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Bula! We are pleased to announce that registrations are now open for Fiji Swims 2013!
Fiji Swims will take place on 22 August and 24 August 2013. Join swimmers from around the globe to take part in the ‘most beautiful swim in the South Pacific’. Held in the tropical waters of Fiji, participants swim through the Mamanuca Island chain in crystal-clear waters over beautiful coral reefs and abundant marine life.
Download the appropriate Fiji Swims 2013 Registration Form below and visit our registration page for further information.
Bula vinaka (A big hello) with the announcement that the 10th anniversary Fiji Swims are now fully confirmed to take place on 22 & 24 August this year in the beautiful Mamanuca Islands off Denarau on the main island of Fiji just 30 minutes from Nadi international airport.
Our races for serious swimmers to serious fun swimmers from around the world are:
- 19km Fiji Swims – Denarau to Beachcomber Island Relay for solo, duos, teams of 5 or Team Bollywood for as many as can safely fit in the boat!
- 2.5km Fiji Swims – Beachcomber Island Race, with an ankle deep water start from Nukuasiga sandbar
- 1km Fiji Swims – Treasure Island to Beachcomber Island race, with flippers allowed
- 200m Beach to Boat to Bar race where fancy dress is not compulsory, flippers mandatory, tackling generally frowned upon and its not over until the beer leg is finished!
Our mainland base for the nights of Monday 19th to Wednesday 21st August is the Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa Fiji from where we will start the 19km relay, with another option being Anchorage Resort that is owned by the owners of Beachcomber Island. For the relay you need to arrive at least the day before to attend the briefing and because the race starts at dawns.
Our island base is Beachcomber Island for the nights of Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25nd August, though if you wish to stay at the Westin or Anchorage its easy to get to and from Beachcomber.
The swims registration forms and accommodation booking information will be available any day now, so stay tuned!
AND …Please book directly with our resort partners in order to get the benefits we have lined up for you at the Westin, while on Beachcomber we have reserved all the good accommodation for swimmers … so to book your room on Beachcomber please email directly firstname.lastname@example.org and copy email@example.com so they know you are a swimmer. Feel free to book on Beachcomber from now in order to get the rooms you want.
See you in Fiji to celebrate the 10th anniversary Fiji Swims!
Last week Josh Richardson of Brisbane, Australia set a new race record of 3:39:00 with an unbelievably fast swim and Kirsten Cameron of Wellington, New Zealand set a new female race record of 4:08:46. A new Australian female record was set by Caitlin Wall of Brisbane, Australia in 4:12:25. These times are all the more impressive as we had a slightly longer course this year starting from our new home at the Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa.
Josh backed up two days later to win the shortened Fiji Swims – 2.3km Beachcomber Island Swim just ahead of Malcolm Allen of Sydney, Australia, while Caitlin was the first woman across the line. Well done to everyone who participated, race results will be posted next week. Vinaka / Thank you!
We are very pleased to announce The Westin Denarau Island
Resort & Spa, Fiji as the mainland home of the Fiji Swims in 2012. The
Westin has come on board with a great rate for swimmers & their friends of
just FJ$295* per room/night (*plus tax) including breakfast for two, which is
only approximately A$165* or NZ$205*. In addition you will receive a discount
of 20% off all food at the Westin and the neighbouring Sheraton Resort. To get
this rate all you need to do is quote ‘SWIMS12’ when booking your accommodation
by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning +679 6758 342 or +679 6758
The Westin is where we will start the 19km Denarau to
Beachcomber Island Swim on 23 August as well as the home of this year’s
pre-race dinner at the Ocean Terrace Restaurant on 22 August.
We will set up the Fiji Swims base at the Westin on
Monday 20 August, so if you want some extra sun and are coming a few days
before the race feel free to join us for a pre breakfast swim on Tuesday 21 and
Wednesday 22 over to Akuilau Island 1km off the beach in front of the Westin.
See you in Fiji!
Rest in peace Murray Rose. It was great to know you and great to swim with you. You’re a champion and an extraordinary person who will be missed. Our thoughts are with Jodi and the family at this time.
Darthea Clydesdale has competed at the World School Games in Qatar, broken several records at the Pan Pacific School Games, and trains 24 hours a week. And she’s completing a double degree in Business and Corporate Systems Management at Queensland University of Technology. So how does she do it all? And survive? Darthea tells us a bit about her schedule, her future, her accomplishments, and gives some solid advice for other elite athletes interested in combining their sporting prowess with uni.
What degree are you studying? Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Corporate Systems Management
At which university? Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
Which campus are you at? Gardens Point.
What majors/minors are you completing? Accountancy Major.
What year are you in? 2nd year.
In what year do you expect to graduate? 2014.
What are your 3-5 favourite aspects of your degree?
I love the independence of university and walking through the city everyday. It’s quite nice if you don’t have to be somewhere in a hurry. I also like meeting new people. Being at university has exposed me to a wide variety of people and I enjoy the mix of personalities and interests that arise from various subjects/units.
What made you choose this degree at this university? I was, and still am unsure as to what I really want to do as a career. I therefore chose accounting as it was my top ranked subject at school and it often acts as a basis for other job offers. I specifically chose to complete my degree at QUT as I heard it is an athlete friendly university in comparison to other Brisbane based universities. The business school at QUT also has a strong reputation and was highly recommended by teachers at my high school. The location at Gardens Point is easily accessible from training as well as from home, making it appealing to me in that sense too.
What were the hardest adjustments coming from school to university?
The hardest aspect of adjusting to uni life for me was friendships. At school I was used to constant companionship and rarely found myself alone. At uni, however, it is often the opposite, as the friends you do make often have different subjects or tutorials. I am also a relatively shy person and do not make friends too easily. Attending tutorials and having group assignments, however, assisted the process of settling in and I now find I know quite a few new faces.
Another aspect was fitting tutorials and lectures in around my training schedule. A lot of the Corporate Systems subjects that I take have part-time lecturers and therefore tend to conduct their lectures at night-time only. This obviously is inconvenient and I often have to miss 2 or more sessions a week. The way I deal with that though is keeping constant communication with both my subject coordinators and my coach (he will often put on an extra session for me to accommodate).
What do you want to do when you leave uni?
I still don’t know. Either get a job at a firm somewhere or continue studying in a different faculty. Psychology seems pretty interesting to me right now, however that may change in a few years time.
When did you start swimming and why? I started swimming at 3months old in toddler classes with my mum and it just progressed from there. I first started doing squad training at the age of 10 because I was lucky enough to make the state titles and my mum thought that was the cue to start training a bit more seriously (from 1 x 45 minute session a week, up to 3 a week or so).
How many hours a week do you spend swimming and training, and how many hours to you attend uni and study? What do you do with your spare time left over?
Each week I would train for approximately 24 hours; maybe a bit more on some weeks. I am pretty committed when it comes to uni and will attend all of the lectures and tutorials if possible, which means I spend at least 12 hours a week at uni. The remainder of my time is spent either studying, at the gym doing a yoga class, or working. I work as a swim instructor, which is approximately 10 hours of work a week. In my spare time aside from all of that I guess I just sleep, read, or cook (mainly desserts to my mum’s despair!). I try to keep things low-key, as most of the time I don’t want to exhaust myself in case there is a hard set in the morning.
What are some of your greatest achievements in and out of the pool?
I would say my greatest achievements in the pool would be my selection on the 2009 Australian Flippers squad to attend the Youth Olympic Festival. Also that year, breaking 2 or 3 (can’t remember exactly!) records at the Pan Pacific School Games and being selected on the Australian School Sport team to compete in Qatar at the World School Games (I sadly withdrew from this event). Outside of the pool I would say I am very proud of my academic performance in Year 12. I obtained an OP 2 and worked extremely hard to get it.
With swimming training, meets and constant competitions, are there any tips you might have for other sportspeople in how to juggle their time? Make sure you communicate with tutors and lecturers, as sometimes they will give your extensions or exemptions from exams or assignments. Otherwise, take a textbook with you in the car or on the bus. That way if you get somewhere early you can spend you time productively rather that waste 10 or so minutes waiting. Same thing goes for competitions. If it is a small competition such as a Brisbane meet, take your laptop or books along and do some study if you have large gaps in between races.
What did you want to be when you were a kid?
I wanted to be the next madam butterfly (Suzie O’Neill) of course!
What is your favourite holiday destination or adventure?
No matter where I go, I still think Moreton Island (Bulwa or Cowan Cowan) is the best place for a holiday. We used to go there every year with family friends, however once swimming got more serious and I got less breaks throughout the year we had to stop going.
Where’s the best place to eat or have coffee on or off campus?
Best place to grab a muffin is the villager on George Street! Each day there is something new and wacky for instance fig, ricotta and pistachio, or blueberry and cinnamon with a crunchy muesli top.
Brisbane Swimming Association held their open water meet on Saturday 24 September.
Fiji Swims congratulates Josh Richardson and Melissa Gorman for winning the 10km open water race.
Bondi surf lifesaver and champion ocean swimmer, Louise Stevenson, has completed her double crossing as part of the annual Fiji Swims today to raise much needed funds for the 2011 Christchurch Earthquake tragedy.
The estimate time for the swim was 11 hours, with Louise completing the marathon ocean swim in 9:45:24:03.
Louise was supported on her journey by fellow surf lifesaver and Australian champion board paddler, Becci Gardener.
If you would like to support the Christchurch community please use the following link: http://www.fundraiseonline.co.nz/LouiseStevenson
Only a few days till the Fiji Swims begin!
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