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Paul's lower bowel was removed because of cancer - but it's not holding him back

Marske dad-of-two returns to open water swimming event after battling back from bowel cancer.

AFTER lifesaving surgery for bowel cancer, Paul Urwin thought he’d never again get the chance to experience the joy of open water swimming.

The dad-of-two’s lower bowel was removed by surgeons - and means he now is forced to use a stoma bag.

But undeterred, the keen swimmer will head back into the water for this year’s Great North Swim.

Paul, from Marske, had taken part in every Great North Swim - the UK’s biggest weekend of open water swimming - before a shock bowel cancer diagnosis three years ago.

Jordan Wilimovsky Wins U.S. Open Water National Title in Men’s 10k, Will Defend World Title

Jordan Wilimovsky has been the top open water swimmer in the United States over the past several years, winning the World title in the men’s 10k in 2015 before finishing fifth at the Olympics in Rio. He will defend that World title this summer in Budapest after he pulled away to win the U.S. national title in the event Friday at Castaic Lake.

Wilimovsky, representing Team Santa Monica, took over the lead at the halfway point and pulled away to win by a massive margin of 52 seconds. His final time was 1:57:45.613.

VIDEO: RNLI warns people of dangers of drowning with public set to descend on beaches as result of good weather

As temperatures set to soar this weekend, new research commissioned by the RNLI has revealed that 43% of people in Northern Ireland would follow a potentially life-threatening instinct if they fell unexpectedly into water.

Sudden immersion in cold water puts people at severe risk of suffering cold water shock, which triggers the instinctive but life-threatening reaction to gasp uncontrollably and swim hard, which can quickly lead to drowning.

The RNLI is now calling on the public to fight their instincts and remember one simple skill – floating – that could save lives from drowning.

Here We Go Again – FINA Disregards High Temperature Rule In Open Water

Commentary by Brent Rutemiller. 

The swimming community should never forget the tragic death of USA Open Water swimmer Fran Crippen, who died in 2010 during an Open Water competition due to excessively warm water temperatures.

A FINA task force was established. Changes were made and new temperature rules were put into place.  Crippen’s tragic death alerted the swimming community that changes needed to be made regarding safety regulations for open water races. Following his death, FINA implemented rule OWS 5.5 stating that the water temperature cannot be below 16 degrees Celsius (60.8 F) and cannot be above 31 degrees Celsius (87.8 F).

Noah Brune Crowned Men’s 5K Junior Open Water Champion USA

The 2017 Open Water Championships continued with the junior men’s and women’s 5K open water swims.

Noah Brune of the Mission Viejo Nadadores delivered a sizzling win in the junior men’s 5K open water swim, finishing with a time of 1:01.27.1.

Jordan Wilimovsky, Ashley Twichell Win At U.S. Open Water Swimming Nationals

CASTAIC LAKE, Calif. -- Defending world champion Jordan Wilimovsky and Ashley Twichell won the 10-kilometer titles at the open water national championships Friday.

Their victories clinched berths in the 10k for this summer's world swimming championships in Hungary. Also earning world berths were men's runner-up Brendan Casey and two-time Olympian Haley Anderson, who was second to Twichell.

Heidi splashes to historic medal at Asian Open Water meet

PUTRAJAYA: Heidi Gan (pic) warmed up for the KL SEA Games by making a splash for Malaysia at the Asian Open Water Swimming Cham­pionships in Putrajaya Lake.

Heidi, who is based in Perth, became the first Malaysian to win an Asian championships medal after finishing third in the women’s 5km event yesterday.

The 28-year-old completed the race, held under calm but hot conditions, in 1’05:03.586.

Seven Sisters College Women to Swim Both Ways Across Catalina Channel in Unique 40-Mile Relay Event

LOS ANGELES, May 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Six female athletes are coming together to swim 40 miles this summer — across the Catalina Channel in both directions — as a statement of teamwork and empowerment for women everywhere.

The two-way Catalina Channel open-water swim will be completed by a group of six women representing the iconic Seven Sister Colleges. The swim is scheduled to begin in the evening of Friday, June 16th, from the Palos Verdes Peninsula; the total distance to be swum is approximately 40 miles. The women swimming across the channel are all either current students or alumnae of the Seven Sisters Schools (which include Smith College, Wellesley College, Bryn Mawr, Vassar, Mount Holyoke, Barnard and originally Radcliffe).

USA Swimming Names 24 To National Open Water Select Camp

USA Swimming has announced a roster of 24 for their 11th Annual National Open Water Select Camp, set to be held from June 6-10 at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers.

The camp is used to provide up-and-coming American distance swimmers with an educational and motivational experience. The camp is a key step as athletes look to transition from the pool to open water, and hopefully eventually representing the U.S. internationally.

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