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GOING GLOBAL

The Global Swim Series (GSS) is just 18 months old but is already active in 28 countries, features 85 races and has more than 40,000 participants. Countries include Canada, USA, Mexico, St Kitts & Nevis, the Cayman Islands, Haiti, Bermuda, Barbados, Turks & Caicos, Brazil, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Spain, Austria, Russia, Greece, Morocco, South Africa,United Arab Emirates, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Samoa, New Zealand and Australia – observant British swimmers may notice that Britain doesn’t yet feature!

Swimmers taking part in GSS races are awarded 50 points for turning up and additional points depending on their finishing position and the size of the field. The aim is to encourage participation and giving slower swimmers a chance to head the rankings simply by doing the most swims.

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About Outdoor Swimmer

One of the things that keeps me going through the winter is my daily outdoor dip, whatever the weather or temperature. A few years ago this would have been considered pretty odd behaviour by many, but opinions seem to be changing as outdoor swimming and cold water swimming is featured more and more in the media. Indeed, a group of sea swimmers now feature daily on the BBC in the short films between programmes! Find out the story behind the swimmers in our news section. Elsewhere in the magazine we hear from Beth French about her close encounter with a shark in the Molokai Channel, we meet English Channel swimming legends Kevin Murphy and Sally Minty-Gravett and gain an insight into what happens when a swim goes wrong from Mickey Helps’s story of his unsuccessful two-way English Channel swim. I have really been enjoying Terry Laughlin’s series on mindfulness in swimming, which he brings to a close this issue with a look at swimming as ‘moving meditation’. It is a really interesting element to introduce to your training sessions. If you haven’t decided what swims you would like to complete in 2017, check out our event listings. And remember, events are not just for competitive swimmers – a race is only a race if you race it, otherwise it is just a lovely swim. We have some exciting news to share about H2Open – turn to page 27 to learn about our big plans for 2017 and how the magazine is changing. Enjoy the magazine and happy swimming.
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