Hope you're doing well this fine Thursday!
I'd like to start off by congratulating newly turned-16yo squad swimmer Byron Kimber for last week picking up a Bronze medal in the Australian National 17&Under Open Water 5km championships. This is a huge a very well deserving achievement for Byron, so next time you see him whizzing past on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday morning, remember that this is literally one of the best open water swimmers in the country right now! We believe that Byron has a very bright future ahead of him, so well done to him - here's to the future!
Another Channel for Jules:
If you tune in to https://goo.gl/3dqXJR from 2.50am tomorrow morning (perhaps over your Wheaties before the squad session?) you'll hopefully see squad swimmer Julie Isbill complete yet another Channel swim to add to her Triple Crown of the English Channel, Manhattan and also Catalina. Tomorrow Jules will embark on a crossing from north to south of the Cook Straight in New Zealand! We wish her the very best of luck, here she is getting all prepped up:
Paul Away (15 to 27 February inclusive):
Unfortunately this year due to a clash of dates with the annual London Triathlon Show which attracts over 50,000 swimmers and triathletes over the course of the weekend to the world's biggest expo on swimming and triathlon, I will unfortunately miss this year's Rottnest Channel Swim. For the 7th year running we've been invited back as the keynote speakers and lead coaches for the fabulous event. It normally occurs the week after Rottnest, but this year falls on the same weekend, so whilst I won't be here in body I'll definitely be here in spirit and will be sending you over some last minute preparation tips as usual to assist with your final 7-10 days.
We will also be taking the opportunity whilst in Europe to finalise the filming and development of the Swim Smooth Kids program we've been developing with our coach Gabi in Prague, Czech Republic over the last 4 years, so it's going to be a very busy and exciting 10 days away from home but time that will be very well spent for bringing something really beneficial to the world of swimming. Watch this space!