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Jan 23 18

What you need to know about calcium and bone health

by ZwemZa

Calcium

Olivia is a 13-year old swimmer. Her mom told me that Olivia wants to be vegan and she is concerned about getting enough protein on a plant-based eating plan. We talked about protein, but the conversation soon turned to bone health. When I asked Olivia about calcium-rich foods, she said, “I eat broccoli.” True, broccoli contains some calcium, but she would need to eat 62 cups of broccoli to get the needed 1300 milligrams of calcium. Adolescence is a crucial time for bone health. Dr. Anastasia Fischer, a sports medicine doctor and clinical associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Ohio State University, stresses that “most bone development occurs in early childhood and adolescence, and up to 60% of bone mass is acquired during adolescence. Bone mineral density shows a high degree of tracking over time, that is, a child with low bone mineral density will continue to have low bone mineral density throughout adolescence.” While it takes over a dozen nutrients to build healthy bones, calcium is a crucial nutrient.

Calcium intake is lower than the daily recommendation for most Americans, but especially for children 9 to 18 years old. If bone mass is not sufficiently strong in adolescence, it can’t recover or be made up for later in life. This sets the stage for poor bone strength and increases the risk for osteoporosis later in life. Jill Castle, registered dietitian and author of Eat Like a Champion, and developer of Nutrition Prep School, an online course on nutrition for young athletes, uses the analogy of a savings account at a bank. “Young athletes make deposits (calcium) into their savings account (bones) and they can withdraw calcium as they get older. If there isn’t enough calcium in the bone bank later in life, withdrawal of calcium can take its toll on bone health.”

So, how can Olivia get enough calcium? We know that about 50% of calcium in the U.S. diet comes from dairy foods (milk, yogurt, cheese), and I encouraged her to tell me why she wants to exclude all animal foods from her diet. As with many young people, she didn’t fully understand the implications of dietary choices on health; what Olivia really wanted to do was not eat meat. So, we talked about a vegetarian plan, one that included some dairy foods to get needed nutrients, but eliminated meat. We also stressed calcium-rich plant foods, too. Here are foods Olivia likes to eat that will also give her needed nutrients:

  • Cheese pizza (mozzarella cheese is a good source of calcium)
  • Yogurt with fruit
  • Calcium-fortified orange juice
  • Ready-to-eat breakfast cereal that has added calcium
  • Chocolate pudding
  • Raw broccoli

Olivia is on a good track for good athletic performance and bone health!

This article was inspired by “Fueling Teen Swimmers,” an educational session at the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics annual Food & Nutrition Conference and Exhibition in Chicago in October. I was invited to give the presentation with Dr. Anastasia Fischer, a sports medicine doctor and clinical associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Ohio State University.

Chris Rosenbloom is a registered dietitian nutritionist and professor emerita of nutrition at Georgia State University. She is the author of the consumer book, Food & Fitness After 50. She welcomes questions from swimmers, parents and coaches. Email her at chrisrosenbloom@gmail.com; follow her on Twitter @chrisrosenbloom or visit her website at ChrisRoenbloom.com.

Jan 23 18

More than 1000 competitors expected when WA Open Water Swim Series returns to Sorrento

by ZwemZa

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More than 1000 swimmers are expected to descend on Sorrento Beach as the WA Open Water Swim Series returns to its shores on Australia Day.

The event is historically the most popular round of the series, with competitors contesting distances of 150m, 500m, 1.25km, 2.5km, 5km and 10km.

It is the final opportunity for solo swimmers to qualify for the Rottnest Channel Swim by completing the 10km leg.

In a first this year, the event is being promoted as part of Swimming Australia’s Australia Swims campaign.

The sporting body is looking to “unite the entire Australian community through something we all love” between January 20 and 28.

“We want to inspire Australians to swim, reconnect with their love of swimming,” Swimming Australia president John Bertrand said.

Online registrations close at 10pm tomorrow, but registrations are available on the day.

Joondalup Times

Jan 23 18

Guts, grit and glory – Olympic swimming medallist

by ZwemZa
Olympic Medalist Terence Parkin. Photo: Supplied

Olympic Medalist Terence Parkin. Photo: Supplied

Renowned athlete and Olympic Medalist Terence Parkin is taking on an incredible test of stamina and strength in an effort to raise money for the Deaf Children’s Learn to Swim and Water Safety Programme. Parkin plans to cycle, swim and canoe a mammoth 902km between Johannesburg and Durban in order to generate funds for young South Africans with disabilities.

Parkin was born deaf and overcame his personal challenges to become the most celebrated Deaflympic athlete in the world and a silver medal winner in the 2000 Summer Olympics.

His natural talents as a swimmer and his passionate advocacy for young deaf athletes led to the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation recently naming him as one of their ambassadors.

He travels around the world giving talks on issues around water safety, preventing drowning fatalities and coaching children on how to swim.

He now plans to undertake the 902km challenge to raise funds so that deaf South African youth can have the opportunity to benefit from learning to swim. This, as Parkin can personally attest to, has a number of benefits on physical health, emotional well-being and self esteem.

“I want to help children in South Africa reach their full potential and grow into healthy adults,” Parkin says.

“Swimming has been an incredible positive influence in my life and I want children with hearing difficulties and other challenges to experience something similar. Who knows, there may be more Olympic medalists out there in SA that we can reach through this initiative.” Parkin intends to do a five-day, 723km mountain bike cycle tour from Johannesburg to Midmar, where he will do a 13km swim. He will then do a 33km run and end off with a 124km, three-day Dusi canoe marathon. It’s an enormous challenge to his ability as an athlete but he feels up for the test, in the name of a worthy cause. At this point, he is looking for sponsorship to help raise funds for his cause. Anyone who is interested in donating or becoming involved can contact Jenny Wentzel on jenny@PCMFSA.co.za or 082 990 3578.

Supplied.

Princess Charlene of Monaco endorses Parkin’s initiative and is proud of his energy and commitment to the cause of water safety and drowning prevention, which is a key focus of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation. Fellow Olympian, swimmer and CEO of the PCMFSA, Ryk Neethling, says the foundation is behind Parkin 100% and encourages South Africans to lend their support to this worthy cause.

“Terence was known as one of the toughest athletes in the world swimming, which is evident in this attempt, and we can all be inspired by him. “He is paving the way for youngsters across our country to live their dreams – no matter what the odds.”

For more information on the foundation, go to http://www.fondationprincessecharlene.mc/en

Jan 22 18

Sjostrom, Peaty win 2017 LEN Awards

by ZwemZa
Sarah Sjostrom (Twitter)

Sarah Sjostrom (Twitter)

The jubilee 10th edition of the LEN Awards features the greatest European stars of the aquatic disciplines who enjoyed another outstanding year. In swimming Great Britain’s Adam Peaty repeated his 2016 win while Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom was recognised for the first time. Another Brit, Tom Daley came first among the divers, Russians topped the list in female diving and synchronised swimming, there was a French double in open water while water polo saw two goalkeepers rewarded. For the first time the best male synchro swimmer was also included to the winners’ list.

“It was a challenge to pick the best ones in each discipline as European athletes amassed piles of medals at the World Championships in 2017” LEN President Paolo Barelli commented the voting. “We are really proud of our greats who didn’t stop showing their class, making Europe the most successful continent again.”

Adam Peaty now holds three of the top 10 times in the world for the 50m breaststroke (Getty Images)

Adam Peaty now holds three of the top 10 times in the world for the 50m breaststroke (Getty Images)

In the past ten years LEN Awards have become a highly appreciated recognition for the continent’s best athletes. Since its inauguration in 2008, National Federations and LEN Officials are voting in higher and higher numbers to select the best ones of the aquatic disciplines. The 2017 World Championships had the biggest weight in assessing the respective athletes’ performances though other major events might also be taken into consideration, like the European Championships in swimming (short-course) and in diving, or the Champions League and Euro League in water polo.

Percentages show that each sport had its most outstanding athlete in the last year, almost all wins can be labelled decisive. Adam Peaty’s one in swimming was the most overwhelming as he received almost 80% of the votes while retaining his title from last year. Golds and world records at the World Championships, gold and a European record at the short-course Europeans rocketed the British lion to the top once more.

Sarah Sjostrom was picked for the first time, she also got a large share (70%) while halting Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu’s march who finished atop in the previous four elections. The Swede can look back to a really exceptional season with three world titles, six new world records, an overall World Cup victory and a six-medal haul at the short-course Europeans in Copenhagen.

Tom Daley

Tom Daley (Getty Images)

British divers maintained their run among the men, this was their third straight win. After Jack Laugher’s triumph in 2016, platform world champion Tom Daley topped the ranks once again after 2009 and 2015. Among the women Nadezhda Bazhina earned her first-ever award (also a first for Russia in this category). She had two medals in the women’s events at the Worlds, the only European female diver standing twice on the podium, making her a worthy successor of Tania Cagnotto (the Italian, who finisher her illustrious career, received the LEN Awards a record 7 times, the last six came in a row).

Svetlana Romashina and Svetlana Kolesnichenkong

Svetlana Romashina and Svetlana Kolesnichenkong

Succession didn’t cause any headache for the Russians in synchronised swimming at all: after Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina had called it a day, a new queen took over the reign as Svetlana Kolesnichenko collected four gold medals at the Worlds. Naturally, she added the LEN Award to her tally, the 9th Russian win out of 10 here.

For the first time a vote was called to name the best male synchronised swimmer. This historical LEN Award goes to Giorgio Minisini who, together with his partner Manila Flamini, claimed Italy’s first ever World Championship gold medal in the discipline by winning the technical routine in the mixed event.

Aurélie Muller once again won the 10km world title in open water, almost a year after her disillusionment with Rio. (Reuters)

Aurélie Muller once again won the 10km world title in open water, almost a year after her disillusionment with Rio. (Reuters)

Another national double were recorded in open water swimming. After the Netherlands swept the man and woman titles last year, now the French achieved this feat. Both Marc-Antoine Olivier and Aurelie Muller staged exceptional runs at the Worlds, they collected two individual medals apiece (including golds) and teamed up for another world title.

The water polo elections produced another kind of double: for the first time ever two goalkeepers were picked for the awards. Marko Bijac played a pivotal role in Croatia’s World Championships triumph (and he came second with Jug Dubrovnik in the Champions League). Laura Ester’s saves were also key in Spain’s silver medal-winning performance at the Worlds and Sabadell’s bronze medal in the Euro League.

2017 LEN Awards

Swimming

Adam Peaty (GBR)
Sarah Sjostrom (SWE)

Diving

Tom Daley (GBR)
Nadezhda Bazina (RUS)

Artistic Swimming

Svetlana Kolesnichenko (RUS)
Giorgio Minisini (ITA)

Open Water Swimming

Marc-Antoine Olivier (FRA)
Aurelie Muller (FRA)

Water Polo

Marko Bijac (CRO)

All-Time Winners

Swimming

Men

2008: Alain Bernard (France)
2009: Paul Biedermann (Germany)
2010: Camille Lacourt (France)
2011: Alexander Dale Oen (Norway)
2012: Yannick Agnel (France)
2013: Yannick Agnel (France)
2014: Florent Manaudou (France)
2015: Laszlo Cseh (Hungary)
2016: Adam Peaty (Great Britain)
2017: Adam Peaty (Great Britain)

Women

2008: Rebecca Adlington (Great Britain)
2009: Britta Steffen (Germany)
2010: Therese Alshammar (Sweden)
2011: Federica Pellegrini (Italy)
2012: Ranomi Kromowidjojo (Netherlands)
2013: Katinka Hosszu (Hungary)
2014: Katinka Hosszu (Hungary)
2015: Katinka Hosszu (Hungary)
2016: Katinka Hosszu (Hungary)
2017: Sarah Sjostrom (Sweden)

Diving

Men

2008: Dmitry Sautin (Russia)
2009: Tom Daley (Great Britain)
2010: Illya Kvasha (Ukraine)
2011: Sascha Klein (Germany)
2012: Ilya Zakharov (Russia)
2013: Patrick Hausding (Germany)
2014: Patrick Hausding (Germany)
2015: Tom Daley (Great Britain)
2016: Jack Laugher (Great Britain)
2017: Tom Daley (Great Britain)

Women

2008: Yulia Pakhalina (Russia)
2009: Tania Cagnotto (Italy)
2010: Christin Steuer (Germany)
2011: Tania Cagnotto (Italy)
2012: Tania Cagnotto (Italy)
2013: Tania Cagnotto (Italy)
2014: Tania Cagnotto (Italy)
2015: Tania Cagnotto (Italy)
2016: Tania Cagnotto (Italy)
2017: Nadezhda Bazina (Russia)

Artistic Swimming

Women

2008: Anastasia Davydova, Anastasia Ermakova (Russia)
2009: Natalia Ishchenko (Russia)
2010: Natalia Ishchenko (Russia)
2011: Natalia Ishchenko, Svetlana Romashina (Russia)
2012: Natalia Ishchenko (Russia)
2013: Svetlana Romashina (Russia)
2014: Ona Carbonell (Spain)
2015: Svetlana Romashina (Russia)
2016: Natalia Ishchenko (Russia)
2017: Svetlana Kolesnichenko (Russia)

Men

2017: Giorgio Minisini (Italy)

Open Water Swimming

Men

2008: Maarten van der Weijden (Netherlands)
2009: Thomas Lurz (Germany)
2010: Valerio Cleri (Italy)
2011: Thomas Lurz (Germany)
2012: Thomas Lurz (Germany)
2013: Thomas Lurz (Germany)
2014: Thomas Lurz (Germany)
2015: Ferry Weertman (Netherlands)
2016: Ferry Weertman (Netherlands)
2017: Marc-Antoine Olivier (France)

Women

2008: Larisa Ilchenko (Russia)
2009: Angela Maurer (Germany)
2010: Linsy Heister (Netherlands)
2011: Keri-Anne Payne (Great Britain)
2012: Eva Risztov (Hungary)
2013: Martina Grimaldi (Italy)
2014: Sharon van Rouwendaal (Netherlands)
2015: Aurelie Muller (France)
2016: Sharon van Rouwendaal (Netherlands)
2017: Aurelie Muller (France)

Water Polo

Men

2008: Peter Biros (Hungary)
2009: Filip Filipovic (Serbia)
2010: Vanja Udovicic (Serbia)
2011: Stefano Tempesti (Italy)
2012: Miho Boskovic (Croatia)
2013: Denes Varga (Hungary)
2014: Filip Filipovic (Serbia)
2015: Dusko Pijetlovic (Serbia)
2016: Filip Filipovic (Serbia)
2017: Marko Bijac (Croatia)

Women

2008: Danielle De Bruijn (Netherlands)
2009: Iefke van Belkum (Netherlands)
2010: Sofia Konukh (Russia)
2011: Alexandra Asimaki (Greece)
2012: Anni Espar (Spain)
2013: Jennifer Pareja (Spain)
2014: Maria Garcia (Spain)
2015: Roberta Bianconi (Italy)
2016: Roberta Bianconi (Italy)
2017: Laura Ester (Spain)

Press release courtesy of LEN.

 

Jan 22 18

Aussie swimmers have enough talent to make comeback: Klim

by ZwemZa

Former Olympic champion Michael Klim is backing Australia’s swimming team to make a comeback at this year’s Commonwealth Games despite heading into the event as underdogs.

The national swim team delivered more questions than answers during a lacklustre performance in the pool at the Rio Olympics in August 2016 in which they took home 10 medals, including just three gold. Australia was forecast to bring home 45 medals in Rio and ended up with just 29 medals.

However, Klim – who won six Olympic medals across 1996, 2000 and 2004 – believes the fact the games will be held on the Gold Coast is the advantage Australia’s swimmers need to bounce back.
Australian swimmers (L-R:) William Kirby, Todd Pearson, Michael Klim and Ian Thorpe posing with their gold medals for the Men’s 4×200 freestyle relay at the Sydney Olympic Games. (AAP)

“The fact the Commonwealth Games are on home soil I think it definitely is an advantage for the Aussie team. I think it’s probably the best scenario for them to come back,” he told nine.com.au.

“On paper we are chasing the Brits… we are certainly not the favourites anymore.”

The Polish-born Australian dual-gold medallist says the world of swimming has “changed drastically” since his days dominating the pool with the likes of fellow Olympians Grant Hackett and Ian Thorpe.

He said in the past, “the powers of the sport” were very protective of the intellectual property. Yet today, there is an “open door policy” in coaches going to other countries and greater access to better facilities globally.

“I think it is a much even playing field,” he said. “The depth in the events is so much higher, even the qualifying times have really increased.”

But Klim also believes the Australian public’s expectations for Aussie athletes to bring home the gold at an international competition such as the Commonwealth Games in April should not change.

“(Our medal haul) came through resourceful, great leadership… from individuals that are like minded. That doesn’t mean that we can’t replicate that,” he said of his former “Dream team’s” run.

“There is enough talent on the (Commonwealth Games) team to be at the same level.”

Michael Klim outside of the pool (left) and celebrating with Ian Thorpe after winning gold in the men’s 4 x 100m freestyle relay at the Sydney Olympics. (AAP)During the 2000 Summer games in Sydney, Australia ranked fourth in the overall medal tally with 58 medals, 16 of them gold, with the swim team winning 18 medals, five of them gold.

Since retiring from the sport in 2007, Klim has created his own men’s skincare business under the Milk brand and has kept his toe in the water as the elite head coach of swimming at Melbourne private school Wesley College.

He also hasn’t ruled out a future move into the Olympic coaching ranks and is a “big fan” of long-time Australian swim team coach Jacco Verhaeren.

“When I’ve been approached to have any influence or be around the current swimmers I sort of welcome that. It’s not because I think I’m better,” Klim said.

“I just think even if it’s one of the youngsters who might be a little bit uncomfortable before the race, or if it’s mental or physical, I can assist in any way.”

Australian swimmer Cate Campbell reacts after failing to place in the Women’s 100m Freestyle final in Rio 2016. (AAP) For Klim, swimming remains a massive part of his life and so it’s no surprise to learn that he’s working with Optus on a “celebration” of the sport in Australia Swims – a nine-day campaign around the health benefits of swimming and water safety.

“It’s almost a celebration that encourages (Australia’s) love for the water and for swimming. Over the nine days encourage people to head to the website, pledge their swim and see if we can get around Australia. We’re about halfway at the moment,” he said.

“There is so many elements, the water safety aspect, health and wealth, there are so many different things.”

Kate Kachor

Jan 22 18

Chalmers targets GC2018 gold

by ZwemZa
Kyle Chalmers, pictured at the Australian Swimming Championships earlier this year, returned from the World Championships with a silver medal. (Phil Hillyard)

Kyle Chalmers, pictured at the Australian Swimming Championships earlier this year, returned from the World Championships with a silver medal. (Phil Hillyard)

Less than 12 months after winning an extraordinary Rio 2016 gold, Kyle Chalmers had heart surgery. But the Australian is targeting more medals at Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games – and can’t wait to swim in front of a home crowd.

It’s been a crazy couple of years for Kyle Chalmers.

The Australian swimmer qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games under the radar, with his teammate Cameron McEvoy more fancied by most pundits to win the 100m freestyle title.

But Chalmers left Brazil with the gold medal in his pocket – along with two relay bronzes and a junior world record.

He admits to spending “eight months living on a high” after his extraordinary swim propelled him to stardom back home. But reality eventually bit, with Chalmers having to undergo heart surgery to fix a lifelong struggle with palpitations.

As a result, he missed the 2017 Swimming World Championships in Budapest, and time out of the pool has set back the progress the 19-year-old would like to have made.

Chalmers, however, is highly positive about his hopes of returning to the top of the sport – and is targeting Gold Coast 2018 as the place to do it.

“The Gold Coast is going to be huge for me,” he said. “It’s a really big one because it’s on home soil. I’ve never been to a Commonwealth Games, so I’m very excited. First I have to qualify for the Australia team, but if I make it, it’ll be great.

“The Gold Coast is one of the greatest places in Australia to live. It’s awesome and I always have a lot of fun there. Hopefully I’ll have all my friends and family along to watch, and the home crowd will definitely lift the Aussie athletes. It boosts the adrenaline a little bit more. I really want to qualify and have a great campaign.”

The Commonwealth Games should feature a renewal of Chalmers’ rivalry with McEvoy – although he stressed that it’s a friendly one. “Cam is a great guy and we are very good mates,” he said. “We shared an apartment in Rio and I requested to train in his squad too.

“We did everything together leading up to the Olympics, right up to the last day – we were in each other’s faces! And I went up to the Gold Coast to train with him. We keep in touch regularly.” Kyle Chalmers celebrates winning gold in the Men's 100m Freestyle Final at the Rio Olympics.

Kyle Chalmers celebrates winning gold in the Men’s 100m Freestyle Final at the Rio Olympics.

Chalmers hails McEvoy’s response to the 100m – his teammate had finished out of the medal places but climbed out the pool to raise his friend’s arm in victory – as “simply great sportsmanship”. It’s a sign of Australian unity, and a team in fine shape going into the Games.

The Rio victory was a shock, he admitted.

“I had no inkling of winning gold.

“Before the Games, I committed to doing as well as possible, and I did my Year 12 schooling online so I could train fully. I didn’t miss a session, or massage or physio. I gave myself the best chance to succeed.

“My form went well, and being the underdog took the pressure off. In the last heat, I did the fastest back end I’d ever done in the 100m freestyle, and that gave me great confidence going into the semi and final. But I was still amazed to see the result at the end of the race.”

Chalmers’ life changed dramatically in the aftermath, however. “Reality eventually sank back in that I’d have to get back to training and hopefully carry on winning medals,” he said. “But then I had to have the surgery in June.

“They cut through your groin and go up through to the main arteries in the heart. Imagine an electric circuit – it’s about making that circuit successful, and stopping the palpitations I was having.

“It’s a bit scary, but I’ve had it all my life. It does make you realise how quickly sport can be taken away from you, though.”

It seems that the surgery has been successful: Chalmers’ first major meet since the operation was at the Australian Short Course Championships in October, where he won the 100m freestyle with panache.

“To do that was awesome for me because I haven’t done a lot of racing, or even race-paced stuff in training,” he said. “My times aren’t quite where I want them to be, but that’s to be expected after some time out of the pool. I’m hopeful of building back up for a really good performance at 2018.” The Gold Coast awaits.

AMP Media

Jan 22 18

British swimmers set for crunch altitude training

by ZwemZa

Cover blocksWith the Commonwealth Games, European Championships and British Championships all lined up for 2018, it is set to be a busy year full of medal chances for Britain’s swimmers.

And in preparation for the hectic months ahead, some of the country’s top swimming talent will be put through their paces in a three-week altitude camp in Colorado.

Sixteen British swimmers – a mix of seasoned professionals and promising juniors who are transitioning to senior level, will be based at the USA Olympic Training Complex as part of the World Class Programmes’ National Altitude Strategy.

The camp’s purpose is designed to prepare athletes to compete on the international stage and is four in a series of ten in the run up to Tokyo 2020.

Team Leader Tim Jones said: “These camps are an integral part of getting the most out of our swimmers and physiologically preparing them for the rigours of senior international competition.

“Each of our athletes has been given individual challenges for the camp – some may come away seeing immediate benefits from training at altitude, whereas others will be able to use it as part of their longer-term progression.”

Sportsbeat 2018

Jan 21 18

Zimbabwe Olympic Committee President wants country to be able to compete in Commonwealth Games again

by ZwemZa
Kirsty Coventry won Zimbabwe's last Commonwealth Games medals at Manchester 2002 ©Getty Images

Kirsty Coventry won Zimbabwe’s last Commonwealth Games medals at Manchester 2002 ©Getty Images

Zimbabwe Olympic Committee President Admire Masenda has claimed that being able to take part again in the Commonwealth Games would help his country’s athletes prepare for major events.

Discussions have already started about Zimbabwe rejoining the Commonwealth following the fall of Robert Mugabe as President last year.

It is extremely unlikely that Zimbabwe would be re-admitted in time for this year’s Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast but they could be back in time for Birmingham 2022.

“The Commonwealth Games for us as a country was a good bridge to going to the Olympic Games or preparing us,” Masenda told Zimbabwe newspaper The Chronicle. 

Zimbabwe, which had been a member of the Commonwealth since its independence in 1980, was suspended in 2002 after a Presidential election which was widely viewed as being seriously flawed.

The decision by the Commonwealth to suspend Zimbabwe came shortly after they had competed at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester.

They had won two medals there, a gold and silver,

The gold medal was won by Kirsty Coventry in the 200 metres individual medley.

New Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa has already held informal talks about rejoining the Commonwealth, which also brings political and economic benefits.

Zimbabwe’s Sports Minister Kazembe Kazembe has backed the proposals.

“We can’t be in isolation forever, it doesn’t help anybody,” he told The Chronicle.

“If we are to compete with the rest of the world, we have to engage with the rest of the world.

“We have to be involved with the rest of the world.”

Overall, Zimbabwe, which made its debut in the Games as Southern Rhodesia at London 1934, has won a total of 36 medals, including six gold.

Duncan Mackay | Inside the Games

Jan 21 18

Cate Campbell adds to freestyle repertoire

by ZwemZa
Two words @catecamp never thought she would see beside her name “200m freestyle and champion” but tonight she won the @SwimmingNSW 200m State Championship in 1:58.86 beating @MadiWilson (Griffith University) 1:58.95 and @mikkisheridan (USC Spartans) 1:58.98 #NSWStateChamps2018 (Ian Hanson Media)

Two words @catecamp never thought she would see beside her name “200m freestyle and champion” but tonight she won the @SwimmingNSW 200m State Championship in 1:58.86 beating @MadiWilson (Griffith University) 1:58.95 and @mikkisheridan (USC Spartans) 1:58.98 #NSWStateChamps2018 (Ian Hanson Media)

Cate Campbell has ventured into rare territory, swimming her way to near collapse to win the women’s 200m freestyle on the final night of the NSW State Open Swimming Championships.

The former world record holder for 100m freestyle and the current world record holder for 100m freestyle short course is a self-confessed “drop-dead” sprinter, who dreaded the thought of racing four laps.

But convinced by her coach Simon Cusack that it would benefit her 100m event, she bowed to his judgment again and agreed to stretch herself to the limit.

At the end of the first 50m at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre, , was under world record pace and when she turned at the 100m in 55.93 she was only 0.33secs outside Italian Federica Pellegrini’s “supersuit” world record split from Rome in 2009.

With the cavalry fast approaching, Campbell tried to hang on to her 1.27 seconds lead over Madi Wilson (Bond) and Mikkayla Sheridan (USC Spartans) and up until 25m to swim, one of the world’s finest sprint freestylers had done an extraordinary job.

Campbell used all her might and heart to hang on and scrambled to the wall in a personal best time of 1:58.86 – just 0.09 ahead of Wilson and 0.12 ahead of Sheridan in a blanket finish.

The triple Olympic sprinter added the 200m to her eye-catching wins in the 50m and 100m freestyle and 50m butterfly.

Jan 21 18

Over a thousand swimmers make a splash at Optus Swim Sydney Harbour

by ZwemZa

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Swimming Australia were proud to support the Optus Swim Sydney Harbour held Saturday morning in the picturesque Farm Cove.

The fun and exciting ocean swimming event saw participants turn up in huge numbers, with over 1,080 people making a splash and swimming alongside one of Australia’s most iconic landmarks.

The main distance race saw swimmers take on a gruelling 2 kilometres, alongside a middle distance of 750 metres and a kids distance of 300 metres.

Swimmers had the chance to jump in alongside former Australian Dolphin Team Members Matt Abood, Mareika D’Cruz and Daniel Kowalski. Ironman Ali Day and Australian Surf Race Champion Ollie Signorini also took part in the swim, while the Governor of New South Wales The Hon David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) and the Chairman of the Australia Day Council of NSW Angelos Frangopoulos officially opened the event.

Olympic legend Leisel Jones was also in attendance welcoming fans and signing autographs.

“We’ve had a great day out thanks to Optus and it’s been wonderful to see so many happy smiling faces enjoying the water. Sydney turned on perfect weather for us and it’s been lovely chatting to so many swimming fans, I’ve definitely perfected my autograph today!”, Jones said.

Swimmers of all ages turned out with 74 years between the youngest swimmer (5-year-old) and oldest swimmer (79-year-old), proof that age is no barrier and swimming is a sport for life.

Swimming Australia President John Bertrand AO said Optus Swim Sydney Harbour was a feature event of Australia Swims, a movement to re-energise and capture Australia’s passion for swimming and the water.

“Summer in Australia is synonymous with swimming, it is a favourite pastime across the country with so many personal memories and moments centred at the beach or the pool. Together with Optus, we want to encourage all Australians to come together between January 20-29, and go for a swim and celebrate a quintessential part of the Australian way of life.

“Today’s event was such a great start for Australia Swims, a beautiful day in Sydney with over 1000 swimmers enjoying a swim in the harbour. The feedback from those who swam was exceptional”, Bertrand said.

Results:
300m kids race – Girls – Rachel Leo (1st), Hannah Healey (2nd) and Julia Kim (3rd)
300m kids race – Boys – Preston Andrews (1st), Seb King (2nd) and Thomas Wait (3rd)
750m race – Womens – Grace Kells (1st), Indiana Field (2nd) and Hannah Healy (3rd)
750m race – Mens – Stuart Mackay (1st), Jack Wilcock (2nd) and Daniel Timms (3rd)
2km race – Womens – Imogen Foley (1st), Nicola Watts (2nd) and Kaneisha Cox (3rd)
2km race – Mens – Ollie Signorini (1st), Ali Day (2nd) and Jesse Goodyear (3rd)

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