Sunday, March 11, 2018

It's that time of year again...!

Dear Swimmers

Firstly, apologies for two random emails that went out over the weekend (1st = about the Quokka Club for young kids; 2nd = about Julie Isbill swimming the Catalina Channel next week - which of course she's already done!). I am investigating where these gremlins have come from so apologies for any inconvenience caused.

10 coaches on pool deck every session for the next 2 weeks - wahoo!

Secondly, it's that time of year again when for the next 2 weeks we welcome our next round of 7 soon-to-be-Certified-Swim-Smooth-Coaches to the Perth Squad. We have a great crew lined up this year:

  • Heiko (originally from South Africa, most recently in Germany but now based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
  • Tim (originally from the UK but soon to be based out of sunny Mallorca, Spain)
  • Karyn from Florida, USA
  • Gretchan from Portland, USA
  • Riana from South Africa
  • Ron (originally based out of Chile, but now in California, USA)
  • Simon (originally from the UK but now based out of Toronto, Canada)

…so we really hope that you make them feel as welcome as you always have with the other coaches we've had with us over the last 7 years (wow, time flies!). They'll be assisting and getting involved with our sessions on pool deck and lots more extra-curriculum mentoring besides!

On that note, if anyone is seeking either an additional swimmer - or support crew / coach - for this coming weekend's Port-2-Pub swim, please let me know as I am sure they'll be keen to help out!

Open Water Sessions:

We have two great open water sessions lined up in the next 2 weeks (Monday 12th March and Friday 23rd March, both at 9.30am) where we have plenty of spots available for you to join in if you can make it and fancy a little bit of extra open water training / tuition. Just sign up in the blog. We'll have the 7 coaches named above as well as Adam and Emma from the UK both in attendance, so you can be assured of plenty of support and encouragement with 10 of us to assist.

Rottnest SwimRun:

A big well done again to the aptly named duo of Gary Couanis and Emily Loughnan, Back-2-Back, for their back to back win at yesterday's Rottnest SwimRun event as well as a new record. It was a great event that I was stoked to be a part of again and together with last weekend's Rottnest Channel Swim Solo 2nd place getter, Brad Smith, am pleased to say we picked up the silver in the men's division and 3rd place overall, going almost 20 minutes quicker than last year. I haven't had any official photos through from Gary and Emily yet but here's a quick grab from FaceBook showing their massive lead on the rest of the field and a few of my Instagram posts telling a little bit more of the story of the day:

Last but not least…

I'm very excited, honoured and super proud to say that 2-time world triathlon champion and current Ironman world record holder, Tim Don, along with 2007 Formula One world champion, Jenson Button, have invited myself and Adam along to the Bahamas at the end of May for an exclusive triathlon training camp (details at ) at the Island House. Many of you will recall that Tim was knocked off his bike 2 days before the Hawaii Ironman World Championships last October and broke his neck in the process. Despite such a terrible accident, Tim is making a terrific comeback so it will be an amazing privilege for me to assist Tim with his journey back with the running of this camp. I'm just a tad excited 😊 

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