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Greg Whyte’s Tips For Staying Fit At 50

vr, 24/03/2017 - 15:51

A century ago you’d be forgiven for thinking you could probably skimp on the exercise once you hit 50. In fact life expectancy for English men didn't squeak above 50 until 1910. Nowadays, however, people live to 80 with NHS-crippling regularity, so it’s a good idea to stay active and healthy when you reach your half-century.

One man who is certainly not slowing down at 50 is Greg Whyte, the former Olympic pentathlete and all-round physical activity expert. In fact, Whyte has stepped it up a notch with his 50at50 challenge, a series of 50 iconic swimming events he’s taking on throughout his 50th year.

Read the article with tips and video @ Coach

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Gerald Kirkham competes in 60th Port Pirie Open Water Swim

vr, 24/03/2017 - 15:43

PORT Augusta swimming legend Gerald Kirkham has proven age is just a number, competing in his 60th Port Pirie Open Water Swim on Sunday March 19.

Kirkham, who turns 85 in June, is the first swimmer to achieve this milestone, competing in his first swim in 1949.

He is closing in on the same milestone in the Port Augusta and Whyalla Open Water Swims, participating in 58 and 59 events in the respective cities.

Kirkham has previously won the two-kilometre Port Pirie race on two occasions, as well as a first-place finish in Whyalla, second in the Henley to Grange swim and third in the now-defunct five-kilometre Delfin Island race.

Read the complete article and see the picture @ The Transcontinental

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Alejandra Broglia unió las dos grandes islas de Malvinas

vr, 24/03/2017 - 01:16

La nadadora argentina de aguas frías Alejandra Broglia unió a nado las islas Jersey Point, en la Gran Malvina, y Fanning Head, en la isla Soledad.

Read more ans dee pictures about a daring swim between the two mail islands of the Falkland Islands @ minutouno

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Veteran swimmer takes home the title

vr, 24/03/2017 - 01:11

A record 820 participants took the plunge at the penultimate round of the New Zealand Ocean Swim Series up in the Bay of Islands last Saturday.

1986 and 1990 Commonwealth Games NZ representative and Surf Life Saving Champion, Brent Foster (49yrs) out-swam the young guns to take out the male title, with a time of 41:04 minutes and Stefannie Gillespie was the first female home with a time of 44:04.

Read the article @ NewZealandOceanSwims

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‘Pinoy Aquaman’ completes 25th open-water swim

vr, 24/03/2017 - 00:46

Ingemar Macarine, nicknamed “Pinoy Aquaman”, added another feather to his cap after he conquered a 13-kilometer open-water swim today in Limasawa Island, Southern Leyte.

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Red Bull Neptune Steps - more than 300 brave competitors take part in 'world's toughest open-water adventure race'

vr, 24/03/2017 - 00:43

In a stacked field, which included Olympic triathlete Gordon Benson and World Universities Champion Grant Sheldon, Mark Deans from Glasgow used his experience to win the title for the third year in a row.

read more and see the picture @ GlasgowLive

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Macarine eyes new open water swim

vr, 24/03/2017 - 00:41

AFTER failing to cross Gingoog Bay which connects Camiguin Island and Misamis Oriental last January, Pinoy Aquaman Ingemar Macarine is now setting his sights on crossing Triana Port in Limasawa Island to Padre Burgos Port in mainland Southern Leyte today.

Macarine, a lawyer and an environmentalist, aims to cross the 13k distance as one of the highlights of the 496th anniversary of Limasawa Island’s historic First Mass by the Spanish missionaries.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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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

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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

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