Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Heat’s On For Open Water Masters Swimmers - Pacific Open Water Challenge & Samoa Swim Series

With local temperatures dipping to winter lows, more than 80 Kiwi swimmers are taking off to Samoa this week, to take on warmer open water swimming challenges.

The line-up includes State Ocean Swim Series age group winners Sarah Mortimer and Dawn Walker, and placegetters Dan Feisst, Dave Kirby and Pat Gallagher.

The Samoa Swim Series will welcome more than 150 entrants, for three swims of up to four kilometres in length, and the Pacific Open Water Challenge which is for the best combined time over a 10 kilometre ‘marathon’ distance and five kilometres.

The event was founded by Aucklander Seti Afoa, whose vision of encouraging Samoan people to become competitive in swimming and triathlon, is coming to fruition via his series of adventure sports events that bring international athletes and support to Samoa. The Samoa Swim Series is followed in August by the Samoa Warrior Half Ironman Distance, which is regarded as a warm-up for Hawaii’s Kona Ironman World Championship, and has attracted 11 professionals this year including Cameron Brown, Graham O’Grady, Anna Russell, and a further 30 competitors.

By driving training, coaching, and a program of international events, Seti has so far nurtured a number of Samoan based triathletes, runners and swimmers, young and old, and has also helped bring back to life the Samoan Aquatic Centre, a state of the art complex which was built in 2007 for the South Pacific Games, but which was nearly mothballed due to lack of use. Three Samoa residents were inducted into the Samoa Ironman Hall of Fame, which Seti introduced in 2013 to recognise the mega effort of any Samoan anywhere who has completed a full Ironman. Inductees include Seti’s brother, Daniel Afoa (49), for completing the Coeur d’Alene in Idaho in June.

“This is my second time in Samoa - I really loved the event last year, it’s well organized and so nice to swim in clear warm water and escape New Zealand winter for a week,” says last year’s winner Sarah Mortimer. “Really enjoy the fact that each swim is at a different location.” In the last season Sarah won the Bean Rock and Waihi Beach Swims, and took third place in the Round the Mount swim.

The Samoa Swim Series runs from 31 July - 2 August in some of Samoa’s most special and unique stretches of water.
 Zoe Hawkins - zoe@wildemedia.co.nz 

For further information please contact:
Seti Afoa setiafoa@gmail.com
Director - Samoa International Events
Samoa Swim Series (samoaswimseries.com)
Warrior Race - Half Irion (samoawarrior.com)
Samoa Triathlon Series (www.samoaevents.com)
Samoa National Trails
Lalomanu Half Marathon (26 July, 2014)
Mob. Samoa: +685 7639294; Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/seti.afoa; Twitter @samoaswim


Daniel Afoa by Sally Lavers

Darren Young by Sally Lavers

Sarah Mortimer - Samoa Swim Series Fagamalo - Manase Savii



 

Swim Set of the Week - a sprint set of 5 500s

Warm Up:
 400 choice
Main set:  1 min rest throughout
5 x 500 as:
100 sprint, 100 easy
75 sprint, 75 easy
50 sprint, 50 easy
25 sprint, 25 easy
Warm Down: 100 Easy
 

Upcoming Events

NORTH ISLAND SHORT COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014: Inviting applications from Masters clubs to host this meet.  At the present time the 2014 NISC will not be held.

SPRING FLING: Hosted by Taupo Masters on 13 September.  Entry Form can be downloaded here or found on the Masterscrawl Upcoming Events page

SOUTH ISLAND SHORT COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014: To be hosted by Foveaux Masters club in Invercargill on 4th October.

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.

2014 SHEAR MAGIC SHEEP DIP CARNIVAL: Hosted by Masterton Masters on 26th July. Entry forms available on the NZMS website.

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

Healthy Eating - 13 Ways to Make Hummus

Hummus is one of the tastiest, healthiest dips out there and it is loaded with protein.  Instead of buying a tub at the grocery store, it is so easy and so much more healthier to make your own.  Here is a chart of I found on www.shape.com showing 13 different ways to make hummus.

Video of The Week

A friend posted this video on my facebook wall the other day and I thought it was such a clever and fun way to put a swim cap on your child......


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Monday, 14 July 2014

Jasi Wins the Club Shield 2013 and Ken Speaks About the Effect of the 2010 and 2011 Earthquakes...



The Christchurch EQs of 2010 and 2011 had and continue to have a profound effect on swimming in Christchurch. Everyone knows that QE2 pool was ‘destroyed’, as was the central city Centennial Pool complex. Equally Kaiapoi, home of North Canterbury Masters was severely damaged. This left partially functioning Jellie Park (home of our Jasi Masters club), Wharenui (sort of), Rangiora and Pioneer. In the aftermath of the September 2010 EQ we swam at Rangiora, we swam in the freezing cold St Bedes College pool – we swam wherever we could and continued to socialise and act as a club, and as the tight team we have been for years. We supported our members – we supported each other, and we survived. Then along came February 2011, 185 deaths – everyone knew of someone, and we continued to swim – we had to. But swimming became more and more difficult and we were largely confined to the 50m outdoor pool, for many months, right into the heart of the winter. None of us will forget turning up to swim on frosty nights, ground freezing, but ready to swim, to socialise and to support each other. And we found new friends – people from QE2 (now ‘thriving’ again with 20 active Masters members but in a different pool), and from elsewhere. And we started, albeit slowly, to participate in events outside of the City, notably a reasonably large contingent at the nationals in Wellington in 2012 – it seems odd but it is hard to leave home when you never know whether it will be hit again and your loved ones are still there! Slowly though things have improved – there is a brand new pool at Rolleston, Jellie Park has been repaired (but now it has further repairs to be done) and there are plans for a 50m international class pool in the centre of the city (but when oh when will they start on it?). Ultimately we reached the point where last year, and with the support of many from outside of Christchurch including from the North Island, we were able to hold the South Island Masters Short Course Championships, and of course win the NZ Masters Top Club Trophy for 2013 – what an honour, but perhaps more importantly what a measure of resilience from a city in pain, where swimming and friendship and support have all combined to help carry many of us through until today, where we are looking forward with some optimism to the future of the City and its swimming.
Club Captain Ken Hughey

 

Club Shield Final Results for 2013

ClubCode ClubName TotalClubPoints
JP5   JASI 1083
SC1   SOUTH CITY 954
DN5   DUNEDIN 664
WK1   WAITAKERE CITY 644
RK1   ROSKILL 607
NS1   NORTH SHORE 588
TW2   TE AWAMUTU 552
MN1   MANUKAU 362
WH2   WHAKATANE 341
HC4   HARBOUR CAPITAL 300
LV4   LEVIN 277
KT2   KATIKATI 252
NC5   NORTH CANTERBURY 236
TM5   TASMAN GOLD 209
NM1   NEWMARKET MASTERS 199
CG2   CAMBRIDGE 166
TO2 TAUPO 150
DL2   DURHAM LIGHT 138
TB1 TRENT BRAY SWIM SCHOOL 131
FV5   FOVEAUX 118
MS4   MASTERTON 91
NL1 NORTHLAND 90
SC5   SOUTH CANTERBURY 88
GG5   GREYMOUTH GOLDEN GLADIATORS 86
HM2 HAMILTON 81
KM5   KINGS 64
WN5   WHARENUI 56
MM4   MANA MARLINS 52
BL5   BLENHEIM 47
NP3 NEW PLYMOUTH SEALS 46
RR2   ROTORUA 36
WS5    WHALERS 30
EB1 EASTERN BAY FUR SEALS 19
WG3 WANGANUI 18
NA3   NAPIER 12
MH1   MAHURANGI MASTERS 10
QL5   LAKERS 7
TA1 TEAM AUCKLAND 6

Upcoming Events

NORTH ISLAND SHORT COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014: Inviting applications from Masters clubs to host this meet.  At the present time the 2014 NISC will not be held.

SOUTH ISLAND SHORT COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014: To be hosted by Foveaux Masters club in Invercargill on 4th October.

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.

2014 SHEAR MAGIC SHEEP DIP CARNIVAL: Hosted by Masterton Masters on 26th July. Entry forms available on the NZMS website.

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

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Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Win a Swim T3 $50 Voucher - Like and Subscribe

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Upcoming Events

NORTH ISLAND SHORT COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014: Inviting applications from Masters clubs to host this meet.

SOUTH ISLAND SHORT COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014: To be hosted by Foveaux Masters club in Invercargill on 4th October.

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.

2014 SHEAR MAGIC SHEEP DIP CARNIVAL: Hosted by Masterton Masters on 26th July. Entry forms available on the NZMS website.

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

Swim Set of the Week - Winter Warmer



400 easy warm up,
6x50 drill (catch up drill or finger tip drag)/swim back
3x100 build

Main set:
900 at moderate pace, 1 min rest
600 consisting of 3x100 fast/100 easy, 45s rest
400 50 fast/50 easy, 30s rest
200 build, 15s rest
6 x 50 sprint, 10s rest

Warm down: 150 choice