The Commonwealth Games: 4×100 Freestyle Relay

The room is brimming with gladiators. The air is tense, clouded by emotion and feverish excitement. My armour is slick and black, it presses in to my skin. I give my countries name and watch as the official scratches a pen through the page. The marshal bellows from atop the staircase, we are to follow her to … Continue reading The Commonwealth Games: 4×100 Freestyle Relay

5 Tips for Ocean Swim Beginners

Entering an ocean swim event can be a daunting decision. Especially for people accustomed to lap swimming. The stark difference in visibility, turbulence and size can be intimidating. But these differences are what makes ocean swim events so exciting and gratifying. If you're about to take the leap and enter an ocean swim event, there … Continue reading 5 Tips for Ocean Swim Beginners

Don’t Take Off The Medal Kid

I tripped over a pretty significant life-learning in 2015. When I arrived back in New Zealand after racing at the World University Games in Korea something strange happened, everyone congratulated me. See, at the Games I made my first ever individual international final in the 50m butterfly. The result of that one event was what people back … Continue reading Don’t Take Off The Medal Kid

What to expect learning to swim as an adult

Learning to swim as an adult can be a daunting decision. The fear of judgment, a negative prior experience, and apprehension can ripple through your head like a flood of sickly emotion. At any given time in life our brain can either be our best friend or worst enemy. We'll build ourselves up, get ready to book … Continue reading What to expect learning to swim as an adult

Learning to swim at 72: Penny’s story

Did you know that the total number of muscle fibers you have in your body reduce with age? This fact may cause some people to believe that acquiring new skills as an adult would be near-impossible. It's not. I met an exceptional woman at AUT Millennium in 2015 when I was still training at North … Continue reading Learning to swim at 72: Penny’s story

3 Reasons Why You Should Start Ocean Swimming Today

Ocean swimming is the four-wheel drive version of lap swimming. As a former sprint swimmer, ocean swimming was actually well outside my comfort zone. Swimming in a pool is comparable to driving a sports car, every movement is refined and controlled to maximise efficiency. Ocean swimming is sitting behind the wheel of a grunty four-wheel drive. While … Continue reading 3 Reasons Why You Should Start Ocean Swimming Today