DNOWS Header

Image Map

Saturday, December 7, 2013

The Little Pride And Joy Of South Africa

Roger Finch brings a heartwarming story from his native South Africa.

"I am just the proudest non-parent around. Early this year I saw a young girl training much the same time of the day as me in a squad. What interested me was her training ethic, no messing talking or anything just work. I noticed not only did she train well but she could really swim so I asked a lady if it was her daughter. She said yes. I told her that I really liked the way her 10-year-old daughter swam and trained.

I was like WOW

When Finch returned back home after his triumphant International Self-Transcendence Marathon Swim in Switzerland and the Ederle Swim in New York, the young girl's mother was intrigued how Finch can manage to travel the world to compete.

The mother admitted that her daughter has only one pair of goggles for events and if anything happened to them she couldn't afford to replace the goggles. "I was devastated so I approached Speedo and they agreed to kit her out with all training gear and race suits goggles, caps and warm gear. Now she just turned 11 and was so excited that she now owned a swimsuit that she had only ever dreamed of and had seen in photos."

It was clearly enough to spur Carissa Van Rooyen on.

"Carissa then broke the 11-year-old's 50 meter long course backstroke national South African record just before she got all her race kit. On Friday she lowered the record to 32.27, but her dream was to go 31 seconds and post the second fastest 11-year-old time in the world. I prayed, then did my Friday training and when I finished the set I got a message that she went 31.47! I am so proud that I could get her the necessary support that it might just be the fastest time in the world for an 11-year-old. It is a long road ahead but she is my little pride and joy at the pool."

The differences between Finch and the young phenom from his hometown are not as vast as one might imagine.

The solitary loneliness of an open water swimmer is occasionally matched with that of their pool swimming brethren. "Also training on my own most of the time is lonely. I do notice who is in the pool during my long training sessions.

I see so many kids who are just really not trying. Then Carissa comes along. It was great when I could get her some help and I had never spoken to her at all

Copyright © 2013 by World Open Water Swimming Association

A Thank You Gift from WOWSA

WOWSA is celebrating the
1-Year Anniversary of the monthly Open Water Swimming Magazine
by giving you a free copy of the anniversary issue.

Open Water Swimming Magazine Anniversary Issue
File Size: 13MB


Download the file to your computer, and then right-click to extract the magazine which is inside the zip folder. The magazine is in PDF format.

CLICK HERE to download your free copy now.

Open Water Swimming Magazine

Open Water Swimming Magazine

The Open Water Swimming Magazine is the monthly magazine entirely focused on open water swimming heroes and heroines of every age, ability, and background. Published by the World Open Water Swimming Association, the Open Water Swimming Magazine is a free benefit to WOWSA members.

WOWSA Member Benefits include 12 issues of the Open Water Swimming Magazine, the annual 276-page Open Water Swimming Almanac, a free listing in Sponsor My Swim, outstanding product discounts from FINIS, an entry in Openwaterpedia and more...

The Other Shore

The Other Shore follows world record holder and legendary swimmer Diana Nyad as she comes out of a thirty-year retirement to re-attempt an elusive dream: swimming 103 miles non-stop from Cuba to Florida without the use of a shark cage. Her past and present collide in her obsession with a feat that nobody has ever accomplished. At the edge of The Devil’s Triangle, tropical storms, sharks, venomous jellyfish, and one of the strongest ocean currents in the world, all prove to be life-threatening realities. Timothy Wheeler’s documentary brings Diana Nyad’s extraordinary adventure to life as Diana sets out to prove that will and determination are all you need to make the unimaginable possible.

2014 Open Water Swimming Almanac

An Almanac for Open Water Swimming

An almanac is essentially a body of knowledge which is so complete that it enables people in different fields to make predictions about the future of their respective industries.

This, for example, was the purpose of the traditional farmers almanacs. It enabled farmers to determine as accurately as possible which crops to plant for the greatest harvests in a given year.

But the farmers almanac was just one example among many.
There are, of course, many different kinds of almanacs.

In fact, there is even one for open water swimming...

Preview the Open Water Swimming Almanac:

The trends are very clear.
The tide is rising for open water swimming.


Open Water Swimming Event Sanctioning

World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation

Open Water Race Calendar

Coaches Education Program