New course tried at the Capital Classic Ocean Swim

I was asked to shoot media images by the organizers of the Capital Classic Ocean Swim on Sunday, January 29, 2012. What impressed upon me was the changes to the course that day. Instead of starting at Freyberg beach and swimming to Oriental Bay (via the lighthouse and a couple of different laps of marker buoys), this time the swim started at Frank Kits Lagoon. The start was in the open water outside of the lagoon, then went in a direct line toward the lightbouse, then back to Oriental Bay.

Daniel Bell, 100m Backstroke NZ record holder. Commonwelath Silver medalist. Olympic hopeful. Enters the water via a gang plank on the wharf by Frank Kits Lagoon. State Capital Classic, Wellington. Sunday January 29, 2012.

The short courses started at their usual location of Oriental Bay. I managed to see both as I was assigned a spot on the media boat and was safely dropped off with enough time to get the finishers of the long course at Freyberg and hike over to Oriental. This is of course where all the VIPs and celebrities can be found. I made sure to listen to Scott Rice’s announcements on the mega phone as he called out the ‘who’s who’ in the field…

Kerri Woodham, Radio and TV personality and talk back host on ZB. State Capital Classic, Wellington. Sunday January 29, 2012.

There is a real vibe of nerves that happens prior to the races. With the long course especially, there were people doing their own rituals in order to get psyched up for the challenge. In many ways the event is always an unknown. You can train and train but on the day, the body may go well or it may be a struggle to get into the rhythm. As a parting shot, I put this one of a young guy who went into the race with his Dad, here taking a split second to look back to the shore with the hundreds of other competitors and reflect.

A young competitor mentally prepares himself in Frank Kits Lagoon prior to the start of the long course race.



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