Australia & Oceania

‘I do not want to see water for a long time’

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Six down and one to go: Ireland’s Steve Redmond has just completed the sixth of seven monumental swims that will make him the most successful endurance swimmer of all time.

Two weeks ago, the 46-year-old, open water swimmer from Ballydehob in West Cork swam the Cook Strait, the stretch of ocean between the North and South Islands of New Zealand. It took him 13 hours and 10 minutes.

On Sunday, after a failed attempt last October, he finally conquered the Molokai Channel between Oahu and Molokai Islands in Hawaii. He completed the gruelling challenge in just over 22 hours in what was an emotionally draining and physically painful experience.

"It was pretty horrendous," Redmond said yesterday, as he contemplated the mammoth task. "I swam through the night and a storm came in. You get motion sickness when that happens and your stomach locks up. It was a truly horrifying swim but better than failing."

West Cork swimmer is one step closer to entering the history books

Irish endurance swimmer Steve Redmond has completed yet another part of the Oceans 7 challenge and now he's only got one more swim to go.

Only last week we brought you the news that the Irish endurance swimmer Steve Redmond had completed another stage in the Oceans 7 Challenge, which pushes endurance swimmers to their limits as they navigate seven of the worlds toughest open water swims.

This morning, Steve completed the 27-mile Moloka'i Channel swim in Hawaii, which comes only one week after he completed the Cook Strait Swim in New Zealand. Some man.

West Cork swimmer completes latest endurance test in Hawaii

BALLYDEHOB endurance swimmer Steve Redmond has successfully completed the 27-mile Moloka’i Channel swim in Hawaii.

He swam 44 miles to complete the longest crossing ever crossing recorded for Moloka’i and is also the first Irishman to finish it.

He was said to be “relieved and delighted” to complete the swim in the early hours of the morning Irish time.

The amazing achievement means that Steve has now completed six out of seven of the Oceans 7 Challenge swims with just the Tsugaru Strait swim in Japan remaining.

Steve Redmond does it New Zealand!


Ballydehob native Steve Redmond has just successfully completed the latest leg of his Ocean’s 7 Swim Challenge after crossing the Cook Strait in New Zealand.

Steve, 46, is hoping to become the first person to complete the Oceans 7 Challenge, a series of open water swims which test a swimmer's mental and physical endurance.

Open water duo left high and dry


AUSTRALIA'S Olympic open water swimmers have been forced to go hunting for lane space in Switzerland after being told there is no room for them to train with the rest of the swimming team ahead of the London Games.

Ky Hurst and Mel Gorman, the only swimmers so far selected for London, were told before Christmas they were no longer included in plans for the swimming team's two-week staging camp in Manchester, which is held just before the Games.

''[Swimming Australia head coach] Leigh Nugent told us there was not enough room for the long-distance swimmers to join them on the camp … so we have to find somewhere else,'' Hurst said.

The 30-year-old, a seven-time Australian Ironman champion who was 11th in the 10-kilometre swim in Beijing and fifth in last year's World Championships, said the decision was disappointing.

''The camaraderie between the swimmers is always healthy and it's always a positive vibe and it's something I enjoyed last time,'' he said. ''I'm not sure of the reasoning behind [Nugent's] decision but he's the head coach for a reason and he's made it clear that's what is happening.''

Three families grieve after drownings

source:  by Joanne Carroll

Three families were grieving last night after a horror day on the water brought three separate drownings.

A male swimmer in his 50s died after suffering a heart attack while competing in the 2.5km Taupo Epic open water swim yesterday.

Organisers said the swimmer got into difficulty and attempts to resuscitate him by the water safety team and St John paramedics were unsuccessful.

In Tauranga, a fishing trip turned to tragedy yesterday after a 51-year-old Aucklander drowned while setting flounder nets in an estuary.

The man and a 49-year-old friend from Tauranga had been wading in thigh-deep water, setting out flounder nets near Tye Park, Welcome Bay, about 1.30pm.

Top competition boost for Olympic open water swim qualifier


The appearance of some top rating Australians, led by world champion Melissa Gorman, should ensure international quality racing for this weekend's crucial Olympic open water swimming qualifier in Taupo.

The State New Zealand Open Water 10km Championship to be staged in Taupo on Saturday doubles as the qualifying event for the London Olympics.

It forms part of the two-day State Epic Swim in Lake Taupo, a range of elite and New Zealand Masters Championship races and recreational events that have attracted approximately 500 entries for the weekend.

The centrepiece is the 10km championship on Saturday where the first two New Zealand swimmers in both men's and women's competition will progress to the June's final Olympic qualifying event in Portugal.

Calmer waters for duo

The article is posted on The Age (with picture)

OPEN water swimmers Ky Hurst and Melissa Gorman are the first members of Australia's 2012 Olympic team, but most of their future teammates will have to wait until June before they can be sure of competing in London.

Hurst, a seven-time Australian ironman champion, and Gorman, the world champion in the five-kilometre open water event in 2009, have known since July that they met Olympic qualification criteria after finishing fifth and fourth respectively at the Shanghai World Aquatics Championships in the 10 kilometer open water marathon.

Jellyfish blow ashore on Wellington's south coast


At least two people have been stung and the authorities are advising caution as thousands of jellyfish blow ashore on Wellington's south coast.

Island Bay and other south coast beaches were coated with at least two species of jellyfish yesterday, including the potentially deadly bluebottle or pacific man o' war.

Julian Hodge, of Island Bay Marine Education Centre, said there had been at least 300 jellyfish strewn across Island Bay Beach alone at high tide yesterday morning.

People should refrain from touching them and be cautious if they were planning to swim, he said.

NZ open water swimmers begin London splash

The New Zealand ocean swim series, which begins in Auckland this weekend, ... several levels,'' said Philip Rush, Swimming New Zealand open water manager.