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Monday, February 3, 2014
Cool TV - Blue Peter Films At Big Chill Swim
With a warm smile and reportedly ice in his veins, race organizer Colin Hill converted the Low Wood Bay Marina into an open air swimming pool for the spectacular winter swimming gala that attracted extreme swimmers from ages 16 to 70.
Even with a water temperature of 5ºC (41ºF), bright colorful swim caps were used instead of wetsuits. As to be expected in the Big Chill Swim, there were no dull moments throughout the jam-packed racing schedule where the impossible was repeatedly shown to be possible in the 6-lane 30m long pool.
Competitors included a wide variety of ice swimming veterans as well as BBC TV Blue Peter Presenters Radzi Chinyanganya and Lindsey Russell. Blue Peter also filmed the weekend’s events as part of a feature on Radzi’s ongoing challenges. The event was a sell-out and drew over 580 participants including many teams of swimmers from Estonia, Latvia, Finland, Lithuania and Germany as well as enthusiasts from around the United Kingdom spending a weekend in the Lake District during what is usually a quiet time of year for sports events in the county.
“The weather over the weekend was challenging to say the least,” said Hill. “We’d like to thank both spectators and participants for their support.” Spectators stood in the rain and wind cheering on swimmers for the 7 hours of continuous racing on Saturday. Post-swim, competitors warmed up with hot drinks, hot tubs and a mobile sauna at the event site.
The Big Chill Swim is a competitive event conducted in line with the International Winter Swimming Association rules of age groups, traditional swimwear, and fixed distances. Each race (except the Penguin Dip) was timed, with the fastest 3 times per age group awarded medals. Prizes were also awarded to the fastest time in each age group per event, as well as spot prizes for participants present at the prize giving held at the end of the day in the Low Wood Hotel.
The Finnish president of the International Winter Swimming Association, Mariia Yrjö-Koskinen gave the event and weekend activities her full endorsement. “We are delighted to see winter swimming take place in such a beautiful natural environment in the Lake District. It was my first time to visit this part of the UK and I was really taken aback by the beautiful setting for this event. I arrived in the snow on Friday and the wintery weather gave the event a true feeling of winter swimming, and we congratulate the organisers for putting on such a slickly run and safe event in the challenging weather conditions. The atmosphere at winter swimming events is very special, very warm and friendly, and we are delighted to have the Big Chill Swim event included on our annual calendar of events.”
On Sunday, Chillswim hosted the Big Chill Swim 1000, an ultra endurance 1000m non-wetsuit swim open to experienced cold water swimmers only.
Although not a race, Henri Kaarma of Estonia posted the fastest time of the day with 13 minutes 22 seconds for the 1 km swim.
Results of the women's 450m Endurance Race:
*Alexia O'Mara 6.49.59
*Kate Vines 6.16.82
*Helen Gibbs 6.17.13
*Carole Laporte 6.50.82
*Laura Walker-Knowles 10.26.46
*Sarah Taylor 8.12.20
*Andrea Startin 8.17.81
*Kate Steels-Fryatt 8.25.78
*Helen Beveridge 8.58.12
*Jeanette Berry 9.21.81
*Annabel Lavers 9.32.31
*Amanda Bell 9.38.15
*Kathryn Ayre 9.44.26
*Maretta Robinson 9.46.63
*Paula Cherriman 10.49.20
*Helen Brindle 11.56.76
*Pauline Barker 9.50.71
*Margot Anderson 9.42.08
*Jacqueline Cobell 9.57.90
*Pamela Bessell 13.36.08
Results of the men's 450m Endurance Race:
*Julian Taylor 6.28.31
￼*Andre Roberts 6.42.27
*Raido Laidla 9.39.37
￼*Aivar Rosenberg 6.30.13
*Mark Bayliss 6.55.82
￼*Mark Fabik 6.57.70
*Ben Berry 8.00.90
*Henri Karma 6.04.00
*Paul Fowler 6.44.01
*Jason Betley 6.52.63
*Adrian Sarchet 6.59.78
￼*Alex Ferguson 7.15.03
*Graeme Lowe 7.21.69
*Scott Bisset 7.33.90
￼*Alastair Beattie 7.49.22
*Steve Tonkin 8.09.18
*Tim Shattock 8.15.77
*David A. Stewart 8.17.78
*Thomas W. Kofler 9.18.25
*Hannes Viherpuu 9.31.97
￼*Aleksandr Jakovlev 10.03.88
*Leon Fryer 11.43.32
*Mike Faughey Scraggs 14.37.78
*Rory Fitzgerald 6.36.58
*Toomas Haggi 6.40.72
*Tony Greener 6.44.01
*Martin Coombes 7.22.50
*David Oakley 7.32.39
￼*David Granger 7.38.88
*Haydn Welch 9.28.65
*Rafael Oya 9.47.45
￼*Stuart Hinde 10.07.34
*Mike Roberts 11.03.57
￼*Herwarth Talkenberg 11.17.03
Results of the Big Chill Swim 1000:
1. Henri Kaarma 13.20.47
2. Andre Roberts 14.22.25
3. Alexaia O'Mara 14.30.63
4. Adrian Sarchet 14.57.90
5. Hazel Killingbeck 15.04.63
6. Graeme Lowe 15.18.81
7. Martin Coombes 16.04.00
8. Sarah Taylor 18.30.97
9. Helen Beveridge 18.50.51
10. Pauline Barker 19.03.00
11. Peter Kelly 19.27.64
12. Margot Anderson 19.50.81
13. Amanda Bell 19.56.87
14. Stuart Hinde 19.57.34
15. Jackie Cobell 19.57.34
16. Maretta Robinson 20.21.90
17. Kathryn Ayre 20.23.25
18. Nige Reid 20.29.27
19. Hannah Elbourne 20.39.46
20. Radzi Chinyanganya 20.42.44
21. Rafael Oya 21.24.83
22. Paula Cherriman 21.43.58
23. Val Smith 21.51.37
Rest of the race results are posted here.
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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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