Radford going for three-peat at Kiwi Open Water Champs

  0 Mike Lewis | January 08th, 2014 | Featured, International, New Zealand and Oceania, Open Water

Kane Radford is always in the hunt with the guts and talent to hit the top of world ranks in open water swimming.  This weekend he’ll be going for his third consecutive open water title at the State New Zealand Open Water Championships at Taupo Lake.

Radford has been training in Perth Australia for several months with Coach Mel Tantrum at the Uniswim club.  He’s matched well in training with Australian national champion Rhys Mainstone and Japan’s top open water swimmer Yusunari Hirai who’s also apart of the squad.  It’s obviously a special opportunity the open water swimmers at Uniswim; it’s not often you have that many top level open water swimmers training together.

It’s not going to be a gimme race for Radford.  He’s going to face Ridge Grimsey (Trent and Cody’s brother) – Radford has several notable battles against the great Grimsey brothers over the years including the down to the wire 2012 win at the Tiburon Mile.  His training partner Yusunari Hirai will also be in the hunt.

Speaking with Radford earlier, he seems primed, focused and determined to be in the hunt for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.  He’s learned a lot during his quest and knows he’s success will come from matching up with the world’s best on a regular basis.

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Mike Lewis

Mike Lewis has nearly three decades of open water swimming experience as both an athlete and coach. He has worked with a wide range of athletes including Olympians and World Record Holders. Mike was as an administrator in the U.S. Olympic movement for 10 years and was a team director for the 2000 Olympic games. Mike himself is an avid swimmer and has notched several top 10 rankings in US Masters swimming. Mike and his wife Cynthia founded "Did you swim today?" – a global gathering place for swimmers to share their positive experiences in the pool and the open water. Read More »