Australia & Oceania

Two-day Rottnest Channel swim being considered for 2015 event

PERTH'S Rottnest Channel Swim is set for a major overhaul, after a record number of applicants were turned away from the 2014 event.

The world's largest open water swim will get bigger under a plan to split it over two days or two concurrent races.

Rumors: Marcel Wouda as open water coach in Australia

Update December 15, Marcel has rejected the Australian offer. He said that during an interview on tv. He's staying loyal to his present swimmers.

December 12, LONDON - The job of the National Open Water Coach for Swimming Australia is the loosening tongues in the Netherlands. One name is mentioned and buzzes along the pool lines.

Jarrod Poort takes win at Ocean Swim Series

Australian 5km open-water swimming champion Jarrod Poort has proved too good in the second round of the State New Zealand Ocean Swim Series.

4 days untill start of Season in New Zealand

4 Days to go until the Series kicks off with the State Harbour Crossing.

There are under 100 spots left! Get your entry in now to avoid disappointment. Online entries close this Friday at midnight if the event doesn’t sell out before then.

Locals compete with renowned swimmers in Fiji

THE annual Mana Island Ocean Swim Festival ended on Saturday with local teams from Nadi and Suva competing with established international swimmers.

Winners of the race included Wally Eggleton of New South Wales, Australia, who took out the open grade 10 and three kilometres race around the island while 19-year-old Zoe Elkerton won the one-kilometre race.

Another big one for Trent Grimsey

Trent Grimsey is without a doubt one of the greatest open water swimmers on the planet.  He’s the swam the English Channel faster than anyone, he’s won the FINA Grand Prix series and stood a top many podiums during his career. A couple of months ago he announced his retirement from open water swim racing.  However, a great athlete like Trent can’t be held back. He’s taken a courageous look at himself and realizes he’s got a lot more racing inside of him. So next up he’s got an eye on something truly mind-blowing; competing in 2015 Enduroman Arch to Arc Ultra Triathlon.  Here’s what Trent has to say about the next step in his athletic career:

Trent Grimsey announced his retirement today

Trent Grimsey, who made a name as one of the top open water swimmers in the world, announced his retirement today.

"Today I am officially announcing my retirement from professional marathon swimming," Grimsey said in a statement. "Over the past eight years I have been fortunate enough to travel the world competing in the sport I love. I have met some amazing people and made friends that I'll have for life. I have absolutely no regrets."

Hero fisherman saves mate in epic swim

A HERO fisherman has saved the life of his injured mate after an epic three-hour swim through freezing waters off the Gold Coast.

A freak wave struck the men's dinghy as they returned from a fishing trip late on Tuesday afternoon, leaving one of them with two dislocated shoulders and a dislocated hip.

They had just enough time to grab their lifejackets before the boat went under.

In a heroic act of endurance, the injured man's mate hauled him across two kilometres of freezing open ocean, battling strong currents and big waves.

Jellyfish ‘ambush’ ends Australian woman’s record Cuba-US swim

KEY WEST, June 14 — Australian long-distance swimmer Chloe McCardel was making good headway in calm seas at dusk when she suddenly hit a stinging swarm of jellyfish, eventually forcing her to abandon her quest to become the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage.

“It felt like explosions hitting my body,” she told reporters yesterday after returning to Key West.

McCardel, 28, was pulled from the water on Wednesday night. She said the stings were so numerous she was paralysed from the waist down by the pain and forced to gave up the attempt 11 hours into the 103 mile (166 km) marathon swim.

Despite being stung repeatedly on her arms, legs and back by venomous box jellyfish tentacles McCardel kept going for 20 to 30 minutes, said team spokesman, Matt Nelson.

Daan Glory still enjoys a moment in Australia

Marathon Swimming. Source: Noordhollands Dagblad March 11, 2013

Daan Glorie won on Saturday in Australia the "Giants of the Bay". The marathon specialist from Alkmaar swimming club DAW was much faster than the competition. After 30 km he finished 25 minutes in front of the second, a relay team.
The journey of Portalington to Point Lonsdale (100 km below Melbourne) was swum under severe conditions, reports Glory of the other side of the world: 'The first two hours, I totally did not get into my stroke because off the heavy swell, which was right into my face. Only then I came into the rhythm, especially when the kayaker, who was afraid of the high waves finally sailed alongside of me.