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Sunday, May 27, 2018

2018 NZ Ultra Swim Awards

Courtesy of Seti Afoa, Auckland, New Zealand.

At the Apolima Strait Legends Dinner in Auckland, New Zealand on July 14th, Kiwi ultra-marathon swimmers will be honored at the inaugural NZ Ultra Swim Awards.

Seti Afoa [shown above] explains, "The foundation for ultra-marathon swimming in New Zealand was well set by the pioneers and legends of the sport in the 1960's and 1970's. There were only two swimmers to swim the Cook Strait in 1960's: Barry Devonport and Keith Hancox. There were eight successful crossings in the 1970s; John Coutts completed two crossings as did Meda McKenzie at 15 years of age.

Then came the Golden decade of ultra-marathon Swimming in New Zealand with 27 successful crossings of the Cook Strait with Philip Rush leading the count with 5 crossings. Elizabeth Horner accounted for two as did McKenzie again who repeated her double crossing of six years earlier.

That surge in the 1980's across Cook Strait has not been repeated yet, but it did set up the culture of ultra-swimming that we now enjoy.

Also, Lake Taupo was becoming a popular challenge. The third New Zealand swim across Foveaux Strait from Stewart Island to the bottom of the South Island is the unsung hero in this mix - it completes the New Zealand Triple Crown of ultra-swims. At the Awards, you will meet a few who have completed the New Zealand Triple Crown. We also have the honor of having Philip Rush as our keynote speaker on the night
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About the Awards

"The current season which ends on May 31st has seen at least 40 ultra-marathon New Zealand swimmers. The list is impressive and diverse - 23 km Cook Strait (2), 34 km Lake Taupo (7), 22.3 km Apolima Strait (6), 20 km Chopper Swim Challenge (18), 41 km Around Rarotonga, Around Rangitoto, and the 22.6 km Matapouri Marathon from Poor Knights to Matapouri in Northland. There are also European and USA swims and new solo swims in Rarotonga and around New Zealand.

The Awards will honor all attending 2017-2018 swimmers with the NZ Legends Award. One swimmer will be named the NZ Ultra Marathon Swimmer of Year. This is voted on by an independent panel of open water swimmers.
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Other Awards

"We will present three Lifetime Awards to swimmers from the foundation era.

Backdated Awards – it is important for the Awards to have a defined season. However, in the interest of making up for lost time, we will look to honor all attending ultra-marathon swimmers from previous and the current years including Steven Kennedy and Caitlin O'Reilly who at 12 years on her swim date is the youngest person to swim Cook Strait.

Who gets the Awards - any swimmer present or past who attends the Awards. There is a time limit, you need to purchase your Awards ticket by June 25th to get in the Awards list in order for the Awards plaques to be made.
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Funding the Awards

"The financial risk for the first awards is on Samoa Events. I am also writing to Clubs and well-known businesses and Trusts seeking financial assistance with the Awards. Any assistance that can be offered will be well received and appreciated."

What’s the Future?

"At the end of this year’s Awards, the invitation will be put out for an Executive to be formed to manage and run the next Awards. We just wanted to kick it off and get it started. The NZ Ultra Marathon Swim Awards will be formalised. The new Executive will inherit all intellectual property of the Awards – website, Facebook Page, Bank Account, logo, Email domain and addresses and more to run and manage future Awards. The hope is for the Awards to be shared around the country."

How many guests do we need?

"For this year’s Awards, we need at least 50 individuals to attend. Tickets are priced to cover the meal, first drinks, plaques and trophies and some entertainment on the night. The Awards is a Kiwi affair and will have the appropriate welcome and features of a Kiwi welcome. We have made a great start already. There are a few traveling up from the South Island, Wellington, and around the country to be at the Awards."

Cost of Tickets

"A ticket costs $85 per person. The Awards is essentially being self-funded from ticket sales and contributions from various donors. This list is small, but I am sure many more will help make the inaugural awards a reality."

Dress Code is Formal / Black tie event

If you can help with things like Decorating the Awards venue, table setting and or welcoming our Guests at the door, please let me know. We will also need a Data Projector on the night. Your help will help make this a great event.

For more information, visit NZ Ultra Swim Awards.

Cook Strait Honourees
* Paul Feltoe from New Plymouth on February 8th 2018 in 9 hours 4 minutes 11 seconds
* Royce Evans on February 11th 2018 in 6 hours 13 minutes 48 seconds

Lake Taupo Honourees
* Chloe Harris from Christchurch on December 22nd 2017, 40.2 km from Little Waihi to Taupo Yacht Club in 13 hours 49 minutes
* Hannah Drury from Christchurch on January 20th 2018, 40.2 km from Little Waihi to Taupo Yacht Club in 14 hours 19 minutes
* Gabrielle Gunn from Wellington on January 30th 2018, 40.2 km from Little Waihi to Taupo Yacht Club in 16 hours 31 minutes 59 seconds
* Alice Sagar from Wellington on February 4th 2018, 40.2 km from Little Waihi to Taupo Yacht Club in 12 hours 35 minutes 51 seconds
* Hayley Underwood from Palmerston North on February 15th 2018, 40.2 km from Little Waihi to Taupo Yacht Club in 14 hours 13 minutes
* Angela Moir from Christchurch on February 18th 2018, 40.2 km from Little Waihi to Taupo Yacht Club in 15 hours 38 minutes 8 seconds
* Vicky Tate from Wellington on Mary 6th 2018, 40.2 km from Little Waihi to Taupo Yacht Club in 15 hours 4 minutes

Apolima Strait
* Bronwyn Copeland from Tauranga crossed 22.3 km in 7 hours 30 minutes 34 seconds on April 6th 2018
* Andrew Cave from Auckland crossed 22.3 km in 7 hours 36 minutes on April 6th 2018
* Dave Edgar from Blenheim crossed 22.3 km in 8 hours 12 minutes on April 6th 2018
* Alice Sagar from Wellington crossed 22.3 km in 8 hours 14 minutes 24 seconds on April 6th 2018
* Jacques de Reuck from Auckland crossed 22.3 km in 10 hours 45 minutes on April 6th 2018
* Su Scott from Nelson crossed 22.3 km in 11 hours 10 minutes on April 6th 2018

Catalina Channel
* Paul Feltoe from New Plymouth crossed in 10 hours 21 minutes on July 10th 2017 from Catalina Island to California

North Channel
* Simon Olliver from Christchurch crossed in 11 hours 56 minutes on July 5th 2017 from Northern Ireland to Scotland

English Channel
* Daniel Abel from Christchurch crossed in 11 hours 2 minutes on July 9th 2017

Around Rarotonga
* Daniel Abel from Christchurch completed the 34 km clockwise circumnavigation swim in 11 hours 2 minutes on September 17th 2017

Around Rangitoto
* Brent Foster from Auckland completed a 20 km swim around Rangitoto in 5 hours 8 minutes on May 1st 2018
* Peter Cosseboom from Auckland completed a 20 km swim around Rangitoto in 5 hours 8 minutes on May 1st 2018

Chopper Swim Challenge
* Rebecca Clarke completed a 20 km swim from Waiheke Island to Auckland in 5 hours 4 minutes on March 26th 2018
* Rebecca Hollingsworth completed a 20 km swim from Waiheke Island to Auckland in 5 hours 20 minutes on March 26th 2018
* Bronwen Burmester completed a 20 km swim from Waiheke Island to Auckland in 5 hours 25 minutes on March 26th 2018
* Ben Grenfell completed a 20 km swim from Waiheke Island to Auckland in 5 hours 29 minutes on March 26th 2018
* Nigel Marsden completed a 20 km swim Waiheke Island to Auckland in 5 hours 30 minutes on March 26th 2018
* Dean Powdrill completed a 20 km swim Waiheke Island to Auckland in 5 hours 30 minutes on March 26th 2018
* Mike Cochrane completed a 20 km swim Waiheke Island to Auckland in 5 hours 31 minutes on March 26th 2018
* Olaf Adam completed a 20 km swim from Waiheke Island to Auckland in 5 hours 32 minutes on March 26th 2018
* David Conradie completed a 20 km swim from Waiheke Island to Auckland in 5 hours 47 minutes on March 26th 2018
* Raewyn Barker completed a 20 km swim from Waiheke Island to Auckland in 6 hours 9 minutes 37 seconds on March 26th 2018
* Sally Catt completed a 20 km swim from Waiheke Island to Auckland in 6 hours 22 minutes on March 26th 2018
* Denise Clark completed a 20 km swim from Waiheke Island to Auckland in 6 hours 26 minutes on March 26th 2018
* Katie Birchall completed a 20 km swim from Waiheke Island to Auckland in 6 hours 32 minutes on March 26th 2018
* Lee Greshon completed a 20 km swim from Waiheke Island to Auckland in 6 hours 41 minutes on March 26th 2018
* Linda Collard completed a 20 km swim from Waiheke Island to Auckland in 6 hours 56 minutes 50 seconds on March 26th 2018
* Twinks Vitali completed a 20 km swim from Waiheke Island to Auckland in 9 hours 56 minutes 50 seconds on March 26th 2018
* Cathy Snowdon completed a 20 km swim from Waiheke Island to Auckland in 6 hours 57 minutes on March 26th 2018
* Shien Lo completed a 20 km swim from Waiheke Island to Auckland in 7 hours 20 minutes on March 26th 2018

Matapouri Marathon
* Sarah Poplar from Auckland crossed 22.6 km from Poor Knights to Matapouri, Northland, New Zealand in 8 hours 23 minutes in March 2018

Hen & Chickens to Waipu
* Sarah Poplar from Auckland crossed 20.8 km from Taranga Island in Hen & Chickens to Waipu in 10 hours 12 minutes

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