First SA International Swimming Meet successful in Port Elizabeth
The first South African International Swimming Meet was launched in the windy city of Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape.The two-day event drew leading swimmers from Germany, Great Britain, USA, Spain, Brazil, Venezuela, Tunisia, Trinidad and Tobago.
The best performances, both male and female, based on FINA points, each earned $10,000 and were awarded to Randall Bal (USA) and Elizabeth Simmonds (GBR) respectively.
The event is expected to be the first of many, Prof. Alfred Nevhutanda, Chairperson of the National Lotteries Board, said: "We hope that the grants from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) will help develop swimming in South Africa so that we get representation from all corners of South Africa at future international meets. To the athletes, your performances take swimming to a new level not only in the minds of SA's sports fans, but all across the world."
St. Lucia rewards young talents
In a glittering ceremony at the Gaiety Theatre on February 19, the Minister of Youth & Sports, the Honorable Lenard "Spider" Montoute presented the national Sportspersons of the Year Awards.
For the fourth successive year, swimmer Sonia Huxley was named as St. Lucia's Junior Sportswoman of the Year while for the second year, swimmer Joshua Runako Daniel was named as Junior Sportman of the Year. This highly competitive young athlete holds a total of fourteen St. Lucia records for the 13-14 age group, as well as a national record in the 100m butterfly.
Canada to host inaugural World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships
Swimming Canada received the great news that its bid for the 2012 World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships, presented to FINA, the International federation for competitive swimming, had been accepted. This inaugural event will be held in the spectacular Welland Recreational Waterway, located in the heart of Niagara, Ontario in August of 2012.
“FINA is delighted to award the 1st FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships to Canada,” said Dr. Margo Mountjoy, member of the FINA bureau.
“Canada has a longstanding history in open water swimming and in hosting FINA events having just recently held the successful FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships 2010 in Roberval, Quebec. The Niagara Region is an attractive and exciting location for these Championships,” added Mountjoy.
Brazilians take home 13 medals from Port Elizabeth
Nine Brazilian swimmers took part in the International Invitation Swimming Meet 2011 taking place in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The national team included Fernanda Alvarenga, Henrique Barbosa, João Luiz Junior, Tatiana Lemos, Fabiola Molina, Carolina Mussi, Raphael Rodrigues, Tatiane Sakemi and Diogo Yabe. In all, 13 medals were garnered by the Brazilians. Luiz Junior was the only one to bag two gold medals, in the 50m and 100m breaststroke.
Israeli swimmers show talent
Year 2011 started great for the Israeli swimming with participation of lots of swimmers in national and international events. Among them, Amit Ivry showed great performance at the beginning of the long course season, by winning the 100m butterfly in the "Victoria championship" at Melbourne, Australia, basing herself at the world top long-course ranking for the 100 fly event for 2011.
Kitajima gears up for Japan s/c nationals
Breaststroke specialist Kosuke Kitajima announced his participation to the Japan Swimming Short Course Nationals taking place on February 26-27, 2011, at the Tokyo-Tatsumi International Swimming Center. He has been training with many world-class swimmers under Dr. Dave Salo at the University of Southern California (USA) since the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Before the Japan Nationals, Kitajima will come home and prepare for the competition.
Thorpe is back to the pool
Swimming Australia National Head Coach Leigh Nugent says he is delighted to welcome five-time Olympic gold medallist Ian Thorpe back to swimming, and is looking forward to his competitive return to the pool later this year.
Thorpe, who announced his intention today to return to the competition pool, also submitted a FINA Return to Competition Form* to Swimming Australia, which has now been sent to the international governing body for processing.
Once the form is processed by FINA, which usually takes 3-5 working days, Thorpe will then have to wait nine months before he can compete domestically and internationally at a FINA recognised competition.
Chinese diving queen Guo Jingjing retires
Chinese diving queen Guo Jingjing has decided to retire to end the speculation over the past one year on her future at the national team. National diving team leader Zhou Jihong told Xinhua on Sunday that the Olympic and world champion diver had submitted her application for retirement.
"She already made it clear that she would not train and compete any more, so she will not appear in the London Games," Zhou said.
"After one-year consideration, Guo decides to retire. We understand and respect her decision. She is no more a member of the national team from now on, " Zhou continued.
This is the first time that the national team confirmed Guo's retirement. After the Beijing Olympic Games, Guo has become the center of speculation as what she will do next. Her last major event was the 2009 East Asian Games held in Hong Kong when she competed in the synchro springboard.
SA swim stars look to shine as the international speedsters gather in Port Elizabeth
The South African swim stars and a rising pool of talent that competed at the recent Zone 6 as well as Zone 3 & 4 Championships will be out in search of top honors when the inaugural SA International Invitational Swimming meet takes place in Port Elizabeth on 29 and 30 January 2011.
Natalie du Toit’s extraordinary performance during 2010 is sure to continue in 2011 when she competes in the 400 and 800m freestyle races.
Du Toit broke 8 World Records at the Telkom SA Short Course Championships that took place in Pietermaritzburg last year. She maintained her “golden girl” status when she achieved three gold medals at the Commonwealth Games and won two gold and a bronze (SA Record) at the IPC Swimming World Championships in Einhoven.
Swimmers unite for flood relief
Queensland has a proud history of producing champion swimmers and those elite athletes and their interstate colleagues have jumped in to pledge money and support for flood relief in Queensland and NSW.
Led by pledges of support and donations from Brenton Rickard on the Gold Coast, Queenslander Alicia Coutts and Cameron Prosser who live in Canberra, Marieke Guehrer in Melbourne, Emily Seebohm in Brisbane and Blair Evans in Perth, swimmers will band together across the nation to host a number of fundraising clinics in their home states.
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