Australia & Oceania

Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim

THE best swimmers will take to the ocean for the 2017 Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim on Saturday, February 25

Its regarded as one of Western Australia’s iconic events, the Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim is a 19.7km open water swim from Cottesloe Beach to Rottnest Island.

2017 George Copley Open Water Swim

THE 2017 George Copley Open Water Swim was held on Sunday February 12, with about 60 swimmers from across South Australia coming together at the Port Augusta Yacht Club.

Tea Tree Gully Swimming Club’s Tristan Herbert and Ros Gumbys were the male and female five kilometre winners, making their club the overall team champions for the second year running.

Aussie Brenden Hall Encourages Multi Class Athletes to Try Open Water

For the 6th-consecutive year, Brenden Hall won the men’s Multi Class 5k open water title at the 2017 Australian Open Water Swimming Championships held at Brighton Beach in South Australia.  Also a 2-time Paralympic gold medalist, we might expect Hall to be gearing up for the World Para Swimming Championships in Mexico City this fall, and perhaps he is; Hall is an accomplished Multi Class swimmer in the pool and open water.  However, if Hall does make the trip to Mexico, he will have to content himself to the competition in the pool alone.

101 swimmers at 101st Flannagan Cup, and Zac Reid takes home the prize

Last year, Zac Reid came third when he took part in New Plymouth's prestigious Flannagan Cup open water swimming competition.

This year, in a borrowed wetsuit and watched by a big crowd at Ngamotu Beach, he won the trophy.

Wanaka's Big Ruby swim record falls to Christchurch's Dan Abel

Christchurch marathon swimmer Dan Abel smashed The Big Ruby swim record in Wanaka on Saturday, charging around the picturesque 3.8km course in 49:45.

The previous record of 51:39 minutes was set by Wanaka's Mark Cockroft, last year.

Abel, a swim coach and open water swim tour leader, was one of 307 swimmers who took to the water over a range of distances.

Aussie 10k Women’s Champ Chelsea Gubecka “More Excited For My Sister”

Olympian Jarrod Poort was the first place Australian in the men’s open water 10k race on day 1 of the 2017 Australian National Open Water Championships, while a pair of sisters made the cut on the women’s side. 18-year-old Chelsea Gubecka outright won the women’s 10k event, while 14-year-old sister Chloe touched in 3rd. The top 4 finishers on both the men’s and women’s sides in the 10k move on to compete at the Abu Dhabi World Cup in the hopes of claiming a stop on the Aussie World Championships roster.

Jack McLoughlin and Kiah Melverton qualify for open water swimming championships in Budapest

RIO Olympian Jack McLoughlin and world short course bronze medallist Kiah Melverton on Sunday proved their potential out of the pool by winning the 5km time trials at the open water national championships.

Rio Olympian Jarrod Poort back to defend 10km crown at Brighton

JARROD Poort didn’t win a medal in Rio but his performance in the 10km open water swim became one of the highlights of Australia’s Olympics.

The 22-year-old became somewhat of a cult hero when he led for 9km and could “smell” the gold medal only to be caught in the closing stages in a performance his dad hilariously described as all “heart and balls”.

Poort eventually finished 21st in 1hr 53mins 40secs but won plenty of admirers.

Annual open water swim returns to Western Australia in February

An annual 19.7-kilometer open water swim from Cottesloe Beach to Rottnest Island in Western Australia will take place on Feb. 25.

Sponsored by travel and lifestyle brand Karma Group, the Rottnest Channel Swim welcomes all swimmers to take part as solo competitors, a duo, or as a team.

Paul Newsome, renowned open water swim instructor and Karma Swim Ambassador for the event, will be offering noteworthy training tips to teams and members prior to the swim.

Australia’s Best Open Water Swimmers Joined By Notable Pool Stars

Australia’s best open water swimmers will be joined by some notable pool stars when they descend on Brighton Beach in Adelaide this weekend from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 January, to take part in the 2017 Australian Open Water Swimming Championships.

The event gives swimmers the chance to demonstrate their grit and determination as they compete in some of the toughest events on the swimming program and the chance to gain selection onto the 2017 World Championship team.

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