Grayson Vaughn is a 9-year-old boy who lives in Fort Smith. And he’s defying odds by raising thousands of dollars through the sport of swimming, after he lost his hearing as a toddler.
“I like to help people be able to see if they’re deaf or not,” Grayson said.
Stroke by stroke, Grayson has helped pioneer hearing screening through Swim To Hear, an organization uses swimming as a fundraising measure to help kids with hearing loss.
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Consider the falls from grace of swimming stars Ian Thorpe, Scott Miller, Geoff Huegill and now Grant Hackett.
Thorpe is in rehab for depression, after reportedly taking antidepressants and painkillers.
Atlanta silver and bronze medallist Scott Mille has outlined his addictions to ecstacy, cocaine and crystal meth.
While Geoff Huegill contemplated suicide after a long battle with depression and drugs.
Hackett’s battle with similar demons is, according to one former swimming star, understandable.
Lisa Curry said: “Being a champion is quite temporary, the next day they’re like everybody else and the way they deal with that, it can be quite difficult being in the so-called celebrity bubble.”
James Magnussen has revealed the dog-eat-dog nature of elite swimming was a reason the Australian relay team at the London Olympics used the sleeping tablet Stilnox at a controversial bonding session in the pre-Games camp at Manchester.
However, he stressed it was not an issue among current swimmers, saying it was not prescribed to them and that he knew of no one who used the tablet now.
“In the current-day swimming, I don’t think it’s a problem at all,” he said on the eve of the NSW championships, which start in Sydney on Friday.
“We don’t get prescribed it, I don’t use it, people around me don’t use it. It’s something that is not even spoken about within Swimming Australia today. It’s not a problem as far as I can see.” […]
Magnussen, who was 20 when he competed at London, said the Stilnox was used that night as a substitute for the alcohol that was once traditionally consumed at team-bonding sessions.
”It wasn’t for sleep in that instance,” he said. ”It was, as it was reported at the time, an attempt at bonding and it, yeah … it went wrong. It’s really tough in a sport like swimming because the only times we come together as an Australian team is in the lead-up to big events and alcohol affects performance, so that’s not really an option for the swim team.
See for instance Phuket News (from 25 January 2014)
The Royal Dutch Swimming Federation has returned for its second high performance training sessions at Thanyapura Phuket this month, as Thanyapura farewells the Norwegian national swim team after a two-week winter training retreat. The Dutch will be training here every winter until the Rio Olympics 2016.
And here (from 4 February 2014)
The Dutch Team shall return to Thanyapura Phuket again next January till Rio Olympics 2016.
This beautiful action video features our newest member of the Carbon Family, the Powerskin Carbon Flex. Watch as Ruta Meilutyte, Katinka Hosszu and Daniel Gyurta take it for a spin.
Chalk up another win for the rugged and waterproof smartphone case industry. Dave McGregor was off kayaking off the coast of Australia, cutting through the waves, riding along tides, all-in-all having a great time.
Dave likes to mount his iPhone 4 to his kayak to record some of the action and this day was no different. To protect his device, Dave used an Optrix case. Optrix makes a wide array of waterproof and high-activity minded cases that also cater to those that want to take video and pictures of their adventures.
Back to Dave’s iPhone’s story, Dave is riding a wave and gets turned over. While righting himself, his oar hits the camera mount and down goes the iPhone into the depths of the ocean. The iPhone continues to record video until the battery dies and then the device spends another 82 days in the water.
Phelps and Antonio railing WPT
As it was done for previous FINA World Championships, a qualifying procedure with “A” and “B” standard times will be implemented for Kazan 2015.
1. FINA “A” & “B” SWIMMING QUALIFYING TIME STANDARDSMen’s Standard Women’s Standard A – 2 Entries B – 1 Entry A – 2 Entries B – 1 Entry 00.22,25 00.23,03 50 m Freestyle 00.25,23 00.26,11 00.49,39 00.51.12 100 m Freestyle 00.55,05 00.56,98 01.48,37 01.52,16 200 m Freestyle 01.58,93 02.03,09 03.50,87 03.58,95 400 m Freestyle 04.12,47 04.21,31 07.57,69 08.14,41 800 m Freestyle 08.35,99 08.54,05 15.13,98 15.45,97 1500 m Freestyle 16.33,61 17.08,39 00.25,52 00.26,41 50 m Backstroke 00.28,60 00.29,60 00.54,72 00.56,64 100 m Backstroke 01.01,25 01.03,39 01.59,19 02.03,36 200 m Backstroke 02.12,14 02.16,76 00.27,58 00.28,55 50 m Breaststroke 00.31,50 00.32,60 01.00,44 01.02,56 100 m Breaststroke 01.08,36 01.10,75 02.11,71 02.16,32 200 m Breaststroke 02.28,12 02.33,30 00.23,53 00.24,35 50 m Butterfly 00.26,54 00.27,47 00.52,52 00.54,36 100 m Butterfly 00.59,18 01.01,25 01.57,37 02.01,48 200 m Butterfly 02.11,14 02.15,73 01.59,99 02.04,19 200 m Ind. Medley 02.13,98 02.18,67 04.19,21 04.28,28 400 m Ind. Medley 04.44,50 04.54,46 1 Team 4 x 100 m Freestyle 1 Team 1 Team 4 x 200 m Freestyle 1 Team 1 Team 4 x 100 m Medley 1 Team 4 x 100 m Freestyle Mixed - 1 Team 4 x 100 m Medley Mixed - 1 Team
If a National Federation enters only one (1) swimmer per event, all swimmers entered must meet the qualifying “B” standard time.
If two (2) swimmers are entered in the same event, both of them must meet the qualifying “A” standard time.
Federations may enter swimmers regardless of standard time as follows:
*Note: Please refer to FINA Rules below
Swimmers entered without qualifying time must have participated in the National Championships of the Federation or in a FINA approved qualifying event. These swimmers will be allowed to enter in two (2) different events each, but they cannot swim in the same event, p.a. 50m Freestyle.
Gender Relays: 4x100m Freestyle, 4x200m Freestyle, 4 x 100m Medley – Men & Women – One (1) Relay per Federation
Mixed Relays: 4×100 m Freestyle, 4x100m Medley – One (1) Relay per Federation
2. QUALIFYING PERIOD
The swimming qualifying time standards must be obtained at any of the competitions specified below during the following period:
Qualification period: 01 March 2014 – 20 July 2015
3. QUALIFYING EVENTS:
FINA will only accept entry times which have been achieved at competitions officially approved by FINA.
Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps makes a cameo appearance as himself in the midseason premiere of USA Network’s “Suits.” Watch the episode Thursday, March 6 at 9 PM ET on USA. link
Australia’s head swimming coach, Jacco Verhaeren, says there’s ”no doubt” he would welcome troubled great Ian Thorpe back into the fold as part of his plan to use Australian legends to revive its Olympic fortunes.
Thorpe is being treated for depression but Dutchman Verhaeren, who coached Thorpe’s good friend and Olympic rival Pieter van den Hoogenband, said his door was always open for Thorpe if he wished to help restore Australia as a powerhouse.
Verhaeren visited Canberra this week as he settles into his new role, having taken over from Leigh Nugent after the disastrous 2012 London Olympics.
“He [Thorpe] is somebody you would like to have on board, no doubt about that,” Verhaeren said.
“Ian’s an icon, a legend, and having him on board in whatever role we would appreciate, I would love to have him there.<
Olympic gold medallist Grant Hackett has denied claims by his manager that he is entering rehab for an addiction to prescription sleeping drugs, saying instead that he had travelled to the US for a planned “retreat”.
The Australian swimming great touched down in Los Angeles on Tuesday evening, and immediately denied reports that he was there to receive treatment for a dependency to Stilnox medication.
“No, I’m not calling this rehab whatsovever,” the 33-year-old told reporters at the airport.
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Days after Grant Hackett’s messy divorce case a fortnight ago his parents were so worried about his welfare they planned an intervention for his drug dependency.
But the confrontation with their son came earlier than expected — triggered by Hackett’s bizarre behaviour at Crown Casino late on Friday.
On Saturday afternoon family members and Hackett’s manager, met the Olympic champion in his hotel suite, convincing him to seek help at a rehab facility.
Dad Neville Hackett said: “I believe Grant knew he had a problem. He raised the idea of seeing a doctor.”
The media is all over the story
Between this and the cat rescue the other day, it has been a big week for Swedish pet lifeguards.
Kenth Rehn, 38, was out for a stroll in Kneippen, Sweden, when he saw a mallard caught by a fishing hook. So he jumped into a lake and rescued the bird.
It was cold, he says. But he never hesitated about jumping into the water when he saw that the duck needed help.
See for instance Perth New
A giant four-metre surfing croc has closed Broome’s iconic Cable Beach for a day before moving on.
While Perth beachgoers were enthralled with a 2000kg sub-adult southern elephant seal which had “hauled out’’ on a city beach, Broome locals and visitors were captivated by the 4m croc which took to Cable Beach’s gentle swell.
The croc hung around for most of Saturday but had moved on by Sunday.
Read for instance Herald Sun
Scott Miller has vowed to remain drug-free after he completes his stint in rehab and devote his “energies” to helping other addicts following the shock suicide of his ex-wife Charlotte Dawson.
The former swimmer’s family have revealed the Olympic silver medallist was taken to Melbourne by rehabilitation workers on Saturday just hours after Dawson’s body was found in her apartment.
His mother Jenny Miller said he was in a state of shock but determined to stay clean after completing six months rehab for a methamphetamine addiction and narrowly avoiding jail last month for drug possession.
“I don’t think this will push him back into drugs,” Mrs Miller said yesterday.
Jimmy Fallon is getting ready to do the Polar Plunge, Chicago-style with Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
The new host of “The Tonight Show” said Monday on Twitter that he would join Emanuel for the frigid swim on Sunday in Lake Michigan. His decision came after Emanuel said he would appear on “The Tonight Show” if Fallon joined him for the event benefiting Special Olympics.
— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) February 24, 2014
Chicago – I’m wearing a suit and tie for the #PolarPlunge. Show solidarity by wearing a necktie. (I’m not telling you what else to wear.)
— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) February 24, 2014
For the first time since the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games the public will be able to make a splash in the same swimming pools as some of Great Britain’s greatest athletes. The iconic London Aquatics Centre at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park opens its doors on Saturday 1 March 2014.
Designed by internationally renowned architect, Zaha Hadid, the London Aquatics Centre is one of the most recognisable venues from the Games with its unique wave like roof. The venue houses two 50 metre swimming pools. The Games time competition pool will be available for lane and fitness swimming. A 50 metre training pool will be available for family sessions, fun sessions with inflatables and swimming lessons. There is also a 25 metre diving pool with boards and platforms up to 10 metres, a dry diving zone, a state-of-the-art 50 station gym and café.
From 1 March the venue, which is operated by Charitable Social Enterprise, GLL, will play host to a variety of activities. Swimming sessions will cost as little as £3.50, the same as a swim in any other local pool, there will be swimming and diving lessons, and inclusive community sessions. The venue also has an innovative lift mechanism called a ‘Poolpod’ for people who require mobility assistance.
In addition to community swimming, the Aquatics Centre will host a range of national and international events including the FINA/NVC 2014 World Diving Series in April, the 2016 European Swimming Championships and is the new home of British Diving.
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Jessica Long grew up in Baltimore but that’s a long way from where she was born. The Paralympics swimmer was born in Russia and adopted by American parents and the Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia gave her an opportunity to meet her parents.
Long was featured on NBC’s Olympic coverage in primetime Saturday. The 20-minute feature, “Long Way Home: The Jessica Long Story,” chronicled her rise to becoming a world class swimmer. The double amputee has won 2 Paralympic gold medals.
An NBC film crew followed Long as she retraced her early life with a trip back to Russia and meeting her biological parents for the first time.
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Olympic gold medallist Grant Hackett is seeking treatment in a US rehab centre for an addiction to the prescription drug Stilnox.
The former swimming star left for the US yesterday, just days after he was found wearing a singlet around his waist in Melbourne’s Crown Casino while apparently searching for his four-year-old child.
The 1500m freestyle champion, who said he was “deeply embarrassed” and ashamed about the incident, is now seeking help after a meeting with his family.
It is understood Hackett, 33, flew to the Gold Coast to see his family, including his parents Margaret and Neville, his brother Craig and his wife Nicole, and manager Chris White, before the decision was made to seek professional help overseas.
A spokesman for Hackett told the Herald Sun Hackett was “currently in transit to seek treatment for a dependency to Stilnox medication.
We went whale watching on the Baja this weekend, for an excursion as a part of the Live Different Academy program (www.livedifferent.com), and unfortunately, Chelsea got smacked in the head by a whale’s tail. Luckily, she was fine and we got it on video!
Swimmer Kevin Murphy was in training for his 35th crossing of the English Channel when he felt a gripping pain in his chest.
However his record-breaking feats of endurance have taught him to battle through pain and over the years Kevin has overcome numbing cold, fatigue and jellyfish stings so he wasn’t going to succumb to what he mistook for a bad bout of indigestion.
Instead he finished the three-quarter mile swim, had dinner and went to bed. He woke in agony in the early hours of the next morning and instinctively knew that he was having a heart attack.
“I’ve never known pain like it,” recalls Kevin, who first swam the Channel when he was a teenager. “On the way to hospital I was biting the strap of my wife’s handbag. I really thought I was breathing my last.”