Hundreds of swimmers dived into the waters off Caloundra at the weekend for the annual Kings of the Coast Ocean Swim event.
Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle said the event was a major draw card that attracted visitors to Caloundra and encouraged locals to make the most of the Sunshine Coast’s stunning coastline.
“Since this event was launched in 2010 it has grown to attract more than 2000 participants and this year’s series saw the addition of Noosa to the schedule,” Mr McArdle said.
“Kings of the Coast offers an idyllic course for athletes to conquer open water distance, from 3.8km to a 300m children’s swim.
“It’s great to see locals supporting this event and visitors coming to this family-friendly tourism destination.”
Mr McArdle said the State Government was proud to support the Queensland Ocean Swim Series through Tourism and Events Queensland’s Regional Development Program.
“The Government recognises the importance of events such as this in attracting visitors, helping us achieve our goal of doubling overnight visitor expenditure from $15 billion to $30 billion by 2020.
“Events such as the Kings of the Ocean Swim also create a sense of community pride and add extra vibrancy and colour to communities.