Open Water zwemmen/Swimming

Herman Willemse - De Vrije Slag

Channel Challenge - zo, 19/03/2017 - 15:40

Op de website van vond ik een leuke reportage van de uitrijking van het eerste exemplaar van "Vrije Slag". Dit is de autobiografie van Heman Willemse. Edith van Dijk ontvangt een exemplaar en Hans van Goor vertelt over de KNZB-speld die Herman ontvangt (met excuses voor wat in het verleden gebeurd is).

Herman WillemseEdith van DijkHans van Goorother swims - andere zwemtochten

Jan van Scheijndel - IJszwemmer?

Channel Challenge - zo, 19/03/2017 - 15:31

Op de website van vond ik een prachtige video van Jan van Schrijndel die bij 6 graden het meer van Te Werve induikt om zich voor te bereiden op zijn Kanaaloversteek.

Jan van ScheijndelIce (Mile) Swimming (IISA)training (pool & open water)

Mooi video-verslag van Jan van Scheijndel op de eerste Stavoren-Medemblik

Channel Challenge - zo, 19/03/2017 - 15:24

Op de website van vond ik een fraie video-opname van Jan van Scheijndel bij zijn historische Staveren-Medemblik oversteek.

Jan van ScheijndelIJsselmeersolo

Maarten van der Weijden zoekt deelnemers voor zwemestafette

Channel Challenge - zo, 19/03/2017 - 15:16

Tijdens zijn zwemmarathon vorig jaar haalde de olympiër al 50.000 euro op, maar dat is nog lang niet genoeg. "Er is meer geld nodig voor kankeronderzoek om en daarom wil ik dit nog een keer doen. Maar ditmaal gaan we nog verder", aldus Maarten in gesprek met RTL Boulevard.

lees de rest van het artikel en bekijk de video @ RTL Boulevard

Maarten van der Weijdenother swims - andere zwemtochtensolorelay - estafette

Zwemmen voor CADASIL, Robbeneiland naar de kust van Zuid-Afrika

Channel Challenge - zo, 19/03/2017 - 14:32

Op 2 april 2017 vindt "The Freedom Swim" in Zuid-Afrika plaats. De tocht start bij Robbeneiland, bekend als de plek waar onder andere Nelson Mandela jarenlang gevangen heeft gezeten. De afstand terug naar de kust bedraagt 7,5 kilometer. Deze race wordt ook wel de “Everest” genoemd van de open water races. Het is één van de zwaarste ter wereld. 

Lees de rest van het artikel @ Universiteit Leiden en bekijk daar ook de TV beelden.

Annabelle Slingelandother swims - andere zwemtochtensolo

SSA to hold open water race on March 25 as qualifier for KL SEA Games - za, 18/03/2017 - 19:37

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Swimming Association (SSA) will hold the Liberty Insurance open water South-east Asian qualifiers on March 25 in the hopes of sending athletes to the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games.

Read the article and see the pictures @ StraitsTimes

local swim(s)Asia

Africa’s toughest Indian Ocean Swim is wide open - za, 18/03/2017 - 19:32

WITH just under a week until the Eastern Cape’s richest open water swim takes place, it is clear that it is going to be a wide open race for line honours in the two different categories.

With an overall prize pool of R39 000 and the winners in both the swimsuit and wetsuit categories taking home a whopping R4 500 each, swimmers from around the country are being attracted to Nelson Mandela Bay on Human Rights Day (Tuesday, March 21) to compete in Africa’s toughest Indian Ocean Swim.

Read the complete article by Micheal Zoetmulder and view the picture @ news24

local swim(s)Afrika

A St Patrick’s Day marathon with teeth - za, 18/03/2017 - 19:29

A Kerry man will swap St Patrick’s Day pints for shark-infested waters when he attempts to become the first Irish person to complete a marathon swim off the west coast of Florida.

Read the complete article and see the picture @ The Times

Maraton swimIreland (+ N-I )

Jordanhill brothers set to compete in ultimate endurance event - za, 18/03/2017 - 19:26

There's sibling rivalry, then there's racing against your older brother in one of the world's toughest endurance sports events.

The Red Bull Neptune Steps hits Glasgow on Saturday and Mark Deans from Jordanhill has taken gold the past two years.

read the complete article and see the picture @ GlasgowLive

local swim(s)Great Britain /UK

He's Baaaaaackkk, Maarten van der Weijden

Channel Challenge - vr, 03/03/2017 - 10:38

On October 15th 2016, a team of top Dutch swimmers including 2008 Olympic champion Maarten van der Weijden, 2016 Olympic champion Ferry Weertman, long-time professional marathon swimmer Irene van der Laan, and 2017 500m ice swimming world champion Fergil Hesterman together with coaches Edith van Dijk, a former world champion, Desirée Emmen, and Richard Broer, a 2017 International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame honouree, swam a 54 km relay in 11-14°C water from The Biesbosch National Park to Hellevoetsluis in the Netherlands.

Lees het complete artikel @ DNOWS

Maarten van der Weijdenother swims - andere zwemtochten

He's Baaaaaackkk, Maarten van der Weijden - vr, 03/03/2017 - 10:37

On October 15th 2016, a team of top Dutch swimmers including 2008 Olympic champion Maarten van der Weijden, 2016 Olympic champion Ferry Weertman, long-time professional marathon swimmer Irene van der Laan, and 2017 500m ice swimming world champion Fergil Hesterman together with coaches Edith van Dijk, a former world champion, Desirée Emmen, and Richard Broer, a 2017 International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame honouree, swam a 54 km relay in 11-14°C water from The Biesbosch National Park to Hellevoetsluis in the Netherlands.

Lees het complete artikel @ DNOWS

swimmers portraitsIMSHoFNetherlands

Dutch Open Water Swimmer Maarten van der Weijden Elected to the Swimming Hall of Fame - di, 28/02/2017 - 01:27

First Cancer Survivor to Win Swimming Olympic Gold

FORT LAUDERDALE - The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) announced today that Dutch long distance swimmer Maarten Van Der Weijden, will become one of seventeen (17) honorees to enter the International Swimming Hall of Fame as the Class of 2017. And Van Der Weijden is the eighth individual to be named for ceremonies to be held August 25-27, in Fort Lauderdale. Previously, swimmers Wu Chuanyu (CHN) and Takeshi "Halo"Hirose (USA), diver Zhang Xiuwei (CHN), long distance swimmer Walter Poenisch (USA), water polo player Osvaldo Codaro (ARG), coach Dick Jochums (USA) and photojournalist Heinz Kluetmeier have been announced.

Born in Haastrecht, Netherlands on March 31, 1981, Marteen Van Der Weijden, followed in his older sister Etta's wake in the pool and open water.  As a young boy, he like challenges and at the age of 11 he swam 100x100m in training. From 1998 to 2000 he became a 12 time Dutch national champion at the 1500m freestyle, 400m freestyle, and 5km open water. Then, in 2001, he was diagnosed with acute leukemia and his chances for survival were very small. For the next two years, Maarten had little control over his life and he depended on the medical specialists to guide him through successful chemotherapy treatment and a stem cell transplantation. In 2003 he started to train again and amazingly qualified for the FINA Open Water World Championships in Barcelona. In 2004, he swam across the Ijsselmeer in 4:20.58 hours, breaking the former record by almost 15 minutes to collect 50,000 Euros, which he donated for cancer research. Van Der Weijden had his own website named "Maarten Van Der Weijden zwemt tegen kanker" (Maarten van der Weijden swims against cancer) where he informed his fans about his life and his career. He also collected more money to invest for cancer research. His dream was to become World Champion and over the next few years he trained hard and worked on his tactics. In 2008, he fulfilled this aim when he won the 25km at the 2008 World Championships in Seville. He also won a bronze medal at the 5km there and finished fourth at the 10km. This result qualified him for the first 10km open water marathon race at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. There he ended up winning the gold medal on August 21, narrowly edging out David Davies of Great Britain. He thus became the first mens' Olympic Champion in the 10km open water competition. He announced the end of his professional swimming career during his acceptance speech as Dutch Sportsman of the year in 2008.  But that's not the end of his story.

After writing his own biography, "Better," in 2009 and a successful career as a finance manager for Unilever, he struck out on his own as and entrepreneur and motivational speaker focusing healthcare, sports and business.  In 2015 he initiated his first "Swim to Fight Cancer" in the cold channel of Den Bosch.  It attracted over 500 participants and raised over 500,000 Euros for cancer research.  He continues to use swimming to fight cancer, recently swimming the the running marathon distance (42 km 195m) in the 50m pool of the Pieter van den Hoogenband Swimming Stadium Eindhoven. He has also created a one-man stage show based on his book, "Beter." All one hundred of his shows have been sold out. He has also performed on the TEDx stage in Rotterdam. 

Maarten is married to Daisy de Ridder and is the father of two daughters,Pilieine (age 2) and Robie, born on February 16, 2017. 

Source: IMSHoF newsletter

swimmers portraitsIMSHoFNetherlands

Would You Swim In The Chicago River? Long-Distance Swim Proposed - za, 25/02/2017 - 14:14

CHICAGO — A long-distance swimming event in the Chicago River has been proposed by a veteran outdoor swimmer.

Don Macdonald, who has guided swims around Manhattan Island and also participated in several urban swimming events, would like to swim from Ping Tom Park in Chinatown to the Main Stem of the Chicago River Downtown sometime this year.

"In general we have proposed restarting the 1908 Illinois Athletic Club marathon river swim and began these discussions with the city and other regulating bodies," Macdonald wrote in an email.

Read more ont this revival of an old tradition @ DNAinfo

Maraton swimAmericas

European swimmers come to Coney Island for US Winter Swimming National Championships - za, 25/02/2017 - 14:09

Competitive swimmers who participate in swim meets throughout Europe and the U.S. made a pact to reunite for a polar plunge in Coney Island on Saturday.  Some swimmers traveled from as far away as Czechoslovakia and Turkey to participate in the swim meet. Coney Island was a dream destination for many of the swimmers, who always hoped to reunite and compete here.

Read the full article and see the picture @ BrooklynDailyEagle

ice and winter swimmingAmericas

Olympic swimmer Jarrod Poort takes out solo in the Rottnest Channel Swim, but fails to break record - za, 25/02/2017 - 14:03

Near-perfect conditions were not enough to break the record for the fastest solo swim for the annual Perth to Rottnest Island Channel Swim.

Jarrod Poort won the solo category with a time of four hours and 12 minutes, well shy of the record set in 2000 of four hours and 15 seconds.

Read the full article and view the Video @ ABC

Maraton swimAustralia & Oceania

2017 Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim: Olympian Jarrod Poort wins solo category, but no records broken - za, 25/02/2017 - 14:02

TWO-TIME Olympian Jarrod Poort has beaten the field to take out the Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim.

STRONG currents and choppy water prevented elite swimmers from breaking any records for the Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim.

Read more and see the pictures @ PerthNow

Maraton swimAustralia & Oceania

Zwemmend aandacht vragen voor LUMC-onderzoek naar CADASIL

Channel Challenge - za, 25/02/2017 - 13:46

LEIDEN - Arts in opleiding Annabelle Slingerland gaat in april geld bij elkaar zwemmen voor een onderzoek van het LUMC in Leiden naar de ziekte CADASIL. En dat is niet zomaar even baantjes trekken. Nee, de openwaterzwemster gaat ruim zeven kilometer overbruggen, van het Robbeneiland naar het vaste land van Zuid-Afrika.

Om aandacht te vragen voor het goede doel nam zij vrijdagmiddag bij Katwijk alvast een frisse duik voor een promotiefilm. Want veel is er nog onduidelijk over de ziekte CADASIL. De erfelijke ziekte wordt veroorzaakt door een erfelijke code in het DNA.

lees het complete artikel en bekijk de video @ RTV-West

Annabelle SlingelandEscape from... swims

Channel and Ice Swimmer Nuala Moore - za, 25/02/2017 - 01:16

The Ice Swimmer: an Irish journey through the best of both worlds.

As part of a short series sponsored by Audi we meet Nuala Moore, an Irish ice sea swimmer from Dingle in County Kerry and hear what pushes her to extremes.

A lovely video on Ice Swimming @ Audi (an award winning commercial)

ice and winter swimmingIreland (+ N-I )

Swimming at 60 - za, 25/02/2017 - 01:10

'It's freedom, joy, pleasure’ - how wild sea swimming in her 60s re-invigorated one woman's life.

See the excellent video @ The Guardian

training & coachingGreat Britain /UK

GSS Pacific Championships Headline Huge Weekend - do, 23/02/2017 - 01:04

The month of February has been a busy one for the Global Swim Series. The past 2 weekends have seen some busy back to back action that was highlighted by 2 huge races in South Africa. The Midmar Mile and the Sanlam Cape Mile brought out some of the world’s best elite swimmers and over 16,000 swimmers between the two races. Not to get overshadowed, the North Bondi Beach Classic had another great year bringing out over 1500 people to one of the best beaches in the world.  Which brings us to the GSS Pacific Championships…

With all the action so far in February it seems fitting to cap of the month with another big weekend with 5 races in 3 different countries, including another GSS Championship Event! Stayed tuned for coverage of the events and make sure you make it out to one of these great races!

Read the interesting article and see the pictures @ GSS

Continental ChampionshipAustralia & Oceania