Although it might give many the shivers, ice swimming is a fairly popular branch of this sport in countries where the weather allows it and there are cool stretches of water, like Russia, South Africa, the United States and Scotland.
There are even championships for the brave swimmers who like to venture into the ice cold waters. These are events that take place in water colder than 5 degrees Celsius (41 degrees Fahrenheit) and one of them is the International Ice Swimming Championships, which will take place this month in England. And for gambling lovers, swimming competitions are as exciting as any other sports events when it comes to betting, so the Pinnacle Vip Code will surely come in handy to those who want to get the best value from their bets.
Going back to the upcoming ice swimming event in England, Great Britain will be represented at the International Ice Swimming Championships by a team of three brave swimmers from Louth, who will compete in chilly temperatures at the end of February. They are Lea Ball, Martin Ball and their swim coach Paul Fowler from Louth Tri Club.
At the beginning of this month, Lea, Martin and Paul competed along with six other athletes from the same club in this year’s first ice swimming competition, a sport which enjoys a growing popularity. The event took place in London at the Parliament Hill Lido, where the swimmers had to plunge into water that was below 4 degrees Celsius.
The Lincolnshire trio competed in both solo and relay events, among which we can mention a 122m and 244m solo event, an individual 1,000m endurance swim, and a 4x61m mixed relay. The team dominated almost all the races for the fifth year in a row, snatching gold and silver in the relay.
The International Ice Swimming Championships will be held at Hatfield Lake, near Doncaster, on February 24th and 25th, and the Louth-based athletes representing the UK will have to race against contestants from all around the world. This is a great accomplishment for the Louth team, but it’s not unexpected considering that this year they managed to produce an impressive amount of personal best times, and new or improved county qualifying times.
For those who don’t know, ice swimming is a great way for swimmers and triathletes alike to keep in shape and continue training during the winter months and get ready for the early open water swimming competitions, when temperatures use to be on the lower side.
At the moment, there are over 40 countries that have branches of the International Ice Swimming Association, so it’s safe to say that it is becoming a popular sport, offering an adrenaline rush and a dose of adventure. The Association, which has put in place a well thought-out set of rules to allow for maximum safety, is currently working on promoting winter/extreme cold water swimming and hope to make it a globally recognised sport that will be included, in whatever form, as a Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games sport for the 2022 Winter Games.
Swimming in icy water is definitely not for the faint-hearted, but this is exactly what makes it the more exciting, so we are looking forward to the International Ice Swimming Championships at the end of this month, and we will certainly root for Lea, Martin and Paul.