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Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Who Will Be King?
Photo shows the start of the 2013 State King of the Bays race with Rangitoto Island in the background.
$32,000 in cash goes on the line this weekend as Australasia’s open water swimmers line up to conclude the New Zealand Ocean Swim series.
The 2.8 km State King of the Bays on Auckland’s North Shore is the sixth and final round of the State New Zealand Ocean Swim Series. The race will line-up all of the stars of the series with the exception of current Australian 10 km champion Jarrod Poort who is injured after breaking two bones in his wrist in a skateboarding accident.
“This is the climax to what’s been the most fascinating elite series we’ve had,” said event director Scott Rice. “The quality of swimming in both the men's and women's series has been top notch and we’ve been delighted to attract more quality Australians over to New Zealand than ever before."
Leading the series on the men's side going into the climax is New Zealand’s number one open water swimmer Kane Radford. 100 points are awarded to each race winner, but points count from just three of the six races. With double points offered in the King of the Bays, the final standings are set to be markedly different after the race concludes. Despite currently being sixth in the series, Australia’s Rhys Mainstone is on a roll heading into the finale with his victories in the State La Grande Classic in Akaroa and the State Sand To Surf in Mt Maunganui.
Mainstone will claim the title with the maximum 400 points if he wins on Saturday. “It’s good going into the final race of the series in the position I am in. But obviously the competition is hot and with a few of the pool swimmers returning as well, they will all put up a good fight so it’s going to be anyone’s race."
Both the winning man and woman will receive $10,000 with the title. “I’m going to give it all I can in this last race because of the big prize purse, which means a lot for a swimmer like me,” Mainstone said.
Others in with a big chance are Queenslander George O’Brien who won the State Capital Classic in Wellington in January, and pool specialists and 2012 New Zealand Olympians Dylan Dunlop-Barrett and Steven Kent who will both be fresh from competing in the New Zealand national pool championships on this week. Both are also former champions of this race with Dunlop-Barrett winning in 2011 and Kent in 2010.
On the women's side, Auckland teenager Paige Schendelaar-Kemp must hold off the overwhelming favorite to claim her third straight series title, 28-year-old Queenslander Melissa Gorman. The 2009 5 km world champion and two-time Commonwealth Games medalist has been in dominant form despite only recently returning from shoulder surgery. She won both races in Akaroa and Mt Maunganui. “I’m excited to be heading into the final race with two wins under my belt so that takes the pressure off a little bit, but it’s definitely going to be a tough race with everyone wanting to win that prize money.”
Gorman’s main challengers are expected to be Taranaki’s Charlotte Webby and Wellington’s Emma Robinson, who won the State Harbour Crossing and State Capital Classic respectively, and another Australian Jessica Walker, who will represent her country at the Pan Pacific Championships on the Gold Coast in August.
1,500 swimmers will compete in this year’s State King of the Bays in its 11th year. The main 2.8 km race starts at Milford Beach and finishes at Takapuna Beach.
2013/2014 Series Standings (after five rounds):
1. Kane Radford (Rotorua) 298.33
2. Nathan Capp (Tauranga) 298.15
3. Phillip Ryan (Auckland) 296.48
4. Troy Balvert (Waikato) 288.29
5. Ben Ruback (Masterton) 279.14
6. Rhys Mainstone (Western Australia) 200.00
7. Jarrod Poort (New South Wales) * 199.81
8. Dylan Dunlop-Barrett (New Plymouth) 199.60
9. George O’Brien (Queensland) 199.57
10. Michael Sheil (Queensland) 193.36
1. Paige Schendelaar-Kemp (Auckland) 289.87
2. Grace Sommerville (Ashburton) * 284.92
3. Melissa Gorman (Queensland) 200.00
4. Charlotte Webby (New Plymouth) 197.72
5. Emma Robinson (Wellington) 196.71
6. Jessica Walker (Queensland) 196.35
7. Courtney Carson (Hutt Valley) 196.17
8. Liana Smith (Counties-Manukau) * 189.84
9. Leah Cutting (South Australia) 188.32
* not swimming this final round
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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference
Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.
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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."
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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