Sunday, 20 December 2015

Christmas Message from the NZMS President

Dear Swimmers

This year, it’s been heartening to see the increased number of entries at our sanctioned meets.

South City hosted a great Nationals at an outdoor pool at Papatoetoe with numbers significantly higher they have been in recent years.

Levin demonstrated the benefits of an innovative social media campaign that managed to attract a big group of swimmers for their highly successful North Island SC Champs.

The Ashburton club are doing outstanding work in the South Island at their brand new pool. Their South Island Short Course champs was a big success and they have followed this up with a fun meet with the local Canterbury clubs.

It’s encouraging to see more clubs offering to run meets.

Next year, North Shore Masters will run our Nationals at the new Millennium pool in Albany. This is acting as a “dress rehearsal” for the 2017 World Masters Games so is being held later in the year.

As a result, the North Island SC Champs will be in May at Taupo. Thanks to both clubs for stepping up to act as hosts.

And a big thank you to all of our members for continuing to support Masters Swimming in NZ.
Let’s keep the numbers growing – support these meets and invite a few others to come along with you!

From the NZMS executive, we wish you and your families a very merry and safe Christmas.

John Fisher NZMS President






Monday, 30 November 2015

New Zealand Masters Swimming Newsletter November 2015



NEW ZEALAND MASTERS SWIMMING INC


Change of Address:   My new postal address is: 73B Peace Street, Whakatane 3120.  At the present time my only phone number is 021 2500556 and my email address is:  m.bodger@xtra.co.nz

Subscriptions for 2016:  The annual membership fee is $60 and subs can be paid from 1st October 2015. 

Katikati Masters Swimming Club presents The NZ 33.3m Pool Champs – A Pool Meet open to everyone 20+!  Saturday January 16th 2016, 4pm warm up for 4.30pm start at the Dave Hume Pool, Katikati. Entry forms available www.nzmastersswimming.org.nz  and www.masterscrawl.com

North Island Short Course Championships 2016:  Taupo Masters are hosting this sanctioned meeting on 6th and 7th May.  Please take particular note of the time of year (and see National Long Course Champs below). As details become available they will be posted on our websites.

Annual General Meeting 2016: First notice.  The AGM will be held in Taupo on 6th May. Remits and nominations for awards must be received by 31st December 2015.

National Long Course Championships 2016:  This sanctioned meeting will be hosted by North Shore Masters and held at the new Millennium Pool in Albany, Auckland. The pool has been provisionally booked 11th - 13th November.  Swimming New Zealand will officiate at the meeting as a prelude (“a trial run”) to the World Masters Games in April 2017.

Cambridge Masters Swim Meeting:  John Overwater has informed me that Cambridge will not be hosting its meeting in February 2016. A new indoor pool is to be built in Cambridge in 2016 and they plan to resurrect their meeting in the future.

Merchandise:  “Masters Swimming in New Zealand 1973-2013” a publication by Roger Eagles.  Available from the Secretary @$25 plus $5 postage.
NZMS silicon cap + cloth badge + metal badge $10
NZMS latex cap + cloth badge + metal badge $5
                                                                                                                     

Michael Bodger
Secretary, NZ Masters Swimming

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Upcoming Events



ACM Auckland Harbour Swims 2015/16:
Bays - 13 December
Chelsea - 21 February 2016
Rangitoto - 10 April 2016
Zoggs Ocean Walker Marathon - 24 April 2016

Visit the ACM website for more info:  http://www.aucklandharbourswims.org.nz/

NEW ZEALAND OCEAN SWIM SERIES: ( entries open 1st September) www.oceanswim.co.n
Harbour Crossing -  12 December 2015
Capital Classic - 31 January 2016
Christchurch Crown - 13 February 2016
Blue Lake Swim - 28 February 2016
Sand to Surf - 12 March 2016
King of The Bays - 2 April 2016

KOHI SUMMER SWIM SERIES - Visit their website to see all dates and information
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THE BEAN ROCK SWIM 2016 - visit their website to enter and for more info
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KATIKATI MASTERS POOL 33.3m POOL CHAMPS - 16th January 2016
Entry Forms Here

NISC 2016 - TAUPO MASTERS:  6 - 7 May 2016

NATIONAL LONG COURSE CHAMPS -  11-13 November 2016 - Auckland

Sunday, 18 October 2015

World Masters Swimming Championships Kazan Russia August 2015 - Joe Matthews Speaks About Her Experience

After achieving three 6th places in the 50, 100 & 200 Butterfly at the Worlds in Gothenburg Sweden 2010, I was determined to do better next time I attended a World Meet. With 18mths out of the water while I had radiation and chemotherapy, I thought maybe my goal was a little unrealistic! However, once I had built myself back up to training 6 days a week with the children’s club in Masterton, and asking my coach to give me mainly fly sets following my disappointing 200m Fly at the Nationals in March, my dream did not seem quite so daft.

My first event was the 50 Butterfly; I was pumped and felt really good. The starter said to you marks and a swimmer on the blocks next to me fell in! Instead of ignoring the huge splash I stood up thinking they would get her out of the water before we started again. Wrong! It was a one start rule so everyone else had left the blocks. I must have delayed for what seemed like at least two seconds. All I remember is flying off after the others, like a women possessed. At the end of the 50 meters I looked up to the results board and saw I had gained 4th, with a PB. I spent the next hour berating myself, but then I realized that I could so easily have got 10th with no PB and that I had to forget the race and concentrate on the next.

Next day I stood on the blocks again, thinking I can do this. Huge sense of relief to get a good start and finish strongly, out touched by the silver medalist, who jumped out the water and was skipping around. It felt good to think that someone was so excited to have beaten me! I was stoked with 3rd place & a Bronze Medal, a PB and I broke my own NZ record.
A day off and there I was again determined to improve on my 200 Butterfly time. My daughter Rachel had joined me in Kazan and it felt good to have support in the stands. I was the only representative from NZ, so up to that point I had flown the flag on my own. I was over taken on the final length and beaten into 4th place, with a 7 second PB and the NZ record. Two minutes later I looked up to the score board to see that I had been moved to third, they had disqualified the ex-Olympian. Unfortunately she got reinstated just before the medal ceremony, but I had to be happy with what I had achieved. Roll on 2021!

I was very impressed with the organization of the Russians, the pool was amazing, the accommodation was comfortable and the transport superb.


Upcoming Events

JUST SKINS - 7 November 2015 hosted by Manukau Masters
Entry form

ACM Auckland Harbour Swims 2015/16:
Herne Bay - 15 November
Bays - 13 December
Chelsea - 21 February 2016
Rangitoto - 10 April 2016
Zoggs Ocean Walker Marathon - 24 April 2016

Visit the ACM website for more info:  http://www.aucklandharbourswims.org.nz/

NEW ZEALAND OCEAN SWIM SERIES: ( entries open 1st September) www.oceanswim.co.n
Bay of Islands - 28 November 2015
Harbour Crossing -  12 December 2015
Capital Classic - 31 January 2016
Christchurch Crown - 13 February 2016
Blue Lake Swim - 28 February 2016
Sand to Surf - 12 March 2016
King of The Bays - 2 April 2016

KOHI SUMMER SWIM SERIES - Visit their website to see all dates and information
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Monday, 14 September 2015

What Deryn McGregor has to say about her experience in an Endless Pool at The Swim Clinic

"I was really excited to learn I had won the draw for the 1 hr private lesson and video analysis in an Endless Pool with The Swim Clinic. The main reason I had entered the draw was that I was very keen to see what it was like to swim in an Endless Pool as the idea of owning one when I eventually get that lifestyle property in the wop wops is an attractive one.

Endless Pools Distributor and Professional Swim Coach Ally Boggs set up a time for the session and then I waited (im)patiently for the day to arrive. Finally it was time to head to Ally’s house on the Whangaparoa peninsula.

Ally is very well set up. The pool is in what was formerly a garage; there are windows for ventilation and a small room at the back suitable for changing in. Because Ally teaches a lot of children (translation: there is loads of splashing) most of the garage has waterproof surfaces, even the walls are covered in a waterproof jib.

One of the first questions I asked Ally was “What kind of people usually buy an Endless Pool?”, the answer to which was “Generally middle aged or older people who have built their dream home”. Hmmmm, that leaves me out then, no dream home here, my Endless Pool will be in a hay barn and I will be sleeping in a campervan.

Ally had me start off with some freestyle; she was filming and talking into the Go Pro the whole time. At first it was a bit unusual to swim against a strong current, I didn’t seem to be holding a perfectly straight line and had to keep straightening up. Ally then instructed me to stop and we talked a bit about my stroke weaknesses. Between us, and partly because breaststroke is my main stroke we decided to look at and film the other strokes before returning to spend some time to correct the freestyle.

Breaststroke is a lot of fun in an Endless Pool. Butterfly is very, very hard work. Backstroke I didn’t do in the end due to an injury.

After receiving some great tips for breaststroke and butterfly we returned to freestyle. Remember how I said I had found it difficult to stay straight. Ally’s analysis was that I had a slight streamline/timing issue. She gave me a couple of exercises to do and wow, what a difference, no trouble staying straight now.

Before I knew it my time was up and I had enjoyed every minute. Most importantly I had learned a lot and picked up some very valuable tips that will help me improve my swimming. Ally had videoed the entire session and narrated throughout so I would have a full record. Sure enough, 2 days later my flash drive showed up so I can view and self-analyse and have a permanent record.

So what did I think? Well I’m sold! I want an Endless Pool, I just need somewhere to put it. As for Ally and her coaching, she is very perceptive and really knows her stuff. She gave me great technique tips and the drills to help improve my swimming. I have added these into my training. I will be back to see Ally in about 6 months for an update.


Deryn McGregor
South City Masters"



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Mike Boger's Turkish Swim Trek

This swimming holiday is based in Kas, a small town of 7000 people located on the southern Mediterranean coast of Turkey. The closest city is Antalya with a population of 1 million and 4 hours away by public transport. I had flown from Munich to Antalya but a closer airport to Kas is Dalaman, about 2.5 hours away by public transport. The group stayed at the Linda hotel in Kas and I chose a single room. I had prepaid for the trip in New Zealand and the total cost was approximately NZ$2000 exclusive of evening meals. SwimTrek is advertised as a 7 day adventure but in fact it was 5 days of swimming only. The first day started at 7.30pm with an introduction to the guides, a meeting of the swimming group followed by dinner at a local hotel. The group consisted of 13 swimmers (an American family of 4, one Swede, an Irish couple, 4 English, one Swiss and a Kiwi). After breakfast on the second morning we assembled at 9am at the marina to board a gulet, traditionally a two masted sail boat but ours was modified; the mast replaced with another upper covered deck with mattresses for sleeping or resting.

During the next 5 days we travelled from ½ hour up to two hours in the morning to our start points for each of our first swims. En route on the first day we talked about health and safety and then we were split into 3 groups depending on “ability”. In our application forms we had to include our proposed swimming time over 1km and I ended up with 3 swimmers in the fastest pack. This meant we started further behind on each swim or at a later time on each swim so that the 13 swimmers would reach the destination in a pack. The morning swim was 3-4km and as swimmers exited the water we were showered with fresh water, then we dried off for a substantial morning tea. The next hour was spent lying in the sun or out of the sun, reading or chatting, sleeping or some casual
swimming by the gulet.

Our crew consisted of a couple, he was the skipper and she was a “deckhand” and the cook. Lunch was fantastic, a variety of Turkish vegetarian dishes and barbecued fish or chicken or pork. In Turkey the food is plentiful; a large variety of vegetables and fruit and meat; sometimes I found the portions bigger than I required and bread is served with every meal. I decided that being a vegetarian was a possibility but daily kebabs kept changing my mind.
 
Following another hour of “rest” we motored to the next start point and swam 2-3km in the afternoon followed by the same routine of shower and afternoon tea. Then it was a restful journey back to Kas marina and arriving at 4.30-5pm. Usually a venue for dinner had been organised by the head guide but there was no obligation to dine as a group. I had been in Kas for a week previously and enjoyed meeting the local restaurant owners. On the first day after lunch we did some stroke analysis with underwater cameras. The swimmer ability and speed of swimmers varied considerably and some of the slower swimmers wore short fins. Swimming conditions for the 5 days were ideal and we were obliged to swim relatively close to the shoreline while each group was accompanied by a guide in and IRB. Our group had the gulet alongside. I personally found the organisation a little regimented, it was my idea to swim but have fun on the way. A major disappointed was the lack of sea life, fauna and flora. You swim over bare rocks and for all the swims here it was an unchanging “landscape”, unlike the South Pacific Islands and New Zealand. Occasionally sea turtles appeared and on the last day during lunch break I spent about an hour swimming and photographing sea turtles, incredibly graceful swimmers.

On the 4th day of swimming we crossed the Greece-Turkey border which lies between Kas and the Greek island of Meis, 6km offshore. That was our longest swim of 5km. The Mediterranean has higher than average salinity, good flotation, clear water and the sea temperature was 24C. Most days the fast pack managed to catch and pass the other two groups and on the morning swim of the last day, having now 23km of swimming behind us, the fast pack decided to “race” the 4km and we finished about 400metres ahead of the other two groups. I finally felt in race mode after sluggish weeks in Munich and Kas preparing for the swim trek.

On the last evening we dined together, spoke about our highlights and drank beer. What is called the 7th day in my opinion is a” fizzer”. A morning dip in the sea for anyone, I chose not to, and people leaving for their homelands and me spending an unnecessary day and extra night in Kas. Our pack swam 30km in 5 days and I felt great. Two swimmers were doing the same Swimtrek for a second time and one swimmer for a third time. That does not interest me. Fiji is serving up a “Swimtrek” now in the Yasawa Islands and that’s what interests me for 2016.
Mike Bodger
 

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Upcoming Events

TAUPO MASTERS BROWN TROUT - 19 September 2015 

SOUTH ISLAND SHORT COURSE MEET - 18 and 19 September 2015, Ashburton
Entry forms

HARBOUR CAPITAL MASTERS CHOCOLATE FISH MEET - 19 September 2015
Entry Forms

NZMS NISC 2015 - 16 and 17 October 2015 hosted by Levin
Entry Forms

ACM Auckland Harbour Swims 2015/16:
Herne Bay - 15 November
Bays - 13 December
Chelsea - 21 February 2016
Rangitoto - 10 April 2016
Zoggs Ocean Walker Marathon - 24 April 2016

Visit the ACM website for more info:  http://www.aucklandharbourswims.org.nz/

NEW ZEALAND OCEAN SWIM SERIES: ( entries open 1st September) www.oceanswim.co.n
Bay of Islands - 28 November 2015
Harbour Crossing -  12 December 2015
Capital Classic - 31 January 2016
Christchurch Crown - 13 February 2016
Blue Lake Swim - 28 February 2016
Sand to Surf - 12 March 2016
King of The Bays - 2 April 2016

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Rebecca Perrot's Swim Trek through the Greek Islands

When an old swimming friend of mine, Melanie Jones, mentioned she was planning a mid-winter holiday in the Greek Islands for June this year, I’ll admit I was more than a little bit jealous.

Sightseeing, shopping, eating and sun!
When she also mentioned she had booked a week-long trip with SwimTrek, the world’s leading swimming holiday operator, I found myself thinking “what better way to celebrate my birthday” (which just happens to be in June), and I decided to join her!

As Melanie was already holidaying in Europe, we met up in Athens in early June. We then spent the next 10 days, before the swim holiday began, visiting three of the bigger islands in the Cyclades: Santorini, Paros and Naxos.

Mel had not done much swimming this year so we made sure we got a decent sea swim in each day, and spent the rest of our time sightseeing, shopping, lying in the sun and eating! We were there before the peak of the summer season, so there weren’t too many other tourists around, nor was there much evidence of the impending economic crisis!                                            

Walking from the hotel down to the port at Schinoussa
The swimming holiday we did was based amongst the Little Cyclades islands and began in Schinoussa, which was a two hour ferry trip away from Naxos. The first evening was a ‘meet and greet’ session and safety briefing with our swim guides and fellow swim ‘trekkers’. Following the formalities, we all enjoyed a group dinner at a local restaurant where we got to sample lots of traditional Greek dishes, all of which were made using local produce.


Video session at the hotel pool
The next day started with a 400-500 metre swim at Tsigouri Beach, which was just a few hundred metres from our hotel. This was so our lovely and very experienced Irish swim guide, Trish, could divide us into smaller groups of similar speed. This was followed by a 45 minute session covering basic open water swimming technique and freestyle drills. Initially, Mel and I were a little surprised by this, but we later found out that the majority of people that go on swim safari-type holidays are not from a competitive, or even masters, swimming background, and include a number that have never done any open water swimming before. After this initial session it was back to the hotel so that we could all be videoed in the pool there and, later that evening, we all watched our videos and were given feedback on things we could work on in our stroke.

For the remainder of the week our group was based on a 40 foot yacht, Katerina, skippered by Aki, a local, who has been working for SwimTrek since its inception in 2003.  We had our first proper swim that afternoon – about 2.5km following the coast of the island of Iraklia and finishing in the little port there.
Katerina and Aki, our local pilot for the week
The following days followed a similar pattern: we would have breakfast at the hotel each day then we would be transferred to the Katerina by IRB and taken, by sail if the weather cooperated, to the starting point for our first swim of the day. The location of each day’s swims was dependant on weather and sea conditions. We usually had a longer swim in the morning, probably 60-90 minutes, with a couple of these being actual crossings from one island to another. This would be followed by 2-3 hours of eating (morning tea), sunbathing, reading, chatting and eating again (lunch this time), either on the boat or at a nearby beach.
Swimming with SwimTrek

In the afternoon there would be another shorter swim, probably 45-50 minutes long. This would often be a coastal swim where we would just hug the coastline, swimming only a couple metres from shore and swimming into every little bay or cave along the way. All of our swims were done in the groups we had been assigned on that first day, and we were always accompanied by an IRB and a guide.

Once we were back on shore, the group would usually head to one of the local beach cafes for a beer. We were then free to do whatever we wanted for the remainder of the day though as our group all got on very well, we tended to get together for dinner. Interestingly our group was mainly women and the majority were around the same age as us, (50-54 years!), though we were told by Trish that they usually get a wider range of ages and have had teenagers through to people in their 60s. The majority of our group were from the UK but we also had an Irish woman, two Germans, a resident of Spain and, of course, the two of us Kiwis.

Midway through the week we transferred to the island of Koufinissi which, while still very much an unspoilt island, had a town that was bigger and quite a lot busier than the one on Schinoussa – though we’re still only talking about populations in the low hundreds (which no doubt grows over summer with all the holidaymakers).

The Greek islands are a lovely place to go for a holiday – we found everyone incredibly helpful and friendly, and the way of life is relaxing, with long siestas in the afternoon with everything staying open till late.

I would definitely recommend SwimTrek. The trip was well organised, safety was always a priority, and we were looked after well. While it may not suit everyone given how structured it was, if you’re happy to go with the flow it really is a lot of fun.




Rebecca Perrot

Monday, 17 August 2015

Upcoming Events

TAUPO MASTERS BROWN TROUT - 19 September 2015 

SOUTH ISLAND SHORT COURSE MEET - 18 and 19 September 2015, Ashburton
Entry forms

HARBOUR CAPITAL MASTERS CHOCOLATE FISH MEET - 19 September 2015
Entry Forms

NZMS NISC 2015 - 16 and 17 October 2015 hosted by Levin
Entry Forms

ACM Auckland Harbour Swims 2015/16:
Herne Bay - 15 November
Bays - 13 December
Chelsea - 21 February 2016
Rangitoto - 10 April 2016
Zoggs Ocean Walker Marathon - 24 April 2016

Visit the ACM website for more info:  http://www.aucklandharbourswims.org.nz/

NEW ZEALAND OCEAN SWIM SERIES: ( entries open 1st September) www.oceanswim.co.n
Bay of Islands - 28 November 2015
Harbour Crossing -  12 December 2015
Capital Classic - 31 January 2016
Christchurch Crown - 13 February 2016
Blue Lake Swim - 28 February 2016
Sand to Surf - 12 March 2016
King of The Bays - 2 April 2016

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Recipe: Bacon Nests - Post Workout Low Carb Breakfast - Perfect for Lunchboxes too!

Ingredients
350g streaky bacon
300g spinach, steamed, well drained.
6 large eggs
1,5 block feta cheese, crumbled
freshly ground black pepper to taste 

Method
Preheat oven to 230 °C.
Grease and line a muffin tray, a 6 tart tin (not loose bottom) or 6 ramekins with tightly arranged streaky bacon to form 6 bacon nests/baskets.

Roast in the oven for 20 – 25 minutes or until the bacon is 95% cooked with crispy edges. The bacon may curl and buckle a bit when baked, don’t worry! When you add the filling the shape will be retained.

Make sure all the liquid is squeezed out of the steamed spinach and roughly chop.
Sprinkle the bacon nests with feta and spinach then crack and whole egg into each one. Sprinkle with black pepper and bake for a further 6-8 minutes or until the egg is set to your liking. Some of the egg may leak through the bacon, this is perfect!

Carefully use a palette knife to remove from the tray and serve immediately.

Tip: These are rather lovely served at room temperature or chilled for the lunchbox or picnic. Just make sure the egg yolk is cooked through to prevent a mess.


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Sunday, 2 August 2015

Swimming The English Channel - Liz Richardson Speaks About Her Experience

My name is Liz Richardson. I am originally from England and moved to New Zealand this January.

I have an amazing friend, Mary Stanley-Duke who I met playing water polo at University back in 1997. In 2007 we were both pregnant with our first children, we lived about 30 minutes from each other and planned the time that we would spend together on maternity leave. In May of that year my son was born, happy and healthy, but 5 weeks early. Three weeks later Mary called me to tell me that her baby had stopped moving and scans showed that she had died at 36 weeks. She was devastated and I had no words to console her. She was admitted to hospital to be induced and her daughter, Martha, was stillborn on 25th May.

Happily Mary now has 3 gorgeous children. She had always wanted to do one significant thing in memory of Martha and in June last year, while I was living in Hong Kong, I woke up to an email asking if I would be willing to swim the English Channel with her to raise awareness and funds for SANDS, a stillbirth and neonatal death charity.

Swimming had given Mary some form of solace as she grieved for Martha and so when she was looking for a challenge to take up in Martha’s memory, swimming the English Channel seemed the obvious choice and she got in touch with the old polo team to join her.

The English Channel is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world and channel swimming is strictly regulated. To swim, you must be supported by a pilot from the Channel Swimming and Piloting Federation. You can swim individually or as a relay of up to 6 people. For the swim to qualify as official, no wetsuits are allowed, you can only wear one hat and one swimming costume and there are a whole heap of rules around starting, changeovers, swimming and landing in France. With our pilot booked, we all set about training. While I sea swam in Hong Kong in water temperatures of around 26 degrees, the rest of the girls were battled strong currents in the Bristol Channel and sea temperatures as low of 6 degrees through the winter in the UK (all without wetsuits). At the beginning of the year, I moved to New Zealand and joined Waitakere Masters. I continued to sea swim and as water temperatures dropped in New Zealand, they were slowly climbing in the UK.

In June I flew to the UK and met up with the girls. Our pilot sent us a message and we were all set to

leave at 4:30am on 25th June. We were exceptionally lucky with the weather, we left Dover Harbour as the sun was rising on a beautiful day. Our Pilot took us around to Shakespear Beach. The first of the girls jumped into the water, swam in to the beach, walked clear of the wash, raised her hand and the official observer started his watch. She ran back in to the sea and we were away. The sea was a balmy 14 degrees, it wasn’t too choppy and the shoals of jellyfish that we swam through were small and relatively benign. It took a good 5 minutes or so to get control of your breathing and for the cold water to stop stinging your skin but once you were acclimatised, it was almost enjoyable. We pressed on through the day, swapping every hour and keeping the swimmers updated on progress through messages on a white board. Point to point, from Shakespear Beach to Cap Gris Nez the total distance is 21miles, the currents though the channel are very strong, channel crossings are only attempted for a few days each month through the summer on the weaker neap tides. Even with the weaker tides, the currents mean that you actually swim much further. This is the GPS track from our swim (the straight line is the boat heading home)

After 11 hours of swimming we made what we thought would be our last change over, France looked in touching distance and the water looked calm. Claire, number 6 in our team, swam for all she was worth, but the current around the cap was fierce and pushed her north. After an hour of swimming she swapped out, one of the crew launched the dinghy and sat at the boundary of the still water. With a relatively fresh pair of arms, Suzi sprinted for the boat and we were in. We completed the swim in 12 hours and 18 minutes. Everyone jumped in and swam to meet her on the boat ramp that she landed on, being careful to stay well behind her to not break any rules. We all walked up the ramp holding hands, full of a sense of accomplishment, emotion and to applause from French tourists. (photo from left to right: Rebecca Vivian, Claire Talbot, Mary Stanley-Duke, Suzy Brown, Jane Hamilton, Liz Richardson)

Having collected a few pebbles from the beach of posterity, we swam back to Anastasia, our boat. As the boat turned to head back to England Mary dropped a yellow rose in to the sea, the flowers that were on Martha’s coffin. We all had a good hug and cry and opened a bottle of champagne.

The White Horse Inn is the oldest pub in Dover dating back from 1365. There is a tradition amongst channel swimmers, that a qualifying swim earns you the entitlement to write your name on the wall of the pub. The day after our swim we went to add our names to the wall and have a well-earned pint in the beer garden.

I am extremely proud of what we achieved. Not many have swum the English Channel, that aside, Mary found the whole process very cathartic. Swimming and water polo bound our friendships and for me, the most significant benefit was supporting a friend in coming to terms with the most devastating event in her life by doing something that we all love, just swimming.

Blog of our swim: www.swimforSANDS.com
Channel Swimming: www.cspf.com.uk

Roskill Masters Prize Giving

Roskill Masters Swimming Club recently held their annual prizegiving with three members of the Club being presented with their New Zealand Masters Swimming Service Award badges.

(Left to right) Graeme Rogers, Carmel Dickson and Barbara Daw, all long serving members of the Roskill Club committee.


and  trophies being awarded as follows:

 (Left to right) Kyla Steenhart the Joan Monahan Trophy for the Most Meritorious Performance of the Year, Paul Grondin Most Improved Swimmer of the Year, and Robina Hewlett the Wally Martin Trophy for Club Spirit.



Article submitted by Jan Fulton (Secretary of the Club)

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500th Facebook Liker Wins a $50 Swim T3 Voucher

To celebrate reaching over 500 likes on facebook, we are giving away a $50 Swim T3 voucher to our lucky 500th liker:

Congratulations:

Ryan Young 

Upcoming Events

TAUPO MASTERS BROWN TROUT - 19 September 2015 

SOUTH ISLAND SHORT COURSE MEET - 18 and 19 September 2015, Ashburton
Entry forms

HARBOUR CAPITAL MASTERS CHOCOLATE FISH MEET - 19 September 2015
Entry Forms

NZMS NISC 2015 - 16 and 17 October 2015 hosted by Levin
Entry Forms

ACM Auckland Harbour Swims 2015/16:
Herne Bay - 15 November
Bays - 13 December
Chelsea - 21 February 2016
Rangitoto - 10 April 2016
Zoggs Ocean Walker Marathon - 24 April 2016

Visit the ACM website for more info:  http://www.aucklandharbourswims.org.nz/

NEW ZEALAND OCEAN SWIM SERIES: ( entries open 1st September) www.oceanswim.co.n
Bay of Islands - 28 November 2015
Harbour Crossing -  12 December 2015
Capital Classic - 31 January 2016
Christchurch Crown - 13 February 2016
Blue Lake Swim - 28 February 2016
Sand to Surf - 12 March 2016
King of The Bays - 2 April 2016


Sunday, 19 July 2015

SHEAR MAGIC 2015 Half Hour Postal Swim Results

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2015 Half Hour Postal Swim Results
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, 29 June 2015

Katrina Speaks About Her 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim



"My journey swimming the Hudson River was a dream come true. I was surrounded by Marathon swimmers from around the world all sharing friendships and stories of the many straits and swims they have completed.

The event was very well run and organised and the NZ team was treated like royalty. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this swim to any other Marathon swimmer wanting to do this. Everyone was so positive and the energy was electric,  I wouldn't want to change a moment of this experience, it's one that will stay with me forever.

Swimming passed the Statue of Liberty towards the Manhattan skyline with team mate Heather  was a definite highlight.

I am now hooked for life and ready to take on another Marathon swim in the future.

The only negative part of the trip was that a good cup of coffee was very hard to find."

          Katrina Price



June 8: Despite battling a cold, Katrina finishes stage 1 of the 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim, 30km in 5hr 35min.




June 9: Heather Osbourne and Katrina take on stage 2, 30km. Team NZ sat in third place with only 2km to go but it just wasn't meant to be. As the tide turned and strong currents swept in all other swimmers left the water, but Team NZ fought to the end with Heather refusing to give up until she was pulled. Only 2 solo swimmers finished this stage.  Left:  Kat and Heather.   Right: Heather not giving up













June 10: Katrina finishes Stage 3 in 4:43.51 and as has already clocked up 60km in 3 days while still battling a nasty cold.



June 11: Kat finishes stage 4 in 6th place (solo swimmers) in a time of 4.53.24

June 13: NZ Team, Katrina, Heather and Garth Ingle finish stage 6 of 15.7 miles in 3.32.41



 


  
 June 14: NZ Team Heather and Kat swim the final stage of the 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim of 18.6 miles 






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Private Swimming Lessons
Improve your swim times in open water and in the pool - enjoy the privacy of one-on-one tuition in the unique Endless Pool swimming flume. Well established as one of New Zealand's most effective swim technique coaches, Ally Boggs offers personalised swim instruction that will help you swim more efficiently, faster and injury-free. Lessons can include development of correct technique in all strokes: Freestyle, Butterfly, Backstroke and Breaststroke, and event strategies, mentoring and turns. Read the Reviews.

Underwater Video Analysis
Exceptional footage on DVD from all angles, overhead, front, side and from underwater providing a visual learning tool. Discussion on stroke efficiencies and areas for development. Read the Reviews.

Swim Technique Workshops
Group lessons held at pools located around New Zealand, covering specific skills including tumble turns, kicking, freestyle drills, learn-to-swim Backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. Classes are of 60 minutes duration, minimum of 6 participants, maximum of 12. Click here to request more information about workshops near you.

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Workout of The Week - Are you bored with your workout?

If you are tired of the same old freestyle workout or need to work on your strength, then this is a fun workout to try out!

Warmup: 400 easy, 200 as (25 drill of choice (I alternate catch up
and fist drill), 25 freestyle)

Main set: 4 x (100 butterfly hard, 200 backstroke easy, 100 breast
hard, 200 freestyle easy) 30s rest

Warm Down: 150 easy/flop around until your heart rate comes down.