Natalie Du Toit: 'If I can achieve a dream, then anyone can'

The original article (with picture) by Simon Turnbull is posted on The Independant since Thursday, 21 May 2009.

She lost her leg in a road accident, but went on to swim against able-bodied athletes in the Olympics. As she prepares to compete in Manchester, the South African swimmer speaks to Simon Turnbull

In the midst of her busy schedule yesterday – training in the pool from 5am to 7.30am, dashing off urgently afterwards to sort out a temporary passport, grabbing lunch, heading to the gym for an afternoon session, and then training in the pool during the evening from 5.30pm to 7.30pm – Natalie Du Toit found a little room to reflect on her life and times. But ask her to take stock and there's no shortage of material.

Mead to take part in swimming project

The original article (with picture) is published on Pilot News since Thursday, 19 February 2009

PLYMOUTH — Mallory (Cook) Mead will again be swimming nationally.

The “Dialogue Across the Seas” project 2009, the brain child of Channel Swimmer Nejib Belhedi, supported by CSA President Michael Read follows on from the first project in 2007. It is a joint venture between the Channel Swimming Association Ltd. and the Tunisian authorities and most importantly enjoys the encouragement of His Excellency, The President of the Republic of Tunisia, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Great challenges are nothing new to English Channel swimmers, but opportunities to put things back into sport, to encourage people to push themselves to new challenges and new limits, to promote healthy activity, to encourage young people to be more active, to demonstrate that sport can be fun, to make and further new friendships with people from other nations, these are challenges too good to resist.

"Prettige kerstdagen en een gelukkig nieuwjaar" wish all of you in Dutch: "Prettige kerstdagen en een gelukkig nieuwjaar" and a lot of nice swims.
And remember: Cold, wind, waves, sunburn, currents, jellyfish and flotsam! Hop in and join the fun!

Acholi: Mot ki Yomcwing Botwo Me Mwaka Manyen
Adhola: Wafayo Chamo Mbaga & Bothi Oro Manyeni
Aeka: Keremisi jai be
Afrikaans: ‘n Geseënde Kersfees en 'n Voorspoedige Nuwe Jaar
Ahtna: C'ehwggelnen Dzaen

Webmaster Richard Broer attempting to swim Strait of Gibraltar

updated 30-09-2008

Richard Broer is in Tarifa, Spain for his attemp to swim the `Strait of Gibraltar` under the rules of the ACNEG.  He will try to swim 30 September with 1, 2 and 3 October as backup dates. All can be followed at if you can understand/read Dutch.

Good luck Richard and think about our slogan.

Cold, wind, waves, sunburn, currents, jellyfish and flotsam! Hop in and join the fun!

 2 October at 14.30 hour is his starting time.

Thursday 2008-10-02
Sunrise 6:18 UTC, Sunset 18:04 UTC
Moonrise 9:26 UTC, Moonset 19:28 UTC
High Tide: 3:01 UTC 1.2
Low Tide: 8:26 UTC 0.3
High Tide: 15:12 UTC 1.2
Low Tide: 20:45 UTC 0.3

So his plan is to swim diagonal with the tide and the last part straight south when the tide is low.

Swimmer hit by 'monster' wake

The original article by Matthew Taylor is posted on The Westmorland Gazette since 10:24am Thursday 23rd July 2009

A BIZARRE swimming incident on Windermere coincided with the announcement that a paranormal investigator will plumb the lake’s depths in search of a giant creature.

Thomas Noblett, 46, was swimming the lake this week when he was suddenly swamped by a three-foot wave of unknown origin.

A spate of eyewitness sightings reported by The Gazette during 2006-2007 described a 50-foot long serpent-like animal surfacing on Windermere.

Psychic Dean ‘Midas’ Maynard, who came to prominence by accurately predicting sports score lines and X factor winners, will hunt for the beast in September.

Mr Noblett trains on the lake for four hours every day in preparation for a channel swim.

Army night swimming in Gibraltar Bay

source: GibFocus
original: GibFocus
by: ???
date: 2008-04-21 15:02:00

Abdel Latif Abu Heif dies at the age of 79 years

2008-04-22, Egypt - With Egyptian sorrow and regret I am sadly informing the swimming comunity about the death of the great swimmer ABDEL LATIF ABU HEIF last night at the age of 79.

Osama Momtaz
Deputy Director For Research,






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