River swim set to be a classic
By TANIA PHILLIPS AN enthralling battle is brewing between the Tweed's top triathlete and a leading Gold Coast distance swimmer in tomorrow's fifth annual Tweed River Swim Classic at Murwillumbah.
More than 100 swimmers will take part in two events ? the 600m race starting at 7.30am and the challenging 2.5km competition, both over an oval course starting and ending at the Skinner Lowes Wharf near the former Tweed River Regional Art Gallery.
Two-time winner, Murwillumbah triathlete Paul Matthews, who has just returned from a successful season in France, will come up against last year's champion 17-year-old Kate Cherry.
Cherry, a silver medallist at the 2003 Australian Age 5km Open Water Championship, upset a strong field last year to win easily.
"She swam it very well and blew all the men away," race organiser Glen Nott said. It will be the first time Matthews and Cherry have gone head to head.
"If it is a sprint finish then my money is on Paul, but if Cherry gets a start on him then I don't think he will catch her."
He said conditions would be tough for the race, with the tide coming in and one of the legs being against the current. "It should test people out," Nott said.