Australia & Oceania

“Swimming in the Seas of the Globe”

“Swimming in the Seas of the Globe”
2013 HBF Rottnest Channel Swim

The Consulate of Italy in Western Australia is proud to announce the participation of Mr Salvatore Cimmino in the forthcoming Rottnest Channel Swim from Cottesloe to Rottnest.
Born in Torre Annunziata, Italy in 1964, Salvatore Cimmino lost one leg at the age of 15 as a consequence of an osteosarcoma. At the age of 40, after countless physical problems, Salvatore took up swimming under medical advice. He had never been in the water before. After eight months, on July 15th 2006, he made his first crossing from the Island of Capri to Sorrento, Italy’s
mainland, (22 km), without any prosthetic aid. Immediately after he began his “Swimming Streak” in order to attract the public’s attention to the world of the disabled and their problems. In 2007 he undertook the “Swimming Tour of Italy” and in 2009 the “Swimming Tour of Europe”.

Salvatore Cimmino -- Australia, WA – Rottnest Strait Swim

Last Saturday, in Orvieto, at the Council Hall, I presented the eighth stage of my world swim tour.

For this opportunity, I would like to thank Mayor Antonio Concina, Vice Mayor Roberta Tardani, my dear friend Felice Zazzaretta, and the President of the UISP Orvieto Fabrizia Mencarelli, who welcomed me with great affection, in a wonderful town that is now also becoming my town for the solidarity and support that I have found there.

I also want to thank my colleague and friend Michael Lenton, prof. Adelio Salsano and the Australian Deputy Ambassador Douglas Tappert, for joining in the project that is so dear to me: “Swimming in the Seas of the Globe”, for a world without barriers and borders.

Water wonderland

by Margie McDonald From: The Australian November 09, 2012 12:00AM

CLIMBING on to the bus to take me to Gladstone Harbour marina with my backpack and swim-gear bag, the man across the aisle gives me a stern look.

"You've got flippers. We don't like flippers here," he said.

This ocean-swimming caper is serious business. My flippers were packed for some snorkelling off Heron Island reef and not for the 3km organised swim circumnavigating the central Queensland coral cay. Best I hide them deeper in the bag next time.

Ocean swimming is now the adopted sport of many former pool swimmers, golfers, triathletes and footballers whose joints and bones can't take the pounding any more.

But just because it's a low-impact sport doesn't mean ocean swimming is for the faint-hearted..

Swimming: Amputee relishes ocean swim classic

If you think swimming 3.3km in next weekend's State Paihia Classic is too far, know that if Russell's Margot Forrest can swim it with just one leg, your excuses are looking a little thin.

Forrest, who had her left leg amputated five years ago, said the water has become her natural habitat.

"I get a real sense of freedom in the water, particularly after the first five minutes or so when you get over the pain and get into the zone - you can almost forget you're missing a leg," she said.

English Channel star takes aim

by Mark Bode, 2nd Nov 2012

WORLD No.1 marathon swimmer Trent Grimsey has battled adversity to earn the respect of his peers - but it seems Swimming Australia is proving harder to please.

Grimsey, who will today attempt to win his second Eyeline Noosa 1000 Ocean Swim, has accused Swimming Australia of snubbing him because he is an open-water competitor.

The Brisbane-based swimmer has produced his best year in the sport - highlighted by his ascension to the top of the FINA open-water grand prix circuit rankings and his record-breaking English Channel crossing.

In 24-year-old Grimsey, Australia has one of its most accomplished athletes.

Can someone tell Swimming Australia?

Baker shares second in World Cup marathon swim

Source: New Zealand swimming

Queensland-based swimmer Cara Baker has claimed a share of second place in the penultimate round of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup in Hong Kong at the weekend.

Aussie Trent Grimsey sets Channel record

TRENT Grimsey, FINA's top ranked Open Water swimmer, has broken the record for crossing of the English Channel.

The Queenslander began his 34km marathon at Dover in southern England at approximately 9:30am local time Saturday (1830 AEST) and arrived at Cap-Gris-Nez, France in a time of 6 hours 55 minutes flat, breaking Bulgarian Petar Stoychev's record of 6hr 57min 50secs.

Swimming: Baker swamped at qualifier

New Zealand swimmer Cara Baker finished just two seconds off an automatic spot for the London Olympics in the marathon open water swim qualifying race in Portugal today.

Baker, well-placed in the chase pack for the first five laps of the 10km race, ended up 17th at the wrong end of a photo finish with four other swimmers - leaving her only four spots from the last automatic qualifying place.

read the rest at: NZH

Hot pace surprises Radford in Olympic marathon swim qualifier


The face of open water swimming has changed forever according to Rotorua swimmer Kane Radford after he missed out on his Olympic dream in the final qualifying event in Portugal today.

The 21 year old from Swimming New Zealand’s High Performance Centre finished in 27th place, to be 1m 44s behind the winner, Beijing 1500m freestyle champion Tunisia’s Oussama Mellouli at Setubal, Portugal.

The top nine swimmers, with a limit of one per country, automatically qualified for the London Olympics.

Radford swam alongside Mellouli at the head of the field for the four of six laps before the Tunisian turned up the wick and the fast men flew past the kiwi with speed that the Rotorua man has not witnessed in open water swimming before.

After a solid pace around 17m30s for the 1.6km lap, Mellouli changed gears with a 16m10s penultimate lap and a withering sub-15 minute final lap to spread-eagle the field.

Limbless Frenchman Philippe Croizon starts world swim

A Frenchman who lost his limbs in an accident has completed the first part of his challenge to swim between five continents.

Philippe Croizon swam from Papua New Guinea to Indonesia with long-distance swimmer Arnaud Chassery and a local man who joined them to show his support.

Mr Croizon, who uses prosthetic limbs with flippers attached, took seven-and-a-half hours to swim the stretch.

He lost his limbs 18 years ago while adjusting a TV aerial on a roof.

"It was very, very hard," he said after the event, which involved crossing 20km (12 miles) between two points on New Guinea island which is shared between the two countries.

"It took us an hour-and-a-half more than we expected because we had to swim against the currents," he said.

He said they did not come across any sharks or jellyfish, but were joined by a Papua New Guinean man named Zet Tampa, who swam with them to show solidarity, Mr Croizon tweeted.

The swim had been postponed as Mr Croizon waited for a permit to enter Indonesia, which he received late on Wednesday.