It was a big job to produce a whole magazine around the Commonwealth Games without our staff actually attending them.
We have relied on experienced journalists and photographers to provide the needed copy and pictures.
Craig Lord, the swimming correspondent for The Times of London, England and Anita Lonsbrough, who covers swimming for BBC Radio and The Telegraph, also of London, England, ably provided stories of the six day competition.
Craig Lord wrote the day-by-day stories and Anita Lonsbrough featured each day's top swimmer.
Pictures were taken by Dan Helms, a veteran freelancer based in Miami, FL who travelled to Kuala Lumpur and took pictures at all venues for one of the main sponsors. Dan Galbraith, a Toronto-based freelancer, provided additional material including the cover shot of Joanne Malar.
For something different, check Nikki Dryden's Diary. While the journos write with an overview of the sport, she writes from within. Her description of the emotional ups and downs is very revealing. Younger swimmers take note.
Nikki plans to attend journalism school in New York.
Canadian media seemed perverse in not providing detailed results. Canadian results would consist of what the Canadians did (usually place only-no times).
Fans with access to our web site (www.swimnews.com) were able to follow day-by-day commentaries and detailed results, including prelims and finals.
The sudden emergence of the Dutch men's team is explained by Karin Helmstaedt. She also writes about Penny Heyns, South Africa's Olympic champion who was not able to swim in Kuala Lumpur, not having attended the South African Trials in April. Heyns now lives and trains in Calgary.
There is one more issue to come in 1998, in late October with the final 50-deep TAG times and coverage of the Australian SC Championships where three world records tumbled.