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After entering a recent open water swim, I was disheartened to find in the small print that the event was not to be timed and no results were to be published, something which seems to be on the increase.

I’m a firm believer that healthy competition is a good thing and should be actively encouraged. Sport offers a safe environment, in which we can learn how to fail, something we all have to face in life at some point. Equally, we can appreciate success. Competition offers a platform where we can measure improvements in our performance. This provides motivation for practice.

There are many sports in which there isn’t an option for amateurs to enjoy competition; competition is often reserved for the elite and professional. Let’s keep an element of competition in open water swimming events, for all levels and ages, and be proud of it.

Event organisers, please don’t reserve swimming competition just for the elite. Amateurs enjoy, and benefit, from competition too! We don’t need medals and prizes, but a time and a results sheet are much appreciated.

Alison wins a Wild SwimBag from Swim Secure

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In this issue we explore wild swimming in Scandinavia, where the right to roam extends to swimming outdoors – in some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery. We also bring you reports from some our favourite events of the summer – more swims for you to add to your bucket list! We hear from Howard James and Sabrina Wiedmer about their record breaking swims – the earliest (and coldest) English Channel crossing and the first woman to cross the Dál Raita Channel, respectively. And if that all sounds a bit too hardcore and serious, Dan Abel shows us how to keep our swimming fun. Enjoy the magazine and happy swimming.
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