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Contestants at the 2014 Red Bull Shakh Carpet event in Azerbaijan had to slide down a mountain using traditional carpets, hit the kicker, and skillfully land into the freezing pool. Over 500 people gathered to witness the spectacular flights and hilarious wipeouts.
How did you spend the weekend? Kim Garbarino did swam lap after lap after lap to raise money for the North Shore YMCA.
Looking to raise $10,000, the 56-year-old probation officer at Lynn District Court started his 24-hours swim at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Lynch/van Otterloo YMCA in Marblehead, Mass.
He spent much of the time in the water alone, but was joined by others in pool. Among them was his wife, Amy.
This was not Garbarino’s first big swim. In 2012, he crossed the English Channel, accomplishing something he first dreamed about as a child, swimming in YMCA pools on the North Shore.
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“We stood up and said, ‘One last shot. You swim up from behind the animal and I’ll try to get a shot of it swimming away’.”
“All of a sudden it propped on its front and started stabbing wildly with its tail. Hundreds of strikes in a few seconds.”
Five Zimbabwean commandoes swam the shark-infested Atlantic Ocean off the Namibian coast for more than three hours to save their lives after a training exercise went horribly wrong.
According to the latest ZNA magazine, the five soldiers were part of a SADC Special Forces training exercise in October 2013 who had to resort to their bravery and endurance to survive after their boats capsized during a sea-borne exercise.
After the mishap, 21 members of the team had to swim for three-and-a-half hours to shore. A Malawian soldier died after being hit on the head by propellers while two South Africans were “reported missing in action.
The five Zimbabweans – corporals Manunure Frequency, Mapfumo Samuel and Mutemera Shadreck of 1 Commando Regiment and lance corporals Jakarasi Obey and Mukandiona Justice of Parachute Regiment – have now been promoted by a rank each.
Army Commander, Lieutenant-General Phillip Valerio Sibanda, recommended their elevation to reward them for “enduring difficult conditions in the ocean to survive disaster.”
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Italy’s number one swimmer Federica Pellegrini has signed an endorsement deal with Proctor & Gamble’s (P&G) anti-dandruff shampoo brand Head & Shoulders.
Pellegrini, 25, is the most successful female swimmer in Italian history and will be the face of Head & Shoulders in Italy. Argentinean soccer star Lionel Messi is also an ambassador of the brand.
“I am proud to be part of the family P&G for this launch so important in hair care Italy. Head & shoulders is a line of products on which I can rely on, especially given the amount of time I spend in the pool every week,” said Federica Pellegrini. “With beautiful hair, I have the security to achieve the goals I care about most.”
After winning the men’s 50-meter fly in 23.76 as part of the ADN Swim Project team, the Ukrainian who was born in Crimea took a Ukrainian flag to the podium with PEACE in bold letters printed on it, as seen in the ADN Swim Project tweet below.
4º Trofeo Internazionale Città di Milano – A.Govorov 1º (23"76) e S.Fesikov (24"35) sui 50 Farfalla pic.twitter.com/g4xA0lg4LK
— ADN Swim Project (@ADNSwimProject) March 8, 2014
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The president of the Italian swimming federation, Paolo Barelli, has offered to resign if fraud accusations directed at him are proved true in an escalating feud with the country’s Olympic committee.
CONI, the Olympic committee, denounced the swimming federation in court last month after an internal audit cast doubt on the use of more than €800,000 (around $1 million) that was intended for pool improvements for the 2009 swimming world championships in Rome.
Barelli, who is also honorary secretary of world aquatics body FINA and president of the European body LEN, defended himself Wednesday at a CONI meeting.
He says, “If the fraud charge is proved, I will resign immediately, as will my executive committee.”
Swim For Hope – Press Release
All fourteen swimmers who participated in today’s Swim For Hope – an extreme open water swim around Cape Point – successfully complete the 8km swim, while both the male and female records for the route were broken.
The Cape Point rounding, which is widely regarded as one of the most extreme open water swims in the world, was done in support of the Little Fighters Cancer Trust, a local charity that offers support to children with cancer and their families. The group entered the water at Diaz Beach just after 09:00, having to negotiate a heavy surf before heading towards the point through rough waters ranging between 12.5 and 16 degrees Celcius. The swim was carried out in accordance with open water and English Channel swimming rules: only a single swimsuit (no wetsuit), cap and goggles may be worn, and swimmers have to start and end on land without ever making physical contact with any members of the support crew or the boat. Anthony Pearse was the first swimmer to finish in a time of 1h41, taking 21 minutes of the previous record which was jointly held by himself and UK swimmer Ned Denison. Carina Bruwer shaved 2 minutes off her 2004 female record time, finishing in a time of 2h18.
Other finishers were Capetonians Justin Coetzee in 2h13, Neil Hopkins in 2h17, Toni Enderli and Martin Vleggaar in 2h35, Monika Hayes, Rouen Smit and Chris Westcott in 2h38, Charl Cilliers and Clinton Le Sueur in 2h45 and Lindsay de Kock in 3h58. Johannesburg swimmers Richard Child finished in 3h08, and Colin Gluch in 2h46. These swimmers from all walks of life share a passion for the ocean and a commitment to doing good. Richard Child is now the oldest swimmer to have successfully rounded Cape Point, at the age of 61.
Carina Bruwer from the SAMA award-winning group Sterling EQ, initiated Swim For Hope with a solo rounding last year, and decided to turn it into an invitational in order to increase fundraising potential. She said, after finishing the grueling swim: “I’m so happy everything went well; the conditions at the start did not look too promising but fortunately it improved once we rounded the point. I’m so proud of all the brave swimmers, especially Richard and Lindsay who put up a valiant effort”.
Corporates as well as members of the public are encouraged to sponsor and donate, using the “BackaBuddy” website (www.backabuddy.co.za). Corporate sponsors can also contact Little Fighters Cancer Trust directly on 073 729 6155 or [email protected] for organizational information such as taxation and BEE benefits, as the organization is a registered NPO with PBO status.
All moneys raised will go towards the Little Fighters Cancer Trust’s BAG OF HOPE Project. A bag of hope provides essentials for both the Child with Cancer and his/her mother or bedside care-giver, with items such as toiletries, pyjamas, non-perishable food, educational toys, blankets and sanitary products, making a challenging and prolonged hospital stay just a bit more comfortable. LFCT is operational in 11 main paediatric oncology treatment centres throughout South Africa, including the Western Cape, Gauteng, Kwazulu Natal, Eastern Cape and Free State.
Swim for Hope: www.facebook.com/lfctswimforhope / www.twitter.com/lfctswimforhope
Little Fighters Cancer Trust: http:/www.facebook.com/Little.Fighters / www.twitter.com/LFCancerTrust
Carina Bruwer: www.facebook.com/carinabruwerofficial / www.facebook.com/sterlingeqofficial
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How to warm up before swimming with Speedo Advisor Matt Taylor.
Listen and watch as Olympic Champions, Ruta Meilutyte and Daniel Gyurta give us their first impressions on the new Carbon Flex.
The LEN Bureau chose Netanya (ISR) to host the European Short Course Swimming Championships to be held on 15-18 January 2015. Israel will stage such a large-scale swimming event for the very first time.
Representatives of the Israeli Swimming Federation and the city of Netanya presented a rather impressive bid to the LEN Bureau in Herning (during the short course Europeans in December 2013) and the members – through mail votes – made an unanimous decision to award Netanya the right to host the next European Short Course Swimming Championships in January 2015.
The venue of the event is going to be the brand new swimming complex of the Wingate Institute. The latter serves as Israel’s National Institute for Sport & Physical Education and it covers a 120-acre area on the Mediterranean beach, 20km north of Tel-Aviv, just a short drive from Netanya’s city centre.
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Stephanie Rice has gone under the knife to improve her self-esteem and combat medical issues.
The 25-year-old has admitted to two nose-jobs for cosmetic and health reasons.
“My family and friends would say it was fine, but random people would comment,” Rice said.
“Seeing the better version of my nose made me realise how much it had been affecting me.
Texas Swim Academy mom Ufuoma enrolled her son in the infant aquatics program and was immediately impressed with the one-on-one attention he received and the incredible progress he showed. At only two years old, Ufuoma’s son not only has the ability to float and move around in the water confidently, but he also has the survival skills necessary to save his own life.
Actually 67 seconds (5s + 11s + 51s), as he had to take time out to search for the last one (while still underwater)
Via Laughing Squid, Kevin Hays, a Rubik’s Cube record holder, solved a 2×2, a 3×3, and a 4×4 Rubik’s Cube underwater in one minute and seven seconds total.
Read svoem.dk (intro is in Danish, but the interview with national coach Juba is in English)
A quick Google translation of the Danish intro (and outro)
Friday 7th till Sunday 9th March 2014, the Great Danes will attend the Mon Meet in Marseilles, France, which according to national coach Nick Juba is characterized by a high level and intense competition. Juba emphasizes that France, along with Russia, is one of the strongest swimming nations in Europe at the moment. It will therefore be a challenge for the Danish participants be able to compete. It is important that all the men in the squad prove that they learned something in Antwerp a few weeks ago, which for Nick Juba was a disappointing meet. This time they will have to be brave and give everything they have, whether it is in preliminary heats or finals. The national coach hopes that the men show good form and a focused approach to both race preparation and the actual race performance. And he feels that the Mon Meet is a good place to begin this approach.
See the start lists, live timing etc here on liveffn.com
The interview in English
What kind of meet is Mon Meet in Marseilles?
Well, the Mon Meet in Marseilles is one of a series of top European meets based in France, and Marseilles has been a hot-bed of swimming excellence in recent years. I know that the top 10 best Spanish swimmers are racing at the meet later in the week, and some good British sprinters will attend as well. France, along with Russia, is currently Europe’s strongest swimming nation, and there will be lots of great home swimmers.
Will you maintain the focus on tough races and overall rankings this weekend?
Yes, there will be a continued focus upon racing tough and racing fast. The Antwerp Meet was most disappointing and I will be looking for big improvements in Marseilles, both in race approach and race execution. The Danish men have to be brave, and they have to be daring. They have to stand up and be counted when it matters. The Mon Meet is a great place to start this process!
How do you expect the Great Danes to perform?
Far, far better than in Antwerp! We are now over a month further into the season and less than a month from the Danish Open, which is the main selection meet for 2014. The Great Danes should be starting to get into good shape right now and even though none of them have started tapering, I will be looking for every swim, whether heat or final, to be raced hard and to be within 2% of a personal best time.
Swim For Hope – Press Release
Fifteen swimmers from all walks of life will attempt one of the most extreme open water swimming challenges in South African waters tomorrow, 6 March 2014, in support of the Little Fighters Cancer Trust, a local charity that offers support to children with cancer and their families. The group, headed up by South African musician Carina Bruwer (from Sterling EQ), will attempt the 8km rounding of Cape Point, stretching from Diaz Beach on the western side of Cape Point with its notoriously turbulent waters, to Buffels Bay on the Eastern side, taking swimmers through the point where the two oceans (Atlantic and Indian) meet.
As opposed to the Robben Island and even the English Channel swimming crossings which have been conquered by thousands of swimmers to date, only some two dozen swimmers have successfully completed the 8km rounding of Cape Point (also known as “Cape of Storms”) since the first rounding by world-renowned American swimmer Lynne Cox in 1979. Factors contributing to this relatively low number include the great white shark population and other dangerous sea life in the area, cold and rough seas around the point, dangerous waves off Diaz beach, and the general inaccessibility of the terrain. The Swim For Hope group have been standing by since 1 March, but extreme conditions have prevented an attempt until now.
DETAILS FOR TOMORROW
Swimmers, organisers and crew are meeting at 07:00 at the Cape Boat and Skiboat Club at Millers Point. After ashort briefing, swimmers will travel to Diaz Beach by boat and/or car for the start of the swim, which is expected to be around 08:30. The first swimmers can be expected to finish at Buffel’s Bay (slipway) after 2 hours, while the slower swimmers may take up to 4 hours to complete the gruelling swim.
A media boat, sponsored by Shark Explorers, will take members of the media on the route. Limited space is still available on a first come first serve basis, please contact us ASAP should you be interested to attend the event. Dramatic Photo and footage opportunities will also exist at the start at Diaz Beach, from the cliffs when the swimmers round the point, and at the finish at Buffels Bay.