Monthly Archives: March 2014

10 Fun Facts About Swimming

Here’s some swimming trivia that probably won’t help you lower your time, but will make for a fun read!

  1. The earliest record of swimming was from a Stone Age painting that was created approximately 7,000 years ago.
  2. Elephants can swim around 20 miles a day. They use their trunks as snorkels!
  3. The first ever recorded swim race was held in Japan in 36 BCE.
  4. Swimming became a popular competitive sport in England during the 1830’s.
  5. The first indoor swimming pool, St. George’s Baths, was opened to public in 1828.
  6. The front crawl was introduced to Western swimmers by two Native American at a London swimming competition in 1844.
  7. The first four Olympics were held in open water, not a pool. In consecutive order they took place in the Mediterranean, the Seine River, a manmade lake and the Mediterranean once again.
  8. The average person produces enough saliva in a lifetime to fill two swimming pools.
  9. Women were not allowed to swim in the Olympics until 1912.
  10. In 1910, the first filtration system for a pool was invented.

AMANZI Swimsuits Missing from Sydney Skinny

Over 700 swimmers and not one AMANZI Swimsuit in sight! Well, for a good reason…

More than seven hundred people skinny dipped together in Sydney in late February for an event that raised money for Australia’s parks. As a side note, the event’s goal was to embrace all different body shapes and question body-image standards set by the media and pop culture.

The event was the largest recorded of its kind ever to take place. Although supposedly the year before there were more participants, seven hundred and fifty participants specifically, in the event known as the Sydney Skinny. The nude swimmers swam a 900 meters course shaped like a diamond in the Tasman Sea.

In order to block random peeping Toms and reporters, the event was closed to the public and to attend swimmers had to purchase tickets in advance.

According to the NY Daily News swimmers were given towels to cover-up as soon as they completed their swim. Some swimmers used the chance to write words and slogans on their body, including three women who wrote the word “Skinny” on their backsides.

If you had the chance would you skinny dip with a bunch of strangers for a good cause?  Let us know with a comment below!

McKeon, Wilson & Leonhardt Blizt the Pool at NSW State Championships

Recently three of our AMANZI Girls competed at the NSW State Open Championships, held in Sydney Australia and came away brilliant results.

Emma McKeon had a stand out meet winning two gold medals in the 100m (53.80) and 200m (1.56.23) Freestyle. McKeon posted a world class time in the 200m free, which would have placed her in 4th spot at last years World Championships. McKeon also finished 3rd in the 100m Fly (59.36) and 5th in the 50m Free (25.48).

Madison Wilson also excelled winning two silver medals in the 200m Back (2.10.33) and 50m Back (28.66) and a bronze in the 100m Back (1.00.32). Madi also finished in 17th place in the 200m Free (2.03.14).

Our junior multiclass swimmer Paige Leonhardt also competed at the championships. Paige who is only 13yrs year of age competed in a whopping 6 events. She finished in 8th place in the 100m Breaststroke, 15th in the 400m Free, 16th in the 100m Fly, 19th in 100m Backstroke and 200IM and 21st int he 50m Free.

Paige also recently competed at the NSW State Country Championships in the multiclass open age events. She finished 4th in 50m free, back and fly and placed 3rd in the 50m breaststroke. She also broke the Australian & State record in the MC girls 13 years and under 50m breaststroke.

Well done Emma, Madi & Paige!


Five Fun Facts From February

It’s our favorite time of the month, receiving AMANZI Girl Tamsyn Moana-Veale month in review. This month Tamsyn shares Five Fun Facts from February!

Favourite Session
Teams Pursuit on the Velodrome. Not quite the proper wooden boarded velodromes with track bikes, but with two teams of four on the shallow banks of the Wollongong Velodrome, it’s a hard and competitive session and once I got the hang of using the bank to build up speed- so much fun as well! Aussies Vs Internationals; possibly the best way to ensure everyone’s ready to get the most out of the session.

Furthest Ride Week: 630km
I’m tired. I think I’m allowed to be after this week. Thankfully I’ve had the Canadian Sarah-Anne ‘I Run Track’ Brault to keep me company throughout the, for lack of a better term; ordeal. Team pursuits, Jamberoo Mountain Loop, Bald Hill, Macquarie Pass, 40km team time trials, Hour of Power, Motor Pacing- chuck it all into a week and there you go, easy done. Oh and a cheeky ‘Form Indicator’ chucked in at the end of the week, just checking in, in case I’d somehow managed not to get any stronger after that. Unfortunately all that was indicated was that my legs were tired. Strangely enough, for someone who once thought anything over 60min was a long ride, I’m enjoying the riding and I know it produces results so I guess I’ll continue to literally live the motto “On ya bike”.

First Exam: (in three years)
Three hour Economics exam. Three. Hours. I don’t even remember the last time I sat in the same spot for that long without being asleep. It was brutal, but –touch wood- I think it went well. Whilst my attention is not 100% focused on my study, I don’t think I’ll ever be satisfied with my results, with training taking priority, I’m scraping by on the bare minimum. A pass is all I need, but definitely not what I want. Still, I’ve got the privilege to live the elite athlete life, I’ve accepted that my studies can take a back seat and I’ll make the most of the opportunities I have now.

Free time: Or ‘Pleasant Activities’ as the cool kids are saying these days…
Basically anything non-triathlon related that makes you happy. Apparently ‘doing nothing’ doesn’t constitute an activity, but there are definitely times were zoning out completely and just lying down with no pressing matters, is one of the best feelings. I’m also fortunate that a couple of my old school friends live in the area, so catching up with them for dinner or coffee is a great way to refresh. They have always been amazingly supportive of me and I’m grateful to have them in my life.

Freedom of Expression
Yeah, so I’m clutching at straws trying to find something that begins with ‘F’ in order to keep the theme going, but bear with me, we can roll with this. For those that know me well, I’m quite vocal. Probably those who don’t know me so well will also have noticed this, the person who never shuts up is hard to ignore. Partially it’s because open my mouth before my brain has had a chance to process the thought, and other times it’s because I’m so bad at lying and hiding what I’m thinking, that there’s really no point in it. For the most part though, I’m a believer of saying what you think, get the problems out in the open and solve them then and there. It doesn’t always make me the most popular person though… “Still friends? … I’ll come back later…”

That’s all for now!

Tamsyn Moana-Veale