From its origins as a
newsletter sent to Canadian coaches in the 1970's, SwimNews has
always been the most important and informative place for swimming
news in the world. One of the only remaining independent publishers
in the sport, SwimNews has never shied away from controversy or
criticism. We have always provided insight into and analysis of the
most compelling swimmers, coaches and defining moments. Meet the team below.
In February 1974, Nick Thierry, the founder and editor, originally published the first issue of the magazine as SWIM Canada with articles (written by Nick) covering the Canadian Commonwealth Games Trials. Nick was regarded as the leading authority in swimming and its foremost statistician, having developed the IPS ranking system that is used around the world to measure swimmer's times across events. His database of times and swimmer bios, developed through decades of painstaking data entry, was created by Nick who for almost 40 years went as far as to comb the world's newspapers looking for meet results to enter by hand into his ranking database. A swimmer and a coach, Nick placed swimmers on the 1964, 1968 and 1972 Olympic teams and was head coach of the 1970 Canadian Commonwealth Games team. In 2001, Nick was inducted in the International Swimming Hall of Fame and has won numerous awards for his contributions to the sport.
In 1997, the magazine was renamed SwimNews, shifting from strictly Canadian content to cover the world of swimming. In 1995, SwimNews.com was launched, making it one of the oldest swimming sites on the Internet. Created by Marco Chiesa, Nick's business partner and longtime SwimNews photographer, the site won a number of awards and has been recognised as one of the largest and busiest swimming sites on the web. Marco originally began his photography work with SWIM Canada magazine in 1985 before gradually taking on other aspects of the magazine production, helping lead the magazine to a more modernized all electronic production in 1990 before launching the website.
What many readers of SwimNews.com do not know is that SwimNews magazine was published in print format up to 10 times year with original content not available online. Produced by a team of about a dozen writers, many of whom still write today, the magazine was published up to 10 times a year.
In October 2012, Nick passed away. The last print issue of SwimNews magazine was published in December 2012 by Marco and a team of writers. It was also the first issue published in e-format, available as an iPad App on iTunes.
In December 2013 we re-launched SwimNews magazine in digital format. Over the ensuing months, the website will be upgraded to take on the magazine's format, including Making Waves. Content will also follow the magazine's original style, articles by swimmers and coaches, for swimmers and coaches. To contact us, please send an email to nikkidrydenATswimnews.com
Adam is a Canadian Olympian (2008) who swam the 100 and 200 fly and 4x200 relay in Beijing with a top finish of 5th. He is a two-time NCAA Champion and 19-time All American at the University of Florida. Adam also won three bronze medals at the '07 Pan Ams. Adam grew up in Trenton, Ontario, and now resides in Orlando, FL, where he's an aquatic director at a YMCA. Adam has been a Feature writer for SwimNews since 2006. You can find his musings on film at his website, CinemaHigh.com, or on Twitter @cinemahigh. He lives with his wife, Shirelle and his English Bulldog, Swampy.
is a three-time Canadian Olympian (1992, 1996 and 2000) and is a
five-time Olympic finalist. She won two World Championship titles and 30
National titles during her career. Joanne has been a Feature writer for
SwimNews since 2007 and was the swimming commentator for CTV at the
2012 Olympics and Olympic Trials. She also spent five years as a Health
& Wellness Television Personality & Host with Global Television.
Joanne is Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Head Coach of the
Summerland ORCA Swim Club.
Amy is an Australian swimmer and graduate journalist with a passion for sports writing. She grew up in Queensland and currently lives on the Gold Coast as our Australian correspondent for news. After training under Denis Cotterell at the Miami Swimming club for several years, Amy competed at an international level for Australia at the 2011 World University Games and many other teams including being a multiple medalist at the 2010 Junior Pan Pacs and 2012 Oceania Championships. Her specialty events are in middle distance including the 400 freestyle, 200 butterfly and 400IM. You can follow Amy on Twitter @amy_levings and Instagram @amylevings.
Delano is a former Canadian National finalist in sprint freestyle. As a varsity swimmer with the U of Calgary Dino's, he holds the record for consecutive hot tub warm ups. He is currently coaching in British Columbia.
James's international swimming career spans over ten years including appearances in the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games and the 1990 and 1994 Commonwealth Games. James grew up in Cheltenham then moved to Leeds where he made his first national team aged 21. Eleven years in Leeds were punctuated by a year in at the famous Santa Clara Swim Club in California, the home of Don Shollander, Donna De Verona, Mark Spitz and James Parrack. James won a silver medal at the 1990 Commonwealth Games, finishing the year world ranked number 3. He is ten times national champion. James is the swimming commentator for Eurosport, and presented Eurosport News from 2002 to 2006. He is formerly the swimming correspondent for The Independent and columnist and feature writer for the Swimming Times magazine. James runs the BEST Centre with his business partner and fellow British Olympian, Matthew O'Connor.
is a former University of Florida Gator who, after graduating in 2006,
went to work on Wall Street in New York City. It was there that his
interest in the statistical analysis of swimming began, but it wasn’t
until recently that SwimNews gave him the opportunity to translate his
numbers into words.
While at Florida, Elliot was a National qualifier in butterfly, freestyle, and IM, and also earned Academic All-SEC status every year while majoring in Exercise and Sports Science. After finishing his collegiate career, Elliot joined the swim team for New York Athletic Club where he was a National finalist in 2009.
Elliot just relocated from NYC to Charleston, SC to work for a software company focused on the non-profit sector, and you can find out more information about the statistical analysis work he is doing at TheSwimScout.com, follow him on Twitter @TheSwimScout, or you can reach him at elliotATtheswimscout.com