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Open Water Challenge

19 september 2016

During the mid-autumn festival, four swimmers from the BISS Lions swim team took part in an open water swimming competition at Dishui Lake, a body of water famous for its water sports in Shanghai. The race event was a 1km swim in an open body of water against eighty or so competitors of different skill levels and age groups.

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For all the students, it was the first kind of open water race they had ever attended and thus a completely new experience. Nonetheless, the competition was a great learning experience for the students and was a great way to expand on their interest in swimming as a sport. The students faced many challenges, starting with a typhoon that threatened to cancel the whole event, to strong winds, waves and rain that made it all the more difficult to swim. However, the students did an amazing job and persevered, swimming their hardest and doing their best. Overall, the BISS Lions team came fourth out of all the teams (Daniel Tafelski, first, 00:15:13, Jason Chang, sixth, 00:17:20, Harvey Yuen, eleventh, 00:18:57, Eddie Chan, seventeenth 00:20:57).

Getting to watch the triathlon and long distance swim at the event was also quite inspiring; seeing the many athletes achieve goals they had set themselves in training. Even though the conditions of the swim were quite foreign and difficult, it was meaningful for all the students, especially as they were able to help the organisers with safety procedures by taking part in the rescue practices, which was quite amusing and let them get a taste of what the conditions were like. Overall, our first time at this sort of event was very successful and I hope that many more swimmers will take part next year. Well done!

Daniel Tafelski, Year 13 Student