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Showdown awaits at open water swim champs

wo, 01/02/2017 - 19:10

THIS weekend sees the showdown of EP’s top open water swimmers as the Nelson Mandela Bay Aquatics (NMBA) Open Water Swim Championships takes place at Marina Martinique.

Saturday will feature the NMBA 5km Championships starting at 2pm while Sunday hosts the NMBA 10km Championships at 9am and the 3pm Championships at 12 noon.

Read the article and see the picture @ news24

local swim(s)Afrika

Drought won't affect Midmar Mile: Race director

wo, 01/02/2017 - 19:08

Despite the ongoing drought‚ the Midmar Mile glass is more than half fill this year‚ event director Wayne Riddin said on Tuesday.

The dam just outside Howick in KwaZulu-Natal is 35 metres higher than last year‚ which is good news for the biggest open water swimming event in the world. According to Department of Water Affairs official figures‚ the current level of the dam is 58.5% compared to 46.8% a year ago.

read the article and see the picture @ TimesLive

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Contest win 'a godsend' for Lakes firm

wo, 01/02/2017 - 19:02

WINNING £10,000 worth of advertising was “a godsend” for an Ambleside outdoor business which was hit by the floods in 2015.

Swim the Lakes, which offers open water swimming experiences in the Cumbrian lakes, had felt the impact of the floods so owner Peter Kelly decided to enter CN Group’s Business Boost competition last year.

He said it was one of the best decisions he had made as the business was chosen as one of the winners of a £10,000 advertising package and mentoring programme.

read the complete article and see the picture @ NW Evening Mail

local swim(s)Great Britain /UK

Groom says I a bitterly cold river swim before he ties the knot

wo, 01/02/2017 - 19:00

It might not be the most usual way of stopping pre-wedding nerves, but for one groom, a bitterly-cold open-water swim proved just the tonic. Richard Canterbury, from York, wanted to do something to take his mind off the pressures of the big day, so just hours before he tied the knot at Alnwick Treehouse, he decided to take the plunge in the North Sea and the River Aln.

Read the complete article and see the picture @ Northumberland Gazette


cold_water/winter swimmingGreat Britain /UK

Stiff competition for Ho

vr, 27/01/2017 - 00:50

Johannesburg - Earning a record eighth Midmar Mile title has just got a bit tougher for Chad Ho as he goes up against a defending Olympic Open Water gold medallist and a former 10km world champion.

Midmar race director Wayne Ridden, pictured, yesterday revealed that the men’s competition would have more international swimmers who will be looking to break Ho’s stranglehold on the world’s largest open water swim.

Olympic open water champion Ferry Weertman of the Netherlands will be making his Midmar debut this year while 2005 world champion Chip Peterson is also set to line up against Ho.

Read the full article and see the picture @ IOL

local swim(s)Afrika

Rio Olympian Jarrod Poort back to defend 10km crown at Brighton

vr, 27/01/2017 - 00:48

JARROD Poort didn’t win a medal in Rio but his performance in the 10km open water swim became one of the highlights of Australia’s Olympics.

The 22-year-old became somewhat of a cult hero when he led for 9km and could “smell” the gold medal only to be caught in the closing stages in a performance his dad hilariously described as all “heart and balls”.

Poort eventually finished 21st in 1hr 53mins 40secs but won plenty of admirers.

read the article and see the pictures @ courier mail

OlympicNational ChampionshipAustralia & Oceania

Annual open water swim returns to Western Australia in February

vr, 27/01/2017 - 00:45

An annual 19.7-kilometer open water swim from Cottesloe Beach to Rottnest Island in Western Australia will take place on Feb. 25.

Sponsored by travel and lifestyle brand Karma Group, the Rottnest Channel Swim welcomes all swimmers to take part as solo competitors, a duo, or as a team.

Paul Newsome, renowned open water swim instructor and Karma Swim Ambassador for the event, will be offering noteworthy training tips to teams and members prior to the swim.

read the whole article and see the picture @ Jakarta Post

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Open Water Training with Grant Holicky

do, 26/01/2017 - 01:45

Grant Holicky, head coach of Rallysport Aquatics (RACE) in Boulder, Colorado, has been working with elite open water swimmers for several years now. Two of his most notable athletes are Joey Pedraza, who finished third in the 5k at the 2014 Nationals, and Christine Jennings, who has been to both World Championships and the Pan Pacific Championships for open water.

Read the complete and interesting article and view the pictures (outdoor pool training in winter!) @ SwimmingWorldMagazine

training & coachingAmericas

Ebotse Mile makes a welcome return

do, 26/01/2017 - 01:36

The Ebotse Mile, organised by Swim4Life, returned to the East Rand Speedboat Club (ERSC), at Rynfield Dam, for the first time in a few years on Sunday, January 15.

The event was the East Rand seeding event for this year’s Midmar Mile, the world’s largest open water swim, which takes place on February 11 and 12.

According to race organiser Willie Voster the field was smaller than expected, but it was still a good turnout.

“Now that the word is out that the event is back we hope that it will continue to grow,” he said.

read the rest of the article and see the pictures @ Benoni City Times (RSA)

local swim(s)Afrika

Open water swimming… in Alaska? Absolutely!

do, 26/01/2017 - 01:30

So the latest addition to the Global Swim Series is the “Change Your Latitude” swim in Sitka, Alaska.  And at 57 degrees north latitude it is literally (and figuratively!) off the beaten path.

Change Your Latitude is a combined 10k/6k/3k/1k open water swim located in beautiful Sitka Sound, Alaska. And I’m sure one of your first questions is: “isn’t it really cold?!”

Read the rest and view the quite interesting pictures @ GSS

local swim(s)Americas

Lincoln teacher to swim the English Channel in wife and father’s honour

do, 26/01/2017 - 01:28

A brave Lincoln teacher will swim the English Channel to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Breast Cancer Care, inspired by his wife and father.

Nick Honey, 50, a teacher at Sir Robert Pattinson Academy in North Hykeham, will be swimming solo the 22-mile crossing in the first week of August 2017.

Read the rest and view the pictures @ The Lincolnite

Channel swimGreat Britain /UK

Brave swimmers take on icy waters for Chilly Dippers

do, 26/01/2017 - 01:19

SWIMMERS braved the freezing weather to take a dip in the icy waters of Cotswold Water Park on Saturday in an event which aims to encourage people to get into open water swimming.

Since its inception two years ago, Chilly Dippers is organised by Waterland Outdoor Pursuits and South West Swim and comprises of a series of four events every winter with the aim to encourage people to try the sport as it grows in popularity across the UK.

read the whole article and see the picture gallery @ Swindon Advertiser

cold_water/winter swimmingGreat Britain /UK

Former U.S. National Team Member Dr. Tobie Smith Named to USADA Board of Directors

do, 26/01/2017 - 01:09

Dr. Tobie Smith, a former U.S. National Team member and top open water swimmer, has been appointed to serve on the USADA Board of Directors, Swimming World has learned. She fills the spot of Don Gambril, a former coach of the University of Alabama and of the U.S. Olympic team.

read the complete article with a portrait and pictures of Tobie Smith @ swimmingworldmagazine

training & coachingAmericas

Two-Time Open Water World Champion Keri-Anne Payne Announces Retirement

wo, 25/01/2017 - 07:20

Great Britain’s Keri-Anne Payne, a three-time Olympian and 2008 silver medalist in the open water 10k event, has decided to retire. She posted the news in a tweet containing a handwritten note Monday morning.

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Parents of Fran Crippen Keep Alive His Memory at CeraVe Invitational

di, 24/01/2017 - 01:32

Pat and Pete Crippen waited on the pool deck inside the Sonny A. Werblin Recreation Center at Rutgers University. They joked and chatted with the safety marshals as the last session of the CeraVe Invitational got underway. And then, as the finalists emerged from the water after the 1500-meter free, the Crippens passed out small gifts to the swimmers.

They were at the meet on behalf of their late son and the foundation they established in his honor. But more than six years after he died, it’s possible that before Sunday night, many of the young swimmers in the heat had never heard of Fran Crippen.

read the full article by Emma Miller and see the picture @ SwimmingWorldMagazine

local swim(s)Americas

Charlotte Webby defends NZ open water swimming title

di, 24/01/2017 - 01:26

First National open water championship with FINA new rules (wetsuits). Reliable source says that protest by swimmer without suit is denied. However the protest should be correct because no suits have been approved (as yet!). 

Swimming with wetsuits changes the sport so dramatically that it would no more be the same sport. expresses the need to revise these rules to two separate classes: with and without wetsuits. To some swimmers in traditional attire wet-suits are no less than cheating!


Taranaki swimmer Charlotte Webby retained her title at the New Zealand Open Water Championships in Taupo.

Webby claimed victory in the women's 10km championship while Swimming New Zealand high performance squad member Matthew Scott (Enterprise, Gisborne) took out the men's title on Saturday.

The championships were the first step for swimmers who hope to qualify for the FINA world championships and World University Games later this year, with the top five now heading to the second stage of qualifying at the Australian Open later this month.

read the rest of the article and see the picture @ The Timaru Herald

National ChampionshipAustralia & Oceania

Thrill of the open water

di, 24/01/2017 - 00:30

What actually goes on in the world of open water swimming? Swimmer Ridzwan A. Rahim offers some insight. ONE of the most liberating things I’ve have done for myself was to learn to swim. I used to fear deep water. At 33 however, I decided to change. I took up scuba diving and freediving. I learnt proper swim techniques and even lifesaving. Now at 40, I cannot look at seas and lakes without wanting to jump in. My biggest love is open water swimming. I relish being out in the open sea in little more than swimming trunks and goggles. My body is a vessel. The heart pumps blood to the limbs to carry this vessel across oceans.

Read the complete article @ NewStraitsTimes

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Cape Town Swimmers dominate local open water swim

di, 24/01/2017 - 00:19

Sunday’s Eastern Cape Swim Series at Marina Martinique saw what is possibly the faster 10km time in this history of the Series when Cape Town swimmer Danie Marais touched at the end of the 10km marathon race in a time of 1hr 53min and 51secs.

Marais, a national swimmer, was followed home by fellow Western Province swimmers Dylan Wright (2:05.49) and Andrew Ritchie (2:06:02). Securing the clean sweep in the 10km swim for the Cape Town clubs were their ladies with Rebecca Meder (2:06:04) winning the ladies race from older sister Abigail Meder (2:10:09) and Carli Antonopoulos (2:11:03).

read the complete article and see the picture @ RNews

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The largest race in the world joins the GSS… over 16,000 swimmers

di, 24/01/2017 - 00:16

You read that right, there are over 16,000 swimmers in South Africa’s “Midmar Mile“.

This makes it the third incredible race in South Africa to join the Global Swim Series.  In November the”Sanlam Cape Mile” joined the GSS.  It is a large race compared to most open water swims in the world with over 1,000 swimmers.  Then the spectacular “Freedom Swim“ joined.  It is a treacherous ocean swim from Robben Island to Cape Town.  Robben Island being historically significant for holding Nelson Mandela in jail for 18 of his 27 years in prison… before rising to become the President of a free South Africa.

Read the complete article @      GlobalSwimSeries

local swim(s)Afrika

Notts open water swimmer to tackle Irish lake as cold as waters where Titanic sank

di, 24/01/2017 - 00:08

A Nottinghamshire open water swimmer will tackle a swim across an Irish lake in water that is as cold as the waters where Titanic sank.

Adam Walker became the first Brit to swim the Ocean’s Seven, which consists of seven long-distance open-water swims across the world.

He is now preparing to take on a thirty minute swim across an Irish lake in nothing but his swimming trunks.

read the full article and see the picture @ NottsTV

local swim(s)cold_water/winter swimmingGreat Britain /UKIreland (+ N-I )