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Friday, April 26, 2013

Managing Motherhood In The Open Water World

What Carina Bruwer does is, in a few words, maternally inspirational and athletically amazing.

She has completed marathon swims across False Bay in South Africa, the Strait of Gibraltar from Spain to Morocco, Swim Around Key West in Florida (USA), International Swimming Marathon of Toroneos Gulf (Greece), English Channel in 12 hours 3 minutes, Around Robben Island, around Bizerte (Tunisia), around Danger Point and Gansbaai (South Africa), around Cape Agulhas (South Africa) and Cape Point (South Africa), from Robben Island to Bloubergstrand (South Africa).

She discusses how she combines everything she does - forge a successful entertainment career in an extremely competitive field with motherhood and extreme endurance sports - at such a high level.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: How do you combine an entertainment career with motherhood and high-level athletics?
Bruwer: I'd like to describe it as an "organic juggle"! Yes, I do a lot of different things (all pretty high intensity!) but my love for - and absolute enjoyment of – all that I do completely outweighs the occasional feeling of being overwhelmed.

I need to constantly challenge myself and through my varied activities. I also own a small business that operates in the South African entertainment industry. I'm certainly never bored. Prioritizing is essential, and fortunately it has always been clear to me what my "priorities within my priorities" should be: my kids must come first. They need to be happy, fulfilled and looked after, and although I have to do a lot of delegating when it comes to their care, I refuse to be an absent mother and try to spend as much extra time with them as possible. Another essential is to have the right support team around you, and I'm very fortunate to have wonderful people in my life and business, as well as my music and swimming careers. I don't have much free time but I don't feel I'm missing out; I'm highly stimulated and constantly excited by new possibilities.


Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What kind of weekly schedule do you keep in order to balance all your responsibilities and interests?
Bruwer: Because my schedule as a musician is very unpredictable, there's really no such thing as a weekly schedule. I have to take every day as it comes to a certain degree, which ironically means that my routine needs to be extra tight, albeit flexible. Certain essential items need to be fitted into each day. When I'm performing in or out of town, some of these items need to be delegated and/or moved around in order for the machine to keep working.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Would you like your children to follow in your footsteps?
Bruwer: I think in these times it is very important to be self-sufficient. In that sense, yes, I would like for them to be able to decide what it is they want and take control to make that happen. I don't necessarily want for them to be musicians or athletes; but I would love for them to be able to integrate whatever it is that enriches them as individuals, into their daily lives in a similar way I do, as it certainly has been my secret for happiness. But I do understand and feel strongly about the fact that every person is unique and that your kids may be nothing like you. I believe that personality dictates to a large degree how an individual needs to approach life in order to be fulfilled. So I guess I just want them to be true to themselves and be OK.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Does motherhood or swimming influence your music in any way?
Bruwer: My swimming and music is definitely inter-connected. I think motherhood has made me a more sensitive musician. While in the water, I seem to have become much more patient and a bit less competitive since having become a mother. On a physical level, the swimming has definitely helped my lung capacity and I am known to have some of the best lungs in the business.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Does your music or motherhood influence your swimming in any way?
Bruwer: Definitely. This Cape Point swim was very interesting as it was my first open water swim in 6 years. I didn't know how my body and mind would react to the challenge of swimming in very icy and shark-infected waters. It took a long mental journey to get to the point where I was really amped to be back in that water. When the day finally arrived, I was very calm. I approached the challenge with a very different attitude than before. In the past I would get really angry when conditions became unfavorable or when things went wrong. Although I would always fight until the end, it would usually be with a resistant attitude. This time round, I felt much more in control even though I was swimming in temperatures far below my perceived minimum. I had said that I would swim in nothing under 16ºC (60.8ºF) – and here I was in 12ºC (53.6ºF). In addition to my experience as a mother, I've been doing a lot of performing – probably about 700 shows across 10 countries in the last 6 years, a lot of which were high pressure and to large audiences. One has to know how to compose yourself and rise above the challenges you may face on stage especially with a show likes ours where the technical aspect is an integral part of our performance; the show must go on and there's no space for negative thoughts.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: How do you maintain your fitness at such a high level as you raise two small children?
Bruwer: Swimming has been a non-negotiable part of my daily routine - or non-routine - for the past 16 years. My 4 km daily swim is like having breakfast, or dropping my daughter at school. It simply has to happen and I find time for it even if I have to compromise on other business-related things. I have a great infrastructure at home with a nanny who is home from 9 to 5, and a husband who is as involved in the kids' lives as I am, so again, I'm very lucky. My husband built a lap pool for me in our garden, so even on those days in which I really run out of time, there is usually the opportunity to dive in for a quick 2 or 3 km. I wouldn't say that my fitness is at the highest level though; I'm certainly not as fit as I was 7 years ago when I swam the English Channel and False Bay (36 km swim). I can definitely never compete against the top swimmers out there, but yeah, I'm fit. But then as we all know, the biggest challenge of solo marathon swimming is probably the mental fitness, which is a separate essay altogether.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What advice would you give a young woman who has similar interests to you?
Bruwer: It is very important to give time to your passions. It is possible. We really do live in a great era, in which you are - if you allow yourself – free to express, enjoy and create yourself. Do not dwell on fear, it will waste time and bring you nowhere. Just go out there and do, do, do. Allow yourself to make mistakes and acknowledge it with grace, and you will grow stronger each time. Nobody else is going to make it happen for you, it is your responsibility to feed your soul.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What is next on your schedule, either swimming-wise or music-wise?
Bruwer: Swimming-wise, I was retired until a few days ago. Now I really don't know. I don't think I want to be retired any more. So we will see, we will see.

Music-wise, Sterling EQ is booked for 12 shows across Southern Africa in May. Then the band takes a break in June, during which time I will go on holiday with my family. I can't wait. After this, we hope to start strategizing our fifth release. We have released 3 CDs and a Live DVD thus far, and will inevitable be doing more touring.

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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference Agenda


Friday, 19 September

5:30

PM


Welcome Reception at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland

Documentary films shown throughout the reception:

Blue Journey-Amerika Samoa – Stronger Together: The Waterman’s Way
(film by Bruckner Chase)

Dancing With The Water, Crossing of Lake Pontchartrain
(film by Wayne Ewing about Matthew Moseley's Lake Pontchartrain crossing)

Bering Strait Swim Chukotka - Alaska
(film by Admiral Konstantin Sidenko about the relay between Russia and Alaska)

The Clean Swim – Hong Kong to Macau
(film about Simon Holiday's Pearl River Delta crossing)


Saturday, 20 September

9:00

AM


Registration and Coffee at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland

10:00

AM


Keynote Speech:
Colleen Blair (Scotland) on The History of Scottish Swimming

10:20

AM


Christopher Guesdon (Australia) on Multidimensional Roles In The Sport

10:30

AM


Colin Hill (England) on Recent Explosion in UK Open Water

10:50

AM


Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) on The Feminine Code of Achievement - How a Lady from Down Under Revolutionized Professional Marathon Swimming

11:10

AM


Simon Murie (England) on Open Water Swimming Holidays: How A New Sector Was Created Within The Travel Industry

11:30

AM


Swimming The Oceans Seven
A round table discussion moderated by:
Kevin Murphy (England), with Stephen Redmond (Ireland), Anna-Carin Nordin (Sweden),
Darren Miller (USA), Adam Walker (England), Kimberley Chambers (New Zealand)

12:30

PM


Coffee and Break

1:00

PM


World Open Water Swimming Awards Luncheon:
with co-hosts Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) and Steven Munatones (USA)

Pádraig Mallon (Ireland), 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year

Olga Kozydub (Russia), 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year

Bering Strait Swim, 2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year

Honoring: Vladimir Chegorin, Maria Chizhova, Elena Guseva, Ram Barkai, Jack Bright, Oksana Veklich, Aleksandr Jakovlevs, Matías Ola, Henri Kaarma, Toomas Haggi, Nuala Moore, Anne Marie Ward, Toks Viviers, Melissa O’Reilly, Ryan Stramrood, Cristian Vergara, Craig Lenning, Rafal Ziobro, Andrew Chin, Jackie Cobell, James Pittar, Paolo Chiarino, Mariia Yrjö-Koskinen, Ivan Papulshenko, Zdenek Tlamicha, Zhou Hanming, Oleg Adamov, Andrei Agarkov, Alekseev Semen, Tatiana Alexandrova, Roman Belan, Elena Semenova, Alexander Brylin, Afanasii Diackovskii, Vladimir Nefatov, Evgenii Dokuchaev, Oleg Docuckaev, Roman Efimov, Dmitrii Filitovich, Olga Filitovich, Victor Godlevskiy, Olga Golubeva, Alexei Golubkin, Alexander Golubkin, Alexandr Iurkov, Oleg Ivanov, Pavel Kabakov, Eduard Khodakovskiy, Aleksandr Komarov, Aleksandr Kuliapin, Andrey Kuzmin, Irina Lamkina, Vladimir Litvinov, Andrey Mikhalev, Victor Moskvin, Nikolay Petshak, Sergey Popov, Vladimir Poshivailov, Grigorii Prokopchuk, Dmitrii Zalka, Natalia Seraya, Viacheslav Shaposhnikov, Olga Sokolova, Andrei Sychev, Alexei Tabakov, and Nataliia Usachaeva [represented by Admiral Konstantin Sidenko and Nuala Moore]


2:30

PM


Alexey Salmin Pavlovich (Russia) and Dmitry Dragozhilov (Russia)
on the 2016 Winter Swimming World Championships [film]

2:50

PM


Sally Minty-Gravett (Jersey) on Motivating Swimmers

3:10

PM


Dmitry Blokhin (Russia) and Aleksei Veller (Russia)
on the First World Ice Swimming Championships [film]

3:30

PM


Matthew Moseley (USA)’s Dancing With The Water, Crossing of Lake Pontchartrain [film]

3:50

PM


Simon Holliday (England) and Doug Woodring (Hong Kong)’s The Clean Swim – Hong Kong to Macau 2014 [film]

5:00

PM


International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF)
and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF)

IMSHOF Induction Ceremonies and Dinner
with co-hosts Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) and Steven Munatones (USA).

Recognition of International Swimming Hall of Fame honorees:

  • Elizabeth Fry (USA), IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Vojislav Mijić (Serbia), IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • James Anderson (USA), IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Dr. Jane Katz (USA), IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Indonesian Swimming Federation Open Water Committee (Indonesia), IMSHOF Honour Organisation

  • Melissa Cunningham (Australia), Irving Davids – Captain Roger Wheeler Award by the International Swimming Hall of Fame and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Sandra Bucha (USA), ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Jon Erikson (USA), ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer [represented by Sandra Bucha]

6:30

PM


International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) Introduction Video.
Welcome speech by host Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia)

6:45

PM


Dinner

7:30

PM


International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF)
Induction Ceremonies and Dinner with host Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia)

Recognition of International Swimming Hall of Fame honorees:

  • Mercedes Gleitze (England)
    ISHOF Honor Pioneer Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by daughter Doloranda Pember]

  • Dale Petranech (USA)
    ISHOF Honor Contributer and IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Claudio Plit (Argentina)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by Shelley Taylor-Smith]

  • Judith van Berkel-de Nijs (Netherlands)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by Niek Kloots]

  • George Young (Canada)
    ISHOF Honor Pioneer Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation]

  • David Yudovin (USA)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer


Sunday, 21 September

9:00

AM


Registration and coffee at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland

10:00

AM


Nuala Moore (Ireland) on The Mindset of 1000m at 0ºC

10:20

AM


Admiral Konstantin Sidenko (Russia)’s Bering Strait Swim Chukotka - Alaska in 2013 [film]

10:40

AM


Ned Denison (Ireland) on Swimming The World

11:00

AM


Bruckner Chase (USA)’s Blue Journey-Amerika Samoa
Stronger Together: The Waterman’s Way
[film]

11:20

AM


Rok Kerin (Slovenia) on Lifestyle Benefits From Open Water Swimming

12:00

PM


Survey distribution and group photo-taking

2:00

PM


Swim at Stravvana Bay, Isle of Bute






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The Global Open Water Swimming Conference is a conference on the sport of open water swimming, marathon swimming and swimming during triathlons and multi-sport endurance events.

The conference which has been attended by enthusiasts and luminaries from 6 continents, is devoted to providing information about the latest trends, race tactics, training techniques, equipment, psychological preparation, race organization and safety practices used in the sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons.

The conference's mission is to provide opportunities to listen and meet many of the world's most foremost experts in open water swimming, and to meet and discuss the sport among swimmers, coaches, administrators, event organizers, sponsors, vendors, officials, escort pilots, and volunteers from kayakers to safety personnel.

Dozens of presentations at the 2014 Conference at the Mount Stuart House cover numerous aspects of the vast and growing world of open water swimming where attendees can learn and share the latest trends, race tactics, training modalities, swimming techniques, equipment, race organization, logistics, operations, and safety practices for open water swimming as a solo swimmer, competitive athlete, fitness swimmer, masters swimmer, triathlete, multi-sport athlete, administrator, race promoter, sponsor or referee.

The conference was first held in Long Beach, California as part of the 2010 USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships. It has since been held on the Queen Mary in California, at Columbia University and the United Nations in New York City, and in Cork, Ireland. This year in September, it comes to another iconic location, the Mount Stuart House on the Isle of Bute in Scotland.

"The Global Open Water Swimming Conference was started due to the desire and need for athletes, coaches, referees, administrators, race directors, promoters and sponsors from around the world to share, collect and learn information about the growing sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons," said founder Steven Munatones. "Other swimming conferences usually offering nothing on open water swimming or perhaps a speech or two, but we thought open water swimming deserves its own global conference. It is great that the community shares its information via the online social network, but there is nothing like meeting other open water swimming enthusiasts face-to-face and talking about the sport from morning to night."

Speakers at the conference include English Channel swimmers, ice swimmers, record holders, renowned coaches, world champions, professional marathon swimmers, renowned race directors, officials and administrators from the Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.

"Because the audience is passionate and educated about the sport and its finest practitioners, the Global Open Water Swimming Conference is also the location of the induction ceremonies for the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and the annual WOWSA Awards that recognize the World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year, and the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year. Special Lifetime Achievement Awards are also occasionally presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the sport over their career."


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