Australia & Oceania

101 swimmers at 101st Flannagan Cup, and Zac Reid takes home the prize

Last year, Zac Reid came third when he took part in New Plymouth's prestigious Flannagan Cup open water swimming competition.

This year, in a borrowed wetsuit and watched by a big crowd at Ngamotu Beach, he won the trophy.

Wanaka's Big Ruby swim record falls to Christchurch's Dan Abel

Christchurch marathon swimmer Dan Abel smashed The Big Ruby swim record in Wanaka on Saturday, charging around the picturesque 3.8km course in 49:45.

The previous record of 51:39 minutes was set by Wanaka's Mark Cockroft, last year.

Abel, a swim coach and open water swim tour leader, was one of 307 swimmers who took to the water over a range of distances.

Aussie 10k Women’s Champ Chelsea Gubecka “More Excited For My Sister”

Olympian Jarrod Poort was the first place Australian in the men’s open water 10k race on day 1 of the 2017 Australian National Open Water Championships, while a pair of sisters made the cut on the women’s side. 18-year-old Chelsea Gubecka outright won the women’s 10k event, while 14-year-old sister Chloe touched in 3rd. The top 4 finishers on both the men’s and women’s sides in the 10k move on to compete at the Abu Dhabi World Cup in the hopes of claiming a stop on the Aussie World Championships roster.

Jack McLoughlin and Kiah Melverton qualify for open water swimming championships in Budapest

RIO Olympian Jack McLoughlin and world short course bronze medallist Kiah Melverton on Sunday proved their potential out of the pool by winning the 5km time trials at the open water national championships.

Rio Olympian Jarrod Poort back to defend 10km crown at Brighton

JARROD Poort didn’t win a medal in Rio but his performance in the 10km open water swim became one of the highlights of Australia’s Olympics.

The 22-year-old became somewhat of a cult hero when he led for 9km and could “smell” the gold medal only to be caught in the closing stages in a performance his dad hilariously described as all “heart and balls”.

Poort eventually finished 21st in 1hr 53mins 40secs but won plenty of admirers.

Annual open water swim returns to Western Australia in February

An annual 19.7-kilometer open water swim from Cottesloe Beach to Rottnest Island in Western Australia will take place on Feb. 25.

Sponsored by travel and lifestyle brand Karma Group, the Rottnest Channel Swim welcomes all swimmers to take part as solo competitors, a duo, or as a team.

Paul Newsome, renowned open water swim instructor and Karma Swim Ambassador for the event, will be offering noteworthy training tips to teams and members prior to the swim.

Australia’s Best Open Water Swimmers Joined By Notable Pool Stars

Australia’s best open water swimmers will be joined by some notable pool stars when they descend on Brighton Beach in Adelaide this weekend from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 January, to take part in the 2017 Australian Open Water Swimming Championships.

The event gives swimmers the chance to demonstrate their grit and determination as they compete in some of the toughest events on the swimming program and the chance to gain selection onto the 2017 World Championship team.

Charlotte Webby defends NZ open water swimming title

First National open water championship with FINA new rules (wetsuits). Reliable source says that protest by swimmer without suit is denied. However the protest should be correct because no suits have been approved (as yet!). 

Swimming with wetsuits changes the sport so dramatically that it would no more be the same sport. OpenWaterSwimming.eu expresses the need to revise these rules to two separate classes: with and without wetsuits. To some swimmers in traditional attire wet-suits are no less than cheating!

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Taranaki swimmer Charlotte Webby retained her title at the New Zealand Open Water Championships in Taupo.

Webby claimed victory in the women's 10km championship while Swimming New Zealand high performance squad member Matthew Scott (Enterprise, Gisborne) took out the men's title on Saturday.

The championships were the first step for swimmers who hope to qualify for the FINA world championships and World University Games later this year, with the top five now heading to the second stage of qualifying at the Australian Open later this month.

Stockton/Newcastle harbour swim cancelled indefinitely

AUSTRALIA Day’s traditional Newcastle harbour swim may never return to the water after organisers were forced to cancel this year’s event. 

Stockton Surf Life Saving Club announced this week they would not hold the event in 2017, only the second time club president and life member Trevor Upton remembers the event not proceeding.

The club issued a statement this week saying “increased marine activity” made it difficult to keep competitors safe during the open water swim.

How the survivor of a boat accident that killed her family will conquer her fear

Susan Berg has spent 30 years fiercely avoiding her three biggest fears: open water, boats and sharks. In heatwaves and on long summer afternoons, there have been no swimming pool dips, relaxed beach swims and lake trips for the Melburnian, with tragic reason.

At 15, she became the sole survivor of a catastrophic boating accident that claimed the lives of three members of her family.

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