I think that contrary to marathon swims, mass open water races should have age limits, or in the very least separate waves for junior swimmers and one for tadpoles.
AZ Open Water Swimming on Facebook
(From South China Morning Post)Byline: Alice YanThe maritime bureau in Guangdong's Zhanjiang city has lashed out at the organiser of a record-breaking swim by two children across the busy shipping lanes of the Qiongzhou Strait for failing to obtain its approval.The swim went ahead last Thursday despite the Zhanjiang Maritime Bureau having made it clear to the Haikou Swimming Association in Hainan that it needed its permission.Guo Siyi , seven, and her male cousin, Hu Congtai , nine, made the 27km crossing in just more than eight hours.The two Shenzhen children claimed the Guinness World Record for being the youngest male and female swimmers to cross the Qiongzhou Strait, which separates Guangdong and Hainan. They started from Xuwen county near Zhanjiang and swam south to near Haikou city in Hainan.A Zhanjiang Maritime Bureau official yesterday said the office told organisers that regulations required them to apply for permission. "But they said it was their own business and that we should not get involved."The Zhanjiang city government also insisted it should have been notified so it could warn vessels using the waterway, in accordance with the mainland's Marine Transportation Safety Law.The association countered that it already had an official blessing."We applied to the Hainan Provincial Maritime Bureau and they approved it. I don't know why the Zhanjiang authorities have criticised us," swimming association secretary Sun Zhaojun said.According to the Shenzhen Evening News, the Hainan Provincial Marine Bureau issued a notice on the day alerting vessels of the event. About 400 ships pass through the strait every day.Mr Sun said the Zhanjiang authorities had made many negative comments to the media. "We reserve the right to take legal action against them," he said.
Niek said:It should be forbidden. 7 and 9 years old 27 km?!?
It should be forbidden. 7 and 9 years old 27 km?!?
How many 7 or 9 year olds could you get to walk 27K in 8 hours?
Dolfinsal said:We in Jersey have a history of 14 year old English Channel swimmers way back in 70's and 80's - and NONE of them are still swimming now - I believe 'too much too young'.
We in Jersey have a history of 14 year old English Channel swimmers way back in 70's and 80's - and NONE of them are still swimming now - I believe 'too much too young'.
It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!