THE growing popularity of Queensland ocean swimming is set to continue with a new national series to launch on the Sunshine Coast.

The World Series Swims will get underway at Mooloolaba in October.

The new format is a family of events which links ex-Queensland Ocean Swim Series events with the St Kilda Mile Ocean Swim (Melbourne) and a new Sydney event to be announced in September.

The opening event of the series will be held in different locations each year and will be known as Swim Queensland.

This year, it will be held at Mooloolaba Beach and will offer short and long courses (2km and 1km), a junior program for kids aged 8-16 years and a marathon distance swim.

The series received an early boost ahead of its launch with ex-Olympian, Michael Klim, confirmed as the ambassador.

Klim, who has been ambassador for the successful Queensland Ocean Swim Series, is excited to be involved with the new national project, which has potential to involve overseas destinations in the future.

"The sport of open water swimming is growing in every state and these events are the platform for our elite open water swimmers to compete internationally," he said.



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