Jade’s Outback Experience

Lightning Ridge, home of the unique Black Opal, is where School Sports Australia National Diving Championships were held this year. At the Ridge, we toured underground mines, experienced the Artesian Bore Baths and had a great time mixing and mingling with all the other athletes from around Australia.

AMANZI Girl Jade and synchro partner Liv

AMANZI Girl Jade and synchro partner Liv

One of the highlights of the trip for me was visiting one of the most unusual and unique tourist attractions ever- Chambers of the Black Hand Opal Mine. Set forty feet underground, images are actually carved and painted in the sandstone walls and pillars. There were over 500 wall carvings in this amazing underground chamber created by artist Ron Canlin with tools ranging from a jackhammer and small pick to cutlery from his kitchen!

My next favourite thing in the Ridge was the bore baths. At the end of a hard day diving there was nothing quite like a long soak in the naturally heated thermal baths. Natural pressure sends the water to the surface through an artesian bore and it maintains a constant temperature of 41.5 degrees. Bliss! This was pretty much the popular meeting place for us all to relax and socialise.

Lightning Ridge, a place where there are car doors instead of street signs, a house made from 14,000 coloured bottles and a church that has never even been used as a church, who would have thought that this little outback town would have so much to see and do!  Oh and I picked up a couple of my own little gems by the way of two gold and a silver medal too.

Until next month
Jade x

Make Dad’s Day this Father’s Day

Attention, everyone: Father’s Day is on the 4th of September this year. While your dad might be impossible to shop for, you can give him the best gift of all. Treat your dad to a good chuckle with the cheesiest, most ridiculous dad jokes in the world.

For all the times that your dad has made you smile, why not give him a good laugh? Check out this collection of our favourite dad jokes of all time and share them with all the special dads in your life.

  1. Did you hear about the guy who invented Lifesavers? They say he made a mint.
  1. A ham sandwich walks into a bar and orders a beer. Bartender says, ‘Sorry we don’t serve food here.’
  1. Two peanuts were walking down the street. One was a salted.
  1. I used to have a job at a calendar factory but I got the sack because I took a couple of days off.
  1. A three-legged dog walks into a bar and says to the bartender, ‘I’m looking for the man who shot my paw.’
  1. My dad hurt his wrist and had to go to the hospital where he talked to a doctor.

Dad: When this heals will I be able to play the piano?

Doctor: Yes, You’ll be fine in a few days.

Dad: Perfect, I’ve always wanted to be able to play an instrument.

  1. Milk is also the fastest liquid on earth – its pasteurised before you even see it
  1. Daughter: Dad, did you notice that I got a haircut?

Dad: Really, which one?

  1. I went to a book store and asked the saleswoman where the Self Help section was. She said if she told me it would defeat the purpose.
  1. Wife: Honey, I’m pregnant.

Husband: Well, what do we do now?

Wife: Well, I guess we should go to a baby doctor.

Husband: Hmm… I think I’d be a lot more comfortable going to an adult doctor.

  1. Dad: “Doctor, I’ve broken my arm in several places.”

Doctor: “Well, don’t go to those places again.”

  1. A panda walks into a bar and says to the bartender: “I’ll have a Scotch and……a Coke. Thank you.”

“Sure thing,” the bartender says, “but what is with the big pause?”

The panda holds up his hands and says “I was born with them.”

  1. Dad: “Did you know that all the people who live around here aren’t allowed to be buried in that cemetery?”

Son: “Really? Why not?”

Dad: “Because they’re not dead yet.”

  1. I was thinking about moving to Moscow but there is no point Russian into things.
  1. I am terrified of elevators. I’m going to start taking steps to avoid them.
  1. What cheese can never be yours? Nacho cheese.
  1. What’s the difference between an African elephant and an Indian elephant? About 5000 miles.
  1. Daughter: “I’ll call you later.”
    Dad: “Don’t call me later, call me Dad.”
  1. How can you tell if an ant is a boy or a girl? They’re all girls, otherwise they’d be uncles.
  1. What do you call a woman with one leg longer than the other? Eileen.

 

Finding the Perfect Wetsuit for Triathlon

There is nothing more rewarding than a triathlon. Racing between swimming, cycling and running is the most exciting competition that you’ll ever be in. But, before you dive in, you’ve got to get the perfect wetsuit for getting across the water.

If you are new to the world of wetsuits, finding the right style for you might seem like a daunting task. Fortunately, we have got you covered! Here’s everything you need to know about choosing the ideal wetsuit for a triathlon.

First things first: any time the water is under 25˚C, you will absolutely need a wetsuit to get into the water. Love them or hate them, they will keep you warm and save a ton of energy. While you will need to deal with taking your wetsuit on and off, you can make up for that extra time by flying through the water at top speeds.

The key to maximising the benefits of a wetsuit is to get one that fits your body perfectly and is geared for the unique conditions that triathletes face.

Ready to find your new favourite wetsuit? Here are a few of our top picks.

To zoom through the water at top speeds, check out the TROKA Maverick Elite Fullsuit. If you need a rotational boost, this wetsuit can change everything for you. Featuring a low neckline and silky liner, this suit has been voted by triathletes as the most comfortable as well as the fastest wetsuit overall.

The TROKA Maverick Elite Fullsuit has a slick liner that lets you slide the wetsuit off and on in seconds. Made from Yamamoto 38 and Yamamoto 39, this wetsuit is ultra-flexible yet perfectly durable.

Been training for a while and looking for the ultimate upgrade? Check out the Blueseventy Helix with a reverse zipper and forearm catch panels. Thanks to its flawless design, this wetsuit will give you an extra bit of propulsion with every single stroke.

Ditching the high collar, the Blueseventy Helix is incredibly comfortable and makes it easier to hold your head high. Thanks to the reverse zip, you can slip this suit off in a quick second.

For a wetsuit that has been uniquely designed with speedy arm and leg cuffs, the Zone3 Aspire is a great pick. This impressive wetsuit is as practical as it is stylish. Featuring a neutral buoyancy, the Zone3 Aspire will give you a natural lift from the water without affecting your rotation. It is also a great pick if you are swimming in particularly cold water thanks to its snug neckline that’ll help keep the water out.

Last but certainly not least, we are head over heels for the Huub Core Triathlon Suit. Made with UPF 30 protection Coldblack® technology fabric, this impressive suit has been flawlessly designed to get you though the water at top speeds.

AMANZI Girl Laura Dennis

AMANZI Girl Laura favours the Huub Wetsuit

With an ultra-low weight, minimal friction and top heat absorption, the Huub Core Triathlon Suit has been specifically designed to deal with the unique needs of triathletes.

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to grab a new wetsuit and blow the completion out to the water.

AMANZI Girls racing in Rio: Swimming

It was an extremely exciting week of Olympic swimming at the 2016 Rio Olympics, with 19 new world records being set. In amongst the mix of the world’s best were AMANZI Girls Georgia Davies and Helena Gasson.

Rio Olympic Pool

Alona Ribakova, racing for Latvia, warming up in Rio. Photo cred: @alona_ribakova

British Swimmer Georgia Davies, competing at her second Olympics, qualified for the Semi Finals in the 100m Backstroke. Georgia also came away with a personal best time and a British Record in the 4x100m Medley Relay final with fellow British team mates, Chloe Tutton, Siobhan-Marie O’Connor and Fran Halsall.

AMANZI Girl Helena Gasson made her Olympic debut, at only 21 years of age representing New Zealand. Helena raced in both the 100m and 200m Butterfly, finishing 33rd and 25th respectively. Although Helena believes her races did not go according to plan, the amazing experience has left her fired up and motivated for Tokyo 2020.

Congratulations girls!

AMANZI Girls racing in Rio: Triathlon

A huge congratulations to all our AMANZI Triathletes who competed at the 2016 Rio Olympics. AMANZI had 5 athletes from around the world competing in the triathlon event at the iconic Copacabana Beach.

AMANZI Girl Gillian Sanders

AMANZI Girl Gill before finishing an impressive 23rd!

23rd – Gillian Sanders, South Africa

24th – Zsofia Kovacs, Hungary

27th – Vendula Frintova, Czech Republic

28th – Laura Lindemann, Germany

34th – Amelie Kretz, Canada

Special mention to Vendula Frintova and Zsofia Kovacs racing at their third Olympics, as well as juniors Laura Lindemann and Amelie Kretz making their Olympic debut.

Why Swimmers Make Great Leaders

Ready to take on the world? Learn to swim! Swimmers make some of the greatest leaders and we aren’t just tooting our own horn. Here are seven tried and true reasons why swimmers make great leaders.

  1. Swimmers Are Punctual

Anyone who has ever done regular swim training knows that 5 am means 5 am. If you show up for your swim training session at 5:20 am, your coach is going to have more than a few words for you. Tongue lashings aside, every swimmer knows that excuses won’t help you win any races. If you want a medal, you need to show up on time and maximise every minute you have got in the pool.

  1. Swimmers Know Good Sportsmanship

Swimmers know how to lose and win gracefully. A top swimmer is able to congratulate and console the competition, no matter how important the race is. While everyday life isn’t a race, knowing how to win and lose is a skill that you can always use when you are a leader.

AMANZI Girls Jenna and Larah

  1. Swimmers Are Detail-Oriented

When you are swimming in a race, you know that every second counts and there are countless elements that can affect the time that it takes to get from one end of the pool to the other. To excel in swimming, you need to pay attention to every little minute detail that can affect your time. From the positioning of every finger and toe to the fit of your swimwear, top swimmers have to be aware that every little thing that affects the bottom line is worth paying attention to.

  1. Swimmers Know How to Be Healthy

Sleeping well and knowing how to destress are critical keys in the world of swimming. Being tense and tired out is a major detriment in the pool, so the best swimmers have learned how to take care of themselves. These healthy habits make it indefinitely easier to lead the world.

  1. Swimmers Can Take Criticism

The best swimmers know how to take criticism and use it to improve themselves. After years of getting feedback from a coach, swimmers know that you have to keep an open mind and listen to what others have to say. Swimmers know that advice is key to improvement and they aren’t shy about swallowing even the toughest criticism.

  1. Swimmers Know Time Management

The majority of swimmers have to find a way to get regular swim training sessions into an already busy schedule. Between work, school and all of the other commitments of life, swimmers have found a way to make it work.

  1. Swimmers Are Dedicated

It is not easy to be a serious swimmer. Splashing around the pool isn’t going to win you any races. To be a good swimmer, you need to regularly swim train. Like so many sports, consistency is king. If you want to be at the top of your game, every swimmer knows that you have to show up every single day and put in your time in the pool, no matter how tired you are! To swim and to lead, we know that you have to put in the time and effort.

Top 5 Pools around the World

 

Looking for the ultimate swimmer’s getaway? We’ve got you covered! Check out these five jaw-dropping pools from around the globe and get inspired for your next trip.

The Crystal Lagoon: Go big or go home! If you want to see the world’s greatest pool, get to South America. The Crystal Lagoon at San Alfonso del Mar resort in Chile will blow your mind. As the world’s largest outdoor pool, this 66 million gallon oasis is the size of eight Olympic-size swimming pools.

This huge man-made lagoon on the Pacific coast sucks in ocean water and heats it up to a cosy 26ºC. You can paddle, sail or swim around this impressive pool or stroll the imported sand beaches on the “seaside.”

Holiday World: If you are on the other side of the globe, explore Europe’s largest tropical getaway. Just outside of Berlin, you and 6,000 of your closest friends can enjoy sunny days and 26ºC weather every single day of the year at Holiday World.

Featuring a 50,000-plant tropical forest, spas, waterfalls, whirlpools and a hot air balloon, this place is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. Go swimming or white-water rafting then check out one of their 13 different restaurants, bars and lounges. Too tired to go home? Pitch a tent and spend the night!

Sands SkyPark: For the world’s poshest pool, check out the Sands SkyPark Infinity Pool in Singapore. The world’s largest rooftop Infinity Pool looks down on the glittering city-skyline from 57 levels above. Get your heart racing with a bird’s eye view of this gorgeous Asian city then relax under the world’s tallest palm tree. You can swim right to the edge of Sands SkyPark’s infinity pool for an unparalleled view or get out of the water and head over to the Sands Skypark Observation Deck. It’s the perfect place to get a snapshot of your view from the top.

Devil’s Pool: If you’ve got nerves of steel, continue your adventure onwards to the Devil’s Pool on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. Perched dangerously close to the edge of the Victoria Falls, you can paddle around in this naturally formed pool while looking out at the view of a lifetime. While it might a bit too close for comfort, it’s totally safe and is truly one of the world’s most amazing spots. Only open during the drier months of the year, when the Zambezi River water levels drop, visit the Devil’s pool from mid August to mid January.

Blue Lagoon: Looking for something a bit more chill? Head over to the Blue Lagoon. One of Iceland’s most popular attractions, this geothermal spa is otherworldly in its beauty. Its warm waters are full of silica and sulfur, which are reportedly great for skin conditions. This mad-made lagoon averages 37–39ºC all year around despite the cold temps just outside. The superheated water is vented from the ground near a lava flow so you never have to worry about icy swims.

Happy travels!

Mindfulness for Athletes: What it can do for you

They say that 90 percent of your performance is mental. If that is true, why do we spend so much time training our bodies? If it is just a case of mind over matter, surely we should spend a bit more time getting our brains in shape.

According to experts, mindfulness is the real key to getting your mind in top shape. Top coaches from around the globe are pushing pro athletes to start getting into meditation, yoga and the world of mindfulness. They claim that learning how to be mindful can create the difference between great athletes and world class professional sports stars.

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is an incredibly simple concept that is notoriously hard to grasp. The basic premise is that our brains thrive when they live in the moment. To truly engage in the present and everything that is going on around us, we need to forget about the past and stop obsessing about the future.

By forcing our minds to stop wasting energy by thinking about things that aren’t currently important, we allow our brains to be totally present in the moment. Once you become trained in the art of mindfulness, you can learn how to shut your mind off to certain things. Rather than obsessing over distractions and worries, you can train your brain to live in the moment. When you mind wanders, you can train it to come back to present.

How can I learn mindfulness?

Like any skill, learning mindfulness is a process. You learn a little bit and strengthen the muscles of your mind with each meditation. When you first start out, you will make a lot of major gains then slowly improve your skill set. With time, it becomes more natural and you feel more in control of your mind.

AMANZI Girl Penny swimming

Train you mind, how you train your body in the pool! Photo cred: @pennyhayesnz

There are countless options that will help you get started with the first steps. Ultimately, the way that you learn comes down to your learning style. If you prefer to be part of a group and learn by doing, sign up for a course! If you want to get your feet wet before you sign up for anything, get online. You can find an endless of array of YouTube videos, websites, apps and books dedicated to teaching newbies the art of meditation.

Whatever method you choose, stick with it! Most people who are new to mindfulness tend to feel like they are doing something wrong. They get stuck in the idea of having “successful” or “bad” meditations. It’s important to know that every meditation is helpful. As swimmers, we know that training is always a good thing! Start training your brain now and you’ll be amazed at the results.

Do you know your ABCs?

If you want to be healthy, happy and fit, you’ve got to know the ABCs of the vitamin world. From A to K, every vitamin is essential for your well-being. Here’s a quick and easy rundown of everything that your body needs every day.

Vitamin A: Want to get an A+ in health? Up your Vitamin A intake! This essential vitamin is important for your vision, bone growth, proper cell division and cell growth as well as a healthy immune system. You ladies will definitely appreciate the boost that Vitamin A gives to your hair and nail while everyone can appreciate the hydrated skin that it’ll leave you with.

Hungry? Grab a sweet potato! A single sweet potato will provide 500% of your daily recommended intake while ½ a cup of spinach will give you 230%. Looking for a snack? A serving of carrots will give you 185% of your daily vitamin A. Cantaloupes, red peppers and mangoes are also great sources of Vitamin A.

Vitamin B: The Vitamin B complex, made up of eight different vitamins including B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9 and B12, works to keep your body healthy and energised. This vitamin family is essential in helping to convert food into fuel. They give your brain a boost too! From improved moods to better memory to reduced migraines, Vitamin B complex will keep every inch of your body at its best.

For a boost of energy and brain power, grab some almonds, red meat, mackerel, trout, salmon, hard boiled eggs, lean pork and mushrooms. They are all excellent sources of Vitamin B and will keep you powered all day long.

Vitamin C: You probably already know how important Vitamin C is to your body. This daily must-have vitamin protects you against immune system deficiencies and cardiovascular disease as well as everyday ailments like the cold and flu. You can get a healthy dose of Vitamin C by eating kale, kiwi, bell peppers, broccoli, berries, tomatoes, papayas and citrus fruits.

Vitamin D: Many of us are deficient in the elusive Vitamin D. Your primary source of vitamin D should be the sun but it’s hard to draw the line for how much is too much. Generally speaking, a person with fair skin should only get 15 minutes of unprotected sun exposure per day. That’ll give you all of the Vitamin D that you need for a day.

You can also get a healthy dose of Vitamin D from oily fish, egg yolks as well as fortified foods such as milk and breakfast cereals.

Vitamin E: As an antioxidant, Vitamin E removes free radicals, which are the unstable compounds that damage your cell structure. In simple terms, getting enough Vitamin E reduces your bad cholesterol and your risk of developing cancer.

You can get your daily recommended intake of Vitamin E by eating dark leafy greens, nuts, seeds, avocados and shellfish.

Vitamin K: Essential vitamins, Vitamin K1 and Vitamin K2, play an important role in helping your blood clot. While deficiencies are rare, it’s still important to make sure that you are getting enough. You can get Vitamin from leafy greens. Vitamin K2 comes from meats, cheeses, and eggs so if you are vegetarian or vegan, it’s important to make sure you are meeting your daily recommended intake.