Australia & Oceania

Dickson conquers lake, moves on

The original article by Abigail Hartevelt & Greg Taipari is posted (with picture) on The Daily Post since 21st February 2011

Rotorua woman Pam Dickson has become the oldest woman to swim Lake Taupo.

The endurance athlete is already thinking about her next challenge, a possible 35km crossing of the English Channel.

Granny is lady of the lake

The original article by Celeste Gorrell Anstiss is posted (with picture) on NZHerald since 6:05 AM Sunday Feb 20, 2011

A grandmother of 10 has become the oldest person to swim the length of Lake Taupo, finishing the 40.2km journey in 13 hours and 56 minutes on Friday.

Pamela Dickson, 56, trained towards the swim - just shy of a marathon distance - for two years.

Fatuousness of the Two Mile Sea Swim!

The original article by C Vijitha Fernando is posted on Daily Mirror since Saturday, 19 February 2011 00:15

The Two Mile Sea Swim held annually in the month of March from opposite the beach front of the famous and prestigious Mount Lavinia Hotel, had an uninterrupted sea swim for the past 73 years. When the Sea Swim is held on Sunday February 20th, it will befor the 74th consecutive year.

Old friends go back down to the sea to settle an old score

The original article by Russell Skelton is posted (with pictures) on The Age since February 19, 2011

ROBBIE Robertson, fellow architect and close mate of Ted Baillieu, recalls the time when Baillieu dashed down the Sorrento pier to plunge off the end just to get a 50-metre advantage.

News from New Zealand: Ocean Swim Series

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Teens squash their fears for a good cause

The original article by Aja Styles and Fran Rimrod is posted (with picture) on WA today since February 18, 2011 - 2:58PM

Four teenage girls from Perth's Presbyterian Ladies College are throwing their fears overboard and taking the plunge in the WAtoday Rottnest Channel swim this year.

Six Hour Swim For Australian Fisherman

The original article is posted on NDT Television since 2011-02-17 09:45

The open sea will never look quite the same again to Andrew Wilson.

He swam for six solid hours to reach shore after a freak wave threw him from his boat during a fishing trip seven kilometers off the coast of Australia.

Half tides, currents make for hard slog in night swims

The original article by PETER GIBBS is posted on Nelson Mail since 13:00 18/02/2011

Planetary motion has a lot to answer for. After a season of swims at the top or bottom of the tide, the moon has inconsiderately got out of sync with the sun so the Port Nelson Sea Swim Series is now taking place on half tides.

That means strong currents, an element that has not been a large feature of this year's races so far.

Fisherman survives marathon swim

The original article is posted on SkyNews since 21:48, Wednesday February 16, 2011

A fisherman washed overboard by a rogue wave survived a roving shark, jellyfish stings and muscle cramps during a marathon six-hour swim to shore on the NSW north coast.

The good doc to brave the elements again in Hobsons Bay

The original article by Laura Keys is posted (with picture) in Hobsons Bay Leader since 17 Feb 11 @ 07:00am

A WEEK before the inaugural Big Bay Swim in 1990, Williamstown doctor Manu Gilani jumped into the water at Port Melbourne and swam across Hobsons Bay to Gem Pier to “test for any problems” ahead of the big event.