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Sep 12 19

R U OK: Swimming’s Campbell sisters talk the highs and lows of being an Olympic athlete

by ZwemZa

7NEWS Chief Reporter Chris Reason speaks with Cate and Bronte Campbell.Image: 7NEWS

Underneath the Coat of Arms of an Olympic athlete is a human who experiences intense highs and lows.

Just ask Australian swimming champions Cate and Bronte Campbell.

“People think of these athletes as superhero figures, it’s important that you can feel you don’t have to live up to that,” Bronte Campbell told 7NEWS Chief reporter Chris Reason in an exclusive sit-down interview with the pair.

Cate says loneliness can be a big issue for elite athletes who bear the burden of expectation.

“You feel alone.”

“We live in a society where you’re not allowed to fail and struggle,” Cate said.

To help athletes like the Campbell sisters, an online TV program has been launched to help them deal with the moments off the track, for when life goes off the rails.

Olympians past and present offer their best advice on all things mental health, nutrition, family and finances during the series of 30-minute wellness shows that air The Olympic Team’s official Facebook page.

Sense of community

Former Olympic swimmer Daniel Kowalski says the shows are about creating a sense of community for athletes.

“So they feel like they’re part of the Olympic movement for the rest of their lives,” he said.

But the Olympic Committee says the important thing about the project is that it’s not only available to those who’ve worn the green and gold.

The public is invited – and encouraged – to watch.

“It’s also nice to give people a little bit of a peak into our world, it feels really mysterious, but it’s nice to let people in a little bit,” said Bronte Campbell.

Professor of Psychological Medicine and RUOK Day conversation guru Nick Glozier says most of the athletes he helps aren’t struggling because they’re athletes, but because they are human.

“Most of the athletes I work with are people who’ve come to me because of depression, anxiety and sleep problems. They’re people I see because they’ve become unwell,” Glozier told the web series.

Make it a priority

Glozier says its vital people prioritise their mental health, above their physical health.

“There’s no health without mental health. You can’t have good physical health without good mental health.”

“The world we live in is a knowledge world; it’s a world where everything you do relies upon motivation, upon good decision making, on engaging well with people, on communicating with people and if you’ve got mental ill-health you can’t do any of those things as other people can.

“If you are going to maximise what you are doing in life and actually live a good life you need good mental health.”

Chris Reason and Sarah Wiedersehn | 7 News

Sep 12 19

South Africa at Para World Swimming Championships in London

by ZwemZa

Coach Theo Verster and Christian Sadie (TeamSA)

The South African team produced another excellent day in the pool at the World Para Swimming Championships in London yesterday, Wednesday, 11th September 2019.

None of the country’s swimmers were involved on the second day of the Championships on Tuesday, but they were back in action the following day.

Commonwealth Games silver medallist Christian Sadie finished seventh in the men’s 100m breaststroke SB7 final clocking a new African Record of 1:23.72. Sadie chopped more than a second-and-a-half off his personal best that he posted during the morning heats, which was also a continental record. Colombia’s Carlos Zarate Serrano won the race in a time of 1:11.31.

Franco Smit continued to show-off his fine form at the Championships, smashing the 50m freestyle S12 continental record. He set a new African mark in the morning heats with a time of 25.51 and finished seventh in the evening’s final with a time of 25.30, slicing 0.21secs off the time he set earlier in the day.

Adding to the day of records, Cornelle Leach raced to a new personal best in the women’s 50m freestyle S12 with a time of 32.75. Leach finished 12th overall missing out on a place in the final.

The World Para Swimming Championships is held in the same venue as the London 2012 Paralympics and is a crucial qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Games. The championships will run until September 15.

SA IPC Swimming Team in London are:


Hendrik van der Merwe

Christian Sadie

Hendri Herbst

Franco Smit


Alani Ferreira

Cornel Leach

Supplied by Swimming South Africa

Sep 12 19

South African junior swimming team opened the 13th CANA Junior Africa Swimming Championships with 23 medals

by ZwemZa

Matthew Sates (news24)

A phenomenal start for the youth of Mzansi as the 13th CANA Junior Africa Swimming Championships got underway in Tunis, Tunisia yesterday, Wednesday, 11th September 2019.

The South African swimming team opened the competition with a total of 23 medals (15 gold, 6 silver and 2 bronze).

Trinity Hearne and Veronique Rossouw were the gold and silver duo in the 15-16 age group 50m butterfly, clocking 28.62 and 28.66, respectively, and followed that performance with a silver medal for Rossouw in 2:08.21 and a bronze medal for Hearne in 2:08.35 in the 200m freestyle.

Lara van Niekerk was in top form, winning the 15-16 100m breaststroke in 1:10.07 and the 200m individual medley in 2:21.46, while SA’s Dakota Turner claimed the silver in the breaststroke event in 1:12.10 and Hearne the bronze in the medley race in 2:23.95.

SA’s Lisa Klen made her way to the top of the medal podium on two occasions, winning the 13-14 100m breaststroke in 1:15.13 and the 200m individual medley in 2:27.71, while in the 13-14 200m freestyle, it was Lise Coetzee that won the gold in 2:09.06.

Matthew Sates and Matthew Randle scooped the gold and silver in the 15-16 100m breaststroke, clocking 1:03.35 and 1:05.14, respectively, while the 13-14 age-group 100m breaststroke gold medal went to Kian Keylock in 1:07.25.

Keylock was not done for the night, as he also bagged the gold in the 200m freestyle in 2:00.00 and the 200m individual medley in 2:11.99, while the 15-16 50m butterfly gold went to Pieter Coetze in 25.30.

Sates also hit the water in the 200m individual medley and was victorious in 2:05.01 ahead of teammate Luca Holtzhausen in 2:09.61, while Holtzhausen went one better in the 200m freestyle, winning the gold in 1:53.40.

The evening concluded with two gold medals for the South African team, first was the 15-16 age group 4 x 100m mixed freestyle relay team, which won their race in 3:48.41, followed by the men’s 15-16 4 x 200m freestyle win in 7:58.87. The 13-14 mixed freestyle relay team had to settle for the silver in 3:54.87.

13th CANA Junior Africa Swimming Championships Medal Table (Following Day 01):

Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
South Africa 15 6 2 23
Egypt 4 9 5 18
Algeria 0 2 6 8
Tunisia 0 1 4 5
Namibia 0 1 1 2
Nigeria 0 0 1 1

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Sep 12 19

World records fall as Britain enjoy golden night at World Para Swimming Championships

by ZwemZa

Maisie Summers-Newton of Britain set a world record at the Aquatics Centre in London ©Getty Images

Britain’s Maisie Summers-Newton and Naohide Yamaguchi of Japan set world records on day three of the World Para Swimming Championships in London.

Summers-Newton lowered her own world record, set at the World Para Swimming World Series in Glasgow in April, by more than half a second, claiming women’s SM6 200 metres medley gold in 2min 57.24sec.

Ukrainian Yelyzaveta Mereshko took silver in 3:00.83, as Lingling Song collected bronze for China in an Asian record of 3:03.01.

In the men’s SB14 100m breaststroke final, Yamaguchi was equally as impressive, becoming the first man to duck under 65 seconds.

He touched home in 1:04.56 for gold as former world record holder Scott Quin of Britain was pushed into silver in 1:05.46.

Marc Evers from The Netherlands secured bronze in 1:07.03.

The world records continued to tumble in the women’s SB11 100m breaststroke final, with Jia Ma clinching gold in 1:22.36.

Liesette Bruinsma from The Netherlands claimed silver in 1:25.59 as the bronze medal went to Yana Berezhna of Ukraine in 1:27.50.

Colombian Carlos Serrano Zarate knocked more than a second off his own world record to claim men’s SB7 100m breaststroke gold.

He clocked 1:11.31 to finish five seconds clear of silver medallist Egor Efrosinin of Russia.

Efrosinin set a European record in 1:16.55 as Australian Blake Cochrane earned bronze in 1:18.06.

There was a third gold in three days for Britain’s Alice Tai as she held off American Jessica Long’s scintillating finish in the women’s S8 100m butterfly.

Tai topped the podium in a championship record 1:09.72, as Long collected her 40th world and Paralympic medal just 0.02 seconds behind.

Viktoriia Ishchiulova swam to third place in 1:13.00.

A third British victory of the evening came courtesy of Louise Fiddes in the women’s SB14 100m breaststroke final.

Fiddes set a championship record 1:13.20 as Spanish world record holder Michelle Alonso Morales was pipped to gold.

Alonso Morales clocked 1:13.49 for silver as Debora Carneiro of Brazil and Valeriia Shabalina swam a dead heat and a bronze medal apiece in 1:17.52.

Italian team mates Federico Morlacchi and Simone Barlaam produced the most dramatic race of the day, in the men’s S9 100m butterfly final.

Barlaam had already won two titles in London and made it three at the Aquatics Centre with a dead-heat for gold.

A rarity in swimming, Barlaam and Morlacchi both made the top step on the podium in 1:00.36, as Alexander Skaliukh from Russia took bronze in 1:01.01.

No silver medal was awarded.

Patrick O’Kane | Inside the Games

Sep 12 19

Sophie Pascoe claims third gold medal at World Para Swimming Championships

by ZwemZa

Sophie Pascoe celebrates after claiming her third gold of the World Para Swimming Championships. ALEX PANTLING/GETTY IMAGES

New Zealand’s Sophie Pascoe has continued her golden run at the World Para Swimming Championships in London, winning her third gold medal in as many days.

Pascoe cruised home in the final of the women’s 100m butterfly S9, recording a championship record time of 1min 4.35secs to finish three-and-a-half seconds clear of her nearest rival.Sophie Pascoe recorded a championship record time in the women's 100m butterfly S9 final in London.

Sophie Pascoe recorded a championship record time in the women’s 100m butterfly S9 final in London. DELLY CARR/PHOTOSPORT

With the win, Pascoe captured her 11th world title, and the nine-time Paralympic gold medallist now has a few days off before swimming the 50m freestyle S9.

Four other New Zealanders were in action on day three of the competition in the British capital.

Hamish McLean finished in sixth place in the men’s 200m individual medley SM6 final, setting a new Oceania record of 2mins53.06secs in the process. McLean sliced three seconds off his previous personal best.

“It went well. I’m pretty stoked with the time”, McLean said. “It went well. I’m pretty stoked with the time. I had a different process for tonight and it obviously paid off, yeah I’m pretty stoked with the time in general.New Zealand's Sophie Pascoe, centre, shows off her medal after winning the women's 100m butterfly S9.

New Zealand’s Sophie Pascoe, centre, shows off her medal after winning the women’s 100m butterfly S9. DELLY CARR/PHOTOSPORT

“It was a pretty tight race with some of the other competitors, it probably wasn’t the best executed [on my part] but something to learn from so I can go even faster next time.”

Elsewhere, Christchurch teenager Celyn Edwards finished eighth in the men’s 100m butterfly S8 final, while Christopher Arbuthnott and Jesse Reynolds failed to qualify for the men’s 100 metre butterfly S9 final.


Sep 12 19

London 2019: Jessica Long queries changes

by ZwemZa

The United States’ Jessica Long is a 13-time Paralympic champion (Getty Images)

Multiple Paralympic swimming champion Jessica Long says changes to the sport’s classification system have affected her motivation.

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) rules require all competitors to go through international classification before the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.

Some athletes have been moved into the 27-year-old American’s S8 category, making her competition notably tougher.

“It breaks my heart, having been an S8 my entire life,” Long told BBC Sport.

“The thing everyone has to realise is it affects the next generation and that is so sad.

“I have trained so so hard to be where I am at – I train with Olympic athletes and if I’m struggling to get to the top then there is something wrong.”

Long, who was born in Siberia but adopted by an American family, had both her legs amputated when she was 18-months-old as a result of a birth defect.

She made her Paralympic debut aged 12 in Athens in 2004, when she won three gold medals.

She has since then been a dominant force in her category, winning multiple titles and becoming one of the faces of the sport.

She gets married next month and while she admits this week’s Para-swimming World Championships have not been her main focus, she is motivated by the changes in the sport.

“There are things out of my control and that fuels my fire,” she admitted.

“But I want to focus on what I can control – it doesn’t mean I like it, and even with all this, somehow I can hopefully still end up on top.”

The IPC say the changes are the result of a request from member nations with input from classifiers and experts and following extensive testing.

In a statement it said: “Throughout the entire process member nations have been kept informed at regular stages of the progress made.

“When presenting these changes and timeline in greater detail in 2017, the member countries provided positive feedback to World Para Swimming on the proposed changes and timeline for introduction.

“We acknowledge that such changes have had an impact on several athletes who have either changed class or being found ineligible.

“More efforts need to be made by World Para Swimming and member nations to mitigate the impact such decisions have on an athlete’s well-being going forward and this has been subject to much discussion within the Paralympic movement.”

Elizabeth Hudson | BBC Sport

Sep 12 19

Alaska high school swimmer’s disqualification over swimsuit fit is overturned

by ZwemZa

Anchorage’s Dimond High School. (Google Maps)

An Alaska high school swimmer’s disqualification — after a referee judged her swimsuit too revealing — was overturned late Tuesday night following the school district’s appeal.

Dimond High School (Anchorage) swimmer Breckynn Willis, 17, was disqualified Friday after her 100-meter freestyle victory at a dual meet in Anchorage. A meet official told the Anchorage Daily News that the referee ruled Willis had committed a “uniform violation” because the ref saw “butt cheek touching butt cheek.”

The state’s high school sports governing body, the Alaska School Activities Association, said in a statement it had determined “the official did not notify the coach prior to disqualifying the student.” The ASAA sided with the school district, which had quickly appealed the ruling.

“All team and individual points shall be restored to both the individual swimmer and the Dimond High School swim team,” the ASAA statement read.

The Anchorage School District said late Tuesday it planned to decertify the official because Willis was “targeted based solely on how a standard, school-issued uniform happened to fit the shape of her body.”

According to the Anchorage Daily News, Willis competed in four events at the meet on Friday but was disqualified in only one.

“We cannot tolerate discrimination of any kind, and certainly not based on body shape,” the district said in a statement to the newspaper.

Under the National Federation of High Schools rule, male swimmers must cover their buttocks and females must cover their buttocks and breasts. School district officials said the disqualified swimmer was wearing an “approved, school-issued suit” during the meet.

Steve Gardner | USA Today

Sep 12 19

Day 3, World Women’s Junior Water Polo Championship: United States, Netherlands, Russia and Greece advance to quaterfinals

by ZwemZa

United States, Netherlands, Russia and Greece, as leaders of their groups, advanced this Wednesday to the round of quaterfinals in the FINA World Women’s Junior Water Polo World Championship.

The Madeira Island is giving luck to these four national teams. United States was the best team in Group A. Netherlands surpassed Spain in Group B. Russia is following successfully the title’s defense, with three victories out of three in Group C; while Greece imposed its power in Group D.

Leading the group means for all of them being in the round of quaterfinals.

Japan, Kazakhstan, Portugal and New Zeland will play for 13th-16th positions while the other eight teams that are competing in Funchal (POR) will play a playoff in the round of 16.

Only four more teams, among Hungary, Australia, Spain, Brazil, Italy, South Africa, China and Canada, will be in the quaterfinals too.

Progress points:

Group A: United States 5, Hungary 4, Australia 2, Japan 1

Group B: Netherlands 5, Spain 5, Brazil 2, Kazakhstan 0

Group C: Russia 6, Italy 4, South Africa 2, Portugal 0

Group D: Greece 6, China 4, Canada 2, New Zealand 0

Wednesday Schedule:

Match 19, 9.00, Group D, GREECE 8 CHINA 6

Match 20, 10.20, Group D, CANADA 8 NEW ZEALAND 4

Match 17, 11.40, Group C, SOUTH AFRICA 1 RUSSIA 21

Match 21, 13.00, Group A, HUNGARY 12 JAPAN 10

Match 22, 16.00, Group A, UNITED STATES 9 AUSTRALIA 8

Match 23, 17.20, Group B, BRAZIL 3 SPAIN 14

Match 24, 18.40, Group B, NETHERLANDS 16 KAZAKHSTAN 4

Match 18, 20.00, Group C, PORTUGAL 4 ITALY 18

Quarters: 0-7, 0-3, 1-7, 0-4

Referees: Giovanni Ungaretti Gallotti (BRA) and Daniel Federico Daners Chao (URG)


SOUTH AFRICA: Daniella Passoni, Paige Tancrel, Jennifer Everett, Boati Motau, Astrid Faustmann, Hanna Muller (1), Shakira January, Kate Hinrichs, Hanna Weppelman, Jordan Wedderburn, Chloe Meecham, Lucy Miszewski, Zanne Smit. Head Coach: Delaine Mentoor

RUSSIA: Evgeniia Golovina, Polina Kempf (1), Elizaveta Zaplatina (4), Margarita Pystina (5), Anastassia Diachenko (1), Polina Popova (3), Daria Chagochkina (1), Anastasia Leonova (1), Regina Galimzianova (2), Tatiana Tolkunova (1), Anastasiia Shapkina (2), Nadezhda Lipskaia, Svetlana Stepakhina. Head Coach: Sergey Markoch.

The result is conclusive. It evidences, on the one hand, that Russia – the current champion – wants to win this World Championship too. And, on the other hade, it evidences that South Africa must continue its learning process against the great rivals of the international scene. The defender of the title won by 1-21, with ten different players scoring in the game. Russia closed an impeccable group stage, with 6 points out of 6.

Delaine Mentoor (RSA) – Head Coach

I think that half players of my team were afraid of Russia and the other half were ready to compete. It is really tough as a coach to help my team in this situation. The players felt that it was a big game. And it was a big game because Russia is the world champion. How can we do this? It is amazing to play against Russia! They are awesome and it was a good opportunity to learn.

Svetlana Stepakhina (RUS) – Player

Our group was easy. We had only a tough game, against Italy. This match against South Africa was easy for our team. The next game will be harder but I believe in my team. I hope we arrive in the final game of the World Championship again.

Lucia Santiago, FINA Press Correspondent from Portugal


Sep 12 19

FINA/CNSG DWS 2020 – hosts and dates revealed, Diving World Cup in Tokyo

by ZwemZa

2020 will be a busy year for the diving world. Two of the most highly anticipated and prestigious competitions of the discipline will be held in the first half of the year, before the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (diving from July 26-August 8).

Firstly, FINA is pleased to reveal the 2020 calendar of the top-notch annual circuit of the FINA/CNSG Diving World Series, a competition exclusively open upon invitation to the world’s diving elite with numerous World and Olympic champions taking part every year.

The Diving World Series 2020 will be staged over four legs, starting in Montreal (CAN) on February 28-March 1. The circuit will then move to Beijing (CHN) from March 6-8 and Kazan (RUS) from March 20-22. London (GBR) will host the final meet from March 27-29.

All of the four cities have been consistent hosts of the competition over the years, as Beijing has been welcoming a leg of the Series since 2011 without failure, and Kazan is on board since 2015, the year of the successful 16th FINA World Championships. Montreal and London both re-join the circuit after providing an outstanding stage in 2019.

The following top divers and teams have earned a spot at the FINA World Championships in Gwangju (KOR) in July 2019 to compete in the DWS 2020:


YANG Jian (CHN), YANG Hao (CHN), BONDAR Aleksandr (RUS), SEREDA Oleksii (UKR), AUFFRET Benjamin (FRA), DALEY Thomas (GBR), LOSCHIAVO Brandon (USA)

SHI Tingmao (CHN), WANG Han (CHN), KEENEY Maddison (AUS), ABEL Jennifer (CAN), MIKAMI Sayaka (JPN), QIN Esther (AUS), WARE Pamela (CAN), REID Grace (GBR)

CHEN Yuxi (CHN), LU Wei (CHN), SCHNELL Delaney (USA), WU Melissa (AUS), PAMG Pandelela (MAS), BENFEITO Meaghan (CAN), McKAY Caeli (CAN), BATKI Noemi (ITA)

Australia, Canada, China, Great Britain, Italy, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, USA

There are 10 events on the programme of the FINA/CNSG Diving World Series: men’s 3m springboard / men’s 10m platform, men’s synchronised 3m springboard / 10m platform, women’s 3m springboard / women’s 10m platform, women’s synchronised 3m springboard / 10m platform and two mixed events (3m + 10m).

The total prize money available for the 2020 Series is approaching USD 1.5M. Only divers taking part in all five legs are eligible for the overall prize money

Diving World Series 2020 calendar

1. Montreal (CAN) – from February 28 – March 1
2. Beijing (CHN) – from March 6-8
3. Kazan (RUS) – from March 20-22
4. London (GBR) – from March 27-29

In addition, FINA announced the dates of the FINA Diving World Cup 2020, a competition of utmost importance given that it doubles up as a test and qualifying event for the upcoming Olympic Games, to be held in Tokyo, Japan.

The World Cup will be staged in Tokyo from April 21-26. The qualifying system and the timeline are explained here in this document.

FINA Communications Department

Sep 11 19

Sophie Pascoe strikes gold again at World Para Swimming Championships

by ZwemZa

Canterbury’s Sophie Pascoe has claimed a second medal at the World Para Swimming Champs in London. (Getty Images)

New Zealand’s Sophie Pascoe has won her second gold medal at the World Para Swimming Championships in London.

Pascoe, who hails from Canterbury, won the final of the women’s 100m backstroke S9 by almost three seconds and her time of 1:07.49 was eight one hundredths of a second outside the world record she set earlier this year.

It was the 26 year old’s 10th world title.

Auckland teenager Tupou Neiufi has secured the silver medal in the women’s 100m backstroke S8.

She finished 8 seconds behind the winner, but was pleased to claim a place on the podium.

Neifui was pleased to not allow her nerves to compromise her performance.

“I feel great, it was a little slower than this morning [in the heat] but otherwise I feel good in the water,” she said.

“I definitely felt nervous, but I just kept telling myself, trust the process and everything, I’ve done all the work, I’ve done all the hard yards and all I need to do is show everyone how it is.”

Neiufi will race in the 50m freestyle and the 200m individual medley later in the week.

Jesse Reynolds came sixth in the final of the men’s 100 metre backstroke S9, and Celyn Edwards finished sixth in the men’s 100 metre backstroke S8.

Reynolds was pleased to record a personal best in the final. It was the first time he had finished under 1min 5sec, he said.

“So I’m really happy with the time, my placing isn’t quite where I want it to be and there’s definitely more in it for me, but hey, we I’ll come back again next year and have a look.”

Hamish McLean failed to qualify for the final of the men’s 100m freestyle S6.



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