Author: rokur

Production engineer and certified swim coach. Full-time IT consultant, spare-time swimming aficionado. 2 sons, 2 daughters and a wife. President of the Faroe Islands Swimming Association. Likes to run :-)

The eThekwini municipality has been under pressure to complete repairs to damaged infrastructure, after the April floods. Sewage spills ending up in the ocean forced the closure of beaches, with high levels of E.Coli also detected.But with the festive season fast approaching, the municipality was in the race against time to reopen. Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda declared Umhlanga Beach safe for residents and visitors to enjoy. Not so, argues the opposition DA, challenging the mayor to go for a swim. eNCA’s Lethiwe Mdluli reports. https://youtu.be/yVKNHEoyaqI

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Elite swimmers in the Newcastle region and beyond can now access a high-performance program while living regionally, with the University of Newcastle officially opening its new NUsport Performance Hub, created in partnership with Swimming NSW and the NSW Institute of Sport. The Performance Hub will operate from the University’s recently refurbished swimming pool at NUsport, Callaghan and athletes will be coached by the internationally recognized swimmer, coach, and sports scientist, Sander Ganzevles. Find out more here: https://nsw.swimming.org.au/swim-0/competitive-pathway/snsw-performance-hubs https://youtu.be/PlrJzEVw0DQ

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Inspired by the biomechanics of the manta ray, researchers at North Carolina State University have developed an energy-efficient soft robot that can swim more than four times faster than previous swimming soft robots. The robots are called “butterfly bots,” because their swimming motion resembles the way a person’s arms move when they are swimming the butterfly stroke. “To date, swimming soft robots have not been able to swim faster than one body length per second, but marine animals – such as manta rays – are able to swim much faster, and much more efficiently,” says Jie Yin, corresponding author of…

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It’s been so heart-warming to see how many of you loved the technique videos I posted a few years ago, so I wanted to create some more for you in a lot more detail to really help you with your swimming. Make sure you also check out my swimming training 8-week guides to fast-track your training: https://stephanierice.com.au/collections/steph-rice-swim-squad https://youtu.be/_zrLrGl4WOU

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