Tuesday, 14 January 2014

NSW 2013 State Open Water Swim Championships

Held at the Sydney International Regatta Centre, thunderstorms had been predicted but luckily missed us so we ended up having lovely weather after all. Actually, it got quite warm and had I had a break, I might have jumped in to cool off a bit!

11-12yrs waiting to start
Ready, Set, Go.....

Start of the Mens 13-15yrs 5km
A little hectic at the start but it soon sorts itself out. The strong and experienced open water swimmers pull out ahead right from the beginning and mostly maintain this pace throughout.

Some get clear of the pack and find their pace by themselves whilst others stay in a group.

One happy swimmer spots her family!

What really surprised me was how closely the top swimmers stayed together after such a long race. It really was a fight to the end! 

Jarrod Poort and Kane Radford go stroke for stroke for 5km
Jared Poort touches first followed closely by Kane Radford

Boats patrol the lake and watch for swimmers that miss the buoy turn or who may need some help. I only witnessed one or two cases of this.


The awesome Canon Australia kindly loaned me their 200-400mm lens. It allowed me to get really close with a flick of a switch and then pull back when needed. 

It is a pretty big lens but not too heavy. To give you an idea, I am only 152cm (5 feet) tall and 50 kilos (100 or so pounds) and I had to run a couple of km's to the start and back again for the presentation photos and held it all day without getting too tired. Not bad.

You can view all of the images from the Championships including medal presentations as well as action shots on my website. Just click here. Thank you for visiting my blog!

Saturday, 11 January 2014

NSW 2013 Metro Championship Highlights

Bobby Hurley
A pretty fast meet as there aren't age group qualifying times on the 50m races, only Open times. This means I am not as busy because the majority of the families wanting action shots of their swimmers are of the younger age group! I had a little more time to watch a number of amazing swimmers here chasing PB's or National times when I would normally be running frantically around the pool. Here are some of them...

Jayden Hadler, SOPAC-200m Butterfly
Jordan White, Cranbrook - 200m Butterfly
Marieke D'Cruz, SOPAC-50m Freestyle
Ami Matsuo, Carlile-200IM
It isn't very often that the 1500m comes down to a sprint but it did today! This was the absolute highlight for me. What a race. After 15 + minutes stroke for stroke, the last 50m came down to a sprint. To top this off, a Trifecta for Auburn Swim Club when young Nathan Robinson took third!
Lachlan Hansen and Matthew Robinson Auburn-Stroke for Stroke in the 1500m Free

One of my favourite times to shoot is right after the break when the water is untouched and looks like glass!

At this level, the sprints are really tight. It is usually pretty difficult to photograph more than one swimmer at a time but luckily for me, James Magnussen breathes to left and David McKeon breathes to the right so I was able to get James on the way down and David on the way back!!
James Magnussen, SOPAC-200m Freestyle

David McKeon, Wests Illawarra-200m Freestyle
Emma McKeon, Wests Illawarra-200m Freestyle
Joe Carty, SOPAC-100m Butterfly
Bobby Hurley, Trinity Grammar-400m Freestyle
The Big Breastrokers
James Stacey (Lane Cove), Matthew Treloar (Trinity) & Joshua Simat (Trinity)

And of course, its fabulous that the little ones get to hang out with Olympians...

Can't wait for the State Champs next week! You can see more images on my sports website

Friday, 10 January 2014

James Magnussen - Dive Sequence Metro Champs 2013

Personally, I just like to watch James in action. I am not a swimmer but I have to say, his technique looks pretty good to me! And don't you just love the new Arena jammers...

 There were some other great swims at Metro from David McKeon, Bobby Hurley and Emma McKeon. I will post some highlights shortly.