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Jan 17 18

Final hit out before CWG trials for Aussies in Sydney this weekend

by ZwemZa
Bronte Campbell, left, and Cate Campbell at the Brisbane Aquatic Centre

Bronte Campbell, left, and Cate Campbell at the Brisbane Aquatic Centre

The Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre will this weekend play host to the three- day 2018 NSW STATE SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS from Friday January 19 to Sunday January 21. It will be the final hit out before the Hancock Prospecting Australian Swimming Trials – The Selection of the Australian Team (February 28-March 3) for this year’s Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.


Over 20 Olympians and Paralympians including Australian gold medallists Mack Horton, Cate Campbell, Bronte Campbell, Brittany Elmslie, Emma McKeon and Ellie Cole, Italy’s Gregorio Paltrineiri, AND James Magnussen, Cam McEvoy, James Roberts, David McKeon, Matthew Wilson,as well as  the exciting McKeown sisters Kaylee and Taylor and internationals from Japan, New Caledonia, Italy, Korea, Sweden and Argentina.


  • DAY ONE – Friday, January 19 (Heats, 9am Finals 6pm)
  • DAY TWO – Saturday, January 20 (Heats, 9am Finals 6pm)
  • DAY THREE – Sunday, January 21 (Heats, 9am Finals 5.30pm)



Women’s 100m freestyle: Will see World champion sister act Cate and Bronte Campbell (Chandler) up against fellow Rio Olympic gold medallists Emma McKeon (Griffith University) and Brittany Elmslie (Brisbane Grammar) and rising star Shayna Jack (Chandler).

Men’s 100m freestyle: Local NSW hero and two-time World champion James Magnussen (Ravenswood) up against Queensland nemesis Cam McEvoy (Bond University) and fellow 2016 Rio Olympic bronze medallist James Roberts (Somerset)

Other events….17-year-old Kaylee McKeown (USC Spartans) up against Melbourne Vicentre pair Sian Whittaker and Hayley Baker in the women’s 100m backstroke.


Women’s 200m breaststroke:Sunshine Coast Rio relay silver medallist Taylor McKeown will be chasing the Inter-State treble after chalking up wins in the Queensland and Victorian State Championships and she will have to keep youngsters Georgia Bohl (Griffith University) and Jessica Hansen (Nunawading) at bay.

Men’s 200m freestyle: A bevy of stars, led by dual Olympian David McKeon and Rio team mate Dan Smith (Griffith University), 2016 Australian champion Cam McEvoy (Bond University) and his training partner Elijah Winnington as well as local Olympian Jacob Hansford will guarantee a top flight shootout.

Other events….the men’s 100m breaststroke with Matthew Wilson (SOPAC), Daniel Cave (Melbourne Vicentre) and Zac Stubblety-Cook (West Brisbane)….


Men’s 1500m freestyle:  Always commands plenty of attention and this one won’t disappoint featuring Olympic golden boys – Australia’s own 400m freestyle champion Mack Horton (Melbourne Vicentre) and Italy’s Gregorio Paltrineiri (1500m freestyle)as well as rising NSW still and open water prospect and Australian Open surf race champion Ollie Signorini (Carlile).

Other events…Men’s 200m breaststroke with local star and Australian champion Matthew Wilson and the women’s 20m freestyle with Wollongong’s born and bred Emma McKeon gunning for her third win of the summer in the 200m freestyle.


Issued on behalf of Swimming Australia by
Ian Hanson| Media Manager

Hanson Media Group

Jan 17 18

Emma McKeon’s happy home coming for Commonwealth Games tune up

by ZwemZa
Missing out: Emma McKeon (right) congratulates Sweden's gold medal winner Sarah Sjostrom after the Swede set a world record in the women's 100-metre butterfly final in Rio. Photo: AP

Missing out: Emma McKeon (right) congratulates Sweden’s gold medal winner Sarah Sjostrom after the Swede set a world record in the women’s 100-metre butterfly final in Rio. Photo: AP

Australia’s most successful 2014 Commonwealth, 2016 Olympic and 2017 World Championship swimmer Emma McKeon will take a step back to her childhood in Wollongong this week.

It comes as her multi-event Commonwealth Games campaign continues with a home town training camp after her four-gold medal haul at the Victorian State Championships at the Melbourne Sports And Aquatic Centre tonight.

McKeon, 23, added the 200m freestyle title to her previous wins in the 50 and 100m butterfly and the 100m freestyle on the final night in the countdown to next month’s Hancock Prospecting Australian Swimming Trials on the Gold Coast from February 28-March 3.

It was another impressive performance from the girl who led the individual medal haul in Glasgow with six (four of them gold); in Rio with four and in Hungary last year with six.

She swept to the front of the field after the first 50m in 27.41 and increased her lead, splitting 57.26 at the 100m and 1:27.64 at the 150m for a combined time of 1:57.54.

Wollongong (NSW) born McKeon has now re-located to the Gold Coast via-Brisbane under Olympic gold medal coach Michael Bohl at Griffith University.

And this week she and her two-time Olympian brother David will again return to Wollongong for a training camp en-route to Sydney next weekend for a final hit out at the NSW State Championships, where her career began 10 years ago as a 13-year-old.

“I’ll be in charge of taking our squad on a tour of ‘The Gong’,” said the proud Wollongong girl.

“They all think it’s a small country town but they’ll be shocked.”

The Griffith University squad also includes strong Korean butterfly girl Sehyeon An who finished second to McKeon by a touch in the 100m butterfly.

“Sehyeon pushes me in training that’s for sure – she’s a fast butterflier and her freestyle is getting better as well, it’s nice to have another girl in the squad to train with because we have a pretty big boys squad now.

“I come to the NSW Championships every year and the SOPAC pool is the pool I swam all my competitions in growing up and I love coming back.

“I was 13 when I did my first State Championships and I was only swimming three times a week and I didn’t start to win medals until I was 14 and 15.

“I made my first Australian Junior team on the Youth Olympics to Singapore in 2010 – I can’t believe how that has gone so quickly really.”

Joining McKeon amongst the medals on Monday evening was another prolific performer in Brisbane Grammar’s triple Olympian Emily Seebohm who wound up her racing campaign for the February Trials with wins in the 200m individual medley in 2:14.17 ahead of improving St Peters Western 19-year-old Abbey Harkin 2:14.60 and 200m breaststroke winner Taylor McKeon (USC Spartans) 2:16.21.

Seebohm then concluded her busy weekend breaking the long standing Victorian All-Comers record in the 50m backstroke in a time of 28.09 – taking 0.07 off the USA’s Leila Vaziri’s 2007 time of 28.16 set at the Fina World Championships in Melbourne.

There was another tough double for partner Mitch Larkin (St Peters Western) who hardly had time to catch his breath after an all-out win in arguably the toughest race on the program the 400m individual medley before tackling the 100m backstroke.

Larkin was spent after attacking the 400IM from the outset and clocking 4:19.78 before pushing 100m backstroke winner, Somerset’s 2014 Commonwealth Games 50m backstroke gold medalist Ben Treffers, all the way to the wall, going down by just 0.03 with Treffers clocking 54.89 to Larkin’s 54.92.

There is every chance Larkin will tackle the 100 and 200m backstroke and the 200 and 400IM doubles at the Games Trials.

Treffers’ Somerset team mate, two-time Olympian James Roberts scored an eye-catching win in the 50m freestyle in 22.53 – the pair showing the benefits of training under the astute coaching of Sydney Olympic relay gold medalist and former world short  course 100m champion Ashley Callus.

Sydney training partners Matt Wilson (200m breaststroke) and Edward Marks (100m butterfly) scored a golden double – Wilson taking out his specialist event in 2:11.66 and 21-year-old Marks emerging from a tight field in the butterfly in 53.65.

Both will head home to Sydney for the NSW State Championships – the final hit out for many swimmers before the Games Trials.

In an interesting 1500m freestyle Olympic champions Mack Horton and his Italian training partner Gregorio Paltrinieri only raced the first 800m – before backing off – Paltrinieri touching in 7:58.27 to Horton’s 7:58.33 before the Italian took the 1500m title in 15:12.96, with their Japanese training mate Ayatsugu Hirai touching second in 15:21.33 with Horton third in 15:25.80.

The trio will race the full 1500m in Sydney on Sunday night.



Jan 16 18

How to develop an efficient freestyle leg kick

by ZwemZa

Developing an efficient freestyle leg kick can be broken down into various elements. In this article, we will try and focus on each of them, explaining how to train them so that you will become a more powerful swimmer.

Try to isolate just your leg kick for a moment.

Unlike a complete swim stroke that involves various other factors, when looking at the leg kick alone we need, first and foremost, to consider the resistance created by the body as its moves through in the water. In this case, it is vitally important for the swimmer’s body to be perfectly balanced, so as not to generate any additional resistance. This means the head must be perfectly aligned with the shoulders, which, together with the hands and heels (the four buoyancy points), must be kept at the surface of the water.

Try using a snorkel to improve this aspect. It will allow you to concentrate on and improve your upper body position.

In the water: use a snorkel and concentrate on keeping your head in the right position. Try changing your angle of vision while swimming. Try swimming 25 m with an angle of vision of 45° and 25 m looking down at the blue line at an angle of 90°. Make sure you do not create any additional resistance to that generated by your body as it moves forward and check that the four buoyancy points referred to above are at surface level throughout the exercise.

Continuing to isolate just your leg kick, another key factor is the forward drive through the water coming from your legs. The most important part of the leg kick is when your leg moves downwards. At this point you need to thrust your leg downwards making sure you do not bend your knees or allow your feet to surface. Another important part of this movement is ankle flexibility.

Here are some simple exercises to help you improve your ankle flexibility.

  • In a standing position, place a tennis ball under the arch of your foot and make circular and criss-cross movements. Apply constant pressure so that you work the entire arch. Perform this exercise for 2 minutes and then change foot.


  • Dynamic stretching. Using an elastic band or towel. In a sitting position with your legs stretched out in front of you, place an elastic band behind your toes. Pull the band gently towards you and bend your ankle and foot until you can feel tension in your calf muscle. Hold this position for 30 seconds. Repeat three times for each foot. This exercise can be performed applying pressure in the opposite direction or to the left or right. This will work on the overall flexibility of your ankle.

In the water using long, soft fins. Long, soft fins improve energy transfer from your leg when working on ankle mobility. To improve your flexibility, you can perform vertical backstroke or butterfly leg kicks focusing on the final phase of the leg kick and how your ankles moves in the water.

Lastly, here are three fundamental rules for developing an efficient leg kick:

1. Incorporate leg exercises right through the season. Of course, the amount of legwork you do will vary throughout the year, but never forget to train your legs.

2. Use a snorkel and work on your ankle flexibility as described above.

3. Also train your legs out of the water, performing specific exercises to concentrate on both flexibility and power.

All this will help you improve your forward drive and, hence, generate a more efficient leg kick.

Photo credit: Gian Mattia D’Alberto/LaPresse
Jan 16 18

Round off your swimming training with some Pilates!

by ZwemZa

Today we will be explaining how and why to use Pilates out of the pool to round off your training.

The Pilates method is a training system devised by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century. Pilates developed this method drawing inspiration from ancient Oriental practices, basing it around muscle control by the mind. This method mainly consists of exercises aimed at strengthening the Power House or, in other words, all the muscles around your abdominal area (you have probably heard of the expression CORE STABILITY).

Pilates is based around 6 principles corresponding to the benefits that can be derived from regularly practising this method.

You cannot perform exercises without thinking. CONCENTRATION plays a key role in any exercise and you cannot perform movements while thinking about something else. Body CONTROL is linked with concentration. Performing movements without controlling your entire body can cause injuries. Every single movement must be carefully thought out, targeted and precise. Without PRECISION you may achieve the same results, but you will also expend and waste a lot of energy. Concentration, control and precision will together lead to FLUIDITY in performing any movement. The strength of your BARYCENTRE or Power House is at the basis of all movements and, as previously mentioned, this means core stability. Lastly, proper BREATHING  while dong exercises will allow you to perform to your best.

These principles may be directly applied to swimming, both for training and racing. The movements of your arms and legs must be smooth and economical, calling for concentration-control-precision-fluidity. Everything in the water starts from your barycentre, which allows you to maintain the right position and without which you cannot generate force through your hands and feet. There is no need to emphasise how important breathing is for swimming.

Here are 3 exercises that are ideal for swimmers.


Lying on your back, raise your head draw your chin towards your chest. Use your left hand to draw your right knee towards you as you take hold of your ankle with right-hand hand and extend your left leg at an angle of 45°. Start to switch the position of your arms and legs while breathing in for two movements and then breathing out for a further two movements. Perform a total of 20 reps. This exercise is aimed at stabilising your hips and strengthening the flexor muscles in your neck and stomach. (



Lying on your stomach, raise your chest keeping your arms bent and your neck and back in a straight line. Clench your buttocks and extend your lumbar region. Breathe in and bend your leg keeping your foot flexed at 45°, repeat twice, then breathe out and move your legs back together again. Repeat twice with the other leg. This time do 20 reps. This exercise strengthens your knees, back, stomach and quadriceps. (




Lie on your chest with your arms stretched in front of you. Raise one arm and the opposite leg together with your head and chest. Now switch the positions of your arms and legs at a steady speed in a controlled movement that looks like a swimmer in the pool. Repeat for the time required to take 5 easy breaths. Pause, stretch your back and then repeat for a total of 3/4 sets. This exercise strengths all the muscles in your back. (

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Doing 45’ exercises a couple of times-a-week will produce real benefits for your swimming.

Arena Coaches

Jan 15 18

Bumper turnout for Nelson Mandela Bay’s aQuellé Ocean Racing Series

by ZwemZa

Ocean Racing Series

Superb beach weather welcomed in the 6th round of Africa’s largest family beach event, the aQuellé Ocean Racing Series, on Sunday morning at Nelson Mandela Bay’s Hobie Beach.
Over 400 participants took part in the Series on the weekend with Ian Venter continuing his domination in the 1km Ocean Swim ahead of Cole Craig and Dennis de Villiers whilst Hannah Counihan won the ladies 1km race from Yanah Gerber and Tiara Finnis.

The popular 2km Ocean Swim distance was packed with well known athlete’s with top EP triathlete Keegan Cooke winning from Blu_Smooth wetsuit founder and former SA swimmer and surf lifesaver Kevin Richards with top SA Ironman Kyle Buckingham in 3rd place. Notably in 4th place was former EP triathlon champion David Hyam who used to dominate the Series some 10 years ago and is now back in South Africa and clearly still has what it takes.

Lindi Terblanche won the ladies 2km from Michelle Strydom and Denise Bosman whilst Bruce Campbell and Chane De Jager dominated the 3km Ocean Swim. Greg Hough and Heinrich Vorster took the remaining podium positions in the 3km along with Liza Kingston and Delwen Henderson.

The increasingly popular 400m Ocean Swim was won by Philip Wessels with Luc De Villiers in 2nd place and Timothy Barnes 3rd. Aminah Lindoor won the ladies category ahead of Anseri Nel and Tayla Wilson.

This summer still has 5 remaining aQuellé Ocean Racing Series races, with the next on Sunday 28th January followed by another in February, two in March and the final round for Season 13 taking place on Sunday 8th April.

Further information, online registration and results available on the website


aQuellé Ocean Racing Series
Hobie Beach, Port Elizabeth
Sunday 14th January 2018

Round 6

1km Ocean Swim
: 1 Ian Venter (13:45); 2 Cole Craig (14:18); 3 Dennis De Villiers (14:48); 4 Kyle White (14:50); 5 Gilluame De Swardt (15:03); 6 Mc Strydom (17:49); 7 Michael Fairall (17:54); 8 Guy Cooke (17:58); 9 Dane Archibald (18:06); 10 Rolf Kickhofel (18:16); 11 Colin Archibard (19:35); 12 Gareth MacLear (19:46); 13 Kieran White (19:49); 14 Mitch Tiltman (20:15); 15 Charl Parkin (20:30); 16 Conal Turner (20:38); 17 Stegmann Van Zyl (20:51); 18 Matthew Tucker (21:04); 19 Greg Tucker (21:05); 20 Chris Meistre (21:21); 21 David Radloff (21:36); 22 Werner Van Heerden (21:58); 23 Ken Strever (22:12); 24 Robin Venter (22:13); 25 Brenton Blignaut (22:15); 26 Siphosethu Nomoyi (22:18); 27 Philip Marais (22:35); 28 Connor Craig (22:45); 29 Gavin Boucher (22:47); 30 Dayne Jekels (22:49); 31 Francois De Villers (22:51); 32 Kevin Raine (22:55); 33 Ivo Vankriksbilck (23:08); 34 Andrew Austin (23:59); 35 Jonathan Stevens (24:01); 36 Justin Leeson (24:10); 37 Donovan Humphreys (24:12); 38 Erik Hagedorn-hansen (24:50); 39 Jaco Hattingh (25:29); 40 Mervin De Lange (26:05); 41 Warren Collier (26:15); 42 Mark Oosthuizen (26:23); 43 Ronnie Doyle (27:27); 44 Bernd Leibenguth (27:31); 45 Delme Redcliffe (27:36); 46 Reon Van Rensburg (27:38); 47 Luke Barnard (27:54); 48 Neels Campher (28:38); 49 Herman Matthews (29:17); 50 Corne Snyman (29:42); 51 Mark Momberg (30:11); 52 Peter Giddy (32:49); 53 Lochi Lochner (32:57); 54 Christopher Herring (38:23); 55 Bevan Bennett (38:29); 56 Rory Hilton (38:47); 

LADIES: 1 Hannah Counihan (16:31); 2 Yanah Gerber (16:55); 3 Tiara Finnis (17:32); 4 Lea De Villers (18:14); 5 Holly Barnes (20:02); 6 Jodi Wilson (20:05); 7 Chelsey Cooke (20:34); 8 Bev Mac Donald (20:36); 9 Lara Truter (20:46); 10 Chelsea Main (21:43); 11 Val Millen (22:06); 12 Jennifer Sainsbury (22:53); 13 Bev Truter (23:00); 14 Tracy Maclear (23:03); 15 Elizabeth Orrey (23:14); 16 Lauren Bartle (23:28); 17 Sarah Hagedorn-hansen (24:43); 18 Megan Holden (24:54); 19 Ilze Hattingh (25:07); 20 Isabella Hofmeyer (25:35); 21 Katy Hofmeyer (25:39); 22 Magz De La Kethele (25:54); 23 Claire White (26:25); 24 Cindy Forbes (26:30); 25 Hayley Giuricich (29:12); 26 Sharon Wilson (29:16); 27 Jo Oosthuizen (29:45); 28 Lauryn Swans (30:27); 29 Sally Van Der Byl (30:52); 30 Kelly Dower (33:57); 31 Juliette Pitts (34:21); 32 Michelle Barnett (34:25); 33 Monique Van Heerden (37:07); 

2km Ocean Swim
: 1 Keegan Cooke (26:32); 2 Kevin Richards (27:39); 3 Kyle Buckingham (27:45); 4 David Hyam (30:07); 5 Jarryd Cooke (30:19); 6 Ronald Scheffer (30:38); 7 Deacon Kingman (32:30); 8 Michael Kingston (32:32); 9 Louis De Villers (32:51); 10 Brandon Harcus (33:16); 11 Conrad Viljoen (33:22); 12 Daren Davidson (33:53); 13 Malcolm Robinson (35:16); 14 Ross Helliwell (35:40); 15 Roger Hooke (35:50); 16 Mark Cooper (36:06); 17 Craig Dickson (37:49); 18 Graeme Van Zyl (38:17); 19 Dwayne Kemp (38:21); 20 Stephen Burgess (38:26); 21 Johnny Bakker (38:28); 22 Matt Allen (38:30); 23 Gerald Smith (38:34); 24 Roch Thompson (39:13); 25 Michael Sacke (39:24); 26 Graeme Gill (39:47); 27 Evert Vermeulen (40:31); 28 Pieter De Bruin (40:41); 29 Baden Swans (40:47); 30 Martin Croucamp (40:51); 31 Billy Browne (40:55); 32 Roger Steele (40:58); 33 David McEwan (41:38); 34 Jaco Pretorius (41:42); 35 Andrew Stewart (41:59); 36 Gordon Swans (42:04); 37 Henry Van Niekerk (43:04); 38 Peter Mcnaughton (43:12); 39 Eugene Owen (43:24); 40 Miles Hollins (43:28); 41 Riaan Van Jaarsveld (43:40); 42 Michael Price (43:47); 43 Calven Van Der Byl (44:14); 44 Sean Swanepoel (44:20); 45 Nolan Thompson (44:35); 46 Andrew Angles (44:48); 47 Brad Pitis (45:24); 48 Denver Ellie (45:51); 49 Faseeq Abrahams (46:23); 50 Jose Coelho (47:23); 51 Luvuyo Bangazi (47:47); 52 Alex Hofmeyer (48:12); 53 Warren Paris (48:25); 54 Ashwell Isaacs (49:13); 55 Justin Fraenkel (49:54); 56 Denver Moodley (49:58); 57 Tian Beukes (50:14); 58 Graham Chrich (50:23); 59 Willem Dafel (52:10); 60 Graham Boyd (54:03); 61 Sabir Salie (54:07); 62 Wessel Cloete (55:37); 63 Armin Brandle (55:39); 64 Salwyn Dennis (55:50); 65 Rolf Kordes (57:23); 66 Jacques Bekker (23:35); 

LADIES: 1 Lindi Terblanche (32:49); 2 Michell Strydom (32:56); 3 Denise Bossman (33:06); 4 Ursula Davidson (35:43); 5 Michelle Cremer (36:27); 6 Claudia Harcus (39:02); 7 Suzie Du Plessis (39:32); 8 Mary-anne Stott (39:53); 9 Sabine Faber (40:05); 10 Conny Clarence (40:09); 11 Lindsay Steele (40:24); 12 Michelle Cronje (40:32); 13 Angie Sampson (41:46); 14 Angela Sanderson (41:49); 15 Beukes Nathsa (41:53); 16 Elaine Smith (41:56); 17 Agnes Nieberg (43:15); 18 Mariette Hattingh (43:43); 19 Elsa Craig (43:44); 20 Anche Schubart (44:27); 21 Lemuela Coetzee (45:21); 22 Jeanette Vermeulen (45:27); 23 Cheryl Gibson-dicks (45:56); 24 Lauren Smith (46:07); 25 Belinda Cole (46:50); 26 Julie Pfister (46:54); 27 Lara Pretorius (47:08); 28 Marina Cilliers (47:29); 29 Trevlyn Lotz (47:56); 30 Veronika Kerdei (48:15); 31 Michelle Van Jaarsveld (49:33); 32 Joy Van Der Walt (49:51); 33 Sarah Shand (50:05); 34 Karen Mels (50:19); 35 Rochelle De Klerk (51:26); 36 Carol Cooper (52:58); 37 Jill Weakley (53:18); 38 Kelly-Rae Mortimer (53:56);39 Samantha Hewitson (55:30); 40 Maria Stott (58:17); 

3km Ocean Swim
: 1 Bruce Campbell (40:03); 2 Greg Hough (43:21); 3 Heinrich Vorster (44:26); 4 Mark Edge (45:37); 5 Barry Serfontein (45:52); 6 Eben Haarhoff (46:01); 7 Graeme Renard (46:03); 8 Jack De Kort (48:42); 9 Tom Van Der Sande (49:33); 10 Anton Kerdey (50:19); 11 Bernard Lodewyk (50:33); 12 Andre Kleynhans (50:38); 13 Bruce Gie (51:45); 14 James Crawford (52:10); 15 Jacques Joubert (52:34); 16 Jacques Bardnard (56:07); 17 Jason Ensor (56:47); 18 Jan Eksteen (01:08); 19 Chris Viljoen (02:20); 20 Helder de Almeida e Silva (04:07); 21 Leigh Shepherd (06:40); 22 Steve Mac Donald (07:03); 23 Corné Van Der Berg (07:57); 24 Ep Van Niekerk (08:16); 25 Jared Cassidy (10:44); 26 Bernard Kapp (16:09); 

LADIES: 1 Chane De Jager (46:15); 2 Liza Kingston (46:16); 3 Delwen Henderson (52:26); 4 Sally Waterworth (54:24); 5 Natalie Hagedorn-hansen (57:08); 6 Susan Derbyshire (00:24); 7 Robyn Dougans (03:48); 8 Michelle Mortimer (07:26); 9 Nina Petra Bodisch (08:01); 10 Anel Ferreira (08:29); 11 Barbara Fisher-hill (10:19); 12 Paddy Cloete (15:07); 

400m Ocean Swim
: 1 Philip Wessels (09:27); 2 Luc De Villiers (09:32); 3 Timothy Barnes (10:05); 4 Daniel Richter (10:45); 5 Craig Wilson (10:53); 6 Murray Johnson (11:05); 7 Henri Pfister (12:06); 8 Colin Mcall (12:48); 9 Liam Viljoen (15:39); 10 Darryll Viljoen (15:41); 11 Michael Flynn (18:51); 12 Saleem Allie (19:12); 

LADIES: 1 Aminah Lindoor (08:53); 2 Anseri Nel (10:07); 3 Tayla Wilson (10:50); 4 Gabbi Whitebooi (11:38); 5 Jane Louise Richter (11:47); 6 Chantelle Blume (11:52); 7 Morgan Matthews (12:30); 8 Mieke Gerber (12:40); 9 Christel Koen (12:44); 10 Elmari Campher (13:02); 11 Tertia Grobler (14:37); 12 Christelle Blume (15:35); 13 Isabella Godfrey (16:35); 14 Saskia Wait (16:44); 15 Liezel Wait (16:49); 16 Jo Djuza (16:49); 17 Cheryl Kietzmann (17:26); 


Jan 15 18

Largest race in the world to host GSS – African Championships

by ZwemZa

South Africa’s “aQuelle Midmar Mile” will be the host of the 2017/18 GSS – African Championships on February 10-11, 2018.

Interestingly, the aQuelle Midmar Mile is the largest race in the world, with over 16,000 swimmers, and it joins the second largest race in the world, Sweden’s Vansbro Swim, with over 15,000 swimmers, which we recently announced will also be hosting a GSS Regional Championship, the GSS – European Championship.

The Global Swim Series is very proud to have all 122 member races in the Series and especially proud to have the such spectacular races host our Regional Championships.  It shows the popularity and common passion to grow the sport of open water swimming around the world that all these races have in common with the GSS.

Size isn’t everything, in fact, one of the great things about the Global Swim Series is that all 122 races bring something different to the table.  However, size certainly is something.  It may not be the only important metric by which to measure the success of an event, but it does say a few things.  It says that a lot of people consistently find these races really enjoyable.  And it may be enjoyable for any number of reasons, such as competitiveness, inclusiveness and just plain fun.

The people in this area are pretty unique.  Not unlike the people in Sweden, where the second largest race in the world is.  While it is hard to predict where the most “active” people in the world are, South Africa and Sweden might not have been your first guess.  But like Sweden’s Vansbro Swim, the aQuelle Midmar Mile ties it’s race in with other unbelievable sporting events that also just happen to be in the same neighborhood.

The largest (20,000 runners) and oldest (1920) ultra-marathon in the world is The Comrades Marathon.  A 89 km ultra between Durban and Pietermaritzburg.  Then there is also the 120 km, Dusi Canoe Marathon, again between Pietermaritzburg and Durban, which is also one of the largest canoe races in the world (2,000 paddlers)!  There is even a special award for doing all 3 events!

As for the aQuelle Midmar Mile, it isn’t the oldest race, as it was established in 1974.  The oldest, continuously run open water race is another GSS race, the Liffey Swim in Dublin, Ireland, which has never missed a year since 1920, which means it is only 2 years away from it’s 100th anniversary.  But the aQuelle Midmar Mile certainly has an amazing and unique history in the world of open water swimming.  At just a mile long, so it certainly isn’t the longest either.  But at just a mile long, it does make it very inclusive for swimmers of all abilities.  And that includes fast swimmers!  This group regularly includes a large group of Olympians and world class swimmers, in fact, the aQuelle Midmar Mile regularly gets some of the fastest swimmers in the world flying in to battle it out for the prestigious title!  As of this year, the winners will also hold the title of GSS – African Champions too!  But the vast majority of the 16,000 swimmers are regular mortals who just love swimming!

So no matter how you look at it, this is one of the truly great sporting events in the world… and one you want to put on your swimming bucket list.  Near the top!

Robert Kent

Jan 15 18

Stephan Widmer explains rise of butterfly stroke in Singapore swimming

by ZwemZa
Singapore's Joseph Schooling competing in the men's 100m butterfly final at the SEA Games on Aug 23, 2017. PHOTO: ST FILE

Singapore’s Joseph Schooling competing in the men’s 100m butterfly final at the SEA Games on Aug 23, 2017. PHOTO: ST FILE

For three decades, Singapore’s best swimmers were freestyle specialists, featuring the likes of Neo Chwee Kok, Ang Peng Siong, Patricia Chan and Junie Sng.

But the tide turned in favour of butterfly swimmers in the 1990s beginning with 40-time SEA Games gold medallist Joscelin Yeo.

Yeo was followed by two-time Asian Games 50m fly champion Tao Li and now Joseph Schooling, the nation’s first Olympic champion whose gold came in the 100m fly.

Asked to explain why Singaporeans seem particularly well-suited for the butterfly, national head coach Stephan Widmer pointed instead to how recent history can be a self-perpetuating phenomenon.

“The reason is probably cultural. Right now if you’re a child growing up in Brisbane (where Widmer hails from) you will be pretty much influenced to swim freestyle and if you grow up now in Singapore you have your heroes in that (butterfly) stroke,” said the Australian.

“Our butterfly model is quite good and young kids will see Jo Schooling and they will try to copy him.

Widmer compared the Republic to Japan, where it is breaststroke that reigns supreme instead owing to the past successes of multiple Olympic breaststroke champion Kosuke Kitajima.

The former coach of Australian Olympic champions Libby Trickett and Jessicah Schipper added that there are plans to diversify the variety of strokes among elite swimmers and it would be up to the national coaching team to close the gap for the other strokes on the international stage.

Said Widmer: “These things are certainly determined heavily by culture. But if we don’t have the best models in the other strokes now, then the coaches have to create them through shifts of understanding in the technical aspects, such as how a Singaporean does a breaststroke kick, or handles freestyle sprints.”

Lester Wong

Jan 15 18

Teens topple the champs in the Lorne Pier to Pub

by ZwemZa
Lorne Pier to Pub Superfish winners Lani Pallister and Hayden Cotter. Photo: Paul Jeffers

Lorne Pier to Pub Superfish winners Lani Pallister and Hayden Cotter. Photo: Paul Jeffers

Two Brisbane teenagers have given Australia’s future distance swimming stocks a boost by upsetting a crack field including Olympic and world champions in the 2018 Pier to Pub swim classic at Lorne. Hayden Cotter, 16, and Lani Pallister, 15, won the men’s and women’s Superfish section of the 1.2km annual classic, which is billed as the world’s biggest and best open-water swim. Both were swimming for the first time in the event and had earlier taken out the junior races of the ocean classic which again attracted more than 5,000 entrants.

Cotter, who once held the fastest time in the pool over 800m for a 12-year-old, showed he is equally proficient in the surf.
He defeated reigning Australian Olympic 400m champion Mack Horton and Italy’s 1500m gold medallist in Rio, Gregorio Paltrinieri.
Pallister, the daughter of former Australian swimming champion Janelle Elford, trounced ironwoman Harriet Brown, who was chasing a record seventh Pier to Pub title.
Pallister has set her sights on representing Australia at this year’s Commonwealth Games in the same distance events where her mother won national titles.

The 27 men and 13 women competing in the main race faced tough conditions with a strong headwind and outgoing tide.

But Cotter won the event in 10 minutes 54 seconds, four seconds ahead of Horton, a more than creditable time.

He swam his own race while Horton and his Italian training partner Paltrinieri teamed tactically to stymie defending champion Sam Shepard’s bid for an eighth title.

The two Olympic champions took a wide line in trying to burn off Shepard while Cotter took the inside running and was first to surface for the beach run home.

Horton, who had been beaten by Shepard in two previous attempts, admitted after the race that they had not taken Cotter’s chances into contention.

“I was keeping my eye on Greg (Paltrinieri),” Horton said.

Shepard, the Jan Juc surf gun, was left to lament the barely existent swell, and finished a distant sixth.

Racing jointly, the women’s race suffered from the stronger field of top men, which also included a group of Baywatch lifesavers from California.

But it didn’t deter the diminutive Pallister who said she was determined to swim aggressively from the start despite the wash stirred up by the men.

“I even caught a little wave,” said the budding superfish whose father Rick was a champion surf swimmer.

Asked about her first swim in freezing Victorian waters, she was equally unperturbed: “It was a little cold but a lot better than I thought it would be.”

Pallister, who clocked 11.45, blitzed the favourite Brown by a massive 12 seconds.

The six-time winner said the conditions were not to her liking. “It was really messy,” she said. “It was a rough race out there.”

An estimated 20,000 people flooded Lorne for the 37th staging of the event and Victoria’s premier beach resort town once again handled it in its stride.

Swimmers from 12 to 90 took to the surf in groups – some as large as 300 – defined by age and prowess.

“This is the best open water swim in the world,” surf swimming legend and three-time winner John Fox told the crowd on the beach after being announced as winner of the veterans class race.

Fox added that it was not just for elite swimmers. It attracts 5,000 people who take up the challenge each year as a major family and community event.

Olympic and world champions like Kieren Perkins and Daniel Kowalski have won the open race in the past.

It draws a batch of footballers, sportspeople, politicians including a Prime Minister and Premier, and motley celebrity types.

But it’s the many grandfathers and grandmothers who compete with their children and grandchildren that really make this event.

As well as the locals under the auspices of the Lorne Surf Lifesaving Club who voluntarily organise the event which began as a dare in the late ‘70s.

It has now expanded to a two-day carnival with the Mountain to Surf run on Friday and a 5,000m swim for 1,000 participants

Chris de Kretser

Jan 15 18

5000 splash their way through Lorne Pier to Pub

by ZwemZa

For nearly 40 years crowds have been gathering at Lorne to watch the brave, the fit and the determined swim the 1.2 kilometre course from the pier to the cheerfully noisy crowds gathered outside the Lorne Surf Live Savers Club.


Bernie Everett and her family at the Lorne Pier to Pub. Bernie has been taking part in the swim for 30 years and it has ...

Bernie Everett and her family at the Lorne Pier to Pub. Bernie has been taking part in the swim for 30 years and it has become a family event. Photo: Paul Jeffers

“I love the ocean,” she says. “And I love that so many people in my family are here. Family matters more than anything. We lost my wonderful brother to cancer last year. We miss him so much and I’m so thankful we are all healthy and strong enough to do this race.

“One of my sisters isn’t a confident swimmer. She tried to do this race a few years ago and couldn’t finish. But she promised that if I could get to 30 races she’d come back and give it another go for my 30th. She’s really brave. I’m so proud of her.”


Lorne Pier to Pub Superfish winners Lani Pallister and Hayden Cotter. Photo: Paul Jeffers

The days when Bernie’s whole family could swim together are long gone. Some 5000 people compete in the Pier to Pub race each year. They swim in groups of 300, staggered across the afternoon in 10 to 15-minute sets.

At the end of the course a steady stream of black wetsuited figures pour out of the ocean. A few stumbling, some at a slow walk, but most of them determined to finish at a triumphant jog.

Duncan Mortimer, swimming the Pier to Pub for the second time, was one of the few people not wearing a wetsuit in the freezing waters washing in from Bass Strait.

“Wetsuits are too claustrophobic,” he said. “I like the feel of water on my skin. It’s a bit of a shock when you first get in but after that it feels great.”


Surf lifesavers with Olympic Swimmer Mack Horton. Photo: Paul Jeffers

There’s a brisk breeze and a smattering of rain, but no one pays it any attention. From youngest competitor, Zac McInnes, who turned 12 on race day, through to 87-year-old Dorothy Dickey who has competed nearly every year since the mid ’80s, the race is a challenge, a mark of pride and a rite of passage.

Swimmers gather behind the surf club after their race, wetsuits peeled down to the waist. They talk about race times and the waves that almost rolled them. Very few are too out of breath for a broad grin. Even strangers can’t help but smile back. Pride starts with the competitors and spreads out across the entire crowd.


Competitors near the finish line. Photo: Paul Jeffers

“It’s a real community here,” Bernie Everitt says. “Everyone just feels good about the day. It’s why we all keep coming back”.

Jan 15 18

Japanese swimmer’s doping violation confirmed

by ZwemZa


The first doping violation in a domestic Japanese swimming competition has been confirmed, an official source said Sunday.

The swimmer was tested at an intercollegiate competition in Osaka Prefecture in September. The Japan Anti-Doping Agency will decide on a punishment in the coming days following the swimmer’s positive result on the “B” sample.

According to a source, the swimmer took supplements produced overseas whose labels did not mention the banned stimulants they contained. Although it is not considered a serious violation, the swimmer is likely to be found to be negligent.

The swimmer in question has participated in national freestyle sprints at the high school level but has not represented Japan in senior international competitions.


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