In 2013, on her fifth attempt and at age 64, endurance swimmer Diana Nyad successfully fulfilled her lifelong dream of completing the 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida.
She stopped by News 8 Wednesday as she came through Dallas to serve as keynote speaker for the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center’s 7th annual luncheon. Nyad shared the personal story that made her want to join the cause.
Despite being the son of a talented Australian cricketer, as a boy Ian Thorpe was useless at ball sports (an affliction with which Heroes of Swimming sympathises; in fact, we wonder if Ian is also a rubbish dancer). Thorpe’s older sister told him to come swimming with her instead, but he was allergic to chlorine and had to swim with his head out of the water. It didn’t stop him winning his first race.
By the time he was 13, Thorpe was already more than six feet tall. He was also now putting his face in the water, and going extremely quickly: at 14, he ducked under the four-minute barrier for 400m freestyle, and a few months later he shaved that time down to 3:53.44 at the Australian Swimming Championships. It got him into the team for the Pan Pacific Championships as the youngest Australian swimmer ever to represent his country.
A longtime Charlotte swim coach has been banned for life from USA Swimming, seven months after he was charged with misdemeanor sexual misconduct involving a minor.
Jamie Thomas, 54, owner and head coach of New South Swimming in Charlotte since 1997, had been on leave from the club since July.
On Monday, the sport’s governing body announced Thomas’ permanent suspension for violation of the USA Swimming code of conduct. The suspension means he is prohibited from coaching or owning one of its club teams.
“The safety of our athletes is our top priority,” USA Swimming spokesperson Karen Linhart said. “It’s very important to have the right people in our sport, acting in the ways of our code of conduct and doing the right thing.”
Graham Hill, national coach of Swimming South Africa (SSA), said he left the national swimming trials for the Commonwealth Games a disappointed man after the conclusion in the Kings Park pool in Durban on Saturday.
“The final night was a big disappointment as I expected at least another two or three qualifying times tonight,” Hill said on Saturday.
“I thought Rene Warnes (400 individual medley) and Myles Brown (1500 freestyle) should at least have qualified as they came so close.
“I expected to have 12 swimmers overall to qualify for the Commonwealth Games, but now we only have nine.”