terça-feira, 30 de junho de 2015

Madswimmers Have High Goals In Ojos Swim


Courtesy of WOWSA,Huntington Beach, California.

High up on the slopes in Mount Kenya in water at 6.5°C, South African Madswimmers Jean Craven, Juandre Human, Hardi Wilkins and Megan Harrington-Johnson crossed the highest water body in Africa, Lewis Tarn at 4700 m above sea level.

An achievement in itself, their crossing was a training swim for their main swim in December on Mount Ojos del Salado in Chile, the highest lake in the world at nearly 6400m above sea level. To put their Ojos swim in perspective, there have been a handful of lake swims at extremely high altitudes:

* Lynne Cox became the first person to swim across Lake Titicaca from Bolivia to Peru at 3,812 meters (12,507 feet) when she swam 10 miles from the resort village of Copacabana in Bolivia to the village of Chimbo in Peru in 3 hours 48 minutes in 13-14°C (56-58°F) water in 1992.
* Cristian Vergara did a 7 km swim from the Isla de la Luna to the Isla del Sol in Lake Titicaca in May 2015.
* Lewis Pugh swam 1 km in 22 minutes 51 seconds in 2°C water at 5,200 meters (17,060 feet) across Lake Pumoi, a glacial lake on the Khumbu Glacier on Mount Everest in 2010.

Dr, Sean Gottschalk, a specialist in altitude acclimatization and hypothermia treatment who accompanied Pugh on his swimming expedition in Tibet, will also accompany Madswimmer to Mount Ojos. "Swimming of the Lewis Tarn on Mount Kenya was a deal breaker test to determine how we would cope with the altitude and cold that we can expect on Mount Ojos swim," writes Craven.

Madswimmer is a South African non-profit company that was founded by Craven in 2009 after he won a R100,000 wager to swim accros the Strait of Gibraltar.
Jean completed that swim with friend, Tim Ziehl. "Feeling sorry for taking betting monies from our friends, we decided to donate the money to charity and Madswimmer was born."

Since that first swim, Madswimmer has successfully completed 6 intercontinental swims. Craven has seen donations grow as the number of swims has increased. "A total of more than $300,000 for various charitable causes, all intended to inspire hope and enable opportunity in children’s lives. The initiative has evolved to become bigger than any individual, bigger even than the sum of its parts. Yet we still value the individual: each swimmer, each sponsor and every beneficiary.

With each swim, Madswimmer invests its time and money for charity. We put ourselves at risk. We conduct endless research and investigate meticulously. We sacrifice a lot for these swims, for charity. We’re normal everyday people out to prove what normal everyday people can do when they put their minds to helping others."

In transforming ourselves in the process, we like to think we’re transforming our country from the inside out.

These swims are dangerous. But the danger is a drawcard. The more dangerous the swim, the more we as individuals need to invest. In a life-threatening swim, we invest everything. If we don’t, how can we expect donors to invest in us?"

For more information on their Ojos Swim, Madswimmers, visit here.

Copyright © 2015 by World Open Water Swimming Association
From World Open Water Swimming Association's Daily News of Open Water Swimming



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Verso il torneo d'Ungheria 7bello a Ostia


Dal 9 all’11 luglio il Settebello sarà a Budapest per partecipare alla Vodafone Cup, il tradizionale appuntamento estivo con la pallanuoto magiara che quest’anno fa da prologo ai campionati del mondo, in programma Kazan dal 27 luglio all’8 agosto. La squadra Nazionale guidata da Alessandro Campagna, dopo il settimo posto nella superfinal di World League a Bergamo, si è data appuntamento mercoledì 1 luglio al Centro Federale di Ostia, per continuare la preparazione, e martedì 8 luglio partirà per l’Ungheria.
Il commissario tecnico azzurro ha convocato 16 giocatori: Stefano Tempesti (Pro Recco), Marco Del Lungo (AN Brescia), Massimo Giacoppo (Pro Recco), Nicholas Presciutti (AN Brescia), Niccolò Gitto (Pro Recco), Alessanro Velotto (CC Napoli), Valentino Gallo (CN Posillipo), Giacomo Bini (BPM Sport Management), Pietro Figlioli (Pro Recco), Andrea Fondelli (Pro Recco), Alex Giorgetti (Pro Recco), Stefano Luongo (Carpisa Yamamay Acquachiara), Francesco Di Fulvio (Pro Recco), Vincenzo Renzuto Iodice (CN Posillipo), Matteo Aicardi (Pro Recco) e Fabio Baraldi (CC Napoli). Nello staff, con il cittì Campagna, l’assistente Amedeo Pomilio, il team manager Francesco Scannichio, il medico Giovanni Melchiorri, la psicologa Bruna Rossi, il preparatore atletico Alessandro Amato, i fisioterapisti Luca Mamprin fino al 5 luglio e Paolo Imperatori dal 6 luglio. Insieme a Italia e Ungheria, partecipano al torneo Spagna e Australia.
Al rientro da Budapest gli azzurri proseguiranno il collegiale a Ostia fino al 17 luglio. Il 20 luglio il nuovo raduno a Roma e il 23 la partenza per la Russia. L’esordio a Kazan è fissato il 27 agosto alle 12.10 locali con la Grecia (le 11.10 in Italia).

Il calendario della Vodafone Cup 2015
Giovedì 9 luglio
17.30 Italia-Spagna
19.30 Ungheria-Australia
Venerdì 10 luglio
17.30 Italia-Australia
19.30 Ungheria-Spagna
Sabato 11 luglio
17.30 Australia-Spagna
19.30 Ungheria-Italia

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