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FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE

Vice President of the IWSA, John Coningham-Rolls, reports from the Winter Swimming World Championships 2016 in Tyumen, Siberia

This year the International Winter Swimming Association (IWSA) celebrated its tenth anniversary, and we were delighted that these celebrations should coincide with the Winter Swimming World Championships in Tyumen, Siberia. The IWSA supports the idea that winter swimming should exist and be celebrated as a lifestyle choice, open to all ages and abilities. Siberia didn’t fail to impress: with more than 1,200 competitors, aged from 8-91 years, travelling to Siberia from over 25 countries, the competition was open to, and enjoyed by, all.

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As spring finally arrives, it is time to start planning your summer swims. We have features on wild swimming in Spain and Florida and full event listings for races in the UK and around the world. Plus, we report from Russia and the UK on the final flurry of the season’s cold water swimming competitions. In this issue’s performance zone, as well as all the usual training and nutrition advice, we teach you how to master easy butterfly. This issue we celebrate a true pioneer of the open water: Mercedes Gleitze, the first British woman to swim the English Channel, was an independent working class woman who promoted open water swimming to a new audience.