Review: SwimSmooth.com One Day Swim Clinic

In late Channel season 2011 I was in Varne Ridge to crew a solo. Present for that tide were a bunch of Channel Aspirants from Western Australia, advised by seven-times world open water champion Shelley Taylor-Smith. They had had a long wait with bad weather. One of the swimmers was UK-born but WA resident Paul Newsome, the…

Minutes of first Chris Bryan (International) Fanclub AGM

Special Guest! Chris Bryan, Irish International Team open water swimmer Attendees: Finbarr Hedderman, Owen O’Keefe, Donal Buckley Minutes Item 1: Fanclub financials: Economist Finbarr appointed de facto Treasurer to start fundraising. Item 2: Get some international members. Action Chris. Item 3: Get some girls members. Action Owen. Item 4: Owen’s pants. Special working sub-group convened…

Euro 10k Cup course

Irish 10k Olympic Qualifier Chris Bryan 3rd in Euro 10k

Irish open water swimmer and Olympic 10k qualifier Chris Bryan finished in a great third place at 1:54.14 in today’s Euro 10k Cup in Israel. He placed behind Sergey Bolshakov (Russia), World Championship 2011 Bronze in 10km, who won in 1:54.04 and David Davies (Great Britain), 2008, 10km Olympic Silver, all according to Chris’ own Twitter…

Owen O'Keefe Cornwall '08_0517

Guest post: Owen O’ Keefe

Owen is one of the really special young people we are occasionally lucky to meet. Another Sandycove swimmer, Owen was the youngest ever Irish person to swim the English Channel at the age of 16, and not that but was blazingly fast. For those of us infected with the Channel bug, we understand how extraordinary…