About This Issue


Nick J. Thierry
Editor / Publisher

This our 10th issue for 1999. It is crammed with useful articles and stats. Since the major meets are done, there is room for all the kinds of articles that you will find very useful.

The 10 most frequently asked questions (FAQ) have been prepared by feature writer Wayne Goldsmith.

A book review of four champions aiming at the gold in the distance free events in 1976 is an inspirational work. The detailed explanation of the various swimmers' backgrounds and pre-paration with examples of workouts explains the "how" of endurance events.

To be successful you leave nothing to chance. That is the basic message of Staying Focussed by Waye Goldsmith.

It's the end of the century and sports historian Jack Kelso reviews the top swimmers in Canada.

Nikki Dryden, an experienced swimmer and feature writer, provides her basic Behaviour Rules for Swimmers. If you have others, let us know.

The return of semi-finals is tackled by both Nikki and Karin Helmstaedt with views from swimmers and administrators.

The mental struggle of those physically injured by swimming training is ever-present and very real. Here is the story of three swimmers and how they cope with their problems.

James Hickman (GBR) lost his 100 fly world record (25 m) in September but that's just part of his quest. Leah Winzelman, based in Germany, tells his story.

Ralf Braun missed the qualifying time but was placed on the German team going to the European Championships. He won gold there in the 200 backstroke. His story is told by Karin Helmstaedt.

Fun time in Cold Lake as coach Chris Semchuk writes on hosting their first competition in 20 years at the Canadian Forces Base in Alberta.

In addition we have the all time Canadian TAG top 10 times to better motivate you for the coming season. The 50-deep Long Course TAG times take up the second half of the magazine.

This is the final issue for 1999. Our next one will be in January 2000. Meanwhile keep up to date on our website www.swimnews.com.