Double swim for Volkov on busy Sunday

Korlina Volkov is delighted to get an opportunity to take part in an ocean swim in her own backyard.
John Bisset

Korlina Volkov is delighted to get an opportunity to take part in an ocean swim in her own backyard.

Korlina Volkov is set to be one of the busiest competitors at the Timaru triathlon on Sunday.

The 17-year-old will swim the the opening leg of the team's event in the triathlon and then make a dash to the start of the new 2.5-kilometre ocean swim race at Evans Bay.

Volkov is the youngest competitor signed up for the ocean swim and is really looking forward to the challenge.

"It should be good, I really enjoy the open water swims."

The water temperature is of no concern but Volkov is hoping for calm water.

"If it is choppy it will be tough. Last time I trained it was in choppy waters it wasn't much fun."

That is also when she tends to taste the water, which she doesn't recommend.

"It's awful, probably the only downside of open water swimming."

Volkov is hoping she has time between the two swims to eat something to boost her energy levels.

The talented teenager was recruited into the team triathlon by the event sponsors Placemakers and will join up with Brendan Leary and Simon Rees..

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The ocean swim course starts at Evans Bay and heads into the inner harbour, around a marker buoy and then out through the entrance into the open water.

The swimmers then head along the length of the North Mole and into Caroline Bay before a short run up the beach to the finish line.

Volkov said the course has a variety and swimming inside the harbour was something she had never done before.

"I'm looking forward to it, it will be interesting."

The former New Zealand junior champion has retired from competitive pool swimming instead opting for open water events.

"I enjoy them much more."

Volkov is one of 22 entries so far for the new event but swimmers have until Sunday morning to sign up.

Another person already signed up is PrimePort Timaru chief executive Phil Melhopt.

Melhopt has been instrumental in the revival of the race after a casual conversation with triathlete Gary Fahey at CBay.

The chief executive has arranged the temporary closure of the port to waterborne traffic for the duration of the race and PrimePort has helped with costs of promoting and running the event.

Melhopt has been ocean swimming approximately five years having crossed over from triathlons.

His approach to the swim is simple, he hopes not to be the last competitor out of the water.

Open water swim events continue to grow in popularity around the country and small group from Timaru regular swim in Caroline Bay and attend events around the country.

Ocean swim regular Rob Naylor said the local open water swimmers were excited by the opportunity to compete in an event in their own backyard because most of the events they train for are in the North Island.

 - Stuff

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