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Swimming body apology over 'climate of fear'

British Swimming has apologised to Paralympic athletes after it was found that a former head coach “created a climate of fear”. It said an independent inquiry into complaints of bullying from 13 Para-swimmers found they and their families faced “unacceptable behaviours”. The governing body said the unnamed member of staff – understood to be ex-head coach Rob Greenwood – was found to have been “communicating with athletes in an abusive manner, as well as using derogatory terms to describe athletes”. Greenwood left his job before the investigation began, and it…

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Woman stuck in swimming pool turns to Facebook for help

A New Hampshire woman who became stuck in a swimming pool after the ladder broke turned to Facebook to ask for help getting out. Sixty-one-year-old Leslie Kahn was swimming in her pool Aug. 11 when the ladder broke, leaving her stranded. She said she didn’t have the strength to pull herself. No one else was home and her cellphone was inside. She used a pool pole to drag the chair her iPad was on and posted in a community Facebook page, asking for help. She said she labeled the post…

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Peaty racing 200m in Olympics is risky – swimming legend Spitz

Media playback is not supported on this device World Aquatics Championships on the BBC Hosts: Budapest, Hungary Dates: 23-30 July Coverage: Live across BBC Two, BBC Red Button, Connected TV, online, BBC Sport mobile app and BBC Radio. Click for full times. Legendary Olympic swimmer Mark Spitz says Adam Peaty would be taking a risk by adding the 200m breaststroke to his programme for Tokyo 2020. In 1972 Spitz won a then record of seven Olympic golds at one Games – a mark which stood until Michael Phelps won eight…

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Swimming Australia's move to give athletes an edge: mindfulness and yoga

“I remember sitting in the marshalling room in Rio and trying to be really present and focusing on the moment and what I have to execute in my race to swim well.” At just 17, Tamsin Cook was the youngest member of the Australian swimming team and it was her first Olympics, a moment she had dreamed about since she was 10. Silver medallists Leah Neale, Emma McKeon, Bronte Barratt and Tamsin Cook in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Getty “I wasn’t too focused on the outcome because then you get really…

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Dive into Five of the World's Deepest Freshwater Swimming Holes

Sinkholes and fissures can form without much warning, swallowing up buildings, highways, cars and anything else in their wake. While obviously devastating when they occur, many of the planet’s most famous depressions came into formation tens of thousands—even millions—of years ago, eventually filling up with water. The result for overheated summer travelers: a chance chance to cool off surrounded by some pretty cool geology.  Here are five of the deepest freshwater swimming holes to visit this summer. Jacob’s Well, Wimberley, Texas  (BDphoto / iStock) Located on an 82-acre preserve about 35 miles southwest of…

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'I had no idea that it was happening to me': GP swimming English Channel for perinatal depression awareness

“I had no idea that it was happening to me,” recalls Rachelle Silver.  The general practitioner had just given birth to her daughter Samara, the youngest of three children under four years old. Rachelle Silver in Bronte Ocean Pool. The GP is training for an attempt to swim the English Channel to raise awareness of perinatal depression.  Photo: Janie Barrett “I thought I was just exhausted,” Silver says. “The overwhelming feeling was that I was failing, that this was something that I’ve always wanted, I’ve got a supportive family, three healthy children,…

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British Swimming investigates bullying claims

British Swimming is conducting an investigation after multiple bullying claims were made by Paralympians about a coach, the BBC has learned. The sport’s governing body began an internal review after several Para-swimmers made complaints. The complainants are understood to include Rio 2016 medallists. Swimming was ParalympicsGB’s most successful sport in Rio, winning 47 medals – 16 golds of 152 available – and setting eight world records. But it has now emerged the team, which is based at the Manchester Aquatics Centre, has been embroiled in a bullying controversy for the…

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