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Australia & Oceania

NZ Ocean Swim series heading to Nelson after decade in Christchurch

After 10 years in Christchurch, the New Zealand Ocean Swim Series has announced its South Island swim event is relocating to Nelson, with the very first 'The Big Tahuna' event scheduled for Saturday March 31 2018.

Attracting over 8000 swimmers nationwide each year, the series is entering its 12th season and includes multiple distance events for elite athletes as well as adults and children of all abilities in the Bay of Islands, Auckland, Mt Maunganui, Wellington, Rotorua and now Nelson.

First Tasmanian to swim English Channel celebrates 10th Anniversary with 10k swim in Scots Loch

Swimming 10k is nothing for elite swimmer Anne Steele. She spent her last holiday swimming from island to island in the Maldives where the water is 29 degrees and clear. In Loch Earn in the highlands of Scotland the water is a pitch-black 13 degrees. Anne's main problem is finding water in Tasmania that is cold enough. Listen as she outlines her training plan (including lying in ice baths) and shares the connection this swim has with her late Father.

Auckland Marathon Swim, a Challenging Finale in New Zealand

The GSS season is wrapping up. This weekend was the last race of the season in New Zealand and the 2nd last of the whole series. There were some crucial points up for grabs and more to be won next weekend at the Pacific Championships in Australia. The Auckland Marathon Swim was a great finale for an exciting year of swimming in New Zealand, giving swimmers a challenging 10km to compete in. The weather in Auckland during the week before the Marathon swim saw a cyclone come through and significant rains and flooding. Fortunately again the weather gods played their part and the day saw a gentle 10-15 knot North-westerly causing more issues for the kayaker than the swimmers.

Robinson takes out Webby by a fraction...

After all of the rain, we were hoping for a clear day on Saturday for the King of the Bays, to round off the season - and wow did the weatherman over deliver! The beautiful sunny day (with just a little bit of chop out there to keep the ocean swimmers happy!) made for a perfect finale with 1400 swimmers taking part in the four distances across the day.

The fastest swimmers across the line in the 2.8km distance were NZ Open Water Champion, Matthew Scott (35:16mins) and 2016 Rio Olympian, Emma Robinson (35:58mins). 

Charlotte Webby’s second place in the event secured her the Overall Series female title, retaining her title from last year. While Matthew Scott’s fourth win of the summer confirmed him our Overall Series male winner.

Check out the event results, non-wetsuit results and photos from our final event of the season. 

Swimming Australia Announces Open Water Team for World Champs

Swimming Australia has nominated three athletes to take on the 10km open water event at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, adding to the three that were already selected for the 5km event at the Australian Open Water Championships in January this year.

Following on from their successful performances at the Abu Dhabi FINA World Cup earlier this month, Chelsea Gubecka, Kareena Lee and new comer Jack Brazier will now join Jarrod Poort (5km), Jack McLoughlin (5km) and Kiah Melverton (5km) on the Australian Dolphins Swim Team for the open water events.

Gerald Kirkham competes in 60th Port Pirie Open Water Swim

PORT Augusta swimming legend Gerald Kirkham has proven age is just a number, competing in his 60th Port Pirie Open Water Swim on Sunday March 19.

Kirkham, who turns 85 in June, is the first swimmer to achieve this milestone, competing in his first swim in 1949.

He is closing in on the same milestone in the Port Augusta and Whyalla Open Water Swims, participating in 58 and 59 events in the respective cities.

Kirkham has previously won the two-kilometre Port Pirie race on two occasions, as well as a first-place finish in Whyalla, second in the Henley to Grange swim and third in the now-defunct five-kilometre Delfin Island race.

Veteran swimmer takes home the title

A record 820 participants took the plunge at the penultimate round of the New Zealand Ocean Swim Series up in the Bay of Islands last Saturday.

1986 and 1990 Commonwealth Games NZ representative and Surf Life Saving Champion, Brent Foster (49yrs) out-swam the young guns to take out the male title, with a time of 41:04 minutes and Stefannie Gillespie was the first female home with a time of 44:04.

Otaua swimmer Sam Muir James hitting targets in quest to swim Cook Strait

After 14 hours, 58 minutes and 3 seconds of swimming and covering 40.5 km from Turangi to Lake Taupo, Sam Muir James completed the longest swim of his life so far.

The Otaua swimmer, who has autism, has found a passion in tackling long distance open water swims.

In April, Sam will set his sights on his major goal of successfully crossing the Cook Strait.

Olympic swimmer Jarrod Poort takes out solo in the Rottnest Channel Swim, but fails to break record

Near-perfect conditions were not enough to break the record for the fastest solo swim for the annual Perth to Rottnest Island Channel Swim.

Jarrod Poort won the solo category with a time of four hours and 12 minutes, well shy of the record set in 2000 of four hours and 15 seconds.

Poort, from NSW, raced the 10km open water swim at the Rio Olympics and made headlines when he broke away from the pack to lead for nine kilometres, but then finished 21st.

2017 Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim: Olympian Jarrod Poort wins solo category, but no records broken

TWO-TIME Olympian Jarrod Poort has beaten the field to take out the Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim.

STRONG currents and choppy water prevented elite swimmers from breaking any records for the Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim.

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