Chris was a Founding Director of one of Australia’s largest not-for-profit community ocean swimming events, held annually at Manly Beach, Sydney. The Cole Classic is a renowned fixture on the Sydney Ocean Swimming calendar, raising funds for Manly Life Saving Club and various community charities. View the 2023 Cole Classic here.
In 1982 Chris’s father Graham Cole wrote:
“The event is not a race but a challenge to all persons to stretch themselves in body and mind to swim a reasonable distance through surf. It will, I hope, be an incentive to persons to involve themselves in the self-discipline required to get fit, obtain confidence in their ability through swimming, to achieve pride in having performed something that is perhaps slightly above average and finally to receive (in the form of an appropriately prepared certificate or medal) some recognition of their accomplishment”.