Open Water zwemmen/Swimming

International swimmers looking forward to big event

Channel Challenge - za, 09/04/2016 - 15:13

Two top international ocean swimmers are looking forward to joining hundreds of Aucklanders in the annual cross-harbour Chelsea swim this weekend - and one of them will be raising money for a Kiwi cancer battler while they are at it.

Kiwi-born Tracy Clark and South African Roger Finch bring a rare shared record of swimming some of world’s great challenges, but say the Chelsea swim will be a real treat as a warm up for an upcoming Cook St attempt and because of the fun and long standing community spirit of the event.

Read the full article and see the picture @ Scoop

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Hamilton Psychiatrist and Professional Swimmer to Raise Fund

Channel Challenge - za, 09/04/2016 - 15:09

Press Release – Sashbear Foundation

Hamilton psychiatrist Marilyn Korzekwa, 58, is training to become the first Canadian to swim the Cook Strait, the body of water that separates the north and south islands of New Zealand. Only 84 swimmers have successfully crossed the Cook Strait in the …Hamilton Psychiatrist and Professional Swimmer to Raise Funds for BPD

Hamilton psychiatrist Marilyn Korzekwa, 58, is training to become the first Canadian to swim the Cook Strait, the body of water that separates the north and south islands of New Zealand. Only 84 swimmers have successfully crossed the Cook Strait in the past 53 years

Korzekwa is undertaking the challenge, scheduled for mid March, to raise $10,000 for the Sashbear Foundation a recognized Canadian charity founded in memory of elite swimmer Sasha Menu Courey who lost her battle to Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and died by suicide at the age of 20. The Sashbear Foundation’s mission is to help lead a mental health reform movement by promoting awareness for the need of early prevention, recognition, timely intervention and access to affordable treatment of individuals with BPD and emotion dysregulation.

Korzekwa, who has dedicated her career to BPD treatment and research, believes that the disorder can be successfully treated and that more programs are desperately needed. The illness has a suicide rate of 10 per cent.

The Cook Strait challenge, scheduled for the March 16 to 20 low tide window, is considered to be one of the most difficult swims in the world with water temperatures dipping to 15 degrees Celsius and is expected to take 13 hours. In addition to frigid water, Korzekwa will face high winds and waves from the Tasman Sea and the South Pacific Ocean. Making the swim all the more treacherous are unpredictable tides and violent eddies. The first swimmer to complete a double crossing of Cook Strait, Philip Rush, will officiate.

Korzekwa has an impressive resume of accomplishments as a long distance swimmer. She was the first person to swim Lake Ontario in both directions — south to north in 1983, and north to south in 1984, and is the oldest woman to complete the 20 km swim around Key West, Florida.

In 2011, Korzekwa swam the English Channel (34 km) in extremely cold water and high winds for which the Channel Swimming Association awarded her the Van Audenaerde Endurance Cup for the year’s most difficult feat of endurance. Last year she became the first person to swim between three provinces — Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island — a distance of 34 km which took 16 hours and 41 minutes. She is the first Canadian to complete the Triple Crown of marathon swimming comprised of the English Channel, the San Pedro Strait from Catalina Island to mainland California and the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim.

To sponsor Dr. Marilyn Korzekwa go to www.sashbear.org/en/about-us/join-the-wave. To follow her progress visit http://www.cookstrait2016.blogspot.ca/.

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Amputees SWAM across the CHANNEL to raise money for limbless veterans

Channel Challenge - za, 09/04/2016 - 15:02

They left Dover on a crisp September morning and made history 12 hours and 14 minutes later when they set landed on the beach at Cap Gris Nez in France.

As our video shows, Jamie Gillespie, 40,  Conrad Thorpe, 51,  Craig Howarth, 47, and Steve White, 50,  did not find the challenge easy but they persevered because they were also raising more than £3,500 for Blesma, The Limbless Veterans charity.

Now they have been nominated in the People's Choice category at the Soldiering On Awards 2016.

Under Channel Swimming Association rules, they were not allowed to wear wet suits or prosthetics.

Read the full article, see the pictures and view the video @ Express

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Endurance swimming star Adam Walker's 'Man VS Ocean' book released

Channel Challenge - za, 09/04/2016 - 14:51

Picking up a new hobby after watching a movie on an aeroplane may seem fairly normal to most people – but when that new hobby involves swimming the English Channel followed by some of the most dangerous straits of water known to man, it begins to sound less conventional!  

Adam Walker did exactly that, and eventually his accomplishments in swimming allowed him to turn his passion into a career as a

read the full article and vies the pictures and video @ 220Triathlon

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Syrian Refugee Who Swam to Greece Sets Sights on Olympics

Openwaterswimming.eu - za, 02/04/2016 - 02:04

This 18-year-old’s quest - and what she has overcome - will inspire you.

BERLIN—When a tiny motorboat’s engine stalled in salty, cold waters just off the shore of Turkey, the fate of the 20 refugees packed on board fell into the hands of 18-year-old Syrian Yusra Mardini. She, her sister, and a family friend were the only swimmers on board the craft that was trying to make the passage to Lesbos, Greece—a dangerous trip that has claimed countless lives. As water started filling the boat, the three women jumped out and began swimming to push the boat to Greek shores. What should have been a 45-minute trip became a harrowing physical test.

Read the full and inspiring article and view the pictures @ takepart.

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Jellyfish stings, great white sharks and gruelling conditions - Tracy’s incredible open-water swimming journey

Channel Challenge - za, 02/04/2016 - 01:46

2016-04-02 - Voorburg - Een artikel op internet gevonden over Tracy Clark die een ruime tijd in huizen gewoond heeft en daar trainde. Ze heeft diverse open water evenementen gezwommen in die tijd en Het Kanaal. Deze Nieuw Zeelanse was de eerste inwoner van Nederland met een Ice Mile in 2015.

Putting aside a hardy wet-suit for a traditional costume, Thorpe St Andrew woman Tracy Clark has tackled some of the world’s most challenging open-water swims, a hobby-turned-career which has seen her raise £16,000 for various charities.

While it began four years ago as an ambitious dream to swim the English Channel, the 46-year-old is now hoping to become just the seventh person in the world to complete Ocean’s Seven, a formidable list of the seven most gruelling open-water challenges across the globe, of which three she has already ticked off.

Read the full article and view the picture @ Eastern Daily Press

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24 K Sea Swimming

Openwaterswimming.eu - di, 29/03/2016 - 10:49

24 K Swim Across Gate Way of India to Belapur Jetty

Anushka Purandare’s first ever Solo Swim gave her a reward to believe that she is First & Only girl swimmer to swim across Gate Way of India to Belapur although two of her teammate boys have already swum this distance and others 2 or 3 swimmers from reverse side. This 17 years old 11th standard swimmer completed the 24 K stretch in 4.59 hrs. When asked, she reacted.”I was tensed, I have done few races in the sea and river but this was solo, I was all alone in the sea,” She laughed. “I also missed Sunk Rock Race due to my tonsillitis operation”.  Her 10 K Swim in Goa and Porbandar helped her to cope up with the waves. We chose 2nd biggest tide of the year on 12th March for the swim. However, Anushka’s final exams started from that day. “I was worried, I didn’t want to let go this opportunity, but my College Principle permitted me within no time, that was sigh of relief” Tejas Shankaran, an experienced marathon swimmer paced her in last zone. Just 200 mts before finish, water had heavy current under Belapur Bridge. “I was frightened there; I got drifted away from Tejas in just a second. She looked comfortable and I was struggling, I thought something went very wrong”. But Anushka managed to cross that current and  touched Jetty in fashion, by doing Butterfly Strokes for last 30-40 mts. 

Anushka is very dedicated girl. She has shown great interest in Open Water Swimming. She had good marks in Board exam but chose Bachelor of Art side so that she can pursue her swimming career.

Dr. Snehal Purandare, proud mother of Anushka was thrilled with the swim. “I attended so many treks, but this was a different voyage, a unique experience” Anushka is now training to gain some more speed to swim much faster, much longer.

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Why Being Near The Ocean Can Make You Calmer And More Creative

Channel Challenge - wo, 09/03/2016 - 00:36

Bij Huffington Post vond ik dit artikel over de rol van water in ons leven. Waarom trekt het zo? Een antwoord?

Since ancient times, humans have assigned healing and transformational properties to water. In early Rome, baths were an important part of cultural life, a place where citizens went to find relaxation and to connect with others in a calming setting. In ayurveda, the ancient Indian medicinal wisdom, and traditional Chinese medicine, the water element is crucial to balancing the body and creating physical harmony. Rivers have long been seen as sacred places, and in a number of different spiritual contexts, water has symbolized rebirth, spiritual cleansing and salvation.

Lees de rest @ HuffingtonPost

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Marty Veen honored for his contributions

Openwaterswimming.eu - za, 05/03/2016 - 22:27

2016-03-04 - Rotterdam - The Netherlands - Marty Veen is inducted into the IMSHoF in the class of 2015. This has been reported on Dutch website www.noww.nl and www.ishof.org. Marty was not able to come to the formal gathering last year and due to his health he could not come when Ned Denison came to The Netherlands. It was however high time he received the decorations that go with the induction.

Wendy and Richard Broer (member of the IMSHoF board) met with Ned Denison last year to receive the decorations. We had a nice dinner at an Indonesian restaurant in The Hague. No we dod not want to shock Ned with the spicy Indonesian kitchen, he specifically requested it.

Wendy and Richard are friends with Marty and Ole. And we sometimes eat out together. So an occasion was created when Marty and Ole were in Rotterdam for a few days off and some visits to musea.

The venue was a train carriage of DDR-heritage in the center of Rotterdam. Gare du Nord, the restaurant, was situated in it. The restaurant was biological Vegan. A first time for Wendy and I. In this ambiance the official part was done by handing over the diploma, engraved trophy, sash and medal. He was reminded of his contributions to open water swimming.

Below some pictures of the dinner.

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Marty Veen geëerd voor verdiensten

Channel Challenge - za, 05/03/2016 - 22:21

2016-03-04 - Rotterdam - Zoals bekend is Marty Veen toegetreden tot de International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 2015. Er is eerder daarover op www.noww.nl over gepubliceerd en ook op www.ishof.org. Daar horen versierselen bij. Richard Broer die deel uitmaakt van de Board of Directors van IMSHoF heeft deze eind vorig jaar overhandigd gekregen van zijn collega Ned Denison onder genot van een Indonesische maaltijd in Den Haag. Nee we (Wendy en ik) wilden Ned niet op stuipen jagen met heet eten, hij vroeg er zelf om en kent de Indonesiche keuken. Het werd echter de hoogste tijd dat de zgn versierselen overhandigd werden.

Wendy en ik zijn bevriend met Marty en Ole en zo af en toe komen we bij elkaar. Wendy arrangeerde een etentje bij Gare du nord. Dat is een bilologisch veganisatich reastaurant in het midden van Rotterdam. Marty en Ole verbleven voor enkele dagen in Rotterdam en vulden de dag met museumbezoeken en een etentje met ons. 

Het restaurant is in een verbouwde treinwagon. Ik denk van DDR-afkomst. Er waren veel bordjes in het Duits en Russisch. De keuken is veganistisch. Dat houdt in dat er niets dierlijks in het eten zit. De maaltijd wat voortreffelijk, het gezelschap goed en de ambiance bijzonder.

In deze omgeving werden de trofeën die horen bij de inductie overhandigd: een grote oorkonde, een medaille, een sjerp en een statief. De statief gegraveerd met de naam van Marty en de categorie waarvoor de inductie was. Marty werd nog eens herinnerd aan de bijdrage die hij gehad heeft aan het open water zwemmen.

Hieronder enkele foto's van het etentje.

Marty Veen honored for his contributions

2016-03-04 - Rotterdam - The Netherlands - Marty Veen is inducted into the IMSHoF in the class of 2015. This has been reported on Dutch website www.noww.nl and www.ishof.org. Marty was not able to come to the formal gathering last year and due to his health he could not come when Ned Denison came to The Netherlands. It was however high time he received the decorations that go with the induction.

Wendy and Richard Broer (member of the IMSHoF board) met with Ned Denison last year to receive the decorations. We had a nice dinner at an Indonesian restaurant in The Hague. No we dod not want to shock Ned with the spicy Indonesian kitchen, he specifically requested it.

Wendy and Richard are friends with Marty and Ole. And we sometimes eat out together. So an occasion was created when Marty and Ole were in Rotterdam for a few days off and some visits to musea.

The venue was a train carriage of DDR-heritage in the center of Rotterdam. Gare du Nord, the restaurant, was situated in it. The restaurant was biological Vegan. A first time for Wendy and I. In this ambiance the official part was done by handing over the diploma, engraved trophy, sash and medal. He was reminded of his contributions to open water swimming.

Below some pictures of the dinner.

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Ice-swimming in Sweden: how to really chill out by the pool

Channel Challenge - ma, 29/02/2016 - 22:07

Winter swimming regular Sally Goble doesn’t fear the cold, though a trip to Skellefteå in northern Sweden for the World Cup – air temp -3C, water temp 0.3C – tests her nerve. Still, she gets to wear a woolly hat.

Most winter tourists to Sweden choose to wrap up warm and take a sled or snowmobile ride – or watch the northern lights somewhere remote but close to a roaring fire. Or spend a night in the Ice Hotel. Not me. As I’m a regular winter swimmer in the UK, the obvious, if daunting, choice was to get into my swimming costume and plunge into icy water, courtesy of the International Winter Swimming Association’s World Cup, which holds one of its five stages in Skellefteå, a small town in north Sweden.

Read the fulle article and see the pictures @ The Guardian

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Going long? Fat is where it’s at

Channel Challenge - ma, 29/02/2016 - 21:58

Op internet werd ik attent gemaakt op het volgende artikel over voeding. Het gaat in op de wens van veel zwemmers om voor de grote oversteek kilo's aan te komen.

Going long? Fat is where it’s at…

When we dive into the wild world of ultras, fueling for the distance is always a major friction point. What to eat, when to eat it, and even – at times – how best to eat it, all become matters of vital importance when we’re going long. We start researching the issue more deeply and this is where problems begin because a lot of the information out there is, at best, misleading and at worst, utter crap.

More on carbs…

Read the ful article @ Becoming Ultra

 

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Channel Team Wassenaar gaat voor nieuwe uitdaging

Channel Challenge - zo, 21/02/2016 - 17:18

Het Meer van Geneve is een vrij langrerekt meer in de rivier de Rhone. Het is op 372m hoogte. Het meer is behoorlijk diep, echter aan de kant van Geneve wordt het smal en ondiep. Daardoor is er ook voelbare stroming in dat deel van het meer. De lengte is 69km in de kortst mogelijke lengte-oversteek. Sinds korte tijd bestaat er een Lake Geneva Swimming Association. Deze sanctioneert en organiseert de oversteken.

In de periode van 15 tot en met 21 augustus heeft Channel Team Wassenaar een slot bemachtigd om de oversteek te zwemmen. Uiteraard is het weer een bepalende factor bij de keuze van de dag binnen die periode.

Het team bestaat uit 8 zwemmers waarvan er 1 coacht (en mogelijk zwemt en 1 reserve is). Het team heeft twee nieuwe leden ten opzichte van de eerdere acties.

  • Hans van Veen (EF en EFE)
  • Dick van der Holst (EF en EFE)
  • Robert van de Velde (EF en EFE)
  • Jeroen Rodenburg (EFE)
  • Richard Broer (EF coach en EFE)
  • Christian Broodman (EF)
  • Tim Maddock
  • Patrick Nygren

Channel Team Wassenaar heeft net als bij de eerdere uitdagingen het Willem Alexander fonds als goed doel waarvoor geld opgehaald wordt. Het team betaalt de kosten van de oversteek en het verblijf geheel zelf en het sponsorgeld ophalen wordt door het fonds zelf georganiseerd.

op deze pagina's en op de eigen website van het team wordt u op de hoogte gehouden. Zodra u kan bijdragen met giften ten bate van onderzoek naar acute lymphatische leukemie laten we dat ook weten.

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Sea swimming; What to do if you encounter a seal Sea swimming; What to do if you encounter a seal

Channel Challenge - zo, 21/02/2016 - 00:31

Would you know what to do if you encountered a seal? Here's how to swim with them safely

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Swimmers at Brixham  in Devon have been regularly coming into contact with seals in so one of them contacted Sue Sayer of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust on how to do it safely.  Her reply was fascinating and we thought more swimmers would want to read it - even those who have never been buffeted gently by a large seal.

"Many thanks for getting in touch. I can understand your concern as these animals are very big when you encounter them in the sea, especially unexpectedly! Obviously we do not encourage people to deliberately seek out seals to swim with, but if seals approach you then that is fine as the encounter is on their terms.

"In my experience you have little to fear from the seals. They have a similar level of intelligence to a dog. Whilst they are strong and powerful with huge teeth these are highly unlikely to be used aggressively towards you – playfully yes, but even then they can be incredibly gentle. Surprisingly, I would say that seals are pretty good at ‘reading’ your intent or body language as high level mammals. Obviously their body language is different from ours so confusion can arise.

"If you remain calm, quiet and assertive in the water you will have the best experiences and be least likely to frighten them. When frightened though they are more likely to flight than fight when given an escape route.

Obviously we do not encourage people to deliberately seek out seals to swim with, but if seals approach you then that is fine as the encounter is on their terms.

"Remember their flippers are not sensitive so they explore objects with their mouths (like dogs) often ‘mouthing’ with their teeth to test density. Clearly this can be alarming! But if you remain calm and avoid fast movements, even then you are unlikely to be injured. In the seal world repeated ‘flippering’ repeatedly with a hand and howling means ‘go away!’

"Staring competitions are something big adult males will do with each other, so should be avoided! Fast movements can spook seals and then a rapid movement of teeth or claws over our soft skin can draw blood. If your skin is broken by a seal you are advised to seek medical advice and take a special form of antibiotics by taking the attached letter to your GP.

!You are very lucky to be visited by seals and you might find that particular ones join you repeatedly – identifiable from their unique fur patterns. This is something we do – photo ID, so if you send photos we would try and help ID the seals for you! Not necessarily easy when you are swimming!

"Finally, it is interesting that you said they are harbour seals – are you sure? I have visited Brixham many times and you are much more likely to encounter a grey seal there. Basically a very small head for the body and ring/spot fur patterns with a forehead is a common (harbour) seal and a Labradorean head with a flat nose profile and plain or pattern blotches will be a grey seal. In fact we have identified grey seals from Cornwall at Start Point and satellite tags show seals have moved between Swanage and Cornwall.  We would be keen to get an email about any seal sightings you have, as we are liaising with Devon Wildlife Trust to start a seal photo ID project in south Devon (we already have one in north Devon). Just a date, location and number of seals (in or out of the sea) – photos are a bonus! 

Anyway, I really hope this helps….please feel free to come back and ask more questions.

Meanwhile enjoy your amazing encounters with seals.

Grey seals are globally rare – the UK has 38% of the world’s population (and 38% is only around 110,000 – the same number as red squirrels in the UK!). They are our equivalent of the African Elephant (which are globally more numerous than grey seals!) So consider yourselves lucky to be encountering them at all!"

Sue Sayer, Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust. www.cornwallsealgroup.co.uk

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How an 11-year-old came to swim the Channel

Channel Challenge - zo, 21/02/2016 - 00:07

At the age of 11, Tom Gregory became the youngest person ever to swim the English Channel, driven on by an extraordinary coach. It's a little-heralded feat of endurance that won't be bettered.

It was 05:00 on 6 September 1988 and Tom Gregory stood on the tip of France. Behind him was his coach, John Bullet. In front of him was the vast, black, English Channel. Tom, in swimming trunks, faced the water. Out there, somewhere, was home.

Read the full article and see the pictures @ BBC.

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7 Open Water Swimming Tips You Didn't Know

Channel Challenge - za, 20/02/2016 - 23:51

By Sarah Wassner Flynn For Active.com

For many people, swimming can be the biggest barrier to entering a triathlon. While the thought of slipping into a murky body of water with a huge group of strangers may not give you the warm and fuzzies, swimming doesn't have to be so scary. Here, two top triathlon coaches weigh in on how to conquer the swim without the panic.

Go in Blind

Obviously, the best way to get used to open water swimming is to...

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30 K Sea Swimming from Prawn’s Light House to Vashi Bridge

Openwaterswimming.eu - vr, 19/02/2016 - 12:16

30 K Sea Swimming from Prawn’s Light House to Vashi Bridge

Closure of my pool for renovation and limited practice hours on another rented pool certainly affected of Sampanna’s training but not fully. He partially compensated this by adding more iron in weight room and strict protein diet regime. This put him to 4th place overall, beating even winner of senior category in annual 5 K Sea Swimming Race from Sunk Rock Light House to Gate Way of India in the Mumbai on 10th Feb. 2015.

In just twenty hours later, Sampanna Shelar again jumped in the Arabian Sea and this time for longer shot. In a process, he became first & only swimmer to swim across Prawn’s Light House to Vashi Bridge, a 30 K Stretch in 4 hrs 47 min.

We could not actually anchor and embark on Light House due to high tide & big swell. So Sampanna had to jump from trawler parallel to it. The route was more or less familiar to him as last year he had swum on the same path but different landing & lesser distance. So he was actually correlating his previous experience during this swim. “My Coach was demonstrating me usual signs of distance, time & directions in last 2 K but I was not able to nearing the bridge”. That’s typical but true.  Due to time constrain, Sampanna could train fast but not long enough. “It was hell lot of energy & fatigue”. He added. His goggle irritated him entire distance. They were filled with salty & muddy water and sometime oily due to leakage. This consumed lots of time in re-adjusting. “They are my lucky pairs; yesterday they were nice & comfortable in the race. My eyes are swollen now” Sampanna murmured with sheer distress.

He was greeted by few pop up Dolphins at the start and bunch of Seagulls in last precinct. But young boy had different thoughts in mind. “Not frightened..” He mentioned “But, I was clumsy to see a midget Lobster in our Navigator’s hand and to know that there are many of these bigger weird creatures in the sea, I had Goosebumps”   Nevertheless, Sampanna now carried “First & Only’ crown.

Just three days after his teammates & friends visited his home to congratulate him with a nosegay and surprise to make out his ‘No Show’. But Sampanna has different plans. He is already traveling for Bigger Show and this time its 39 K Sea Swim in Gujrath.

 

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Swimming Coach, India

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10 K National Championships

Openwaterswimming.eu - di, 09/02/2016 - 09:32

Miss Tejas Shankaran (18) sprinted towards finish line to secure her Silver Medal finish but shocked to see her team mate and close friend & rival Miss Anushka Purandare (16) already on  the shore. But then realized that Anushka got disqualified for her wrong turn in the last loop of 500 mts.

The inaugural race of 5 K (Women) & 10 K (Men) National Sea Swimming Championships in Porbandar (Gujrath) on 3rd Jan. 16 attracted 52 men & 17 women marathon swimmers from all over India. The race was organized by Shri Ram Sea Swimming Club, Porbadar under auspices of S.F.I. This local club of enthusiast has been organizing races in various distances for District & State Level. However, with the help of friends, sponsorers and various agencies, they took a big step to expand it at National Level.

Miss Tejas was on close 3rd position most of distance however she overtook Anushka in last 1000 mts. where Anushka got confused and swam toward finish point to shock herself for disqualification. Tejas’s 1.57 hrs effort put her to 2nd position on podium. Youngest Master Sampanna Shelar (14) manage to secure 6th place overall.

All these 3 swimmers recently completed 14 K River Hoogly National Long Distance Swimming Competition in Kolkata (West Bengal). Anushka was in 6th position in 1.55 hrs. Just 1 min behind her Tejas touched 7th position. Sampanna’s all out efforts in senior category put him in 6th position. He clocked 1.42 hrs.

All of them are looking forward for famous 5 K State Championship from Sunk Rock to Gate Way of India on 10th Feb. 2015 and following day on 11th Feb. Sampanna will be attempting to swim 25 K across Prawn’s Light House to Vashi Bridge.

Meanwhile, Pune Government announced and honoured me by awarding ‘Best Coach of The Year’. This award is for only one coach chosen from all sports disciplines.

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Swimming Coach, India

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Message from India: 10 K National Championships

Openwaterswimming.eu - di, 09/02/2016 - 01:07

Miss Tejas Shankaran (18) sprinted towards finish line to secure her Silver Medal finish but shocked to see her team mate and close friend & rival Miss Anushka Purandare (16) already on  the shore. But then realized that Anushka got disqualified for her wrong turn in the last loop of 500 mts.

The inaugural race of 5 K (Women) & 10 K (Men) National Sea Swimming Championships in Porbandar (Gujrath) on 3rd Jan. 16 attracted 52 men & 17 women marathon swimmers from all over India. The race was organized by Shri Ram Sea Swimming Club, Porbadar under auspices of S.F.I. This local club of enthusiast has been organizing races in various distances for District & State Level. However, with the help of friends, sponsorers and various agencies, they took a big step to expand it at National Level.

Miss Tejas was on close 3rd position most of distance however she overtook Anushka in last 1000 mts. where Anushka got confused and swam toward finish point to shock herself for disqualification. Tejas’s 1.57 hrs effort put her to 2nd position on podium. Youngest Master Sampanna Shelar (14) manage to secure 6th place overall.

All these 3 swimmers recently completed 14 K River Hoogly National Long Distance Swimming Competition in Kolkata (West Bengal). Anushka was in 6th position in 1.55 hrs. Just 1 min behind her Tejas touched 7th position. Sampanna’s all out efforts in senior category put him in 6th position. He clocked 1.42 hrs.

All of them are looking forward for famous 5 K State Championship from Sunk Rock to Gate Way of India on 10th Feb. 2015 and following day on 11th Feb. Sampanna will be attempting to swim 25 K across Prawn’s Light House to Vashi Bridge.

Meanwhile, Pune Government announced and honoured me by awarding ‘Best Coach of The Year’. This award is for only one coach chosen from all sports disciplines.

Jitendra Khasnis
Swimming Coach, India
09823195139

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Aspire celebrates seven years of open water swimming

Channel Challenge - ma, 08/02/2016 - 00:56

Source: Aspire.

On Saturday 14th November 2015, Aspire held its annual Swimming Celebration Dinner at the Hilton in Watford to thank and celebrate the amazing fundraisers who have swum for the charity over the years.

Aspire has been offering open water swimming events since 2009, which have to date raised a staggering cumulative total of £748,540.  Events have been held in Snowdonia, The Lakes, Malta and Turkey, as well as Dusk ‘til Dawn and Night Swims. Over 100 people have swum the Solent, 12 people have swum a Loch Ness relay and 28 relay teams have successfully swum the English Channel.  This year, Phil Yorke became only the 12th person to have completed a solo crossing of the Channel swimming breaststroke.

The total raised for Aspire from open water swims in 2015 is a fantastic £162,980.  44 people successfully swam the Solent, including our youngest ever participant from Taunton Preparatory School, a team of six swam Loch Ness and 38 successfully complete a Relay Channel Swim. 

Mementos were given to all the 2015 successful Channel, Loch Ness and Solent Swimmers who had reached their fundraising targets, with special awards given to the top fundraisers for each event:

Jan Morse raised £4,264 for her Relay Channel Swim
The Crocodiles raised a collective £14,978 for their Relay Channel Swim
Jon Pendleton and Toby Sheppard raised £2,460 each for their Solent swim

Also recognised were the volunteer boat leaders, without whom we would not be able to operate our Relay Channel Swims each year.

The awards were presented by Brian Carlin, CEO of Aspire, Nick Adams (President) and Kevin Murphy (Secretary) from the The Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation (CSPF).  Simon Griffiths, editor of H2Open Magazine, also attended.

Aspire’s largest swimming event, the Aspire Channel Swim, is currently taking place and encourages people to swim the length of the Channel (22 miles) in their local pool over a 12 week period from September to December.  In 2015 we have 4,616 people taking part who have so far raised over £210,000.  Find out more at www.aspirechannelswim.co.uk.

All the guests enjoyed a delicious three course meal and an inspirational after dinner talk by endurance swimmer Adam Walker, the only British person to have swum the Ocean’s 7 Challenge - the seven toughest long distance open water swims in the world.  Adam had some fantastic stories to tell about his adventures, including some dicey encounters with dolphins, jellyfish and sharks!

Brian Carlin, CEO of Aspire, comments: “We were delighted that so many of our swimmers were able to attend this event, as it gave us the opportunity to thank them personally.  Every eight hours someone in the UK is paralysed by a spinal cord injury.  All the money that is raised by our swimmers helps Aspire to provide practical help to spinal cord injured people, supporting them from injury to independence.  We are extremely grateful for the ongoing support of all of our committed swimmers, whether they swim the Aspire Channel Swim in their local pool or undertake an open water challenge such as swimming Loch Ness, the Solent or the English Channel.”

To find out more about swimming with Aspire please go to http://www.aspire.org.uk/swimming.

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