaugural swim for 2011 that sold out within days, Oceanswims.com in conjunction with Heron Island held the second annual Great Barrier Reef Swim on October 18-22, 2012. Accompanied by well-known, highly respected coaches of elite swimmers and Olympians, ocean swimmers of all ages took part in the sold-out competition.

The swimming competition spanned beautiful Heron Island, approximately 3km along the Great Barrier Reef. Stunning coral gardens and sea creatures great and small flourish in abundance and color, making Heron Island an ideal place for swimmers. In addition to the swims, the five day event offered participants activities, tours, a gala dinner and special presentations and swimming clinics from Graeme Brewer, one of Australia’s most respected ocean swimmers and one of Australia’s leading high performance swim coaches. Brewer won a bronze medal in the 200m freestyle at the 1980 Moscow Olympics. In all he won 13 Australian titles.

Heron Island, located on the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef, recently reinforced its position as one of the most spectacular underwater environments when it was linked to the launch of the Catlin Seaview Survey at the high-profile Blue Ocean Film Festival in Monterey, Calif. This unique underwater experience seen through Street View feature within Google Maps, Panoramio, Google+ and Google World Wonders, allows a taste of the underwater adventure awaiting divers at Heron Island.

Winners of the women’s 3 kilometer swim:
1st Carly Brewer
2nd Alexandra Evans
3rd Rosemary Leamon

Winners of the men’s 3 kilometer swim:
1st Luiz Castro
2nd Tim Collins
3rd Warren Smith

Congratulations to everyone who participated. For photos from the event, click here.
About Heron Island
Heron Island is located 72km off the Capricorn Coast, northeast of Gladstone in Queensland, Australia. It is an internationally acclaimed dive destination, featuring at least 20 sites within easy reach of the resort.

The island is located on the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef and is one of only a handful of coral cays off the Queensland coast.

It is considered to be one of Australia’s top dive destinations. Jacques Cousteau listed the Heron Bommie as one of his top 10 favourite dive sites in the world.

 

Diving at Heron Island is relatively shallow, with an average depth of around 15 to 35 metres, and snorkellers can enjoy the shallow reefs that come up to within two or three metres of the surface in places. The waters of the reef off Heron Island are home to around 60% of the 1,500 species of fish and around 72% of the coral species found in the Great Barrier Reef.Heron Island is owned and operated by Delaware North Australia Parks & Resorts, owners of iconic Australian resorts including neighbouring Wilson Island, El Questro Wilderness Park, Lizard Island and Kings Canyon Resort.

About Delaware North Companies
Delaware North Companies is one of the largest and most admired privately held hospitality companies in the world. Founded and owned by the Jacobs family for nearly 100 years, it is a global leader in hospitality and food service. Its family of companies includes Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Delaware North Companies International and Delaware North Companies Boston, owner of TD Garden. Delaware North Companies has revenue exceeding $2.6 billion annually and 55,000 associates serving half a billion customers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit www.DelawareNorth.com.

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