Swimming

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A day at the beach: ‘I’ve earned my nickname Sea Bull for good reason’
Rough waters couldn’t slow Lynton Mortensen’s unprecedented attempt to swim around Lord Howe Island but things became interesting when inquisitive Galápagos whaler sharks showed up

As told to Jennifer Johnston

09, Jan, 2022 @4:30 PM

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An underwater concert with pool noodle seats: drippy idea or splashy fun?
British DJ Leon Vynehall’s Floors Of Heaven: Submersive Study sees ambient music pumped into the waters of Sydney’s Boy Charlton pool

Kate Hennessy

07, Jan, 2022 @7:00 PM

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‘Falling face first into a wall of chlorinated water’: a beginner’s guide to inland surfing
Meant to be less intimidating to novices than the open ocean and more consistent for the pros, surfing in a wave pool is not without its perils

Donna Lu

29, Dec, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Escape your comfort zone: I love swimming outdoors – so I decided to confront my deep fear of swans
As a child, I saw shock flash in my grandfather’s eyes when he was accosted by a swan. I have been terrified ever since. But I want to find peace with these beautiful birds

Viv Groskop

26, Dec, 2021 @9:00 AM

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‘If I don’t end up in intensive care, it’s a bonus’: the beauty and pain of being the world’s best endurance swimmer
From jellyfish in the Caribbean to hypothermia in the English Channel, swimming hasn’t been easy for Chloë McCardel – but can feel ‘so wild and free’

Stephanie Wood

25, Dec, 2021 @7:00 PM

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Meet the Syncettes: Darwin’s old-school, in-demand synchronised swimming squad
Aged 30 to 66, this team of nine masters swimmers hit their stride when they found their 85-year-old coach

David Hancock

23, Dec, 2021 @4:30 PM

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The best Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year swims around the UK
Break away from the TV and Quality Street with one of these organised dips – either to join hardy participants in the water, or just to cheer them on

Nazia Parveen

20, Dec, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Rinse, don’t wring, and shade dry: how to keep swimwear in great condition
Tempting as it may be to leave swimmers rolled up in a towel at the bottom of your beach bag, they’ll last far longer if you treat them better

Lucianne Tonti

06, Dec, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Emma Beddington tries … being a mermaid: ‘I’m more beached seal than beguiling siren’
Being a beautiful watery creature is a challenge if you have no technique or breath control – and can’t hear a word beneath your floral swimming cap

Emma Beddington

06, Dec, 2021 @7:00 AM

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WA Nippers parents speak out against Woodside Energy sponsorship deal
The climate emergency is a ‘child’s crisis’, say families unhappy about fossil fuel company’s tie-up with learn-to-swim program

Royce Kurmelovs

22, Nov, 2021 @2:29 AM

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Second act sensations! Meet the people who reached peak fitness – after turning 50
Rich started working out, Mags started running and Shashi started walking three times a day. It is possible to reach new goals as you get older and it is not only your physical health that benefits

Emma Beddington

02, Nov, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Chloë McCardel swims Channel for record-breaking 44th time
Australian marathon swimmer celebrates achievement 12 years after setting out on her first crossing

Alexandra Topping

13, Oct, 2021 @2:48 PM

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