August 19, 2020 – The fos tallies problem – oceanswims.com


Youngest swimmer ever to prime the fos tallies…

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A metaphor for his temper… Glistening Dave has a penchant for capturing the season at Bongin Bongin Bay. Photograrph by David Helsham (@glistenrr)

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fos tallies 2019/20… And that is last!

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Max Coten (2nd left) with fellow Kwinana swimmer Sienna Cunnins (l), native mayor Mayor Carol Adams (2nd r), and swimming membership head coach Kareena Preston (r). Pic by Chloë Fraser, 
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It is official: the high quality ocean swimmers’ tallies for season 2019/20 are dominated by swimmers from anyplace aside from NSW. Swimmers from Western Australia fill 13 of the very best 20 positions when it comes to distances swum over the course of the season, with Victorian swimmers filling one other 4 positions and Kiwis one other two. NSW’s sole consultant within the highest 20 is available in at 17. 

However the leads to 2019/20 had been notable for an additional cause: the very best ranked swimmer was additionally the youngest swimmer ever to prime the high quality ocean swimmers’ tallies: Max Coten, at 16, is the one teenager ever to determine so prominently since we have been operating the tallies over the past-15-odd seasons.

Swimmers from the West and NZ have been rating for years, however that is the primary time that mugs from NSW haven’t figured prominently. The best ranked NSW swimmer in season 2019/20 was final 12 months’s top-ranked swimmer general, the ever-present Jim Donaldson, who did 79.6km from 22 swims, averaging 3.62km per swim. Jim was seventeenth on the checklist in 2019/20. In distinction, the very best ranked swimmer general was Max Coten, from WA, with 121.6km from 21 occasions at a mean of 5.79km. One other swimmer from the West, Tara Grout, was 2nd with 116.7km from 17 swims (6.86km common). Eveready Kiwi Mike Cochrane is third with 106.7km from 35 swims (3.05km).

The explanation for the distinction this season is —  you will be shocked to listen to — Covid-19, which closed off all states and nationwide swim seasons in mid-March. At that time, some areas, equivalent to Victoria, South Australia, Tassie and Queensland, had been fairly properly over for the season — Queensland has swims over winter, so their season is weighted otherwise anyway — whereas NSW, and to some extent New Zealand, nonetheless had occasions to run. Certainly, with the dramatic development of ocean swim occasions in NSW through the years, late March and April have develop into the game’s busiest interval there; the Covid curtailment minimize off the chance for as a lot as 45-50km in additional occasion distance in  NSW.

Certainly, as one delves into the figures (see hyperlink beneath), the results of the pandemic are stark: season 2019/20 noticed 658 particular person swim occasions, after 957 in season 2018/19. There have been 45,071 particular person swimmers, after 53,025 the earlier season. Complete distance swum was 172,853.55km, after 200,887.38km in 2018/19; and 81,347 swims (by people) after 96,113. The one key stat that remained fixed was common distance swum, which, at 2.1km, has remained fixed now for 4 seasons, up from 2km for 4 years previous to that.

It’s what it’s. As this isn’t a contest, none of this actually issues, however it’s fascinating, and it is essential, we really feel, to acknowledge the efforts of all swimmers.

(It is essential to know that the high quality ocean swimmers’ tallies will not be a contest. We merely tally up everybody’s distances as a matter of curiosity, and to recognise the trouble that each one swimmers put in over the course of the season, no matter whether or not they’re or how they determine in particular person occasion outcomes.)

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A flight over the Sahara? Or the sandy backside off Forster? Nature is a wondrous sculptor.

Propellor-head

We had just a few swimmers come to us after we posted preliminary tallies just a few months in the past, and our tallist, propellor-head Colin Reyburn, has made a few changes as a consequence. But when there are nonetheless points for particular person swimmers, please tell us… Click on right here

Perceive that many organisers, and plenty of timers, are sloppy with their reporting of outcomes. They report solely title, normally — however not all the time — gender, generally age, however solely hardly ever different figuring out knowledge, equivalent to the place a swimmer is from. Typically, too, their enter of information is misspelt or in any other case in error. Which means it’s typically very troublesome to determine swimmers, and to separate swimmers with comparable names. Thus, some swimmers will seem a number of instances in these lists as if they’re totally different swimmers. We’d like you to test the lists and to attract these anomalies to our consideration, in order that we are able to then edit the grasp checklist to make sure the ultimate tallies are as correct as we are able to presumably get them.

Thak you to Colin Reyburn for his work in compiling the tallies. It is an unlimited job, however Colin is a dab hand with Excel and makes it simpler than it might be for many, together with us.

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Blind Imaginative and prescient

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James Pittar on the seaside on Marthas Winery after swimming the Muskaget Channel in 2000. Pic from Getty Photos.

We’ve talked earlier than about James Pittar. Simply an atypical bloke, an atypical swimmer, and if you happen to bumped into him on the street, the chat can be atypical, avenue chatter of the type you get from an everyday individual whom chances are you’ll not have seen for some time. How are the youngsters? What are you as much as? How’s your swimming going?

James is a little bit totally different, although. He works on the Tax Workplace. And he’s accomplished main swims all world wide, on each continent, typically several-to-many swims on some continents, with distances as much as 60km. And, one different factor that makes him stand out: James Pittar is blind.

James will likely be standing there, on the road, together with his white cane, however the topic of his blindness is unlikely to come back up. That’s as a result of, whereas James has learnt to cope with his situation, which turned noticeable to him at age 8, and an issue by age 10, he doesn’t make it his defining attribute. On the identical time, it’s his defining attribute, in a reverse type of means, as a result of each exceptional factor James has achieved in life has been regardless of his situation, with out permitting his situation to qualify what he desires to do, and what he really achieves. To James, blindness is his on a regular basis factor. It’s particular to others; however it’s on a regular basis to him.

pittar james ice swim 350Over the course of his profession, James has needed to cope with others’ responses to his blindness – for instance, his pilot on his English Channel swim initially didn’t need to take him throughout due to his situation, though he relented finally. However for James himself, he simply will get on with life.

James’s is an inspiring story of getting on with life regardless of the vicissitudes that life throws at you. Who may think about doing what he does in his situation? However he does, and for years, he has backed up for extra. By the point James was in his early 20s, he had completed what no different individual had completed since 1908: he had represented Australia internationally at two totally different sports activities: swimming and rowing. Now, retired from main worldwide swims, he seems again on a rare profession of which most sighted swimmers may solely dream.

James Pittar now has written his story. It’s a enjoyable, slightly rollicking, chronological narrative of experiences from his first main open water swim, Rottnest Island in 1998, adopted by the English Channel later the identical 12 months, by way of to his last worldwide swim, Robben Island, in South Africa, in April, 2014. Alongside the best way, James accomplished what’s been dubbed the Triple Crown of ocean swimming – The English Channel, Catalina Channel, off southern California, and Manhattan Island, in addition to Cook dinner Strait in New Zealand, the Strait of Gibraltar, and a string of swims on each continent, all exceptional of their means.

Officialdom

James did six Rottnest Channel swims, though he swore off Rotto after his remedy by the hands of officialdom in 2003.

After a troublesome swim in horrendous situations, there was confusion over instances, when a half-hour delay within the begin again at Cottesloe was not added to the allowed ending time at Rottnest. As a substitute of ending 12 minutes inside the allowable time, it was claimed that he had completed 18 minutes exterior.

“After I bought to my ft to stroll up the successful chute, I used to be shoulder charged out of the best way by an official saying I hadn’t made it in time,” Pittar writes. “I hadn’t formally completed the swim. He stood there resolute, refusing to let me by way of. In the long run, I had no selection however to again down.”

Pittar appealed, and finally his accomplished swim was recognised.

“I stored up my tirade, and 6 weeks later, a trophy and shirt arrive on my doorstep. I had lastly been acknowledged because the sixty-sixth (solo) finisher.

“However I might by no means do the Rottnest swim once more. It went from being top-of-the-line organised swims I’d ever been part of in 1998 to one of the crucial disappointing experiences of my life in 2003.

“Even when somebody begged me, I might by no means return. The best way I used to be handled that day was appalling.”

pittar james blind vision cover 250Apparently, Pittar’s solely different notable damaging expertise – aside from a few swims when situations turned towards him – additionally was by the hands of officers at a Disabled Video games in Beijing in 1994. After a collection of disappointing swims, he writes, “everybody else had gained gold, and damaged world information. However not me. My finest hadn’t been sufficient. I’d poured every little thing into this, and nonetheless fallen quick”.

Later, “the night time after swimming ended, all of the blind athletes bought collectively for a perform. One of many managers bought up and known as a toast. ‘You’ve completed properly as a staff,’ (the supervisor) stated, however there was one thing about the best way his voice rose on the finish that advised me there was one thing extra he needed to say. Then he stated in a loud voice, and I quote: ‘We’ve bought 4 blind swimmers representing Australia, and three of them are good’.

“There was little doubt in anybody’s thoughts what he meant. I simply sat there, beer in hand, utterly shocked. I wasn’t even embarrassed. I used to be simply disgusted. It was wildly inappropriate…

“I gritted my enamel, took a sip of my beer and resolved to maintain fairly. However as we walked out, I vowed to my dad and mom, ‘The Australian administration won’t ever get the prospect to humiliate me once more. I’ll by no means allow them to come out on prime.

“Sooner or later they’ll eat their phrases.”

He provides, “I used the scenario as a motivator. From that time on, each time I bought within the water, it spurred me on.”

Doin’ good

This isn’t to dwell on negatives, for the overwhelming theme of the James Pittar story is constructive.

We turned conscious of James in 2000, after he swam 26km throughout Muskaget Channel, off Massachusetts within the north-eastern United States. Unusually, we had been despatched a tip from an American residing in London, who’d been visiting his mum on Marthas Winery, one of many islands off Cape Cod. In early 2001, we invited James to be visitor of honour on the first inaugural oceanswims.com annual dinner, held at a seafood joint on King Avenue wharf, harbourside Sydney.

By November 2001, James had develop into an envoy for the Rainbow Membership, and scheduled a swim from Palm Seashore alongside Sydney’s Northern Seashores to North Steyne, by Manly. There was a heavy sea operating that day, my buddies, and {an electrical} storm, however Pittar swim by way of it, with the swell behind him, to reach at North Steyne two and a half hours early, and two and a half hours earlier than the Governor of NSW, Marie Bashir, was scheduled to welcome him. Together with his brother, Tony, and others from North Steyne SLSC, James’s membership, he took refuge in a café throughout the street from the membership, then went again out to sea from Queenscliff to come back again in once more when the Governor had arrived.

James Pittar is exceptional, too, for the nice humour with which he takes his situation. Now we have come, over the previous 20 years, to know just a few individuals who pursue their sport and their lives with an equanimity that belies explicit disabilities, a few of them dramatic. They typically transform among the finest adjusted individuals we all know. Pittar jokes about his situation; and other people can joke about his situation with him, assuming, in fact, that it is completed in good religion. On Mana Island in Fiji, in 2006, Pittar whipped out a disposable digicam and held it up, typically in direction of the ocean. “Is that this image, Suanne?” he requested Mrs Sparkle. “I promised Jenny (Pittar’s spouse) I might take some photographs.”

“Let me simply alter if for you, James,” Mrs Sparkle replied, as she raised the digicam, gently, out of the again of somebody’s head.

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Jamie Harkins, a proficient artist and musician from New Zealand, has been retaining busy creating enjoyable optical illusions and 3D photos on seashores that preserve passers-by bewildered and delighted. Pic tweeted by Massimo (@Rainmaker1973)

Genuine

A notable factor about this ebook is that the blind writer really “wrote” it himself. That may appear a superfluous level to make, nevertheless it’s a worthwhile factor to level out on this case. Many, if not most autobiographies are ghosted by “progressional” writers. In Pittar’s case, he advised us, “The best way I did my ebook was that each night time over a four-month interval, I might spend 20-25 minutes talking right into a dictaphone, and this was completed from reminiscence. Each week, I might get Jenny to obtain the week’s value into the pc system after which we despatched the entire information to a scriber within the USA, after which the typed model got here again to us. Then I sourced a Editor to edit the ebook.

“It was nice to have an editor who knew nothing about swimming, and neither did her accomplice… The benefit of getting the editor was that she may get the precise quotes or right spellings or info about individuals and get them right.

“Clearly, doing issues from reminiscence means that you’re not going to get every little thing right and the exact info and spellings.”

So it isn’t simply completed authentically, by the writer, the blind writer, nevertheless it’s all from reminiscence, at the least the unique draft.

A phrase of warning about James Pittar: do not swim on his left aspect. Pittar breathes solely to the appropriate, which implies his left arm, with minimal left physique rotation, whizzes throughout the water, spherical arm, like a scud missile. He is a tall lad — he was a rower, too, remember– and his arms are lengthy. Anybody getting inside cooee’ of that left arm will likely be taken out.

Pittar is a exceptional lad. He concludes his story, “You understand, I’ve by no means been one to blow my very own trumpet, and telling my story has been an enormous private problem. However my hope is that with the publication of this ebook, my journey can encourage others to succeed in for their very own targets. Hardship or incapacity shouldn’t be an impediment – it ought to be a motivator. I ought to know.”

Blind Imaginative and prescient, by James Pittar (Inspiring Publications, 2019) ISBN 978-1-925908-12-1

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Swipe Extensive-Eyes, Selene

New Swipes in inventory now

V630ASA AMBK 300We have been deluged with orders for the brand new View Swipe gogs. View is transferring most of its goggle types to Swipes, however now we have to this point two fashions obtainable — the Selenes, which had been our hottest gog even earlier than the Selene Swipes had been launched late final 12 months, and now additionally the Extensive-Eyes. Each are available in each common and fully-sick mirrored variations, every in numerous groovy colors. The Extensive-Eyes cater to swimmers preferring an adjustable nostril bridge, and a barely wider field of regard than supplied by the Swipe Selenes. They are going to be extra appropriate, maybe, for punters who want an extended or narrower nose-bridge.

We wore our unique View Selene Swipes for 56 outings, till we misplaced them in a change room. Now, we’re utilizing the brand new Extensive-Eyes Swipes. Our again up gogs are Selene Swipes, brown (mannequin color BR), which add a heat tinge to our winter swimming.

We had been cautious about selling the Swipes after we heard about them from the people at View. We wore them 30 instances earlier than we had been snug with flogging them to you. In the event that they do fog in any respect, typically it is in a single nook of a lens. Every time, we took them off, wiped the foggy bit gently with our forefinger, and no extra fogging for the remainder of the session. No goo, no spit, no nothing, besides wetting them and wiping them fastidiously. Watch out, all gogs will fog if they don’t seem to be sorted, and all gogs will gather scum from the water during which they’re used. They should be stored clear. They should be revered.

We have bought 350 pairs of View Selene Swipes since we launched them simply previous to Xmas.

The revolutionary Swipe expertise provides anti-fog capability that lasts 10 instances so long as present goggles, the makers say.

In keeping with the makers, the “10 instances as lengthy” refers to distance they are saying you’ll be able to swim earlier than you begin to see some fogging with new goggles. They are saying the usual is 4km, however the Swipes will go 40kms. No matter, all gogs will fog if you happen to do not respect them and take care of them. The difficulty is also the way to cope with the fogging if and when it does happen.

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Once we ran this pic on social meeja throughout the week, we mused whether or not this nameless swimmer couldn’t afford string for his cossie. Because it seems, he misplaced his wire contained in the waistband of his cossie when trying to tie it, and could not get it out. And he was too shy to ask for assist. So he took a punt, and that is the end result. Johnny Goldfinger ought to be grateful we did not publish his left rotation.

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Covid-19

Uncertainty reigns

We acquired late final week recommendation of the primary cancellation of a significant swim late this 12 months in Sydney, the Island Problem at Coogee, which usually would run on the final Sunday in November. Coogee awgies are hoping it’s a postponement to a date to be fastened in 2021, nevertheless it’s too early to be particular.

That’s comprehensible. We count on Coogee gained’t be the final, however now we have but to listen to.

We perceive Hervey Bay in Queensland is cancelled, though now we have but to listen to. It runs usually in early September – three weeks away.

On the brilliant aspect, entries are open to the WA Swimming open water collection, which begins this coming season at Karratha, oop north, on October 3, in accordance with their schedule, and runs by way of to Mindarie on March 6. Entries are open now… Click on right here

Some might regard that as optimistic, and it might be a courageous, maybe reckless punter who would spend cash on entries simply but, with so little certainty in regards to the rapid to medium time period future; certainly, any side of the long run.

The NZ Ocean Swim Collection additionally has delayed opening particular person entries. They’re scheduled to begin in Auckland on December 12.

We’ve been accumulating hyperlinks to info for awgies on operating occasions within the Covid-19 period. We’ll replace these listings as info comes at hand, and remember, because the state of the pandemic shifts, so do the foundations in every space.

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Fb put up by Shelley Taylor-Smith

Marathon swimming immortal Shelley Taylor-Smith (proper) posted on Fb…

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And nothing denies that Australian Chloe McCardel – Marathon Swimmer reaching her thirty fifth solo crossing of the #EnglishChannel is a implausible feat???…

Much more a tremendous feat throughout the #Covid19 Pandemic when 100s of Aussies aspiring to attain their very own #Everest the #ECSolo had been denied exemption to depart Australian shores with our borders closed.

Aussies are tremendous pleased with Chloe’s private and solo achievements! #AussieAussieAussie stretching the Australian Finest ever report for many solo EC crossings by an Australian to large whole of 35!

Keep in mind

  • there’s #noSOLOinMarathonSwimming
  • there isn’t any representing Australia for private solo open water/ marathon swimming endeavours.
  • there are not any #WorldRecords in #MarathonSwimming regardless of the historic plethora of solo and relay achievements of legends in our nice sport together with Aussie Girls’s powerhouse #AnnetteKillerman Englishman #MatthewWebb and American #GertrudeEderle and Inaugural Beijing 2008 Olympic10km Gold Medallist’s @LarissaIlchenko Maarten Van Der Weijden
  • There are #guinessbookofworldrecords which you’d want to use for to qualify

Simply ask the #WorldOpenWaterSwimmingAssociation #MarathonSwimmingFederation FINA – Swimming Australia, Australian Marathon Swimming Corridor of Fame – @InternationalSwimmingHallofFame.

So let’s stand with patriotic satisfaction as our Aussie Anthem says….

Australians all allow us to rejoice…. Chloe’s unimaginable 5 solo crossings in 4 weeks. Unbelievable UK climate!!!

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Many marathon swimmers – like myself – dream about their impending EC swim for channel situations like that.

Congratulations to ALL solo and relays on reaching your English Channel feats. I applaud your dedication to your objective throughout extraordinary instances. ??????

Particular point out to the hundreds who’ve been unable to attain their solo; who needed to withdraw as a result of climate (yep Mom Nature is the hardest Mom of all), (sea) illness and /or harm.

#LifeISaTEAMsport

Thanks to the exceptional Captains who paved the way for us.

Extra Factual Notes:

  • There are TWO accredited English Channel Swimming organisations! ie @ChannelSwimmingAssociation #CSA and #CSPF @ChannelSwimmingPilotsFederation
  • Michael P. Learn, MBE with 33 crossings logged by the CSA is the CSA King of the Channel® (a title the CSA has used for a lot of many many years). The ® signifies a Registered Trademark image and has some authorized significance. Kevin Murphy with 34 crossings between the CSA and CS&PF has probably the most by any male and a number of other have known as him the King of the English Channel to keep away from a trademark conflict with the CSA.

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Shelley Taylor-Smith

Oz Marathon Corridor of Fame

However the place’s Cyril?

amshf logo 250At present is the sixth anniversary of Bondi’s Cyril Baldock changing into the oldest individual to swim the English Channel. Cyril was 70 years, 9 months, and 12 days outdated on August 19, 2014. It was a rare achievement, not least as a result of it additionally got here virtually 40 years after Cyril did his first Channel crossing, in 1985.

Now, at 76, Cyril has taken up triathlon. He’s the Peter Pan of ocean and surf swimming.

Which makes it shocking that Cyril did not make the minimize within the inaugural consumption into the brand new Australian Marathon Swimming Corridor of Fame. 

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Cyril Baldock is an apparent selection for the Australian Marathon Swimming Corridor of Fame. Pic by Danielle Smith, printed within the
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This takes nothing away from those that had been chosen, however absolutely there ought to have been room for Cyril. There seem like few of the preliminary induction with a background in surf and ocean swimming, as distinct from open water (Australian Swimming-type swimming). John Koorey makes it, for instance, additionally deservedly. However maybe these driving the Corridor of Fame may redress an imbalance in future intakes, that are scheduled quarterly all through 2020/21, beginning in December. Ocean swimming in Australia is a little bit totally different to different nations in that a lot of our swimmers have a background in surf, not the pool or enclosed open water. 

The Australian Marathon Swimming Corridor of Fame recognises Australians who’ve achieved notably of their sport. (Marathon swimming is outlined as 10km-plus.)

A press release from the Corridor of Fame stated Australia “has produced many very good marathon swimmers and contributors” since Annette Kellerman set the scene within the English Channel over a century in the past.

“Recognition of them by our sport in a single place is important for historical past and the preservation of achievements in our sport.”

A mangement group is convened by veteran swimmer and swim official, Chris Guesdon.

You may contact the Australian Marathon Swimming Corridor of Fame… Click on right here

You may also observe the Corridor of Fame on Instagram (@amshofame) and on Fb (Australian Marathon Swimming Corridor of Fame).

First inaugural consumption

Anderson, Jennifer
Arndt, Lauren
Bates, David,
Berry Rickards, Clive
Brookes-Peterson, Kate
Bruce, Roger
Bruce, Tamara
Campion, Richard
Capell, Brendan
Carroll, Graeme
Cavill Household
Cunningham, Melissa
Ford, William
Gorman, Melissa
Grimsey, Trent
Guesdon, Christopher
Guesdon, Susanne
Holtom, Kevin
Kellerman, Annette
Knowles, Tracy
Koorey, John
Maroney, Susie OAM
McCardel, Chloë
McGill, Linda MBE
Mitchell, Joseph
Mortensen, Lynton
O’Brien, David OAM
Palfrey, Penny
Pittar, James
Renford, Des MBE
Robinson, Grant
Rottnest Channel Swim Affiliation
Saliba, Mark
Santacaterina, Josh
Taylor-Smith, Shelley
Toner, Gary
Toner, Suzanne

Standards

The AMSHOF immortalises the profession achievements of these Australians who’ve distinguished themselves as a marathon swimmer or contributor within the sport in Australia and/or internationally

1. Standards
The AMSHOF encourages any members of the Australian Marathon Swimming Group to appoint a fellow Australian excellent swimmer or contributor.
Current a brief historical past clearly outlining the candidate’s swimming or contribution. In a transparent and concise assertion define the key cause why the candidate ought to be included within the AMSHOF as an Honouree
Inductions to the Honour Roll is not going to be annual however will happen quarterly in 2020 -2021.
Following the inaugural consumption, the subsequent intakes will likely be December 2020, March 2021, June 2021.
AMSHOF will obtain your nominations at any time for consideration.

2. Swimmer:
a) Solo marathon swimmers and Racers careers are thought of with equal standing.
b) Swims offered within the nominee’s bio should be of 10K or longer. Non-marathon actions or shorter swims shouldn’t be included within the bio.
c) Swimmers should be these noteworthy members who by way of their profession achievements have made a major contribution to the standing of marathon swimming.
d) In a transparent and concise assertion, define the key cause why the candidate ought to be included within the Honour Roll.
e) For racers, swim apparel guidelines required by occasion organisers will suffice.
f) For solo swimmers, an impartial observer’s report or swim organisation’s listed outcomes of the swim should be produced on demand.

3. Contributor:
a) Contributors are marathon swimming staff help employees, directors, occasion organisers, coaches, pilots, technical officers
b) A noteworthy profession as a contributor of marathon swimming occasions in Australia or internationally of 10k or over will likely be eligible for consideration.
c) Contributors will likely be chosen for careers of excellence and excellent achievements in roles supportive to marathon swimmers.
d) In a transparent and concise assertion define the key cause why the candidate ought to be included within the Honour Roll.

4. Exclusions:
a) A constructive official drug take a look at or failing a doping management program or confirmed non-ethical behaviour prohibits a candidate from inclusion within the Australian Marathon Swimming Corridor of Fame. 

Controversy Nook…

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The staff at Controversy Nook… (l-r) Alan Clarkson, Somebody Else, Participant, Rex Mossop, Col Pearce, and Ferris Ashton. Thanks to Large Chris Stephenson for sending us this picture, which took us means, means again… We’re nonetheless searching for a yellow turtle-neck with matching mustard blazer for our personal use. There should be one on sale someplace across the community of rugby league golf equipment. Or actual property companies.

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