For our first issue of 1998 we covered major competitions in Canada, the United States, Germany, and Britain.The elite of world swimming is getting ready for the World Championships in Perth with the swimming events scheduled January 12-19.
The SWIMNEWS team will give extensive coverage to this major event on the 1998 calendar. Nick Thierry and Karin Helmstaedt will be working for the Organizing Committee providing information to the 1000 accredited media from TV and the written press. You'll be able to follow everything on our web site at http://www.swimnews.com. We plan to up-date the site twice daily, after the prelims and following the finals.
Cecil Colwin profiles famed Australian Coach Joe King. His story is remarkable and inspirational. King is battling cancer, but was well enough to be presented with an Australian World Team shirt at a recent ceremony in Brisbane. Russ Ewald writes a profile of Tom Dolan, the World and Olympic 400 IM champion whose breathing problems continue.
On page 17 you'll find a Top 10 World Junior Ranking for boys born 1979 and later and girls born 1981 or later. These are the same age categories as those used in the European Junior Championships.
Karin Helmstaedt previews the World Championships, with what to expect in Perth and highlights from the seven previous champiosnhps.Thanks to Cheryl Gibson from Edmonton for giving her thoughts on the three championships in which she competed. Her 200 backstroke time of 2:14.23 from the 1978 Worlds still stands as the Canadian Senior Record.
During the middle of December the story of three prominent Russian swimmers testing positive broke and Karin Helmstaedt writes on the circumstances around this latest episode of drug use.
A two-week postal strike stopped all Canadian subscription renewals. About a third of the clubs have yet to return their list of 1998 subscribers. Please do this as soon as possible.
TAG tag times have been received for most competitions up to the end of November. From December we have only included the NYAC-hosted Youth Cup and the Prairie Invitational in Winnipeg, as these were sent by courier and arrived in time for inclusion. Other competitions in December have not as yet been received.We would like to remind meet hosts of major competitions to courier their printed results as soon as possible after the competition. Please, no diskettes.
Happy New Year.