21st of December 2013 – Vladswim organized 5km and 10km swim. We would like to thank you to all supporters and swimmers for making this event popular for distance swimmers. We had around 70 swimmers with 40 doing the 10km and 29 the 5km. Vladswim had some great swim results and for a lot of people this was their first try at this distance and they did brilliantly. For those that didn’t swim – Good goal for next year.
For the 5km: Emily Miers 1st in age, Emily Barry 3rd in age, Emma Ingram 1st in age and first overall in 1hr 15min 12 secs just in front of Andrew Stewart who also came 1st in age.
For the 10km: Colleen M 1st in age, Rach E 2nd in age, Wendy G 3rd in age, Dave Ingram 3rd in a very competitive age group where Matt Fernandez had a winning time of 2hrs 6mins 50 secs, Lawrence S 1st in age, Dean S 3rd in age, John C 1st in age followed by Barry Feydor 2nd then Cyril B 3rd.
Listed are top 10 finishers as if I list all of our swimmers who competed it would take me a while. This is great for the coaches to see as we love you participating and even more exciting are the new names that appear in the results. Well done to you all
North Bondi Race 12th Jan: Age group results – 1km – Tamera 3rd, Sarah DM 1st, Sharm Y 2nd, Cameron S, Phil B 4th, Simon S 6th. 2km Race – Belinda C 5th, Jack F 4th, Justin H 4th, Cameron S 7th.
Palm to Whale: David B 7th, Cyril B 1st, Mark Bernhardi 9th, James L 8th,Jack F 5th, Nick Mc 7th,Meredith N 7th,Tori G 10th,Belinda C 5th.
Sydney Harbour swim: 2.2km Justin H 1st, Sal P 2nd, Sabine H 1st, Michael F 7th, John C 3rd, Dean S 9th, Alex H 8th, Irene K 4th. Irene Won the Series Champion having attended all 4 swims and special mention to Anne M who swam the 300 with both her sons Seb and Jake, the 750 with the oldest one Jake and then did the 2.2 with herself.
Todd Israel New Zealand Ironman 70.3 (Auckland). This year the race was one of the fastest in the race’s history. World best athletes were competing and also the Olympic athlete 2008. Todd finished 24th. Cathy Verry was also over there and got a 3rd in her age group. Pete Ainsworth and Chris Quirk also finished. Great job guys. Charlie was there but unfortunately came off his bike and injured his shoulders. Get well soon Charlie.
Report from our swimmer – Nico Davidson
- Mischee went to Lake Taupo for a couple of races on weekend of 11th-12th Jan. She came 1st in her age group and 3rd female overall in the 10km NZ open water swim championships with a time of 2:46:48. She also came 3rd in her age group and 6th female overall in the 2.5km masters race on the Sunday in a time of 37:54
- Nico did the swim leg of an Challenge (ironman distance) team event in Wanaka on 18th Jan – 3.8km in 1hr 32secs in 14.1 degree water (I wore a wetsuit). We came first out of the female teams and I was 6th fastest female, only beaten by elites and I even swam 2 mins faster than the individual female pro winner Candice Hammond , although I was 22secs off Russell Newmarch (Ali’s brother) who was part of a male Coogee tri team that came 2nd in the male team event.
- Nico also did the Wellington Harbour ocean swim on Sunday 26th Jan – it was meant to be 3.3km swim but course was shortened due to the wind so was only 2km. I didn’t wear a wetsuit and placed 3rd in my age category in 30mins 30 sec against both wetsuit and non-wetsuit wearers.