Get your news fix on happenings outside the pool with the latest ‘Beyond the Lane Lines.’ With each edition, we collect personal stories, little known facts and general items of interest from around the world. Read on and learn something new this week.
#1 – Applications for Tokyo 2020 Torch Bearers Hit Near 17,000
Kyodo News is reporting that more than 16,910 applications have been received by the Tokyo metropolitan government to become one of the 165 runners to participate in the Tokyo leg of the 2020 Olympic torch relay. There will be about 10,000 torchbearers in total running in Japan, of whom 2,500 will be selected by organizing committees in the country’s 47 prefectures.
Tokyo is assigned 330 runners, with half chosen from the public. The rest are decided based on recommendations from the metropolitan government’s organizing committee. (Kyodo News)
Applicants will be made aware in December whether or not they have been selected through a screening process based on documents they submitted earlier.
A 2-part documentary series entitled The Pool will be airing on Australia’s ABC and iView on September 22nd and September 29th. The special broadcast presents the role of the pool as a focal point for leisure and community. But the documentary also explores ‘the surprising and unold sortry of a battleground where feminism, racism and sexuality were explored, and sporting heroes born.’
Directed by Sally Aitken, it is written by Barracuda author Christos Tsiolkas with Sally Aitken and Paul Clarke, and narrated by Richard Roxburgh.
Two-time Olympian Valerijs Kalmikovs of Latvia became the first swimmer from his nation to successfully swim across the Strait of Dover. The 46-year-old accomplished his aquatic mission on Monday, September 9th, with his time logged at 11 hours and 13 minutes.
“I had a phenomenal team. You all did a great job,” Kalmikovs thanked his team. “The swim was great, I really enjoyed it,” he added.
“The last 40 meters were freezing, but overall it was a very good swim,” said the swimmer.
Kalmikovs raced at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics. After his career, Kalmikov became a professional coach.
#4 – Michael Jamieson Launches Glasgow’s First Swimming Academy
After retiring from competitive swimming in 2017, Olympic medalist Michael Jamieson of Great Britain has been on a quest to give back to the sport which gave him so much. To that end, Jamieson launched Glasgow’s first ‘MJ Swimming Academy’ to return support to the city of Glasgow, a place which ‘supported him through the highs and lows of his competitive career.’
“I felt a sense of responsibility to give something back to a community that supported me so well throughout my competitive career,” he told The Evening Times.
“I really believe we need to be building the emotional fitness of young people.We want to benefit from the (positive) behaviours sport teaches us.
“Resilience comes through finding and developing skills to firstly endure, before overcoming a challenging situation.
“This is the message we try to convey at the Swim Academy, helped by some challenging personal experiences I had in sport.”
Jamieson won Olympic silver in the men’s 200m bresatstroke at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, but faced injury and bouts with depression in the years following. In addition to his MJ Swim Academy endeavor, Jamieson has become a mental htealth advocate for both atheltes and non-athletes alike.
“We don’t do enough to harness the positive behaviours elite sport teaches us – we analyse the performance too much and very few athletes are present enough in their environment to truly enjoy the immense privilege it is to be a professional athlete.
“We all work hard, we are all looking for purpose and content in our lives, the more open we can be about our experiences, the more positive messages we can relay to the kids coming next.”
#5 – Swimming Victoria Launches Open Water Series
Swimming Victoria in Australia has just announced the launch of its inaugural Victorian Open Water championshps Series (VOWCS). Per the organization, “the series marks the beginning of a reinvigorated Open Water Championships format which will provide more opportunities for Victorians to compete in open water events and more opportunities to become a Victorian Open Water State Champion.”
The dates and locations of the VOWCS are as follows:
|Saturday 14||WOW Challenge||Williamstown Beach, Victoria|
|Saturday 28||Mornington 5km Swim||Mills Beach, Mornington|
|Saturday 4||Jan Juc – Danger Swim Series||Torquay Front Beach, Victoria|
|Friday 17||Mornington Twilight Swim||Mills Beach, Mornington|
|Sunday 26||Mount Martha Australia Day Swim||Mt Martha Beach, Victoria|
|Sat 25 – Mon 27||Australian Open Water Swimming Championships||Brighton Jetty, Adelaide|
|Saturday 29||Half Moon Bay Cerberus Swim Classic||Half Moon Beach, Victoria|
|Saturday 14||Mentone Marathon||Beaumaris Bay, Victoria|