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Thursday, September 26, 2013
A Lake Of Opportunity
The Camlough Lake Water Festival calendar is filled from March to September with night swims, aquathlons, TRY-A-TRI’s and the Camlough Lake Water Festival (CLWF) on the last weekend in August.
This August the Camlough Lake Water Festival saw over 650 people participate. The festival kicked off on Friday evening with the 2.7 km Lord and Lady of the Lake swim. 146 swimmers competed with David Graham (30.26) and Lynn Algar (33.16) coming out in first while the water polo matches in the lake were played throughout the weekend.
Also on Friday night was the Night Swim where everyone swims in the dark with glow sticks as their guide. Pádraig Mallon explains, "The premise of the night swim came from Team Camlough who needed to learn the art of swimming in the dark for their team relay crossing of the English channel. Each night swim to date has had a flat calm lake and a star lit sky and this night swim, was no exception." On Saturday morning, the events are focused on juniors. "With excitement and nervous energy each of them signs in and prepares for their race," says Jacqueline Galway. "Parents and children thoroughly participate in these events and healthy competition is evident in the shouts and encouragement given form the sidelines as they exit the swim, in transition, during the run and to the finish line.
￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼ On Saturday afternoon, the Senior 1 km Swim was won in 12.56 by Kristofer Muldoon and 13.56 by Natalie McClean.
For the triathlon community, one participant who started by learning to swim last year explained, "My New Year’s resolution was to “get in that lake”. I had been going to the pool every Thursday evening with Newry Triathlon Club to learn the technique and take part in the training drills. I was in the “baby lane” – and delighted to be there. Santa was very good and left me all my gear, my wetsuit, goggles. Come May I was ready. I went into the lake and got the shock of my life – I thought the wetsuit kept you warm. I did the 250 swim but have to be honest and say that David practically pulled me round as I held on to the pull buoy. I continued all summer practicing in the lake; I could get around the 250, but I always starting and stopping but enjoying it all the same. Things were building up to the Camlough Lake Water festival and myself and my buddy practiced our swim, bike and run a few times. I thought I was ready. So, I went up to the lake on Friday evening and watched all the events, the weather was lovely and the place was buzzing. Everyone talking about what they were planning to do over the weekend."
￼But things happen in the open water. "[When I] stepped into the water, that’s when it all went wrong for me. I don’t know what happened. It was all tough going. I felt safe and ended up with about 10 buddy swimmers, as I came out of the water to roars and claps. It was a great push on, but I was really was overwhelmed. On the bike and just couldn’t get my breathing, knowing I still had the run to do. I knew the swim was going to be tough for me, but I really thought I’d get the time back in the cycle and the run. My legs were like jelly and I was almost going to quit until an older gentleman grabbed my hand and together we ploughed on. Some of my friends came looking for me on the bikes with water and escorted me like a champion to the finish line. Again, the roars and cheers from everyone was fantastic."
Then the introspection and transformation began. "I was feeling unwell but still delighted that I completed the course. After a medical check and I was free to go. I have ran marathons and cycled miles but this is one of the hardest things I have ever done. It was an amazing journey. The organisers of this festival should be so proud of themselves."
On Sunday, the more experienced swimmers knew what was ahead of them in the Ireland Long Distance Swimming Association 10K Skins / 10K Wetsuit and 5K Ulster Skins / Wetsuit events. Owen O’Keefe won the All Ireland 10K Skins Title in 2 hours 28 minutes with Lisa Comerford not too far behind to take the ladies All Ireland title in 2:29.
The Lord and Lady of Camlough Lake Swim Top 10 Results
1. David Graham 30:26
2. Neil Bolger 30:49
3. Ciaran Hennessy 32:15
4. Lynn Algar 33:16
5. Chris Judge 33:23
6. John Callaghan 33:53
7. AmyMay Garvey 34:08
8. Cian Woods 34:16
9. Conor Fabb 34:53
10. Mark Waters 34:57
CLWF 10km Skins Results
* Owen O'Keefe 2:28:29
* Lisa Comerford 2:29:09
* Warren Roche 2:29:14
* John Glover 3:15:06
* Adrian Poucher 3:15:45
* John Foyle 4:01:33
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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference
Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE
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."
The 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference Programme
Wednesday, September 17th
Leave Glasgow to commence 2-day tour of Scotland [closest international airport is Glasgow]
Thursday, September 18th
Stay Mainland, North of Scotland
Friday, September 19th
14:00 - Swim Loch Lomond
17:00 - Head to Isle of Bute
19:30 - Scottish Banquet
21:30 - Dinner Dance
Saturday, September 20th
09:00 - Registration & Coffee
10:00 - Speeches
12:20 - Lunch and WOWSA Awards
13:40 – Speeches
15:40 - Round Table
19:00 - International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony
Sunday, September 21st
09:00 - Registration & Coffee
10:00 - Speeches
14:30 - Swim in St Ninian's Bay on the Isle of Bute
The luminaries of the open water swimming world who will be honored in Scotland will include:
* Sandra Bucha (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* Jon Erikson (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Claudio Plit (Argentina), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Judith van Berkel-de Njis (Netherlands), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* David Yudovin (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Mercedes Gleitze (Great Britain), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* George Young (Canada), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Dale Petranech (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Contributor
* Melissa Cunningham (Australia), 2013 Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award winner
* Vojislav Mijić (Serbia), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* James Anderson (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator
* Dr. Jane Katz (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator
* Indonesian Swimming Federation, , International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Organisation
* Elizabeth Fry (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* Pádraig Mallon (Ireland), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year
* Olga Kozydub (Russia), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year
* Bering Strait Swim (international team), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year
* International Ice Swimming Association (Ram Barkai, founder, South Africa), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year
For additional articles on the 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference, visit:
* Olga Kozydub To Be Honored In Scotland
* Pádraig Mallon To Be Honored In Mount Stuart Castle
* Mount Stuart House, Splendid Setting For Swimming
* Colleen Blair To Kick-off Global Open Water Swimming Conference
* The Man Who Swims Better Than He Walks
* Joining In The Sea Goddess At The Hall Of Fame
* Mercedes Gleitze To Be Honored In Scotland
* The Incredible Career Of Merceded Gleitze
* Jon Erikson To Be Honoured In Florida
* The Incredible Career Of Mercedes Gleitze
* St Ninian's Bay To Host International Swim Conference
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