February 21, 2018 -
The SwimVortex Safe Sport Series: Safe Sport is, of course, is a worldwide issue and abuse goes well beyond that of a sexual nature. Doping, coercion, being encouraged to be wilfully blind, to look the other way, under threat of removal of the right to represent, if representing is what you actually get to do within FINA. On that note, seven questions to the FINA Athletes’ Committee
February 15, 2018 -
Today, we start to look at the surface of why Truth, Whistleblowing & Red-Flag Waving are too often alien concepts in an Olympic realm where all who accept positions paid or voluntary carry a measure of responsibility, the ultimate end of which has to be carried by those in charge no facing calls to fall on their swords.
February 14, 2018 -
The SwimVortex safe Sport series: why its time for the Olympic creed of athletes and good folk to be: “The Games stay, the athletes, stay, all the good folk, from coaches to officials, volunteers who roll their sleeves up and whistle while they work get to stay – and the cheats and governors and their warped and self-serving governance model and structure get a lifetime ban from the Games”.
February 13, 2018 -
The SwimVortex Safe Sport series: Today, we look at child and athlete protection in sport, shifting tropes and trends in society at large and ask why the Olympic Movement is not doing much more to make athlete safety an urgent priority with global obligations that insist all nations have the kind of measures we see in the likes of the American Safe Sports Act, newly passed as the scandal of USA Gym came to a sorrowful and cathartic end in January with the passing of a 175-year sentence on Larry Nassar
February 12, 2018 -
SwimVortex will dedicate the next two weeks of our coverage entirely to the environment and governance structures – as well as people – that and who, in the opinion of many and confirmed in the book of Olympic history, enable abuse, sexual and other forms. This week, we will continue to look at the latest news, the fallout from the Ariana Kukors allegations in the wake of the Nassar crimes in USA Gym, the silence of coaches who one might expect to speak up, and consider the lot of athletes whose rights are reduced significantly by their ‘amateur’ status, whose guardians and governors accept no responsibilities remotely close to those of an employer but benefit hugely from the work of athletes, and ponder some of the things already in place to protect athletes that need spreading throughout the Olympic realm as a must for all nations – and reforms required far and wide in terms of laws and codes of practice that come with legal obligation. Next week, we will post a series of questions to key and power players in the sport of swimming and invite them to respond in the interest of open, transparent and intelligent discussion in a sport crying out for its own community to help exorcise the ghosts of a woeful past so that reform can take place at the start of a much better, brighter future that places athlete interests and rights at the top of its list of priorities – and acts accordingly.
Today, we reach into our archive to recall a 2014 lecture delivered by Prof. Joan Duda, of Empowering Coaching, at the World Aquatics Development Conference in Lund on a day of high relevance to current events. It was a day on which we also heard a call from Dr. Fiona McLachlan, academic adviser to Shane Gould in the 1972 triple Olympic champion’s PHD studies, for the guardians of swimming youth to consider “How to be Good”; and we heard telling, instructive, motivating, chilling and moving presentations from American swimmers Allison Wagner, Dana Vollmer and Caitlin Leverenz.
And after that, we weep over the relevance of Fran Crippen and his passing to events at the Winter Olympics.
February 9, 2018 -
Swimming futures: far and wide there’ll be swim meets going on at various levels this weekend. In the mix will be everything from a great deal of fun with friends, positive experience and feedback through struggle and compromise and on to a complete waste of time, money and energy for those who find the demands and environment of the local gala, meet, cup and trophy event unsustainable. Could swimming be doing better? Has the weekend meet changed for the better; if so, how? Here, we ask some questions and consider an article penned by Wayne Goldsmith and headlined “How to Save Your Sport”
February 8, 2018 -
South Africa is to establish a High Performance Schools Swimming Academy based at the Tyger Valley College Campus, with coach Igor Omeltchenko at the Head of the Operations
February 7, 2018 -
SwimVortex invited response to some words I penned after a day at a schools swim meet. Among the replies (thank you to all who sent in their views) was one that reminded us that treading water can be a dangerous exercise if you stay in the same place failing to hear the cries of folk on the pier who wondered why you didn’t try to save yourself and have long since moved on. It was well over a decade ago that Wayne Goldsmith, an Australian coach of coaches, was to be found among those penning Cassandra-like words on the state of swimming. He says that what he’s had too say on the subject on many occasions has “gone un-listened to”. Here’s a 2010 article – does the picture he painted then – and six years before it – still ring true?
January 25, 2018 -
The stage is set for three days of racing at the Euro Meet in Luxembourg: Sarah Sjöström, Adam Peaty, Ben Proud, the return of Jazz Carlin, Marco Koch, Philip Heintz, Franziska Hentke, Sarah Köhler, Kliment Kolesnikov, Ilaria Bianchi, Martina Carraro, Mykhailo Romanchuk, Andrii Govorov, Daryna Zevina and Jordan Pothain are among those set to test themselves at D’Coque from today until Sunday. (Start lists will be posted early tomorrow, the link to the place where you’ll find them at the foot of this article)
January 19, 2018 -
Premium (including gold and silver) and business subscribers to SwimVortex are invited to download the top 100 lists in full. We take the chance to trawl through the archive and consider some of the greatest champions of longevity whose world records and best times grace yet the all-time 100 lists. In 2017, more than 70 swims made e the all-suits all-time top 10s across all events. The grip of shiny suits is loosening but almost 40% of all top 10 all-time swims among men and almost 35% of all-time top 10 swims among women still belong to the 2008-2009 bodysuit blip.
January 4, 2018 -
This year marks a series of major anniversaries in swimming history, including the 10-year anniversary of Michael Phelps past Mark Spitz with eight Olympic golds and the 50th anniversary of the Mexico 1968 Olympics, of Debbie Meyer’s triple and the doubles of Mike Wenden’, Mike Burton, Roland Matthes, Charlie Hickcox and Claudia Kolb, and the last laugh on butterfly of Ada Kok. Here we trawl through some milestones we’ll be pitching our tent at throughout the year ahead
December 28, 2017 -
SwimVortex annual awards: Sarah Sjostrom, who claimed three gold and a silver at world titles, and Caeleb Dressel, winner of three solo titles amid seven gold medals at the World Championships in Budapest back in July, are the SwimVortex Swimmers of the Year. The Carlile Cup for Lifetime Achievement goes to Nancy Hogshead-Makar and the #AquaticsMeToo club of women who have, by finding the courage to speak out and then through fearless and focused advocacy for women’s sports, raised awareness of a woefully deep and dark corner of Olympic sport; there is recognition, too, for Adam Peaty for delivering the performance of the year; for the WSA and the PSA and a challenge to the status quo just getting started; in open water, top honours go to Aurelie Mueller (FRA) and Ferry Weertman (NED), the 10km World champions, Mueller’s efforts contributing to recognition of the French team as the No 1 and most improved nation in open water in 2017. The USA and GBR are recognised in the nations awards, too… the list in full
December 23, 2017 -
For the remaining days of the countdown to 2018, SwimVortex will look back at 2017 through 20 of the most significant swimming stories of the year, some about the pool, the water and the competition, some about the politics, the woe and the competition, some about the issues where the pool and the politics meet and what that has meant for the murkiness of the water. Today, we start with No19 – Bullies, Blazers & A Master(s)class From The Prof; and No 20 – Hurtling Hosszu and the risks of Iron deficiency
December 20, 2017 -
Caeleb Dressel and Sarah Sjostrom have been voted swimmers of the year by SwimVortex readers; Sjostrom and Adam Peaty top ‘performance of year’ poll; readers also voted for the USA women’s medley combine and Great Britain’s 4x200m free men as relays of the year; Rikako Ikee, of Japan, top girl, and Kliment Kolesnikov, of Russia, top boy; while France’s Aurelie Mueller and Dutchman Ferry Weertman topped the open water votes
December 18, 2017 -
Mzansi’s swim stars continued to shine bright on the third day of the KZN Aquatics Premier Championships with another nine Commonwealth Games Qualifying times posted at the Kings Park Aquatics Centre tonight.
December 16, 2017 -
South Africa’s top swimming talent celebrated the Day of Reconciliation in true Mzansi style with a total of four Commonwealth Games Qualification times during the opening day of the KZN Aquatics Premier Championships at the Kings Park Aquatics Centre tonight. Qualifiers on day 1: Calvyn Justus – 100m backstroke (55.57); Ayrton Sweeney – 200m breaststroke (2:11.64); Erin Gallagher – 100m butterfly (58.93); Brent Szurdoki – 400m freestyle (3:53.24)
December 14, 2017 -
Danas Rapsys started the day outside the top 30 all-time over 200m freestyle in the short-course pool but by the time he emerged with gold around his neck after a dominant 1:40.85sec victory, he stood at 6th behind Biedermann in shiny, Olympic champion Agnel, Izotov and Hayden in shiny and McEvoy. There were also golds for Russia’s Kirill Prigoda in the 200m breaststroke and Hungarians Peter Bernek and Katinka Hosszu, respectively in the 400m medley and 100m backstroke, as well as an Italian 1-2 in the 100 ‘fly from Matteo Rivolta and Piero Codia. In the rush of showdowns, a 49.25 World Junior Record in the 100m backstroke semis from Kliment Kolesnikov, of Russia and Energy Standard, suited the fast-tick mood music. Plus: race analysis of finals from Stefano Nurra of SwimLab
December 12, 2017 -
Olympians Chad le Clos and Cameron van der Burgh will lead Mzansi’s aquatic stars at South Africa’s Commonwealth Games trials and nationals at the Kings Park Aquatics Centre in Durban, from December 16-22.
December 8, 2017 -
How scientific advances could unlock pioneering performance in the pool in the years ahead. Cameron van der Burgh, the London 2012 Olympic 100m breaststroke champion from South Africa, has “developed an uncanny ability to listen to his body” during his years of preparation as a world-class swimmer but he has scope for improvement yet, genetic test results have revealed. Find out how Van der Burgh’s genetic make-up impacts his athletic ability, what the swimmer scored well on, what diet tests said was best for him – and what he must watch for if he wants to unlock the best of his potential.
December 5, 2017 -
There has never been a better moment to back independent journalism and coverage of the sport of swimming. That’s the bad news. The good news comes when we can say that all focus and super troupers can be trained on the swimmers and the swimming, the lore and legend of it all, because there is no longer any need to fight for the good governance that is so sorely lacking in the global pool as 2017 draws to a close. The question is: will you help us to provide that independent coverage?
November 29, 2017 -
The World Swimming Association is in talks with legal eagles designed to challenge any threats that may be made against swimmers who sign up for a Pro Ring of Fire Tour set to get underway in the 2018-19 season. SwimVortex talks to the WSA about the challenges ahead and the progress made in its first year.
November 15, 2017 -
Nothing like being pipped by Ranomi Kromowidjojo to provide the nudge for a world-cup record from Sarah Sjostrom, the sharp edge of competition on the global short-course tour there to show the sport what life might be like if the blazers both knew and cared about the ingredients required for entertaining world-class sport. Today, the surface speed stretched to two world junior records for Japan’s Rikako Ikee and a world-cup mark for national teammate Daiya Seto.
November 14, 2017 -
Sarah Sjostrom and Daiya Seto stole the limelight on the first day of the penultimate round of the series in Tokyo, the home crowd treated to a world junior record from Rikako Ikee.
November 11, 2017 -
There was no getting down to that 50.25 world record Cate Campbell set at Australian nationals last month nor even a sub-51 in sight but the racing lost nothing for all that in the women’s 100m freestyle. Campbell was at the half-way mark in 24.72, Sarah Sjostrom, of Sweden, just 0.03sec away, Ranomi Kromowidjojo, of the Netherlands, on 25.17. On the way home there was just 0.01sec between the pace of Campbell and Kromowidjojo on their way to respective efforts of 51.45 and 51.91 but Sjostrom’s 25.50 return gave her the edge, the clock stopped in 51.25. Sjostrom also claimed the 100 ‘fly – in a dominant 55. There were world junior marks from Wang of China and Andrew of USA; and Vlad Morozon produced the swim of the meet when he fell 0.06sec shy of his own world record in the 100IM.
November 10, 2017 -
Sarah Sjostrom and Chad Le Clos extended their winning ways at the helm of women and men on World Cup tour with more strong performance as the troubled, long-drawn-out and poorly attended series limped towards its conclusion in Asia.
November 8, 2017 -
Pro Swim Tour negotiators met key global distribution partners at the SPORTEL conference in Monaco this week with a view to getting a new era for swimming off the blocks
October 5, 2017 -
World Cup leaders Sarah Sjostrom and Chad Le Clos continued along a trajectory to triumph on tour as the series reached Doha over the past couple of days.
October 1, 2017 -
News Round-Up: Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) and Chad Le Clos (RSA) consolidate their positions at the helm of the World Cup series as the tour limps along; European Swimming League raises the prize money for the Euro S/C Champs in Copenhagen in December ; and Frédéric Vergnoux, coach to Mireia Belmonte, the Olympic and World 200m butterfly champion, and Luisa Domínguez Lago have been chosen by their peers as Spain’s top coaches in 2017
September 27, 2017 -
In a move that will be widely seen as anything between panic to another piecemeal response to pressure for change in the slow-reactive world of FINA, the international federation has upped prize money for the remainder of a World Cup series that is being largely ignored by the bulk of the world’s top-ranked swimmers.
August 9, 2017 -
Here we go: live from the Foro Italico’s magnificent pool, aquatic gladiators at the ready. Day 2 decider. Energy Standard multi-national squad Vs Team USA Vs Team AUS Vs Team ITA. A red-carpet end to the season beyond world titles last month.