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Crocodile of Nile Abdel Latif Abu Heif: A Forgotten legend

zo, 11/02/2018 - 16:50

CAIRO – 30 January 2018: You might have heard about Farida Osman or Rania Elwani as the most famous Egyptians who wrote the history of swimming, but you may not know about the “Crocodile of the Nile.” A man who managed to dominate international open water swimming competitions in the 1950s and 1960s, winning around 20 major world competitions. His name is Abdel Latif Abu Heif.

Egypt Today celebrates Abu Heif’s birthday. Born on January 30, 1929 in Alexandria, Egypt to an athletic family; he was drawn to swimming even though the rest of them played table tennis. Abu Heif began a habit of winning trophies at a young age.

read the full portraqit and see the pictures @ Egypt Today

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Junior doctor swimming Channel to help spine injury victims

zo, 11/02/2018 - 15:59

WHAT’S it like to swim the English Channel? A Poole doctor who only started open water swimming last year will find out this summer.

Dr Annie Maggs, of Sherwood Avenue, will join a team of six raising money for the Aspire charity, which helps those with spinal cord injuries. She decided to take up the challenge during a year off following her foundation training.

“I wanted to do a personal challenge during this year and I got the idea after joining East Dorset Open Water Swimming Club,” she said. “Every week it seemed that someone had done a big event like swimming the channel so I thought I’d try that first of all as part of a relay.”

read the full article and see the pictures @ Daily Echo

andere teams/zwemmersThe English Channel - Het Kanaalsolorelay - estafette

Diego Lopez Attempting ‘Continents Seven’ Open Water Swims in 2018

zo, 11/02/2018 - 15:30

While most of us couldn’t dream of doing them all in even a lifetime, Diego Lopez is attempting a major swim in each of the seven continents in 2018.

Lopez, 36, was once a moderately successful pool swimmer growing up in the Canary Islands. He competed for London University while completing his masters degree from 2005-2006, but took the plunge into open water swimming when he moved to Hong Kong for work.

There, he joined the Open Water Swimmers of Hong Kong, a group which meets for weekly swims and offers instruction in open water strategy.

read the article, see the picture and view the video @ SwimSwam

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Rebecca Soni Explains How to Beat Pre-Race Anxiety

ma, 15/01/2018 - 17:37

Have you ever experienced pre-race anxiety?

Have your nerves gotten the best of you?

Do you perform well in practice, but don’t swim up to your expectations at competition?

If so you are not alone. One of the biggest challenges that many athletes face is pre-race anxiety. It is a foe that athletes at any level face.

Pre-race anxiety is one of the most common challenges that Olympic gold medalist and former world record holder Rebecca Soni sees when working with athletes through RISE Athletes. RISE Athletes is a program that Soni and fellow American Olympian Caroline Burckle have developed to connect Olympians with athletes through individualized mentoring.

What are the Causes of Pre-Race Anxiety?

read the interesting article @ SwimSwam

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Freestyle Swimming Technique - Efficient Breathing

ma, 15/01/2018 - 17:35

Breathing I think we would all agree is a necessity. On land when we breathe, it doesn’t take much thought, we just do it. However, add water to the equation and you have whole different kettle of fish.

Well why is that? This is often due to the fear of not clearing the water to get the necessary oxygen required.

read the rest of the article by "Ocean Walker" with 5 common mistakes @ RealBuzz

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Extreme British swimmer reveals it was her autistic son begging 'Don't leave me, Mummy' that ended her epic 7 Oceans challenge and not a circling shark, toxic jellyfish or 20ft swells

ma, 15/01/2018 - 17:30
  • Beth French aimed to complete the Ocean's 7 challenge in less than a year
  • It involves swimming across seven open-water crossings across the world
  • A film will be released this year to tell the story of 40-year-old Beth's challenge
  • British Beth is a self-employed massage therapist and mother to autistic Dylan

The warm waters of Hawaii’s Molokai Strait shone like silk in the moonlight. The 28-mile stretch between Oahu and Molokai islands, in the North Pacific, is notorious for its 20ft swells, strong currents and deadly marine life, but British swimmer Beth French deftly sliced a path through the swell.

Several hours into the 17-hour swim, one of the world’s most gruelling challenges for extreme swimmers, Beth did not immediately notice the dorsal fin surging upwards from the starlit sea.

Read the complete article and see the pictures and video @ Daily Mail

andere teams/zwemmersOcean's 7

5 rules to beat the tricksters of the open water competitions

ma, 15/01/2018 - 17:27

Things don’t always go as planned. Competitions are often full of unpredicted moments, risks and unexpected episodes that disrupt the otherwise perfect competition that we’d planned so perfectly.

Usually one can manage to be tolerant (but not too much) with the variables like the rough water, the wobbly starting block or that pain that keeps bothering us during the swim, but it’s harder to be tolerant towards the rough, unsportsmanlike, “tricksters” of the open waters.

If you want to know how to avoid these irritating athletes you can read these 5 simple but essential tips!

#1 Look around

Read the full article @ ZwemZa

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The Butlin International Cross Channel Swimming Race 1957 (1957)

ma, 15/01/2018 - 17:24

Long version of the newsreel story GIRL WINS MASS SWIM - special for Butlin's - mute only.

Greta Andersen winning Butlin's EC race.

andere teams/zwemmersThe English Channel - Het Kanaalsolo

Is a cold water swim good for you, or more likely to send you to the bottom?

ma, 15/01/2018 - 17:13

Denk er over wat je wilt:

There are people who will tell you that a dip in cold water is not just exhilarating and enlivening, but good for you. They have not, they will tell you, had a cold for years. In many nations there is a cultural tradition of cold water dips – whether that’s a swim on special occasions such as Boxing Day or New Year’s Day as in the UK, or as part of a routine of alternating hot saunas and cold baths perceived to have health benefits, such as in Japan, Germany, Russia and Scandinavia.

read the full article and see the picture and illustrative video @ The Conversation


cold water & ice swimming (IISA)

“America’s Best Girl” stole the nation’s heart by swimming the English Channel in 1926, and later dedicated herself to the deaf children she taught to swim

ma, 15/01/2018 - 16:56

President Calvin Coolidge gave her the nickname “America’s Best Girl” after she swam across the English Channel in 1926. In her day, Gertrude Ederle captured the public’s imagination in the same way as other athletic and patriotic heroes like slugger Babe Ruth and aviator Charles A. Lindbergh. She was overwhelmed when an estimated 2 million people showed up in the financial district for a ticker-tape parade on August 27 celebrating her accomplishment, chanting “Trudy! Trudy!” (Never mind that her family actually called her “Gertie.”) She sustained a career as a minor celebrity for about a decade before retreating into a quiet life of teaching deaf children how to swim.

read the full portrait and see the pictures @ The Vintage News

The English Channel - Het Kanaalsolo

Petar Stoychev, Like No Other In The Open Water

ma, 15/01/2018 - 16:52

Petar Stoychev has checked off nearly all the possible boxes in the open water swimming world throughout his lengthy career:

  • list in origianal article

Remarkably, he has won international championships that have ranged from 2°C (35.6°F) to 32°C (89.6°F) including the uber-competitive 1 km race at the 2017 Ice Swimming Aqua Sphere World Championships in Burghausen, Germany.

Read the full article @ The Daily News of Open Water Swimming

andere teams/zwemmerscold water & ice swimming (IISA)

Rottemeren krijgt nieuwe Molentocht

ma, 08/01/2018 - 22:32

De Rottemeren kende een KNZB-wedstrijd eind van het vorige milennium. Lang geleden. Hoewel er best nog actieve zwemmers zijn die deze wedstrijd zich nog kunnen heugen. De langste afstand was daar de 5km. 10 maal een baanlengte van 500m. Op afstand van de baan waren de molens langs het water wel zichtbaar. We koersten op de heenweg ook richting een van deze monumenten. We zwommen er echter nooit langs.

Er is nu een bijzondere manier om in de Rotte te zwemmen. Op afspraak! De tocht is 12,5km en start bij de meest zuidelijke molen en 7 molens noordelijker eindigt het bij de Molenviergang.

Zowel open waterzwemmers als IJszwemmers kunnen hun tanden in deze nieuwe uitdaging zetten.

Er komen 3 manieren om te zwemmen:

  1. De Classic: solo
  2. Pod-swimming: in een groep (van maximaal 4) zwemmers van gelijke snelheid
  3. Estafette van 4 zwemmers

De aanmelding is op afspraak bij ChannelChallenge en wordt gezwommen onder auspiciën van de DLDSA. Je kan met je eigen coach komen of een coach vragen bij ChannelChallenge. De waarneming vindt plaats door een jurylid aangewezen door DLDSA. ChannelChallenge zal een loods (schipper) met boot regelen.

Er worden baanrecords bijgehouden, maar ook jaarklassementen voor dames, heren, wetsuit en skin, estafettes (mannen, vrouwen en mixed, varianten in aflossingstijd, ook hier met en zonder wetsuit).

Nadere informatie  richard @ Dit adres is ook te gebruiken om afspraken te maken om te gaan zwemmen.

Rottemerensolorelay - estafettewetsuit