Tag: Tammy van Wisse

When Open Water Icons Meet In New York

Photo © Marco Chiesa, Manhattan Island, New York. Results © NYC Swim. Looking back in the archives of the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim (MIMS), there were a number of renowned swimmers competing in the June 12th 1999 race: *5-time winner and 7-time world professional marathon swimming champion Shelley Taylor-Smith was serving as a partner swimmer for

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Different Reactions To Jellyfish Stings

“Oh s**t!” “Not bad; I can take those stings.” “It feels like a branding iron pressed into the flesh.” “They felt like little pin pricks.” “Never had I felt such pain in my life.” “It’s like a bee sting.” “The pain was unbearable; like my skin was on fire.” “They were a bit irritating, but it wasn’t such a big deal.” “The venom...it was a living hell

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Hammer The Need For Nutrition

It is rare that open water swimmers are used to endorse commercial products. While many swimmers have been supported by swimsuit manufacturers (e.g., Maarten van der Weijden for blueseventy and Trent Grimsey for FINIS), Tammy van Wisse (Access Bar) and Keri-Anne Payne (Max Factor) has gone outside the aquatic community. And it is not limited to elite

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Are You Good Enough? Ask Tara Diversi

When we think of the incredibly talented Australian open water swimmers, names like Annette Kellerman, Linda McGill, Shane Gould, Susie Maroney, Shelley Taylor-Smith, Melissa Cunningham, Tammy van Wisse, and Penny Palfrey immediately come to mind. As does the word champion. These women are so multi-dimensional and multi-talented: motivational speaking,

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