Topics:  bikinis, gold coast, guinness world record

Our bikini girls take on the world

GO GIRLS!: Amy Macdonald, Shaz Diamond, Jenna Smirnis, Shae White, and Karina Beattie, will be taking part in the Bikini Parade World Record attempt.
GO GIRLS!: Amy Macdonald, Shaz Diamond, Jenna Smirnis, Shae White, and Karina Beattie, will be taking part in the Bikini Parade World Record attempt. David Nielsen

WHAT better way to celebrate being fit and fantastic than parading around in a bikini under the Gold Coast sun?

That's the thinking of a group of Ipswich women who jumped at the opportunity to get involved in a bikini parade world record attempt on the Glitter Strip.

The ladies recently completed a fitness boot camp, and decided to sign up to show off their new bikini bodies at the event next year.

"I did my first 12-week Bikini Body Challenge in winter and was runner-up," group member Amy McDonald said.

"What was great about the challenge was that we all formed a bond through fitness.

"We thought this world record attempt would be a great way of celebrating our bodies."

Ms McDonald said many of the women who took on the BodySwitch Health and Fitness challenge, led by trainer Kody, had not worn bikinis for years.

"A lot of us didn't even own bikinis until we finished the challenge," she said.

"We're stoked to get involved in the attempt."

The Guinness World Record attempt will be hosted next January, and is part of an ongoing "bikini war" between the Gold Coast and China.

The Glitter Strip set a Guinness World Record in October 2011 with 357 bikini-clad women, but China smashed the record with a 1085-strong parade in August.

Event organiser Leanne St George called on the women of Ipswich to join the challenge.

"We're determined to win it back, but we need all Ipswich women - mums, daughters and even grandmas - to sign up for this family-friendly event," she said.

The world record attempt will start at 10am in Cavill Avenue Mall on Sunday, January 6.

Registration costs $20.

Find out more at goldcoastbikiniparade.com.au.



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