Category Archive: Swimming & Diving

Swimming And Diving News

Feb 16

Grant Hackett: Missing former Olympic champion found safe

Father said his son was “disturbed” and needed help after his arrest for an incident at family home.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-38988283

Feb 08

Jemma Lowe: Welsh swimmer announces retirement after a decade in the sport

Wales’ former European champion and Team GB team member Jemma Lowe retires from swimming.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/wales/38906021

Feb 07

Seven-time Paralympic champion Kindred retires

Seven-time Paralympic swimming champion Sascha Kindred announces his retirement after a 23-year international career.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/disability-sport/38887549

Jan 30

How to swim: ‘It can be exhausting, but so rewarding’

Master breaststroke, backstroke and front crawl with this guide. Plus get fit in the water with a challenging pool workout

‘It’s a watery adrenaline rush’: 10 things cold-water swimmers should know

There’s a lot to love about swimming – but churning up and down on your own can be monotonous. That’s why Peigh and I started the Swim Dem Crew, a group of swimmers who meet at the pool for training every week and social swims followed by breakfast together at the weekend. We’ve grown in the last two years and now go on trips to races such as the Dart 10k. It was the first time that any of us had embarked on that kind of distance, and one of the highlights of the year.

Many people don’t realise swimming is a full-body exercise. It can be exhausting, but so rewarding. To pick it up again, start with at least one lesson with a coach (it’s easy to find adult lessons; check swimming.org for your nearest pool). It’s likely you haven’t been taught how to do front crawl since school – if you ever had formal lessons at all. Having someone look at your form in the water can transform the way you move. Some pools will let a coach or friend film you swimming. Just like when people hear their voice on a recording and say, “That’s what I sound like?”, you’ll be surprised at how you look when you swim.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/global/2017/jan/30/how-to-swim-exhausting-rewarding-backstroke-breaststroke-front-crawl

Jan 30

10 things you only know if you swim through winter

You need cake, a flask, more warm clothes than you can imagine – and don’t even think about a hot shower

1 All-year swimmers don’t wear wetsuits. That defeats the purpose.

2 You will never have enough warm clothes. You need many more things than you think you might need, to recover after a cold swim. Thermals, fleeces, your thickest jackets, woolly hats, gloves, socks and scarves. And you won’t want to take them off all day. It’s a pretty strong look.

Related: My 50th-birthday challenge: swim a mile a day for 50 days

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/global/2017/jan/30/10-things-you-only-know-if-you-swim-through-winter-sally-goble

Jan 23

British Olympic medallist Payne retires

Two-time world champion Keri-anne Payne retires from swimming after representing Great Britain for 12 years.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/swimming/38717909

Jan 16

Three-time Olympian Fran Halsall announces retirement from swimming

• Swimmer has won medals at world, European and Commonwealth level
• The 26-year-old was fourth in the women’s 50 metres freestyle at Rio

Three-time Olympian Fran Halsall has announced her retirement from swimming.

The 26-year-old was fourth in the women’s 50 metres freestyle at the Rio Games as an Olympic medal proved elusive once more.

Related: Fran Halsall: I’ll get an Olympic rings tattoo if I win gold in Rio

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jan/16/fran-hallsall-three-time-olympian-announced-retirement-swimming

Jan 16

Fran Halsall: Three-time Olympian retires after 10-year international career

British swimmer Fran Halsall, a three-time Olympian, announces her retirement after a 10-year international career.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/swimming/38636644

Jan 14

Ellie Simmonds: ‘I’ve never been bullied. I’m just small’

The champion swimmer, 22, on winning two gold medals at 13, finally meeting Michael Phelps and crying happy tears

My life changed at the Beijing Olympics. I was only 13, but I came away with two gold medals. I was so shocked and surprised to win. Later I won the Young Sports Personality of the Year and became the youngest person ever to get an MBE. To think that was only eight years ago… It feels like a lifetime.

I’ve never been bullied. I’m just small. I can do everything everyone else can do. If I wasn’t small I wouldn’t have gone to the Paralympics. My philosophy is that there is no point in being sad or hating who you are. I just embrace every day as it comes and try to live the best I can.

I’ve swum with bull sharks off Mexico. They didn’t tell me how dangerous the sharks were until after I got out

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/jan/14/ellie-simmonds-this-much-i-know

Jan 09

Leap In by Alexandra Heminsley review – the sea versus me

After the success of Running Like a Girl, the Brighton author turns her pen to swimming – with buoyant results

If reading can be likened to swimming, one glides through this memoir as if in a single length. But it must have been effortful to write – and, at the beginning, to live. I had approached Leap In cautiously – had not leapt in at all – assuming it to be a publisher’s initiative, a calculated sequel to Heminsley’s recent bestseller Running Like a Girl. This new book claims to be about overcoming fear of the sea, about which I initially felt: so what? Why should I be interested that Alexandra Heminsley used to be frightened of the sea or that she chose to swim in Brighton, where she lives, on her wedding day?

But as early as page 18, I had waded in with her – and this was because the book does not evolve as expected. On Heminsley’s return from honeymoon, she reports that Brighton’s sea is no longer hospitable. “It’s so much colder than last week!” she shouts to her husband. He, observing his chilled fingers, remarks that his wedding ring looks enormous. A moment later: “a huge wave hit him from behind and, almost in slow motion, the ring flew off into the sea”. With this theft, everything else becomes unpredictable – including the book’s trajectory.

Related: Running With the Pack by Mark Rowlands; Running Like a Girl by Alexandra Heminsley – review

Life can’t be spent as a spectator; we have to get in and take part

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/jan/09/leap-in-by-alexandra-heminsley-observer-book-review

Dec 23

Get Inspired: #BigThankYou from Adam Peaty at Sports Personality of the Year

Record breaker and gold medallist Adam Peaty stopped on the red carpet at BBC Sports Personality of the Year to thank this surprised Rio volunteer.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/get-inspired/38415091

Dec 21

Speedo and Swimming Australia: 60 years of Aussie cossies – in pictures

Swimming Australia has announced it won’t renew its sponsorship deal with Speedo. The swimwear company – founded in Sydney in 1914 but now based in Nottingham in the UK – has had a long partnership with the national team, beginning at the Melbourne 1956 Olympic Games, where Dawn Fraser and Murray Rose were among Australia’s gold-medal winners. The team will wear a different brand at the world championships next year in Budapest. Speedo’s partnership with the Australian Olympic Committee remains in place for the Tokyo Olympics and until 2028. The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games swimwear sponsor has not yet been announced. Here we take a look at some of the hits – and misses – of the long affair

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/gallery/2016/dec/21/speedo-and-swimming-australia-60-years-of-aussie-cossies-in-pictures

Dec 19

Sports Personality of the Year: Tom Daley gives Plymouth volunteer #BigThankYou

This is what it looks like when a sports volunteer gets a video call from one of the stars at Sports Personality of the Year.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/get-inspired/38372054

Dec 16

Sport England boosts weightlifting, badminton, archery and wheelchair rugby

• Additional investment for four sports that lost Tokyo 2020 Olympic funding
• It comes as part of £88m package for grassroots sport

Sport England is planning to soften the blow for four sports that had their elite funding axed last week by providing additional investment to help them bring young talent through.

Related: UK Sport funding axe ‘catastrophic’ for badminton, says chief executive

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/dec/16/sport-england-weightlifting-badminton-archery-wheelechair-rugby-tokyo-2020-olympic-funding

Dec 14

BBC Young Sports Personality: Paralympic swimmer Ellie Robinson wins 2016 award

Paralympic swimmer Ellie Robinson is crowned 2016 BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year, saying it’s the “icing on the cake”.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/sports-personality/38321056

Dec 14

BBC Young Sports Personality: Swimmer Ellie Robinson wins award

Swimmer Ellie Robinson wins the 2016 BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award after claiming gold at the Rio Paralympics aged 15.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/sports-personality/38303612

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