History of the Five Bridges River swim

It’s survived a world war, atomic bombs and economic recessions but it will float to the surface again in Hamilton on April 11. The annual Five Bridges River Swim will be held again in the Waikato River on Sunday, April 11, beginning at 1pm, 71 years after the event first took place in Hamilton. History shows that R. Aiken swam to victory in the first event in 1939 and was presented with the Goldie-Anderson Challenge Cup.


FINA Swimming and Open Water Rules

It's sometimes useful just to review the FINA rules for strokes. Rules change, and often we only hear about the major changes. If you are interested Fina has published the latest version (2009 to 2013) of the swimming rulesswimming rules, and the latest version of the open water swimming rulesopen water swimming rules.

Masters Swimmer earns Oceania Medal

New Zealand will have a Masters swimmer in the 2006 team for that year’s world open water championships in Italy.

Masterton’s Kirsten Cameron, 32, earned her spot after finishing third in the 10km open water swim at the Oceania Championships in Cairns yesterday. Cameron, who holds numerous national Masters’ records, was the leading New Zealander, finishing in 2hr 26min 17sec to claim the bronze medal.

Cameron, who swims for Wellington's Capital club, and Masterton Masters, will also compete in the Masters World Championships in San Francisco next month before heading to Naples for the world open water swim.

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