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  • NSW 10KM Open Water Race

    It’s a busy time for open water swimming now. My training partner (Rhys Mainstone) and I travelled across to Sydney last weekend where we competed in the NSW state 10km open water race. This race was the qualifying event for me to make the NZ Oceania team, which is held in January in Taupo in conjunction with the NZ open water nations. NSW state is also the first step for swimmers who are wanting to make the Australian Open Water team so it has pretty much become AUS national open water champs as AUS has decided not to have a...

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  • Flying Visit

    It's summer time and that means it's time to get racing again. The first race this summer for me was coming home for the State Ocean Swim Series Harbour Crossing in Auckland. This also means a trip home to Rotorua for me, as I have not been home since April this year so it has been a long time. With this race I made sure that I flew home a week early just so that I could catch up with family. In this first week off being home I ran a clinic for the swimmers in Rotorua and the Iron...

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  • What have I been upto

    One of the best open water races in the world is called the Tiburon Mile. It is a race that is swum in San Francisco and has a winner takes all prize up for grabs. I was lucky enough to be asked to go and swim at this race for the 5th year in a row. It’s always a super fun event and I get looked after so well you feel like a movie star while being over there. Ever time I go over I make sure I make it to a Giants baseball game and I made it again this...

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  • Race Day is in sight

      I have now shifted into the last Hotel for final preparations and things are starting to come together for my first race, the 5km, on Saturday. I arrived in Spain in early June and this is the fourth or is it the fifth Hotel that I have stayed in; I am losing count.  Since leaving New Zealand I have been living out of a suitcase now for 14 weeks, so I have forgotten what it is like to have drawers, but have learnt to be very tidy. All the teams are now arriving and the training pool is starting...

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  • Race Day is getting closer

    Sorry for the delay in this week’s blog but not a lot has been happening just swim, eat ,watch sport, swim, eat, bit more live stream sport then sleep again.  So I have not got a lot to say really so here goes.   Well the 4th week in Barcelona has now drawn to a close and on Monday we will be moving from CAR to the staging camp, where the entire SNZ team will be based.  It will be great to catch up with my old training partners from Auckland and for the whole team to be together.   This last week I...

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  • The Countdown has begun

    Well the countdown of less then 30 days to worlds has begun. It feels somewhat surreal that it is that close. I have now moved into where we are having a sea level training camp for 3 weeks at a place called CAR; it is one of the Spanish High Performance Training Centres (similar to the AIS).  It is situated in Sant Cugat del Valles and was a Mental Institute many many years ago but has been renovated into a state of the art Training centre.  I have joined up with some of the pools swimmers so it is good to...

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  • Touch Down in Spain

    I have now arrived in Spain and the preparation for Worlds seems more real and race day is getting closer.   I arrived in Spain on Tuesday after a very long flight from Perth which including a stopover in Dubai of three hours.   I was lucky enough to still be very tired from the last few weeks workload so slept on both flights.  Nothing is better than falling asleep before take-off and waking up just as the plane lands.   What a magnificent part of the world – the history and scenery  is very cool.  This past week was a recovery week for...

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  • Our Director and his journey

     

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