Pier Plunging Craze Hits Faroe Islands

Swimmer's Daily - Mik, 23/04/2014 - 22:42

At the beginning of this Easter holiday, a social fad started spreading here in the Faroes, that had next to everyone and his brother jump into the harbours. A cross between NekNomination and Tombstoning, as you can see in this compilation video off our national TV (see

Residing on Facebook, it has everything that there is to ‘like’ about that thing. Chain mail format, pyramid scheme growth, peer pressure, questionable judgement, and the risk of online shaming for those who don’t play along.

The deal is that you get a ‘nomination’ on Facebook, to make a pier jump most often within 24 hours. If agreed, you are supposed to post a video on Facebook within that time limit, of you plunging into the sea, nominating two others. If you don’t do that, you are to usually buy a trip to the cinema to whoever nominated you.

Some jump twice, to be able to nominate more. Some decide to one-up the challenge by jumping from greater height, off ships or off cliffs. To be thrown off cars, or to bicycle off the pier. Some want a crate of beer or something else, instead of the cinema trip.

Almost everyone plays along, despite of our 6°C (42°F) waters. The teenagers of course, and the young adults. The older adults too. The priests and the politicians. Members of Parliament. Parents with their kids. Police and lifeguards. Teachers, seamen, singers and swim coaches.

So yeah, I could write on and on about this thing, but I guess I shouldn’t.

They love it.

I said no.

Aðalfundur - Mik, 23/04/2014 - 09:00

Vísandi til grein 8 í Evstulóg fyri Ítróttasamband Føroya, verður við hesum lýst til aðalfundar í Ítróttasamband Føroya at vera fríggjadagin 23. Mai 2014.

Nærri verður lýst við tíð og skrá fyri aðalfundin.

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Brett Fraser steps up to prepare for Commonwealth Games

Swimmer's Daily - Týs, 22/04/2014 - 23:47


Swimmer Brett Fraser is gearing up for the Commonwealth Games qualifiers in Arizona or the Bahamas in the next couple of months. 

New York-based Fraser reached the 50 meters and 100m freestyle semifinals at the London Olympics so should not have any problems qualifying for the Glasgow Games in July. 

“There are a lot of sacrifices I have to make now,” Fraser said about his preparations. “You have to watch your diet and step up your training a bit and start traveling more. It’s an adjustment but it’s something I’ve done in the past and always look forward to doing.”


Agave fundraiser honors English Channel swimmer Allison DeFrancesco

Swimmer's Daily - Týs, 22/04/2014 - 23:44

Read VailDaily

When doctors declared Allison DeFrancesco in remission from cancer at the age of 21, they told her to “You’re done (with treatment.) Go be normal.”

“I thought, ‘What does that mean?’” said DeFrancesco, who was first diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma as a collegiate swimmer at New York University. She spent a couple years in treatment, finally receiving a bone marrow transplant. The process robbed her of her swimming season, graduation and left her tired and discouraged.

As she struggled to get back on her feet post-cancer, she was hit with another blow — her coach and mentor, Lauren Beam, died of colon cancer in 2011. She wanted to do something in memory of Beam, something that would keep her from defining herself as a “cancer survivor” and nothing else.

“Why not swim the English Channel?” she thought.

Swimmers go off deep end over lifeguards’ ‘sick leave’

Swimmer's Daily - Týs, 22/04/2014 - 23:39

Read The Standard (Hong Kong)

The public swimming pool in Victoria Park was forced to close for several hours yesterday morning when eight of its 11 lifeguards took sick leave.
The closure left scores of swimmers fuming, with the pool only reopening in the afternoon when a sufficient number of lifeguards reported for duty.

The lifeguards were believed to be protesting the Leisure and Cultural Services Department’s refusal to listen to their demands to increase manpower at Victoria Park and other public pools.

The action began with three lifeguards taking sick leave, leaving only eight working at the pool.

Since the complex requires at least nine lifeguards to be on duty, the department closed a multipurpose pool, but left the main pool open.

Around 10.15am, five more lifeguards went off sick, forcing the department to close the main pool.

Photo by MichaelTyler

Swimmer nearly dies crossing Sound on a dare

Swimmer's Daily - Týs, 22/04/2014 - 23:29


The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office identified Robert David Walters as the man pulled from the Santa Rosa Sound Monday after trying to swim cross the waterway on a dare.

The 53-year-old man was still in very critical condition at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center Tuesday afternoon, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Michele Nicholson.

Walters was in cardiac arrest when a bystander pulled him to shore near the Nauti Girls restaurant under the Brooks Bridge about 3 p.m., said Capt. David Stone with the Fort Walton Beach Fire Department.

Firefighters and emergency medical personnel were able to obtain a pulse before rushing him to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, Stone said.

Photo by Infrogmation

Lauren Boyle can get even quicker, says Milt Nelms

Swimmer's Daily - Týs, 22/04/2014 - 23:13

“Horse whisperer of swimming”, as they often call him.


Lauren Boyle’s success in the pool over the past two years has come as no surprise to renowned American swimming coach Milton Nelms.

For the past 12 years, Nelms, who resides in Tasmania, has visited Christchurch’s AquaGym Swim Club, which is owned by good friend and former Kiwi swimmer Brett Naylor. [...]

At the age of 26, Boyle is a late bloomer when it comes to international swimming.

Nelms said it was “not typical” for a swimmer to be in the best form of their career at her age. He believed that spoke volumes about Boyle’s strong-willed demeanour.

“I think it’s unheard of for somebody to make a move to the international level at her age in her events. I don’t recall it ever having been done before.”

The exciting news for New Zealand swimming is Nelms is confident she has the potential to cut down her times.

“She can still get faster,” he said. “She’s had a number of coaches, but she manages to find the upside in all those different environments and pull herself together.

Katie Hoff’s First Pitch Surprise

Swimmer's Daily - Týs, 22/04/2014 - 11:01

Todd Anderson proposes to Katie Hoff at Rays game in Tampa!

(Warning, vertical video)

Featured photo by Vironevaeh

Chad le Clos and Alexander Popov at the OMEGA Pavilion at Sochi 2014

Swimmer's Daily - Týs, 22/04/2014 - 10:54

Via the17thman

Olympic swimmers Chad le Clos and Alexander Popov visited the OMEGA Pavilion in Sochi’s Olympic Park on 22 February, 2014 for a unique question-and-answer session that focused on their Olympic accomplishments and the factors behind their success.

SI swimsuit model Irina Shayk swims with pigs in the Bahamas

Swimmer's Daily - Mán, 21/04/2014 - 23:40

Last week, Irina Shayk, girlfriend of footballer Cristiano Ronaldo and Sports Illustrated swimsuit model swam with pigs in the Bahamas. Real pigs, that is. See for instance Page Six

She filmed other people swimming with them too

Photo by cdorobek

Zambian Swimmers Aim for Gold at Uganda Swimming Gala

Swimmer's Daily - Mán, 21/04/2014 - 22:24

See Muvi TV

Zambian Swimmers Have High Hopes Of recording successes at this week’s Confederation of Aquatic Nations Association CANA Zone three and four swimming gala to be held in Uganda from April 24th to 27th 2014.

Swimming sensation, Tilka Paljk, says she is aiming for gold to better her 2013 record in which she took silver, while Kumareen Naidu has hopes of sweeping as many medals as he can.

12 year old Harleena Naidu will be making her debut at the competition, but believes her preparations have made her a medal hopeful.

A total of 33 swimmers will leave for Kampala on Tuesday to take part in the competition, which has attracted over 15 countries.

Girl, 10, slipped from tube in Saguaro Lake, couldn’t swim

Swimmer's Daily - Mán, 21/04/2014 - 22:14

See CBS 5

The body of a 10-year-old girl who had spent part of Easter rafting with her cousins was pulled from Saguaro Lake on Sunday afternoon.

The girl and two cousins, ages 12 and 16 years old, were on an inner tube about 1:30 p.m. when the 10-year-old lost her grip on a handle and the tube flipped, tossing all three girls into the water, said Maricopa Sheriff’s Deputy Joaquin Enriquez.

The inner tube floated away and the two girls screamed for help, which were heard by a family member and another person on Butcher Jones Beach, Enriquez said.

They jumped into the water and rescued the two girls, but the third never resurfaced in the water about 19 miles east of Fountain Hills, Enriquez said.


New Richmond swim coach dies in lawnmower accident

Swimmer's Daily - Mán, 21/04/2014 - 22:05

Read WCPO Cincinatti and see WLWT

A beloved swim coach with the New Richmond Exempted Village School District died Friday in a mowing accident at his Clermont County home.

Authorities said 63-year-old Joe Middeler was using a riding mower on his lawn in the 1800 block of US 52 in Moscow at about 6:30 p.m. when it rolled over an embankment and ended up on top of him.

The sheriff’s office described Middeler’s mower as a SCAG Tiger Cub Commercial Zero Turn riding mower.

Middeler’s wife, who was not home at the time, later found him at the bottom of the embankment and called 911, deputies said.

The Clermont County Coroner ruled his death an accident.

Grant Hackett and Stephanie Rice share growing bond

Swimmer's Daily - Mán, 21/04/2014 - 21:27

Gossip here on Mail Online

Troubled Australian swimmer Grant Hackett has found a friend in Stephanie Rice.

The former Olympian, who recently attended rehab in the US for sleeping pill addiction, is said to have grown close to the recently retired fellow swimmer.

A report in Woman’s Day this week claims it’s common knowledge inside swimming circles that the pair have become very tight.

An insider told the magazine that the 33-year-old father of two, who separated from wife Candice Alley last year, is ‘Stephanie’s type to a tee’.

‘They’re made for each other,’ the source claimed.

Thumbnail photo by Music News Australia

Ex-Spartan Todd Anderson proposes to Katie Hoff before her first pitch at Rays game

Swimmer's Daily - Mán, 21/04/2014 - 18:33

She said yes, see Detroit Free Press

American swimmer Katie Hoff, a two-time Olympian who won two bronze medals and a silver at the 2008 Games in Beijing, threw out the first pitch before the Tampa Bay Rays closed a series with the Yankees at Tropicana Field today.

Waiting for her at home plate was her boyfriend, former Michigan State fullback Todd Anderson, who dropped to one knee and proposed on the spot. Hoff said yes.

ICYMI, @USA_Swimming Olympic medalist Katie Hoff (@KHoff09) threw out the #Rays ceremonial first pitch and said YES:

— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) April 20, 2014

Behold surfers blissfully oblivious of the Great White Shark beneath them

Swimmer's Daily - Mán, 21/04/2014 - 18:07

Don’t remember if I posted this back in 2013, but then it is worth re-sharing. Via Reddit

Surfer watches GoPro footage only to find he swam 3 feet above Great White shark without realising

British swimmer Adam Walker to tackle Cook Strait

Swimmer's Daily - Mán, 21/04/2014 - 17:56

See video on TVNZ

A British tourist is getting set to take the plunge and swim the Cook Strait tomorrow as part of an attempt to swim seven oceans around the world.

Adam Walker will make the notorious sixteen nautical mile stretch down the Cook Strait as part of the Ocean’s Seven challenge – which Mr Walker describes as the seven hardest ocean swims on the planet.

“Four people in the world have done it,” he says.

“No British person has.”

Fiji Swimming get 20-thousand dollars grant from the Australian Sports Outreach Program

Swimmer's Daily - Sun, 20/04/2014 - 23:37

Read FijiOne

The Australian Sports Outreach Program, ASOP Sports Development Grant through their Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has provided a grant of close to 20 thousand dollars to  Fiji Swimming.

This is for its “Swim Safe” project initiative.

The primary aim of the Project is to qualify the coaches of Fiji’s seven swim clubs, together with swim trainers from local schools to incorporate this “Swim Safe” initiative into their own swim programs.

Coinciding with a coaches clinic this long weekend, visiting Australian coach Hayden Belshaw will also be part of Fiji Swimming’s Junior, Development and Elite Squad Easter Camp today and tomorrow.

The “Swim Safe” Project will be conducted throughout the whole of Fiji.

Photo by Frontierofficial

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