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Dec 17 17

Flying start to About IT Triathlon Summer Series

by ZwemZa
9 year old Keegan Cooke of Port Elizabeth successfully kicks off his defense of the About IT Triathlon Summer Series crown with a convincing win in Round 1 on Saturday at Pollok Beach.(Zsports)

19 year old Keegan Cooke of Port Elizabeth successfully kicks off his defense of the About IT Triathlon Summer Series crown with a convincing win in Round 1 on Saturday at Pollok Beach.(Zsports)

The Eastern Cape’s premier Sprint Distance Triathlon Series got under way on Saturday with the first round of the About IT Triathlon Summer Series taking place at Pollok Beach amid a strong and blustery off-shore wind.
Defending Series champion Keegan Cooke, 20, got off to a flying start on Saturday winning in a time of 1 hour 2 minutes, some 2 minutes ahead of Graeme Renand with Justin Fraenkel in 3rd place overall. Conditions were challenging on the swim section with an increasing off-shore wind which got stronger as they participants battled into it over the first half of the 20km cycle leg before enjoying it’s push on the return leg before heading off on a two lap 5km run along the beachfront.

Visiting 16 year old Durban Triathlete, Amber Schlebusch won the ladies race in a time of 1hr 12 minutes ahead of Grahamstown athlete Alexia Loizou and local Sanja Steyn. Two teams also took part on the morning with star junior triathlete Jamie Riddle teaming up with Grey High School scholar Aidan Baker to win the category. 

A host of lucky draw prizes were up for grabs including the opportunity for entrants to be in the final draw for a R10,000 Silverback bicycle from local cycle shop, Action Cycles. Hydration on the morning was sponsored by Score Energy Drink and Soga Organic with Distell giving sparkling wine to the winners and Caltex Eastern Cape having great hamper prizes.

The next Sprint Distance Triathlon will be on Wednesday morning at 8am at Pollok Beach followed by another on Saturday morning and then the final round on Tuesday 26th at Port St Francis. Full results and information available on


About IT Triathlon Summer Series
Pollok Beach, Port ELizabeth
Round 1
Saturday 16th December 2017

Sprint Distance
1 Keegan Cooke (1:02:39); 2 Graeme Renard (1:04:57); 3 Justin Fraenkel (1:08:15); 4 Ross Helliwell (1:08:23); 5 Jarryd Cooke (1:09:23); 6 Divan Du Plooy (1:10:04); 7 De Wet De Lange (1:11:36); 8 Bruce Gie (1:11:41); 9 Dan Howitz (1:12:28); 10 James Crawford (1:14:07); 11 Chris Herring (1:14:10); 12 Jason Le Roux (1:14:19); 13 Jacques Joubert (1:14:44); 14 Bryce Robertson (1:15:35); 15 Hal Snyman (1:16:38); 16 alcolm Vorster (1:17:22); 17 Andrew Bosch (1:18:12); 18 Mark Bosch (1:18:13); 19 Ettienne Ludick (1:19:28); 20 Jose Coelho (1:20:11); 

Ladies: 1 Amber Schlebusch (1:12:41); 2 Alexia Loizou (1:16:07); 3 Sanja Steyn (1:21:48); 4 Charne Hiscock (1:24:12); 5 Rebecca Van Der Merwe (1:24:52); 6 Carey Pohl (1:33:50); 7 Stefan Oosthuizen (1:38:41); 8 Michelle Cronje (1:44:32); 9 Louise Fletcher (1:45:47); 10 Debbi Hudson (1:46:19); 11 Cheryl Gibson-dicks (1:47:05); 12 Jordan Gerber (1:48:16); 13 Belinda Cole (1:50:19); 14 Ansie Van Der Merwe (1:56:57); 15 Ernsl Conradie-venter (2:08:09); 16 Esme Van Niekerk (2:08:09); 


Dec 17 17

Eleven more Commonwealth Games QT’s posted on Day 2 of KZNA Premier Championships

by ZwemZa
Cameron van der Burgh @stevehaagsports

Cameron van der Burgh @stevehaagsports

With Chad le Clos and Cameron van der Burgh back in the water, the Commonwealth Games Qualifying times continued to tumble on the second day of the KZN Aquatics Premier Championships at the Kings Park Aquatics Centre in Durban on Sunday evening.

Full Results

Van der Burgh turned up the tempo as he posted a Commonwealth Games qualifying time in the final of the 100m breaststroke in a golden 59.89 ahead of Michael Houlie, who, besides winning the silver, also dipped under the required 1:02.46, and added his name to the qualification list in 1:01.98. The bronze went to Brenden Crawford in 1:03.82.

Jarryd Baxter (Gallo Images)

Jarryd Baxter (Gallo Images)

Le Clos and Jarryd Baxter celebrated their Commonwealth Games qualification times in the 200m freestyle, finishing first and second in 1:48.28 and 1:50.79, respectively, while the bronze medal was claimed by Calvyn Justus in 1:51.55.

Le Clos was once again victorious in the 50m butterfly in 24.06, followed by Ryan Coetzee in 24.19 and Ralph Goveia in 24.54.

Mariella Venter (Photo by Steve Haag)

Mariella Venter (Photo by Steve Haag)

The phenomenal performances continued with Mariella Venter, who raced to the gold and a Commonwealth Games qualification time of 1:02.55 in the 100m backstroke, followed by Nathania van Niekerk in 1:02.79 and Naomi Ruele in 1:04.21.

Erin Gallagher had another fantastic day of swimming, bagging her second Commonwealth Games qualification, this time in the 50m freestyle, breaking her own 2015 KZN Record with a new time of 25.35. The silver and bronze went to Emma Chelius and Olivia Nel, both touching the wall in Commonwealth Games qualification times of 25.66 and 26.06, respectively.

In the 200m freestyle, 15 year old Dune Coetzee became the ninth swimmer of the night to add her name to the list of Commonwealth Games qualifiers when she finished in 2:02.68 ahead of Marlies Ross in 2:03.04 and Kristin Bellingan in 2:03.68.

Erin Gallagher

Erin Gallagher

Ayrton Sweeney and Luan Grobbelaar were over the moon as they confirmed their Commonwealth Games qualification times in the 400m individual medley, finishing in 4:16.53 and 4:22.58, to the required 4:26.93, while Neil Fair walked away with the bronze in 4:29.89.

In the age group events, there was no stopping Luca Holtzhausen (13) as he sped to three gold medals and three new KZN Records.

In the 100m breaststroke, Holtzhausen beat out the competition with a new KZN Record time of 1:08.88, breaking the 2013 time of 1:09.11, which was held by Gareth Kemp. The youngster followed that with a win in the 200m freestyle, clocking a new KZN Record of 1:59.63, to Kevin Bargate’s 2012 time of 2:00.42; and finished the evening off with a gold medal in the 50m butterfly with a new KZN Record of 27.09, beating his own time of 27.24 from earlier in the year.

The remaining 100m breaststroke winners were Connor Reinders (11) in 1:25.52 and Matthew Sates (14) in 1:08.10, while the 200m freestyle gold medals went to Ricky Lottering (11) in 2:25.14 and Gavin Smith (15) in 1:58.77. Lottering and Smith also grabbed the gold in the 50m butterfly in 32.18 and 26.25, respectively.

Jessica Carmody (10), Emma Christianson (12) and Tailyn Seyffert (15) won their respective 100m backstroke age group races in 1:19.64, 1:09.99 and 1:06.43, while the 50m freestyle gold medals were claimed by Kirsten Cottrell (11) in 30.72, Melanie Cooke (13) in 28.67 and Kirsten de Goede (14) in 27.14.

De Goede scooped her second gold of the night in the 200m freestyle in 2:08.06, with the other age group gold medals going to Milla Drakopoulos (11) in 2:31.62 and Lise Coetzee (12) in 2:14.60.

The KZN Aquatics Premier Championships and Commonwealth Games Trials will continue Monday with the heats starting at 09h00 while the finals will begin at 17h00 daily.

Qualifying Times following Day 02 – Commonwealth Games:

  • Calvyn Justus – 100m backstroke (55.57)
  • Ayrton Sweeney – 200m breaststroke (2:11.64)
  • Ayrton Sweeney – 400m individual medley (4:16.53)
  • Erin Gallagher – 100m butterfly (58.93)
  • Erin Gallagher – 50m freestyle (25.35)
  • Brent Szurdoki – 400m freestyle (3:53.24)
  • Cameron van der Burgh – 100m breaststroke (59.89)
  • Michael Houlie – 100m breaststroke (1:01.98)
  • Mariella Venter – 100m backstroke (1:02.55)
  • Chad le Clos – 200m freestyle (1:48.28)
  • Jarryd Baxter – 200m freestyle (1:50.79)
  • Emma Chelius – 50m freestyle (25.66)
  • Olivia Nel – 50m freestyle (26.06)
  • Dune Coetzee – 200m freestyle (2:02.68)
  • Luan Grobbelaar – 400m individual medley (4:22.58)

Qualifying times for the 2018 Commonwealth Games:

Male Female
23.26 50m Freestyle 26.06
50.64 100m Freestyle 56.82
1:51.50 200m Freestyle 2:02.83
3:56.14 400m Freestyle 4:19.34
800 Freestyle 8:56.71
15:44.74 1500m Freestyle
55.95 100m Backstroke 1:02.73
2:02.70 200m Backstroke 2:16.13
1:02.46 100m Breaststroke 1:09.95
2:15.70 200m Breaststroke 2:31.02
54.12 100m Butterfly 1:00.53
2:01.38 200m Butterfly 2:14.31
2:04.43 200m Ind Medley 2:18.08
4:26.93 400m Ind Medley 4:52.97
Dec 17 17

The open-water swimmer

by ZwemZa
(arena coaches)

(arena coaches)

Even though water is definitely your element, do you find the lanes of a swimming pool a bit too claustrophobic? Do you like to lose yourself in the relentless rhythm of your arm strokes after having carefully studied the “route” to take? Well that means you are an open-water swimmer.

This kind of “ultra-endurance swimmer” is even tougher and stronger, if that is possible, than a long-distance swimmer in the pool. The kind of characteristics you need are not just physical but also, and I might say ABOVE ALL, tactical and cognitive.

Tactical because you need to swim on the heels of your fellow competitors and know all about their strengths and weaknesses. Cognitive because the details of the “environments” in which you will be swimming, i.e. the weather conditions and currents, can make all the difference.

Another important aspect are the trajectories you take, because the distances you swim are never that precise due to currents, fellow competitors and all kinds of unforeseen circumstances….. even the organisers’ information can be off the mark.

That is why, as well as getting used to swimming without the usual reference marks provided by the edges of the pool and the blue line along the bottom, you need to raise your head and shoulders slightly when you are swimming, looking ahead for markers like buoys or buildings along the shoreline or lakeside.

Ultra-long distance swimmers do not need to monitor their heartrate to set the intensity of their training sessions, because they will always be working more or less at full intensity.

Training will inevitably be in the pool, although they can also “attempt” a few outdoor swims wearing a wetsuit even during the colder months. Just like all other athletes, it is a good idea to stretch and warm-up on dry land, using elastic bands and performing suitable exercises, to prevent injuries. And, to make pool sessions less boring, my advice is to use accessories like Hand paddles, a Pullkick (or Pullkick Pro) and Swim Keel, which can help you increase the intensity of your training.

All you need to do now is plan your race schedule and enjoy the freedom of swimming out in the seas – or lakes – you have chosen!

Arena Coaches

Dec 17 17

How to increase our self-esteem with swimming

by ZwemZa

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Among the many benefits of swimming, which we have already spoken of on several occasions, we can also increase our self-esteem thanks to the attainment of clearly defined objectives, to accomplish with perseverance and determination. Self-esteem, in fact, understood as the perception we have of our personal value and quality, can also increase through sports that promote personal fulfilment and the pursuit of happiness. Self-esteem also plays a very important role in relationships because, to feel good with others, we must first be able to feel good about ourselves.

Why does swimming increase our self-esteem?

Moving with ease in an extraneous element such as water requires a real skill, and learning it can only make us better even on a psychological level. In addition to swimming, you get used to being alone for many hours, relying on your own strength and ability. But if carrying out sports endeavours to completion represents a nice boost of confidence in ourselves and in our abilities, it would be wrong to base our motivation solely on the results and the extraordinary feats that we have completed. Let’s see why.

Let’s looks at managing and considering the opinions of others

The mistake that many incur is to boast about their sport results with friends and family members, seeking their approval and believing that it will increase their motivation. Realistically, the quest for visibility and appreciation of sport performance has only negative consequences, because when we fail to achieve the goal or find new stimuli, we could have a heavy blow, psychologically. We need to do sports for ourselves, not to please, impress or win over those around us.

And what is the best way to gain confidence?

It will seem obvious but it has to do with how we see ourselves through our own eyes. It’s a personal pleasure that goes beyond the judgment of others. In the case of swimming, although it is often an underestimated aspect, it is important to choose the “right” swimsuit, the swimsuit that values us and makes us smile when we wear it. And if we add the physical and aesthetic benefits of a sport activity in the water our self-esteem can only benefit us!

How to have the physique of a triathlete!

It is normal when doing sports on a frequent basis that we expect to see visible improvements, also physically. Getting rid of that annoying belly, sculpting your buttocks or slimming down your arms can only be good for you, improving your relationship with yourself in the mirror and increasing self-esteem. The problem is that these results are not visible in the short term but in the long term. If you are at the beginning this can be a bit daunting.

But there is a solution for everything; it only depends on our desire to do it. To amplify this purely “aesthetic effect” even more, the solution could be to combine three sports, uniting running and biking to your activity in the pool. A multi-sport strategy that offers many benefits: can reduce the risk of accidents (doing different sports means lengthening the recovery time between sessions), increases motivation, socialisation and makes us more beautiful and harmonious. The aesthetic model of the triathlete is more balanced, with well-developed muscles, broad shoulders, good posture and localised and minimised fat.

Do you find yourself in these suggestions? How has swimming been able to increase your self-esteem? Tell us about your experience!


Dec 17 17

Interview with Tyler Clary: US Olympic gold medalist swimmer

by ZwemZa
Tyler Clary looks at the scoreboard after a 400-meter individual medley preliminary heat at the Arena Grand Prix swim meet Friday, April 25, 2014, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Tyler Clary looks at the scoreboard after a 400-meter individual medley preliminary heat at the Arena Grand Prix swim meet Friday, April 25, 2014, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Olympic gold medalist swimmer Tyler Clary chatted with Digital Journal about his career as a professional swimmer for Team USA.

At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Clary triumphed in the 200 meter backstroke, where he won the gold medal (besting Japanese swimmer Ryosuke Irie and fellow American swimmer Ryan Lochte) with an Olympic record time, and he heard the U.S. national anthem played in his honor. “It was really, really cool. It is hard to boil down that entire experience in a couple of words: it was shocking, it was obviously memorable, and it taught me a lot about myself,” he said. “I wasn’t used to hearing the national anthem, so it was weird. Most often, on the podium, I was up there for second or third place. It was very surreal of them to honor me for the first time with the national anthem.”

On the key of longevity in swimming, Clary said, “You need to have a good team of people around you, from my coach to my trainers. I wouldn’t have been able to do all that without a strong team of people around me. You need to have a balance outside of the pool. Also, don’t forget why you love the sport, and loving the people that you are with every day and loving what you do.”

Earlier this year, Clary coached at the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut. “I am no longer there, but I am working on my racing career and doing swim clinics. I was there last month for about five days to work with the kids, and I will be their coach for a camp that we are doing in Florida in February.

When asked to look back in a rear-view mirror and reflect on the last decade, he responded, “I see a lot of lessons learned. I see a lot of things learned about myself outside of the lessons that I learned. I see a lot of friends and a lot of cool places visited. Swimming has allowed me to do a number of really awesome things, and it’s hard to forget about all that. I look back on swimming, for the most part, with a smile.”

Clary is working on his racing career. “I try to keep my fans updated with my swim clinics and my racing. I’m trying to convert a lot of my swimming ‘fans’ into racing fans, so I post about that on social media. I try to race sports cars professionally now.”

He defined the word success as follows: “Everything is always a journey. Success is a combination of what happens along that journey. if you can say that you are better at the end of that journey, I would call that success.”

Digital transformation of aquatics

On the impact of technology in the swimming world, Clary said, “As it relates to suits, in 2008 and 2009, we were at the most advanced level, and then a lot of the big tech suits got banned, which is unfortunate. Lately, there hasn’t been a whole lot of change as far as the suits go, but we are getting a lot better in logging our workouts and monitor certain metrics. We’ve gotten better with bio-mechanics for sure. You can see the increased levels of performance out of the entire swimming community. We are dropping records and we are dropping times. In 2009, everybody said that all these world records will never be broken, and here we stand eight years later, with many times and records dropped.

For his dedicated fans, he said, “Thank you for supporting me and believing in me. There were many times, to be honest, when I was down about the sport and my performance in general, and it was very helpful to look at the messages that I would have from fans, and to realize that there is so much more that goes into every one of my swims for a lot of people. There are a lot of people that look up to me and what I do. That was empowering and inspiring!”

To learn more about Olympic gold medalist Tyler Clary, check out his official Facebook page, and follow him on Twitter.

Dec 17 17

Wrap Euro SC Champs: Day 4 – Peaty’s first-ever SC title comes with ER, Hosszu strikes 6/6

by ZwemZa
Adam Peaty gives away gold medal after securing World Championship place

Adam Peaty gives away gold medal after securing World Championship place

Britain’s Adam Peaty did something he’d never done before: the British superstar won a major short-course title. It came with the European record right away on the penultimate day of the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Copenhagen. Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu completed her mission, winning all six events she competed in as she added two more titles to her tally. The Netherlands brought down one more mixed relay WR, this time in the 4x50m free.

Full Results
Adam Peaty has been unbeaten for four years, collected all titles on offer in breaststroke, bettered the world records seven times – but it all happened in long-course. Until Day 5 he could clinch silver medals in the 25m pool in the previous years and a bronze in the 50m here in Copenhagen. Now the story had a different ending: Peaty won a magnificent battle against Fabio Scozzoli (ITA) and Kirill Prigoda (RUS) and he did in style as he bettered the European record (55.94).
However, Peaty didn’t keep his historical gold too long. As soon as the victory march concluded he gave it to a young spectator who, with dozens of other kids cheering at the athletes’ exit, was honoured with a life-lasting memory holding the treasure in her hand.


Ruta Meilutyte (AP)

Ruta Meilutyte (AP)

The other 100m breaststroke title, among the women, went to Ruta Meilutyte. After a shorter setback in the previous years, the Lithuanian confirmed her return to the big stage by making the 50m-100m double here.


Katinka Hosszu (Arena)

Katinka Hosszu (Arena)

Katinka Hosszu remained on the big stage – in fact, the Hungarian superhero was in the spotlight again as she managed to match her 6-gold medal haul from Netanya. In 2015 she was 6-0-1, now she finished her campaign in Copenhagen with a perfect 6/6 (let the 400m free go on the last day, where she had claimed bronze two years ago). Hosszu added the 200m IM and 50m back titles to her tally this evening, thus completing the triple in the medley and in the backstroke. In the IM event she came 1-2 with compatriot Evelyn Verraszto, a feat they produced once seven years ago, at the long-course Europeans in Budapest.
France got its first title in this meet, courtesy of Charlotte Bonnet who won a brilliant race in the 200m free. The men’s 50m fly produced one of the closest races in the history of the Europeans as the first four hit the wall within 0.02 seconds. The top finishers were: Aleksandr Popkov (RUS) 22.42, Andriy Govorov (UKR, winner of the last three editions) 22.43, Ben Proud (GBR), tied with Sebastian Sabo (SRB) 22.44…
The Netherlands captured their third relay title in the Royal Arena, after the women’s 4x50m free and the mixed medley they won the mixed free too – again, with a new world record.

Flash Quotes
Women’s 100m breaststroke
Ruta Meilutyte, Lithuania, 1:03.79
“I was really nervous before the final, I was just concentrating on swim fast, fast, fast. It was a quite painful swim towards the and but I’m really happy because I’ve made it.”
Jenna Laukkanen, Finland, 1:04.25
“I’ve got a lot of racing the it’s more and more getting into my body. It was a good feeling during the race for most of the time but over the last ten metres pain took over. I’m satisfied with my time, it’s a personal best. It’s always great to race against Ruta, it means a tough competition but I enjoy those very much.”
Jessica Vall Montero, Spain, 1:04.80
“This is a very good result for me because I’m more of a 200m breaststroke swimmer. A good sign for tomorrow’s 200m race.”
Women’s 200m IM
Katinka Hosszu, Hungary, 2:04.43
“I’m capable of clocking 2:01 but to be honest it’s a bit difficult hard to swim really well while you lack pressure from the others. On backstroke I was already alone… Still, my target is always to bring the best out of myself – today I’ve managed to achieve what you saw.”
Evelyn Verraszto, Hungary, 2:08.09
“I was fortunate not to swim beside Katinka as we all knew she would swim a different race and those next to her might be affected by the vision of her moving ahead and perhaps by the waves, too. I was to quit swimming after the World Champs in Budapest this summer but since it didn’t go as planned I decided to carry on. It was worth – though I know this wasn’t the best field, I’m still pretty happy with this medal.”
Ilaria Cusinato, Italy, 2:08.19
“This was not expected at all. These two last years were very difficult for me without major results. Eventually I’ve managed to achieve my goals but I’m still not believing it.”
Women’s 200m freestyle 
Charlotte Bonnet, France, 1:52.19
“I’m just too happy! I’ve dreamt of it for a long time. As I improved my basic speed I had good results in the 100m free earlier in these championships and this gave me full confidence for this 200m.
Femke Heemskerk, Netherlands, 1:53.41
“I wasn’t happy with the time but I am with the silver medal. I knew Charlotte would be very fast, tried to keep up with her but couldn’t catch her. My stroke was OK, long as planned so when I looked at the scoreboard I thought my time was 1:52 but wasn’t really visible at first and then I recognised it was 1:53 and that was a huge disappointment.
Veronika Andrusenko, Russia, 1:53.75
“I’m so happy because I won a medal and I’ve just got married so my new name has been graved to this medal. I was a little bit sick beforehand so the result is fine with me but not my time.”
Men’s 100m breaststroke
Adam Peaty, Great Britain, 55.94 – ER
“Finally I made it. Compared to my previous short-course swims, I think it was the experience I gained which made the difference today. Got used to the Arena too. Anyway, I’m still a long-course swimmer.”
Fabio Scozzoli, Italy, 56.15
“I didn’t see anything around me. I felt well today but didn’t yesterday during the semis. I felt a bit tired after the 50s and the relays. You know, I’m 29 years old…
Kirill Prigoda, Russia, 56.28
“I’m not so happy, I’m not satisfied with my swim. I don’t what happened.”
Men’s 50m butterfly
Aleksandr Popkov, Russia, 22.42
“I just wanted to be in the top three, no matter what medal I got. Of course, I’m pretty happy with the gold but I definitely wanted a better time, it’s a bit disappointing, to be honest.”
Andriy Govorov, Ukraine, 22.43
“Why do we have this wall at the 25m? Actually I prefer to swimming long-course. I won this title three times in a row I just missed the fourth by 0.01sec.”
Benjamin Proud, Great Britain, 22.44
“I’m really happy and satisfied, despite I qualified to the final first. I’m on the podium now to it’s pretty good as in the 50m anything can happen.”
Sebastian Sabo, Serbia, 22.44
“When we touched the wall at the turn I saw that everybody was together then I started to swim faster and stronger as I knew really everything could happen. When I recognised that I came third it was amazing for me. My goal was to be in the final but to win a bronze it’s simply wonderful.”
Women’s 50m backstroke
Katinka Hosszu, Hungary, 25.95
“At last a personal best, the first at these European Championships! I’ve managed to put this session together mentally and I’m really proud that I could clock this time after the 200 IM. Not many swimmer are able to go under 26sec, it’s a great feeling that I belong to them.”
Alicja Tchorz, Poland, 26.09
“I finished 7th in the 100m so this was my last chance to win a medal. I though I could make the podium, so I’m really happy now.”
Maaike de Waard, Netherlands, 26.40
“I didn’t expect anything from this race as I knew I would be very close. Now I have a second bronze medal in 50m following the butterfly a few days ago. I like both strokes, there is no preference.”
Mixed 4x50m freestyle relay
Netherlands (Ranomi Kromowidjojo), 1:28.39 – WR
“Mixed relays have become more and more important that’s why we take very seriously. We were swimming inside the world record so everybody was at full speed.”
Russia (Vladimir Morozov), 1:28.53
“We wanted to win, maybe next time we can. I’m only happy with the medal, in the relay anything can happen.”
Italy (Federica Pellegrini), 1:29.38
“Our tactic was to swim fast which is obvious in 50m, here nothing else matters. I’m really proud of the team so we are satisfied with the third place.”

Dec 16 17

Gold Coast 2018 superstore opens in Broadbeach

by ZwemZa
Toys of Games mascot Borobi, as well as other memorabilia will be available at the new superstore ©Gold Coast 2018

Toys of Games mascot Borobi, as well as other memorabilia will be available at the new superstore ©Gold Coast 2018

The official opening of Queensland’s largest ever event merchandise store – dedicated to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games – has taken place in Victoria Park in Broadbeach.

The superstore is the third and largest official Gold Coast 2018 shop following outlets opened at Gold Coast Airport and Surfers Paradise.

According to Gold Coast 2018 chief executive Mark Peters, the 800 square metre store can expect up to 5,000 visitors every day during the Games.

Chairman of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation, Peter Beattie, said such stores have been part of the fabric of the Olympic and Commonwealth Games movement for more than 20 years.

“Since the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games large footprint stores like this have given Games fans a memorable retail experience,” he said.

“The Gold Coast 2018 superstore range will include t-shirts, sweatshirts, accessories, collectables, homewares, mascot toys, the team Australia range and many more items of memorabilia.

“There has never been a range like it in Commonwealth Games history with literally something for everyone on every shelf and rack.”

wimmer Brooke Hanson says seeing supporters in Australian colours would help the home athletes at next year's Commonwealth Games ©Getty Images

Swimmer Brooke Hanson says seeing supporters in Australian colours would help the home athletes at next year’s Commonwealth Games ©Getty Images

Olympic, world and Commonwealth Games swimming medallist Brooke Hanson added: “It’s the ultimate dream for any athlete to win gold in front of their home crowd.

“Visible home support makes a huge difference, so it would be amazing for everyone in the Australian team to look into the crowds and see our supporters wearing the team colours.

“It is fantastic that fans will have such a huge range of items to choose from to get behind the athletes.

“We’re all aiming to do Australia proud.”

Thomas Giles

Dec 16 17

12 Phrases you hear at swim practice

by ZwemZa
Cover Lane RopesSwim practice is sometimes a challenge to many athletes, but the banter that emanates from the pool is similar in many respects throughout the world. Here are some typical phrases that come from the Coach as well as the athletes.
1) “How Many Was That?”

We’re faced with a couple of options when we are asked this very delicate question. Do we know the answer? Did coach ask it? Can we get away with saying we’re done when we’re really not? This question raises it’s own questions.

2) “What Stroke Is This?”

Duuuuuuuuuuuude please start listening. My time on the wall is to be spent catching my breath and not telling you things you should already know.

3) “On The Top”

This is a swimmer phrase that’s code for “leave when the clock hits :00 (or :60)”.

4) “On The Bottom”

This is a swimmer phrase that’s code for “leave when the clock hits :30”.

5) “And We’re Going To Do That 10 Times”

You don’t want to hear this. You just don’t.

6) “Bring Your Shoes Tomorrow”

You had better hope coach isn’t talking about shoes to kick in when you hear this at practice.

7) “Can I Go In front Of You?”

I’ve been touching your feet all practice long. Please. Please. Let me go in front of you.

8) “Do We Really Have Time For That?”

There’s 30 minutes left in practice and according to my math….this set will take a minimum of 47 minutes. What’s the deal coach?

9) “Will Coach Notice If I Break Stroke?”

Yes. A better question is whether or not he will bring it up.

10) “Can I Use The Restroom?”

This is typically answered with a yes. In the instance that this question is asked during the main set, however, it may be met with a no.

11) “I Lost Count”

Ohhhhhh great. Now we get to start the entire set over again. Thanks. Thanks a lot.

12) “Go Five Seconds Back”


Dec 16 17

Four Commonwealth Games Qualification Times on the first day of the KZNA Premier Championships

by ZwemZa
Calvyn Justus (Twitter)

Calvyn Justus (Twitter)

South Africa’s top swimming talent celebrated the Day of Reconciliation in true South African style with a total of four Commonwealth Games Qualification times during the opening day of the KZN Aquatics Premier Championships at the Kings Park Aquatics Centre on Saturday evening.

Full Results

First in the water and first to achieve a Commonwealth Games qualification time was 22 year old Calvyn Justus with a golden 55.57, to the required 55.95, while the silver was claimed by Jacques van Wyk in 56.44 and the bronze by Martin Binedell in 57.01.

The excitement continued as Ayrton Sweeney also added his name to the Commonwealth Games qualification list in the 200m breaststroke, just under five seconds ahead of the competition in 2:11.64 to Luan Grobbelaar’s 2:16.83 and Bailey Musgrave’s 2:17.10.

A quick start earned Erin Gallagher the gold medal and her first Commonwealth Games qualification time in the 100m butterfly, touching the wall in 58.93, to the 1:00.53 requirement, followed by Dune Coetzee (1:01.15) in second and Chloe Horne (1:03.94) in third.

Brent Szurdoki was on top of the world in the final of the 400m freestyle, posting a Commonwealth Games qualification time of 3:53.24 and overtaking Jacques Janse van Rensburg and Eben Vorster in the process, who finished second and third in 3:57.47 and 3:58.75, respectively.

In other results, Tatjana Schoenmaker was happy with her 50m breaststroke win in 31.44, while Kaylene Corbett was second in 32.36 and Hanim Abrahams third in 32.56, while the 400m individual medley first place went to Jessica Whelan in 4:55.25, followed by Marlies Ross in 4:55.32 and Samantha Randle in 4:56.81.

KZN Aquatics Premier Championships Age Group

In the age group races, the 11 and under 50m breaststroke gold went to Emily Martens (10) in 39.05, ahead of Monica Botha (10) in 41.13 and Chloe Graff (11) in 41.91, while the 12-13 category was won by Emma Kuhn (12) in 35.06, Georgia Butcher (13) came second in 35.99 and Kelly-Ann Brown (12) third in 37.52. In the 14-15 age group 50m breaststroke race, Paige Brombacher (14) walked away with the gold in 33.83 ahead of Tailyn Seyffert (15) in 34.42 and Shana Hurndall (15) in 36.30.

In the 11 and under 100m backstroke, the top spot was claimed by Enrico Vorbeck (11) in 1:16.65, with the silver going to Luca Sandri (10) in 1:17.17 and the bronze to Joshua Paton (11) in 1:18.81. The top three places in the 14-15 100m backstroke went to Jacob Armon (14) in 1:01.65, Michael Duckham (15) in 1:02.23 and Denilson Cyprianos (15) in 1:02.49.

Luca Holtzhausen had a flying start to the competition, winning gold in the 100m backstroke and 200m breaststroke 12-13 age group category in 1:02.31 and 2:30.16, respectively.

Connor Reinders (11) was victorious in the 11 and under 200m breaststroke in 3:05.63, followed by Lukas Smithers (11) in 3:07.31 and Vorbeck (11) in 3:16.99, while Matthew Sates’ time of 2:27.33 won him the 14-15 gold, with the silver going to Tyron Klynhans in 2:33.01 and the bronze to Armon in 2:34.44.

The 11 and under 100m butterfly medal podium was made up of Kate Andersson (1:19.38), Chloe Graaff (1:20.06) and Amy Rabe (1:21.22), while the 12-13 race winners were Emma Christianson in 1:06.65, Luchelle Oosthuizen in 1:08.92 and Ambrin Pienaar in 1:10.00, with the gold, silver and bronze went to Kirsten de Goede, Tailyn Seyffert and Tori Oliver in 1:03.58, 1:05.93 and 1:06.60, respectively.

The KZN Aquatics Premier Championships and Commonwealth Games Trials will continue Sunday with the heats starting at 09h00 while the finals will begin at 17h00 daily.

Qualifying Times following Day 01 – Commonwealth Games:

  • Calvyn Justus – Seagulls – 100m backstroke (55.57)
  • Ayrton Sweeney – Seagulls – 200m breaststroke (2:11.64)
  • Erin Gallagher – Seagulls – 100m butterfly (58.93)
  • Brent Szurdoki – Waterborne – 400m freestyle (3:53.24)

Qualifying times for the 2018 Commonwealth Games:

Male Female
50m Freestyle 26.06
50.64 100m Freestyle 56.82
1:51.50 200m Freestyle 2:02.83
3:56.14 400m Freestyle 4:19.34
800 Freestyle 8:56.71
15:44.74 1500m Freestyle
55.95 100m Backstroke 1:02.73
2:02.70 200m Backstroke 2:16.13
1:02.46 100m Breaststroke 1:09.95
2:15.70 200m Breaststroke 2:31.02
54.12 100m Butterfly 1:00.53
2:01.38 200m Butterfly 2:14.31
2:04.43 200m Ind Medley 2:18.08
4:26.93 400m Ind Medley 4:52.97

Supplied by SSA & edited by ZwemZa

Dec 16 17

FINA and FIVB the latest International Federations to confirm receipt of WADA data on Russian athletes

by ZwemZa


The International Swimming Federation (FINA) and International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) have become the latest bodies to confirm they have received new information from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) about Russian athletes implicated in a database obtained from the Moscow Laboratory.

It comes after the names of around 300 Russian athletes were given to International Federations (IFs) by WADA in Lausanne on Thursday (December 14).

All of the athletes are thought to have tested positive before being awarded negative results between April 2012 and September 2015.

FINA has confirmed that it has taken note of new information from the laboratory information management system (LIMS) database, which was obtained by WADA last month, and other related information.

“We will study them carefully,” the organisation said in a statement sent to TASS.

“We will also work closely with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and WADA on all necessary investigations.

“The protection of honest, clean athletes has always been our priority.”

The FIVB said it is in the process of studying and analysing the information from WADA.

“If necessary, we will act in accordance with the medical and anti-doping regulations of the FIVB,” the organisation said in a statement sent to TASS.

“The International Volleyball Federation pursues a policy of zero tolerance in matters of doping.

“It is 100 per cent committed to protecting clean athletes.”

FINA and the FIVB have followed world football’s governing body FIFA in confirming they have received new information from WADA.

One IF that has confirmed it has not received anything is the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG).

“The FIG did not receive any lists of Russian athletes from WADA,” the organisation told TASS.

WADA director of intelligence and investigations, Günter Younger, informed representatives of more than 25 IFs of the names of the 300 Russian athletes under suspicion.

They claim to be confident that new evidence will ensure that cases which “have previously hit a dead-end can be resumed and new cases can be initiated – a number of which we believe will result in athletes being sanctioned”.

Both summer and winter sports were among 60 IF representatives present in Lausanne alongside officials from the IOC, International Paralympic Committee and other unspecified anti-doping organisations.

Athletes identified include those who would be expected to compete at next year’s Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.

The obtaining of the LIMS database, achieved without Russian cooperation, was hailed as a major breakthrough in the ongoing investigation into institutional doping and sample tampering by the world’s largest country.

It is thought to have corroborated much of the evidence provided by whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov, the former head of the Moscow Laboratory.

A copy of the information in the LIMS database was given to the IOC-commissioned Schmid Commission before their recommendation last week which culminated in their verdict that there was a “systemic manipulation” of the anti-doping system at events including Sochi 2014.

This led to the IOC ruling that Russian athletes must compete under a neutral flag at Pyeongchang 2018.

Daniel Etchells

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