Category Archives for State King of the Bays

National Champion Assists Youngest Competitor

The youngest registered swimmer at the State King of the Bays event on Saturday was Florentine Bus from Auckland who has only just turned six. She took part in the State Oceankids 200m swim.

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Hurst and Gorman Triumph

Australians Ky Hurst and Melissa Gorman have secured the biggest ever cash prize in New Zealand swimming history, after winning the State King of the Bays ocean swim race on Auckland’s North Shore on Saturday.

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TV Reporter Takes to the Start Line

Nadine Chalmers-Ross, TVNZ Business reporter will be one of the 1600 swimmers taking the plunge at the State King of the Bays this weekend. She is really looking forward to challenging herself with the 2.8km distance, which will be the longest distance she has ever swam, and whilst swimming has not always been her ‘thing’ […]

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10th Anniversary for Iconic Swim Event

When five of the 1600 ocean swimmers throw themselves into the water off Milford Beach on Auckland’s North Shore on Saturday morning in the 10th State King of the Bays Ocean Swim, they’ll know they are part of history.

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Interview with the First Female King of the Bays Winner – Rebecca Linton

Back in 2004 Rebecca Linton won the inaugural King of the Bays event and we are excited to be welcoming her along to this year’s 10th anniversary celebrations. We caught up with her for a quick chat to see what she remembers about that first event and what she has been up to in the […]

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King of the Bays – The Story (Part 2)

I was always keen to get my first event on TV. ‘Start how you mean to continue’ was my motto during this development phase. I wanted to have the highest profile swim in NZ and TV would help put it on the map from year one.

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King of the Bays – The Story (Part 1)

It all started with a knack for organising and a love of swimming back in 2003. In my early twenties I used to organise parties for my friends, quite big ones in fact. These parties taught me a lot about what makes a successful event. The venue, music, drink prices and good food were the […]

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