Monday, 22 December 2014

Christmas Message From The NZMS President

Dear Swimmers


This is the final Masterscrawl post for 2014.

It’s been an eventful year, many thanks to all of the clubs that organised meets.

We are particularly grateful to Dunedin and Whakatane for stepping up at short notice to run highly successful Nationals and North Island Short Course championships.

We had swimmers compete very successfully at the World Masters Swimming Champs in Montreal.

It’s also been a very sad year, NZ Masters most successful swimmer Barry Young passed away this month.

It was a comfort to the family to see so many current and ex masters paying their respects at the funeral.

If you are looking for motivation, there’s plenty of events to train for coming up in the New Year – KatiKati are hosting their 33.3m meet in January, and there’s the Cambridge Long Course sanctioned meet in February. In March, South City are hosting our National Long Course championships at Papatoetoe.

Looking further out, Auckland hosts the World Masters Games in 2017. This is a massive event for NZ - 35,000 people are expected to attend. Put a plan in place and start training for it NOW!

Please also take time to complete this year’s survey, your feedback is important to us.

The NZMS executive wish you and your families a very merry and safe Christmas, see you in the pool next year.


John Fisher, NZMS President

Letter from Barry Young's Family

Dear Masters Swimmers


After a 5 year cancer(Melanoma) journey Barry Young passed away on the 4th of December 2014.

My family and I would like to thank all the Master swimmers from various Clubs around the country for attending Barry's funeral and Memorial service.

The numerous cards of condolences, flowers and gifts warmed our hearts and lightened our suffering, giving us strength and courage during this difficult time.

As you probably know Barry had a great passion for swimming and he was so grateful to be able to share it with so many of you...

Throughout his illness he showed great courage , patience, a positive attitude and love for his family and friends. He will remain in our hearts forever.



Suzanne Young and family.

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AUCKLAND CENTRAL MASTERS HARBOUR SWIMS:  www.aucklandharbourswims.org.nz
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STATE NEW ZEALAND OCEANSWIM SERIES 2014/2015: Dates for swims announced. Bay of Islands Classic, Paihia, Saturday 22nd November 2014; Harbour Crossing, Auckland, Sunday 7th December 2014; Capital Classic, Wellington, Sunday 25th January 2015; La Grande Swim, Akaroa, Sunday 15th February 2015; Sand to Surf, Mt Maunganui, Saturday 21st March 2015 and King of the Bays, Auckland, Saturday 18th April 2015.  ENTER HERE:  http://oceanswim.co.nz/


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BEAN ROCK SWIM:  21February 2015.  More info on their website:  www.beanrockswim.co.nz

RED BEACH SWIM:  22 February 2015. More info on their website:  http://www.redbeachslsc.com/About+Us/SeniorSurf+Division/Open+Water+Swim.html

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Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Barry Young - Letter to Swimming Times by Bill Letch and "My Toughest Event" re-published

In light of the recent passing of Barry Young and the letter sent by Bill Letch to the Swimming Times, I have decided to re-publish the article "My Toughest Event"  in honour of  Barry Young's memory and his endeavor to get his message out about the dangers of Melanoma.

"Dear Sir

It was with sadness that I learned from the New Zealand Masters Swimming web page that Barry Young had passed away on the 3rd December 2014.


I never met Barry but was well aware of his almost unbelievable times set when swimming in the 70 - 74 age group.

In October 2009 the mens 70-74 200m butterfly short course Masters World Record was 3.08.60. Knowing I would age up in 2010, I rather thought I could break this record! However, In November 2009 Barry ‘blew this out of the water’ with a staggering 2.51.32. Putting it beyond the reach of any of us in his age group! This was only one of a series of excellent swims on various strokes which he established in the 70 - 74 age group, many of which still stand as World Records.

He was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 2010 not least of all due to his 43 World Masters Records.

From 1986 until the present he was ranked number one 36 times, number two 18 times and number three 15 times.
I recently read an article which Barry had written in “Master Scrawl” The official publication of New Zealand Masters Swimming entitled ‘My Toughest Event’ and I quickly realised what strength of character and fighting spirit this champion swimmer and human being possessed.

I have attached the article and hope you will be able to reproduce it as I’m certain others will find it as inspirational as I did and such an important warning about the dangers of Melanoma

Yours faithfully

Bill Letch
Exmouth S & L.S.S
"

"MY TOUGHEST EVENT by Barry Young

First Signs

2009 started out as a really good year.  I turned 70 in January and immediately got stuck into breaking some records in the new age group. At the World Masters Games in Sydney I broke four world records and although FINA refused to recognize records broken at those games – even though they were swum under FINA rules – it was a sign of things to come.  By the end of that year I had broken 13 world records and held every long course New Zealand Masters record in every stroke in my age group.

The first signs of the bad news came in December 2009 when I noticed that an old mole on my left thigh had changed colour at the edges. That’s all it did, it just became slightly reddish around the edges.  It grew no bigger, it did not change shape nor did it become thicker. The mole itself was about 5mm in diameter – quite small - about the same diameter as the eraser on the end of a pencil.

I made an appointment to see my G.P. and he immediately cut the mole out and sent it off for a biopsy. The results were bad.  It was a melanoma.  There are two ways of “grading” the seriousness of a melanoma mole, one is by giving it a number on the Clark scale of 1 to 5 – mine was a 4.  The other is to measure the depth the melanoma extends below the skin surface – mine was 1.9 mm deep.  The higher your Clark number and the deeper the melanoma, the worse your prognosis is and the harder it is to win the battle against the disease.  They can also get some idea of just how rapidly the cancer cells are dividing (multiplying) by identifying newly divided cells.  This is known as the Mitotic count – mine was 23. Typical counts were 5 or 6 and I was told mine was “off the scale”! Not good.

My G.P. sent me off to see a Surgical Oncologist at the Melanoma Unit and he decided, as a precaution, to remove an even larger area of flesh from around the original mole site – a wide area excision.  This involved an overnight stay in hospital in January 2010 and left me with a 17 cm. scar extending from my left knee towards my groin.  My wound healed well and I was soon back to my daily training sessions.  The follow-up visit to the surgeon went well so I just assumed I had had a close shave and resumed my life - with no changes to my diet, work-load or exercise regime.  I assumed that all the cancer cells had been removed and that I had nothing to worry about.  I was told nothing different.

In September 2010, with the help of NZ Masters Swimming and the North Shore Masters Swimming Club, Suzanne and I flew to Dallas, Texas for my induction into the International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame. It was a great honour for me and for NZ Masters Swimming to be the first Kiwi swimmer to be inducted. Danyon Loader is in the open section – the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

Round Two

In July 2012, almost exactly two and a half years after that last operation, I noticed a small lump in the Lymph node in my left groin.  I visited the surgeon who took a sample with a needle and sent it off for a biopsy.  Bad news again.  The melanoma was back and had spread to that lymph node and possibly beyond.  The next step was to have a whole body Pet CT scan to see how far the cancer had spread.   To do the scan I was given an injection of radio-active sugar.  Cancer cells love sugar and the scanner detects the “hot spots” in the body where the sugar accumulates.  The scan showed three tumours on my left side: one in the thigh, one in the groin and one inside my pelvic cavity.  The tumour in my pelvic cavity had spread out of the lymph node into the surrounding area. The scan also showed inflammation in my liver and lungs but fortunately further scans showed no tumours there.

On the 18 September 2012 I was operated on to remove the three tumours and my lymph system was removed on that side. My new half-meter long scar was impressive.  It extended from my lower chest to my left knee.  This time I was in hospital for a week and my recovery was a lot slower.  It was two months before I could walk and swim properly.

I was advised by the surgeon and a radiation oncologist to begin radiation treatment as soon as possible after the operation, in an attempt to kill off any remaining cancer cells. So, in mid November daily doses of radiation began. These continued for six weeks until Christmas by which time the radiation burns on my torso and leg made walking difficult and swimming impossible because of the risk of infection.

 

Healing

At one of my post-operative checkups, I asked my surgeon what I could do to help prevent the cancer from returning for a second time. “Nothing – just go and lead a healthy life.”  he said.  I was not comfortable with this advice.  My lifestyle was already about as healthy as it could be.  I have never smoked or drank and thought I was one of the healthiest seventy year olds on the planet. But I now felt that there must be some way I could make some contribution towards my own future health.  So I went to see another specialist and asked him the same question. His reply was even more emphatic! “There is nothing you can do to change the progression of your disease – except that, on the negative side, you should not smoke or drink alcohol.”

Clearly, the medical profession did not believe that lifestyle (diet, exercise, state of mind) had any effect on the control or prevention of cancer.  I was amazed. I felt helpless.  It sounded as though I should simply carry on as before and wait for the cancer to return again, or at best, hope that it stayed away.

At that time I knew very little about cancer as a disease so I set about reading everything I could get my hands on in an attempt to better understand just what I was dealing with.  I was determined to do everything I could to prevent the melanoma from taking hold again.

The Gawler Foundation

Fortunately, at about this time I was introduced to a young mother who was the daughter of family friends. She had melanoma – also originating from a mole on her left thigh – and had managed to prevent it from coming back, in part, by completely changing her lifestyle.  She had been cancer free for sixteen years.  She gave us several books to read and suggested that my wife and I attend an eleven day live-in course at the Gawler Foundation in the Yarra Valley just outside Melbourne.  

Attending that course was one of the best things I have ever done.  It was quite literally life changing. For eleven days the 26 attendees – made up of cancer patients like myself, their partners and caregivers - were taught everything we needed to know about our disease and what we could do to help conquer it.  The people at the Gawler Foundation were amazing.  We were shown how to prepare and cook the plant-based meals we ate every day. We were shown how to meditate - how to relax our minds and bodies.  We were taken on regular bush walks through the beautiful grounds and we were taught Qi Gong (pronounced “chi gung”), an ancient Chinese breathing exercise. We were never given false hope, nor were we promised a miraculous cure. What we were given was a clear set of guidelines aimed at keeping us as healthy as possible so as to give each of us the best possible chance of remaining alive.  But perhaps the greatest gift I received from that course was the companionship and encouragement of the other participants. 

We learned that cancer cells love refined sugar and salt.  Cancers are anaerobic – they don’t need or like oxygen. Cancers like an acidic body and they like inflammation. Meat is acidic as it decomposes and passes through the intestines. With a few simple lifestyle changes, you can make your body an uninviting place for cancers to grow or develop.  Everyone has some cancer cells in their body so you also need to keep your immune system in tip-top shape so that it can deal with any cancer cells which it comes across.  The Gawler course taught us how to do all of this.  At no time did the Gawler Foundation suggest that these changes to lifestyle should be made instead of medical treatment. They are all changes you can make to complement the normal treatments. It all made such good sense to my wife Suzanne and I, and that was reason enough for us to give it a go.   

On our return to New Zealand we adopted the Gawler diet and lifestyle completely.  It is not easy to make a plant based, whole foods diet taste good.  Suzanne spent weeks researching and trying out various herbs, spices and vegetables.  My job was to eat everything she prepared for me.

I think the greatest triumph of the Gawler course is not so much the end result, but that it gives cancer patients the knowledge and skills needed to take control of their lives again. 

Round Three

In December 2013, four years after the removal of the mole and just over a year after my last operation, I
went for an eyesight test for my driving licence renewal. This revealed that I had lost some peripheral vision in my right eye.  I passed the test but was advised to have an MRI scan of my brain.  Two brain tumours showed up on the scan.  The melanoma was back – big time!  A whole body Pet CT scan showed the two brain tumours and, in addition, another three tumours in my back and torso.

The larger of the two brain tumours was surgically removed in Auckland City Hospital on New Years eve 2014 and I was discharged on 4 January. The surgeon and hospital staff all commented on my rapid recovery and healing and said it was due to my swimming fitness.  Six weeks later, at the annual Cambridge long course meet I broke five New Zealand records in my new 75 – 79 year age group and was beginning to feel good again.
The smaller brain tumour was deeper in the brain and was dealt with by a series of ten radiation sessions.  The radiation oncologist advised me to keep swimming throughout all of this, so every day I would swim 3.5km in the sea along the line of yellow buoys at the Takapuna beach.  I was told not to swim alone because of the risk of a brain seizure so every day one or more (some days all) of my swimming buddies would accompany me.  These master swimmers: Robert Redford, Russell Jones, Janusz Kordonski and Ian Gunthorpe represented the true spirit of masters swimming in the way they supported and encouraged me through the last four years. My son Chris swam with me whenever he could do so, so I was pretty much guaranteed a companion every day.

So, what have I learned from my experience so far and more importantly, what can I pass on to you readers to prevent you from repeating my journey?  Swimmers are prone to skin cancers simply because we spend a lot of time in the sun and because we live in New Zealand, the melanoma capital of the world.  We all need to be particularly careful to cover up as much as possible when out and about, wear a good sun block and have your skin checked regularly.  Like most cancers, if you can catch it early, there is a good chance you can beat it.

Next week-end is the King of the Bays race from Milford to Takapuna.  It is also the NZ Masters Open Water Champs.  These days I am never sure whether my next event is also going to be my last,  so you can be sure that I will be giving it my best shot."




Barry was a gifted athlete and true gentleman, universally respected and admired. He will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Barry’s family at this time.

The funeral service for Barry will be held on Saturday 13th December at 11:00 am at St Francis Catholic Church, Finchley Road, Torbay. Followed by a memorial service at 12:3 at Dils chapel, 185 Schnapper Rock Road, Albany
 


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5 BRIDGES SWIM IN HAMILTON- 29th May 2015

Workout Of The Week - Main Set of 100's

Warmup: 1000 straight, nice and easy with every 4th length as a drill.

Main Set:
8x100 on 10s rest, sprinting every 4th
6x100 on 15s rest sprinting every 3rd
4x100 on 20s rest sprinting every other
2x100 on 30s rest sprinting every time.

Cool down:
200 easy

Total: 3200

Recipe of the Week - Low Carb High Protein Chicken Pie

Ingredients:

500 g chicken breasts...
salt and pepper
juice and rind of 1 lemon
250 g mushrooms, sliced
oil
200 g spinach, stems removed
3 eggs, beaten
250g-tub cream cheese
250 ml grated Cheddar cheese

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Spray an ovenproof pie dish. Season the chicken with salt, pepper and the lemon juice and rind. Steam in a food steamer until done. (You can also bake it in the oven or steam in saucepan with a bit of water if you do not have a food steamer.) Remove the bones from the chicken and cut in small pieces. Fry the mushrooms in a little bit of oil until just softened. Add the spinach and fry until the spinach welts. Beat the eggs and cream cheese together. Mix the chicken, spinach and cream cheese together and spoon into the prepared dish. Sprinkle the cheese over. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until the egg has set and the cheese are melted and golden.
Serves 8.
1 Serving * 1289 kJ * Total Fat 21g * Protein 27g
Total Carbs 3.0g * Net Carbs 2.1g

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    Monday, 17 November 2014

    Upcoming Events

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    STATE NEW ZEALAND OCEANSWIM SERIES 2014/2015: Dates for swims announced. Bay of Islands Classic, Paihia, Saturday 22nd November 2014; Harbour Crossing, Auckland, Sunday 7th December 2014; Capital Classic, Wellington, Sunday 25th January 2015; La Grande Swim, Akaroa, Sunday 15th February 2015; Sand to Surf, Mt Maunganui, Saturday 21st March 2015 and King of the Bays, Auckland, Saturday 18th April 2015.  ENTER HEREhttp://oceanswim.co.nz/


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    5 BRIDGES SWIM IN HAMILTON- 29th May 2015

    Recipe: Blueberry Bliss Breakfast Bars (Vegan, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, High in Protein)

     
    Ingredients:
    1 + 1/2 cups 100% pure, uncontaminated, rolled oats***
    3/4 cup whole almonds
    Heaping 1/2 cup dried blueberries
    1/2 cup pistachios
    1/3 cup ground flaxseed
    1/3 cup walnuts
    1/3 cup pepitas
    1/4 cup sunflower seeds
    1/3 cup pure maple syrup or honey
    1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
    1 cup almond butter

    Serving: Makes 16 bars


    Directions:
    Line an 8″x 8″ (or so) baking pan with parchment or wax paper such that the paper hangs over the edges (the pan I used is 7″ x 10″).
    Combine the first 8 ingredients in a large bowl and mix to combine.
    Add maple syrup or honey and apple sauce and mix to combine.
    Add almond butter to mixture and mix until combined.
    Place batter in prepared pan pressing down firmly with palm of hands (or mini-roller if you have one) and distributing as evenly as possible.
    Allow pan to sit in freezer for approximately 1 hour.
    Remove pan from freezer. Lift singular slab from pan by lifting up on paper. Set slab down and gently peel paper away. Slice slab diagonally into 8 long bars and then cut each long bar in half to create a total of 16 bars.  These bars keep best in a sealed container/bag in the freezer.



    Photo and Recipe: Kelly / Inspired Edibles

    Swim Workout of The Week - 4.1km


    4x200 as set 1 and 3 swim easy and sets 2 and 4: drill of choice down build back

    800: Moderate 15s rest
    2x400: Build to sprint by last 25, 15s rest
    4x200: race pace, 20s rest
    8x100: Spints, 20s rest

    Cool Down: 100 of choice

    Total: 4100!

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    Monday, 27 October 2014

    Katherine Johnstone (97) - A True Inspiration

    Montreal 2014: Katherine Johnstone, 97 (NZL): "I don't know how to stop!" article by Sarah Chiarello, FINA Communications Department


    "That was a long swim!" said 97-year-old Katherine Johnstone of New Zealand after clocking 7:59.19 in the 200m freestyle. The brave lady was tired but all smiles: she had just become the one and only FINA World Masters champion in the 95-99 category!

    Unrivalled in Montreal, Johnstone celebrated the new accolade in the 50m, 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle, and 50m breaststroke. Two years ago in Riccione, Italy, Johnstone also swam the 800m freestyle but was not allowed this time. Back home, she still holds the national record in the 1500m freestyle.

    Johnstone, the oldest swimmer to compete at this 15th Masters Worlds edition, soon created a sensation at the Parc Jean-Drapeau pool: after each of her swims, fellow swimmers from all over the world, in awe of such determination, would congratulate her and ask for a picture with her. Truly an inspiration for all, Johnstone played along, amused by her sudden popularity.

    "I'm so happy to be in the sport of swimming, I don't know how to stop," she said with a laugh.

    "I was ready to fly from hometown Auckland to come here. Swimming keeps me young and healthy!"

    Johnstone paused for a few seconds, and said, weighing her words: "Underneath the wall of my body, I feel thrilled to help youngsters and adults to swim or keep on swimming."

    Johnstone was four when she first dipped a toe in a swimming pool and was very competitive from an early age. Aside from swimming, she played various sports like field hockey and tennis.

     Katherine Johnstone (NZL) after her 200m freestyle effort - credit: Delphine Schmutz/FINA

    Johnstone first took part in a FINA World Masters meet in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2002. She then travelled to Perth, Australia in 2008 and to Riccione, Italy in 2012.

    "Here, I see old friends that I met at previous Masters Worlds, it's fantastic," she said.

    Johnstone trains twice a week at Auckland's North Shore Masters club. "My coach has become my best friend," she said.

    "Until my body allows me to, I'll keep going."
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    Club News - Raumati and Levin Masters Celebrate Fun, Fitness, and Friendship




    The Raumati Masters Swimming Club recently had the pleasure of hosting an interclub meet with Levin Masters at the Coastlands Aquatic Centre. More than twenty swimmers lined up to compete for a trophy crafted by Raumati president Simon van den Berg from a piece of Kapiti Coast driftwood.


    The Raumati and Levin Masters swimmers have enjoyed a long association and the inaugural meet, which will become an annual event, followed the tradition of friendly rivalry and camaraderie between the two clubs.


    Raumati Club Captain Marco Cecioni‘s programme of timed swims and not-so-serious events, which included relays that involved several slightly comical methods of getting from one end of the pool to the other, proved to be a test of competitive edge, teamwork and coordination skills. The visitors, clearly having had some pre-meet practice with the more unconventional events, left the hosts one point short of claiming the trophy.

    Following the pool events, brunch was served by the centre’s café after which the trophy was ceremoniously relinquished to the visiting club with the promise of reclaiming it at a rematch to be hosted by Levin next year.

    Raumati Masters meets each Wednesday night from 7.00 pm to 8.00 pm and on Sunday mornings from 8.30 am to 9.30 am. Programmes are designed for both competitive and recreational swimmers, with lanes available (depending on numbers) to those who prefer to swim at their own pace.

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    NORTH ISLAND SHORT COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014Preliminary results


    NZMS 800 / 1500 POSTAL SWIM - 1 - 31 October 2014:  Entry form can be found on the NZMS site

    AUCKLAND CENTRAL MASTERS HARBOUR SWIMS:  www.aucklandharbourswims.org.nz
    Herne Bay - 16 November
    Chelsea - 23 November
    Bays - 8 Feb 2015
    Rangitoto - 2 March 2015
    10km Marathon Swim - 26 April 2015

    STATE NEW ZEALAND OCEANSWIM SERIES 2014/2015: Dates for swims announced. Bay of Islands Classic, Paihia, Saturday 22nd November 2014; Harbour Crossing, Auckland, Sunday 7th December 2014; Capital Classic, Wellington, Sunday 25th January 2015; La Grande Swim, Akaroa, Sunday 15th February 2015; Sand to Surf, Mt Maunganui, Saturday 21st March 2015 and King of the Bays, Auckland, Saturday 18th April 2015.  ENTER HEREhttp://oceanswim.co.nz/

    SOUTH ISLAND MASTER GAMES in Timaru 16 - 18th October 2014. For more info visit their website: www.simasters.co.nz

    KOHI SUMMER SWIM SERIES:  Enter Here: http://www.summerswim.co.nz/
    NOVEMBER:  6, 13, 20, 27
    DECEMBER:   4, 11, 18
    JANUARY:      15, 22, 29
    FEBRUARY:   5, 12, 19, 26
    MARCH:          5, 12, 19
    APRIL:             2

    NEW ZEALAND MASTERS GAMES:  30 January - 8 February 2015
    More information at this link:  http://www.nzmg.com/

    5 BRIDGES SWIM IN HAMILTON- 29th May 2015

    Winner of the Swim T3 $50 Voucher for October

    Congratulations to Liz Furey from Northland for winning this month's SwimT3 $50 voucher.

    Another big shout out to SwimT3.   www.swimt3.co.nz

    Monday, 13 October 2014

    Upcoming Events

    NORTH ISLAND SHORT COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014: This annual swim meet will be hosted by Whakatane Masters on Friday 17th October (evening session) and Saturday 18th October. Saturday night function. Please support this meeting. We were close to not having a 2014 championships. Seeding Sheets Available Here


    NZMS 800 / 1500 POSTAL SWIM - 1 - 31 October 2014:  Entry form can be found on the NZMS site

    AUCKLAND CENTRAL MASTERS HARBOUR SWIMS:  www.aucklandharbourswims.org.nz
    Herne Bay - 16 November
    Chelsea - 23 November
    Bays - 8 Feb 2015
    Rangitoto - 2 March 2015
    10km Marathon Swim - 26 April 2015

    STATE NEW ZEALAND OCEANSWIM SERIES 2014/2015: Dates for swims announced. Bay of Islands Classic, Paihia, Saturday 22nd November 2014; Harbour Crossing, Auckland, Sunday 7th December 2014; Capital Classic, Wellington, Sunday 25th January 2015; La Grande Swim, Akaroa, Sunday 15th February 2015; Sand to Surf, Mt Maunganui, Saturday 21st March 2015 and King of the Bays, Auckland, Saturday 18th April 2015.  ENTER HEREhttp://oceanswim.co.nz/

    SOUTH ISLAND MASTER GAMES in Timaru 16 - 18th October 2014. For more info visit their website: www.simasters.co.nz

    KOHI SUMMER SWIM SERIES:  Enter Here: http://www.summerswim.co.nz/
    NOVEMBER:  6, 13, 20, 27
    DECEMBER:   4, 11, 18
    JANUARY:      15, 22, 29
    FEBRUARY:   5, 12, 19, 26
    MARCH:          5, 12, 19
    APRIL:             2

    NEW ZEALAND MASTERS GAMES:  30 January - 8 February 2015
    More information at this link:  http://www.nzmg.com/

    5 BRIDGES SWIM IN HAMILTON- 29th May 2015

    Swim Workout of the Week - Freestyle Pyramid




    Workout
     3400m
    2300m
    Warm-up
    Drills Free
     200
     200
     Choice (not Free)
    Swim,Kick,Pull,Swim

    4x200

    4x100
    Free
    Swim pyramid
     
     
     
     

    Kick
    Free

    4x50   on :45
    3x100  on 1:30
    2x150  on 2:15
    1x200  on 3:
    2x150  on 2:15
    3x100  on 1:30
    4x50   on :45

     
     
    400

    4x50   on :60
    3x100  on 2:00
    2x150  on 3:
    1x200  on 4:
    2x150  on 3:00
    3x100  on 2:00
    4x50   on :60

     
     
    400
    Swim-down
    Swim Choice


    200


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    Up for Grabs - Single Entry Pass to the Kohi Summer Swim Series

    We have a single entry pass to the Kohi Summer Swim Series, up for grabs.

    To enter:  complete the form below or follow this link to enter online:  ONLINE ENTRY FORM




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    KOHI SUMMER SWIM SERIES DATES
    NOVEMBER:  6, 13, 20, 27
    DECEMBER:   4, 11, 18
    JANUARY:      15, 22, 29
    FEBRUARY:   5, 12, 19, 26
    MARCH:          5, 12, 19
    APRIL:             2






    Winner of the Ocean Clinic Day Pass



    The Winner of the Ocean Clinic Day Pass is:  


    Andrew Cave





    More About The Ocean Clinics




     

     
     http://www.oceanclinics.co.nz/

    Tuesday, 30 September 2014

    Win One Of Two Entry Passes to the ACM Herne Bay Swim 16 November 2014


    To go into the draw to win one of 2 entry passes to the Herne Bay Swim on the 16 November 2014 all at this link .  The competition closes 1 November 2014 so make sure you enter!  Winners will be notified by email.

    Enter HERE!!  Entry form for Herne Bay Swim

    More About the Auckland Central Masters Harbour Swims  www.aucklandharbourswims.org.nz

    Herne Bay - 16 November 2014
    Chelsea - 23 November 2014
    Bays - 8 February 2015
    Rangitoto - 2nd March 2015
    10km Marathon Swim - 26 April


    Monday, 29 September 2014

    FINA World Masters Swimming Championships, Montreal 2014 - A personal perspective from Richard Jongens

    From Left:  Steve Prescott,  Katherine Johnstone and Richard Jongens
    About 6000 swimmers and 2000 water polo, divers, and synchronised-swimmers gathered in th FINA World Masters Championships. Of the 6000 swimmers, only three men (Richard Jongens, Steven Prescott, and Colin Feltoe), and four women (Linda Feltoe, Margaret Fairhall, Margaret Radford, Katherine Johnstone), made the long trip from New Zealand. We were definitely out-numbered by the Aussie participation. However, our claim to fame was that the oldest competitor present was Katherine Johnstone at 97. Katherine travelled all the way from Auckland to Canada with her two daughters for the competition. A brilliant effort to come so far, and the crowd loved her. She lapped up the attention by waving to the crowd as she walked to the other end of the pool for the 50 m freestyle. She even dive-started the race, whereas some of her younger counterparts in the 85-89 and 90-94 age group had to step in to the pool first for a wall-start. One of her best achievements was finishing the 400 m Freestyle in 15.43.16, which broke the existing world record (17.08.08), also set by her in Riccione, 2012. That’s a whole minute and 25 seconds faster! Steve Prescott and I congratulated her after her 50m swim. We were struck by her infectious enthusiasm and laughter. One other Kiwi was also present at Montréal: Roger Eagles, in his official capacity as a FINA Masters Committee member. He did a lot of handshaking but no swimming, but it was good to see a Kiwi helping the FINA organisation.

    
    Main Venue at Parc Jean-Dapau.  The main competition pool is on the top left, and the warmup pool is in the middle  with the diving pool at the bottom right
    My team mate, Steve Prescott, and I decided to go to the FINA world champs back in December 2013, and trained towards that goal for much of the first half of 2014. Our swims at the Long Course Nationals in Dunedin (May 2014) weren’t great, but this was no surprise given that we were in the middle of hard training, with no taper. Fortunately, we tapered nicely for Montréal, and arrived four days before competition to get over the jet lag. Swimming facilities at Montréal prior to competition were limited because the two 50 m pools and warm up pool at Park Jean-Drapeau (on two islands in the middle of the St Lawerence River) were being fully utilised by the water polo and synchronised swimming teams. We swam at the Claude-Robillard Pool (the 1976 Montréal Olympic pool), out in the suburbs but because this pool remained open to the public and all competitors it was more like a washing machine instead of organised lane training. On top of that, we couldn’t figure out why our 100 m freestyle sets were so slow until we realised that the bulkhead was set at 30 m distance instead of the usual 25 m!

    
    Packed crowds at the main competition pool
    Come the first day of competition, we started the day warming up in the warm-up pool at Park Jean-Drapeau, along with about 1000 other people! You can imagine the chaos. There were two 50 m, 10 lane, 2 m deep competition pools. One was used for the womens events and one was used for the mens events. For each day of competition (8 days in all), the women and men swapped pools. One of the competition pools was a temporary pool made by Mrytha, and this felt the fastest of the two. Because the two competition pools were separated by a good 15 minute walk, Steve and I never got to meet up with some of the women kiwis that were competing (sorry Margaret). We did, however, catch up for dinner with Colin and Linda Feltoe. Temperatures hovered around 28 to 30 degrees outside so we stayed in the shade until our events. The first day was the 800 m and because there were 60 heats for the women, the competition went well after 10 pm at night. Other days were fortunately not so late. 

    
    The Temporary Pool at sunset during the first day of competition.  800m freestyle heats continued well into the evening.  Note the geodesic dome (now a biosphere) on the right which was constructed during the 1967 world Expo in Montreal

    Both Steve and I were really happy with our results. I had heaps of competition in the 45-49 age group (up to 180 men in the 50 Freestyle event) which made my 65th placing in the 50 m not so bad. The best I did was 12th in the 800 m which confirms that I’m a better long distance swimmer than a sprinter. Steve Prescott, as always, dominated his age group (60-64), winning 3 golds and 2 silvers (200m breaststroke, 200 fly, 400 IM, 400 & 800 freestyle). It could be said that in terms of the World Masters Swimming, Steve is probably the fastest all-round swimmer in his age group. However, the surprise of the meet was that I went faster than him in the 400 m Freestyle in a time of 4.46.19 compared to his 4.48.80. This was the first time I had gone faster than him, but to Steve’s credit, he is 14 years older than me.
     
    The results and times for all the swimmers, including our NZ swimmers, can be found at https://finamasters2014.org/swimming-results/

    Note that there are a lot of swimmers in the result lists that have a “NT” next to them. This is because they raced but failed to go faster than the qualifying time set for the event, and were therefore not given a time. A bit harsh I felt.

    The 3km open water start for the 60 - 64 age gropu.  Steve Presescott is in there somewhere.  Note that some swimmers have  the full body swimsuits on (these are legal)
    The 3 km open water swim was held at the 1976 Olympic rowing course, also on one of the islands in the St Lawerence River. Because it was on a rowing course, complete with buoys every 10 m, it was easy to follow with no real chop to contend with. One of the FINA rules that took us by surprise is that drafting is not allowed. We thought this would be hard to enforce but the referees (who were on several boats) would present a yellow flag (a warning) if they thought you were purposely drafting, and then a red flag (disqualification) if you continued to draft. Fortunately, Steve and I didn’t get a yellow flag, Steve getting gold in his age group having only passed the leader in the last 200 m, and I was 15th in my age group. Another FINA rule we were unaware of is that full body swim-suits that are sleeveless and without a zip on the back are perfectly legal in open water swims. We noted some swimmers that were slower in the pool, were slightly faster in the open water (relative to other swimmers) because of these suits.

    
    
    The venue for open water swim was held in the rowing course (centre right) used for the 1976 Montreal Olympics. The St Lawerence Sea Way is on the right, and the main river channel is on the left
    Overall, the FINA world champs is a great event and I highly recommend it. It’s the only chance to swim with people who are seeded at about your speed that are also in your 5 year interval age group. Heats in most other Masters meets are just based on time alone, irrespective of sex or age, so a 50 year old male could be racing against a 25 year old female and so on. We met lots of people from many countries including such diverse places as Egypt and Costa Rica. We even met a Fiji Masters Swimmer. Although it appears very crowded at times, it’s a great event and something worth striving for if you want to achieve personal bests. 

    A thought about the upcoming World Masters Games to be held in Auckland 2017: I’m not sure what venue will be used for the swimming but if its anything like Sydney 2009, there will be lots of people (1800 at Sydney), and everyone will want to warm up before their race. It is extremely important that the swimming venue has both a competition pool and a separate warm-up pool that can adequately take this number of swimmers. Providing a warm up time before competition begins at say 8 to 9 am is not sufficient when your race may be at 4 pm in the afternoon. You need a separate pool where you can warm up within an hour of your race.

    By Richard Jongens