Olympian Melissa Gorman was all smiles after winning the women’s race at the inaugural Evans Head-Casino Surf Life Saving Club Ocean Swim.
Olympian Melissa Gorman was all smiles after winning the women’s race at the inaugural Evans Head-Casino Surf Life Saving Club Ocean Swim. Marc Stapelberg

Melissa takes out Ocean Swim

ALL eyes were on Brisbane Olympian Melissa Gorman when she took out the Inaugural Evans Head Ocean Swim in front of the town’s surf club yesterday morning.

Up to 80 swimmers lined up to enter the 2km race in less than favourable conditions.

“I’m used to swimming in conditions like that and I don’t think it was as bad as it what it looked,” she said.

“The sweep at the start made it a bit tough, but other than that it was pretty good.

“I had to stop and ask for directions a few times, that was probably the hardest part.”

The 25-year-old came in well ahead of the field and capped a big couple of months, after winning ocean swim events in Byron Bay and Noosa.

“I rely on these ocean swims to get my open water training done,” she said.

“I’ve got the world championships in China next month, so it was good chance to get in a swim before I go.”

Gorman also predicted the Evans Head event to become an annual race.

“It’s been really well organised and I think it has the potential to grow into a big event,” she said.

“The Dash for Cash on Saturday was a lot of fun.

“It was 25 metres in a pool and probably the shortest distance I’ve swum in a long time, so it was a nice change.”

Jack Burnham (Currimundi) was first male across the line and also took out the 750m swim earlier in the day.

It was a triple celebration for the 17-year-old who was cheered home by his mother on her birthday.

“Today is my birthday, so I’m sure he won the races as my present,” Jack’s mother said.

A number of swimmers had to be brought back in, as the three-metre swell and currents worsened throughout the day.



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