A lovely ‘bunch’ of bananas will head to beaches around the country this summer thanks to one of New Zealand’s largest and oldest fresh produce companies.
T&G Global, formerly Turners and Growers, is supporting the aptly named Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim Series again, which runs from now until April 2019.
Heading into its 12th summer of nationwide ocean swims, the Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim Series attracts around 8000 swimmers and over 20,000 supporters annually.
Swim events are scheduled for Mount Maunganui, Rotorua, the Bay of Islands, Omaha, Auckland Harbour, Wellington and Nelson, with every swimmer receiving a fresh banana after they cross the finish line thanks to T&G.
Scott Rice, Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim Series founder and event director, says having T&G on board once more as a partner is a natural fit for a recreational activity that relies heavily on replenishing with hydration and nutrition after each event.
“Our swimmers are from all walks of life, ages and abilities,” says Scott, “but one thing is for certain - they are all very hungry after their swim, so it’s absolutely awesome to be able to give each person a banana thanks to T&G.”
T&G’s managing director of New Zealand produce, Andrew Keaney, says in total one tonne of bananas will be donated to the summer series.
“Bananas have so many beneficial nutrients, like potassium, vitamin C, vitamin A, magnesium and folate, and refuelling after a strenuous event like ocean swimming is essential,” says Andrew.
Entries for the Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim Series are still open, with information at: www.oceanswim.co.nz