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Natalie Du Toit Awarded MBE by Queen Elizabeth

South African swimmer Natalie du Toit has been awarded the honor of the Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) by the British High Commission for her work with the Paralympic movement.

“Her Majesty The Queen has announced that South African Olympic and Paralympic medal-winning swimmer Natalie du Toit has been awarded an honorary MBE for her services to Paralympic sport,” the commission said upon awarding of the honor to the retired swimmer: one of the few athletes to ever compete in both the Olympics and Paralympics. “Natalie has achieved great success in her sport, demonstrating an ability to compete with the best in both Olympic and Paralympic disciplines at numerous international sporting events.”

Widow Of Columbus Man Says He Completed Cuba To Florida Swim First

COLUMBUS, Ohio - While the world celebrates marathon swimmer Diana Nyad's historic swim from Cuba to Key West, Florida, a Central Ohio woman said her husband completed the same journey nearly 35 years ago.

Faye Poenisch, widow of Walter Poenisch, said her husband completed the same swim at the age of 68. Walter Poenisch began marathon swimming at the age of 49. A baker and rodeo man by trade, Walter bet a restaurant owner in Jamestown, New York, that he could beat him.

"Walter didn't know it, but the gentleman who actually took up the wager was a former Olympic swimmer," remembers Faye. " He defeated Walter by a body length and said, 'For a cowboy, you're a hell of a swimmer.'"

It was the first of Walter's many open water swims in Michigan, Ohio, and Florida. But it was his swim from Cuba to The Little Duck Key, Florida, that was his crowning achievement.

39 hours and 9 minutes and Wendy Trehiou finished her double Channel crossing

Wendy Trehiou successfully finished her double Channel crossing today in 39 h 09 m.

Wendy is a breast cancer survivor who also completed two English Channel crossings: the first in 2006 in 13 hours 36 minutes and the second in 2012 in 15 hours 0 minutes under the auspices of the Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation.

She also completed a Jersey France Solo in 2008 in 9 hours 9 minutes under the auspices of the Jersey Long Distance Swimming Club.

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."

Anna Wardley recomends Swim the Cost Brava event

Endurance Swimmer Anna Wardley encourages international swimmers to take part in Swim the Costa Brava competition that will be held in Cala Montgó, Costa Brava (Spain), next Sept 22.

Aida Molina, managing director of the event had the chance to escort and support her during the time that Anna trained in Mallorca for her “5 islands swim challenge”.

interview Héctor Rámirez Ballesteros estarán en Radio Marca

Este martes 23 de Julio, el equipo Nadando Libre con su nadador Héctor Rámirez Ballesteros estarán en Radio Marca para hablar de su WR del Cruce a Nado del Estrecho de Gibraltar al estilo mariposa que tendrá lugar la primera semana de septiembre.

Mellouli, Payne back in the open water at worlds

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Olympic champion Oussama Mellouli of Tunisia and two-time world champion Keri-Anne Payne of Britain are back in open water after reconsidering their plans following the London Games.

And both swimmers were quick to question a new maximum water temperature put in place by the sport's governing body this week.

Mellouli will be among the favorites for Saturday's 5-kilometer event, which represents the first medals handed out at the world swimming championships, while Payne is concentrating on defending her two consecutive titles in the 10K race Tuesday.

While content with the mild water temperature in Barcelona's harbor, swimmers criticized the conditions as dirty and smelly, partly due to a recent rainstorm that appeared to spread pollution and also due to a line of large yachts along the course running their motors.

A French sailor knocked overboard without a life jacket managed to survive a 15 hour swim

A French sailor who was thrown overboard without a life jacket managed to survive a 15 hour swim to shore in freezing cold waters.

Jean Damitio, 52, has told how he used his family as inspiration to stay alive in the freezing Atlantic Ocean and was guided to shore by the lights of boats in the distance and the stars.

Father-of-four Mr Damitio was trying to adjust the sail of his boat when he was knocked overboard around ten miles off the coast of Capbreton in south west France on Sunday evening.

Despite his desperate attempts to climb back aboard the boat, he was soon adrift and disorientated with darkness rapidly decending.

Open Water Swimming According to Brooke

Brooke Lorentzen is a member of the USA Swimming National Junior Team and represented the U.S. at last year’s Jr. Pan Pacs where she was a top ten finisher. She trains with national team distance swimmers Chloe Sutton and Ashley Twichell at the Mission Viejo Nadadores. Here’s Brooke’s take on some of the nuances of open water swimming:

What’s the biggest difference between open water swimmers and pool swimmers?

Open water swimming is completely different than the pool. Open water swimmers have to be more aware of what’s going on around them. You have to think fast and take action because those quick responses can get you ahead. You have to be able to stay calm but be aggressive. You can’t really prepare yourself for an open water race, because once your racing, it’s anyone’s game.

Jonathan Joyce the creator of www.wildswim.com has died

Saturday June 15th 2013 - Jonathan Joyce died after swimming in the sea at Beesands.
He was a much loved member of our swimming family and will always be remembered.