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Expat eyeing record for swimming around Hong Kong Island wants to make splash for charity

zo, 20/08/2017 - 11:11

Simon Holliday, 39, a learning and development manager for a Hong Kong law firm, plans to complete the 45km route without taking a break on November 11 in a bid to raise HK$1 million for his charity Splash, which offers free swimming lessons for the city’s domestic workers.

There is no official record for swimming around Hong Kong Island, but the challenge was first attempted by former Australian Olympic swimmer Linda McGill on May 23, 1974. The then 29-year-old swam 48km in 17 hours, complaining at the time that her main problem was “boredom and jellyfish”.

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Douglas Waymark dies attempting to swim English Channel

do, 10/08/2017 - 15:57

A man has died during an attempt to swim the English Channel as part of a gruelling triathlon.

Douglas Waymark, 44 from Cheltenham, got into difficulty about half way across, 12 nautical miles from Dover.

The coastguard received a radio call from a support vessel at about 21:20 BST on Monday.

A search and rescue helicopter arrived within 10 minutes and airlifted the swimmer to William Harvey Hospital in Ashford, but he later died.

The endurance athlete had been taking part in the Enduroman arch to arc triathlon.

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Why Swimming Is So Good For You

do, 22/06/2017 - 21:56

Every type of exercise has its selling points. But swimming is unlike any other aerobic workout in a few important ways.First, the fact that you’re submerged in water means your bones and muscles are somewhat unshackled from the constraints of gravity, says Hirofumi Tanaka, a professor of kinesiology and director of the Cardiovascular Aging Research Lab at the University of Texas.

Read the interesting and extensive article @ Time

training & coachingWorld

7 Qualities found in an Elite long distance swimmer

do, 22/06/2017 - 21:29

The Long distance swimmer doesn’t expect you to understand them. If you only appreciate the power of their goals and the energy they have inside.

It’s been over an hour and your teammates went to change. You aren’t even close to the end of your own training session. You’ve been swimming for three hours and have 3,000 meters to go. You’re arms are heavy, they hardly respond any more. Your momentum drives you to keep going. If you want to win such a demanding long-distance event; you need to work hard and giving up is not an option.

read the article @ ZwemZa

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The importance of being acclimatised

do, 22/06/2017 - 21:15

‘To lose one swimmer may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose 30 looks like carelessness.’ Ok, so they weren’t lost, but they certainly weren’t there. And when I started swimming I definitely wasn’t on my own.

Last night was the first open water training session of the season from Swim For Tri at the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park. Venue of the 2012 Olympic open water marathon and home of the Serpentine Swimming Club, the Serpentine is an iconic swimming spot and an outdoor swimming oasis slap bang in the middle of central London. Swimming there on a summer evening as the sun sets below the bridge is a swimming highlight of my year. But where was everyone?

read the article and view the picture @ OutdoorSwimmer

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Pat Gallant-Charette, 66, takes 18 hours to swim across English Channel

do, 22/06/2017 - 21:01

A 66-year-old from the United States has become the oldest woman to swim across the English Channel.

Pat Gallant-Charette battled lower-than-expected water temperatures, difficulty keeping her food down and a jellyfish sting on her face. She wrote on her blog that she also saw a large dorsal fin that turned out to be a sunfish, not a shark.

read the article @ ESPN

please note this is the olders female swimmer with CSA not the oldest female (with all ratifying bodies in the English Channel).

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NZ Ocean Swim series heading to Nelson after decade in Christchurch

do, 22/06/2017 - 20:56

After 10 years in Christchurch, the New Zealand Ocean Swim Series has announced its South Island swim event is relocating to Nelson, with the very first 'The Big Tahuna' event scheduled for Saturday March 31 2018.

Attracting over 8000 swimmers nationwide each year, the series is entering its 12th season and includes multiple distance events for elite athletes as well as adults and children of all abilities in the Bay of Islands, Auckland, Mt Maunganui, Wellington, Rotorua and now Nelson.

read the full article and see the picture @ NelsonMail

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What to tell your kids about the dangers of open water swimming

za, 17/06/2017 - 16:08

Hoards of sunseekers are set to put their lives in peril in Cambridge’s lakes rivers as temperatures soar this weekend.

With the mercury set to hit 29C on Sunday (June 18) a warning has been issued by the fire service to prevent ‘tombstoning’ - jumping off bridges into rivers - as well as swimming in water-filled chalk pits around the city.

read the article and see the pictures @ Cambridge News

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South Africa's siren call to the 'wild' open-water swimmer

za, 17/06/2017 - 16:04

Open-water swimmers are a unique breed. They flirt with danger while maintaining a calm resiliency that would serve nearly any difficult challenge. You can identify the species by their especially fit frames and foam neoprene markings.
This adventurous yet disciplined breed tends to migrate toward certain areas of the world, with South Africa as one of the most habitable for them.

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

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Swimming Through Barriers

za, 17/06/2017 - 15:52

Carlos Costa is something of a legend, in the world of marathon swimming.

In 1992, as a teenager, he made is first attempt to swim across Lake Ontario, but was forced to give up after 38 km. of the 52 km. swim, due to fierce thunderstorms that swept across the lake.

Disappointed, he tried again the following month – but again was forced to cut the swim short, this time after only  26k m., due to unusually frigid water temperatures.

He tried again in 1994 at the age of 20; this time the young swimmer completed the challenge, crossing from Niagara-on-the-Lake to the Leslie Street Spit in 32 hours and 43 minutes.

read the article and see the picture @ Bradford Times

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The rise of open-water swimming: 'You can find yourself in rough water but you make progress'

za, 17/06/2017 - 15:47

At a certain time every morning, a figure will alight from her car in Dublin's Sandycove, towel underarm, and bravely disrobe before plunging in for a swim.

It's a ritual that Róisín O'Doherty, now in her 70s, has been performing for many years. From Ballybrack village in Dublin, she says swimming wasn't always part of her life, but as a mother to four children who were learning to swim, she thought she'd better learn to become a better swimmer if she was to keep up with them in the water.

read the interesting portrait and see the pictures @ Independent

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USA Swimming Announces Open Water Team for FINA World Championships

za, 17/06/2017 - 15:44

Ten open water swimmers have been selected to represent Team USA at the 2017 FINA World Championships this summer, USA Swimming announced today.

The roster includes two-time Olympian Haley Anderson (Granite Bay, Calif./Trojan Swim Club) and 2016 Olympian Jordan Wilimovsky (Malibu, Calif./Team Santa Monica), who became the first American to qualify for the same Olympic Games in both an open water and pool event. 2012 Olympian Andrew Gemmell (Wilmington, Del./Nation’s Capital Swim Club) is also on the team.

Read the article and see the picture @ SwimmingWorldMagazine

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