Pacific Cup of Freeediving, Hawaii
This year's AIDA Freediving World Championships took place in Kona, Hawaii. Known as "The Pacific Cup of Freediving", it ran from the 28th October until 4th November 2002. 23 countries were represented and the UK entered a full complement of athletes, 4 in the men's team and 3 in the women's.
The men came 7th out of 19 teams, with the women 5th out of 8 teams.
Full Results and Photos
Hayden Welch was reserve for the men's team
|Rodin o'Hagan |
Rodin has been competing in freediving for nearly 4 years and this is his third year as a member of the UK team. He trains frequently with the French team in Nice and regularly at two London indoor pools. Rodin particularly enjoys helping newcomers to the sport and encouraging future team members. He hopes for a competition dive in Hawaii of around 55-60m.
|Kevin Pengelly |
Kevin is 24 years old and got into freediving through his work as a PADI scuba instructor. He has been free diving seriously for about six months and won the UK Freedive Championships in Plymouth in July.
Kevin works as a Personal Trainer at Holmes Place on the Strand which gives him lots of time and facilities to train.
His favourite freediving destinations are Ko Toa Island, Thailand and Coffs Harbour, Oz. His best ever freedive experiences were catching a ride on a swim through on the back of two zebra sharks and being allowed to breathe again after the competition static! His worst experience was losing his mask at 25 m with no fins and having to find the line back up!
Kevin would like to set some personal bests while out in Hawaii then hopes to spend a year travelling in Thailand and New Zealand. From there he will just see where the diving takes him!
|Hannah Stacey |
Hannah is a radio journalist and works for Pirate FM in Cornwall. This is her second year on the UK Women's Freedive Team and Hannah won the Women's section of the British Championships in Plymouth in July.
Hannah freedives regularly in Cornwall with her partner James and has also trained in Nice, the Red Sea and Greece.
Hannah is based in Cornwall and happy to arrange a meeting with anyone considering sponsoring the Team.
|Sam Kirby |
Sam is a PADI Scuba Instructor who works in the UK and the Red Sea. Originally from the Helford River in Cornwall, Sam is 29 and has been in and around the water since she was born coming from a family of fishermen. She was friends with Hannah as a child and both were amazed to meet up again after about 20 years through free diving!
Sam's inspiration for freediving was falling in love with Jean Marc Barr in The Big Blue. A bit of a jet setter (as long as its Easy Jet!) has trained with Yehia Safwat of Team Egypt, the French team and Nice and more frequently with Howard and the UK freedive posse.
Sam is diving with a monofin to around 33m and has a static personal best time of 3 minutes 42 seconds and is training hard to get deeper.. longer.... better... more stylish....
When she is not in the water, Sam writes articles, poems and other stuff and keeps her personal website up to date, visit it on www.samdive.com
Sam is currently living in London and happy to arrange a meeting with anyone considering media coverage or sponsorship the Team.
|Suzanne Pugh |
Sue is based in Hurghada on the Red Sea coast and works as the Resort Representative for Regal Dive. Sue is also a PADI Scuba Instructor and teaches in her spare time.
Sue freedives in the warm waters of the Red Sea and recently had her first taste of UK freediving at the Plymouth competition; this was a lot blacker than expected.
She trains with friends Rohan, Hany and Kimo, over the beautiful coral reefs from Sharm el Nager, where there is a wreck at 23m to explore and the deep lines around the house reef at Fort Arabesque, south of Hurghada, for depth training.
Sue has just started using a monofin and has reached around 28m, this type of diving is using a new set of muscles which at the moment are fighting against training, but will hopefully behave in time for the Hawaii competition. Sue also has an impressive static breathhold personal best of 4 minutes 40 seconds!
Sue is based in Egypt but keen to answer any questions if you email her.
|Steve Gardner |
Steve has been freediving since the 80's but got seriously into the Sport when he worked with Howard Jones (now of Freediver fame) to put together the UK team for the first major International competition in Sardinia in 1998 and was the Team Reserve.
Realising that his 30m and 3m45w static breathold was not going to set any records, Steve decided instead to set up and run the organisation to manage the sport and in 1998 founded the British Freediving Association - affiliated to the major international body A.I.D.A.
Steve is now President of the BFA, the AIDA representative for the UK and has been Team Captain for the 2000 and 2001 competitions,where the British team has improved its performance and ranking with each event, the Men's Team reaching 9th out of 28 teams in 2001 in Ibiza. He also acts as judge for most of the Uk competitions and record attempts.
Steve still freedives but now only for fun and (in warm water!), but runs the weekly pool training sessions in Richmond each week.
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