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Monday, 23 June 2014; — The BFA is very proud to announce this year’s Outstanding Contribution to Freediving award has been presented to Liv Philip (www.livphilip.com). This award was introduced some years ago year and in previous years, has been awarded to John Moorcroft and Ben Noble. As well as being National Champion seven years in a row, breaking ten national records, being the World’s top ranked female freediver across the six disciplines in 2010 winning the title World Absolute Freediver award and World Championship Bronze medal winner in the 2013 Individual Depth World Championship, Liv is one of the UK’s most active freedivers in our community. Liv, a Master Instructor who also runs two London-based clubs (www.londonfreediving.org), she has instructed and coached quite a number of other successful freedivers including many of the British Team showing a community spirit that makes her a great ambassador for freediving. Liv has represented the sport of freediving in the media many times with film and TV work, and works extremely hard in her role as Training and Safety Officer for the BFA.
Orca has very kindly sponsored this award in the form of an Orca Breath suit (www.orca.com/gb-en/). For more information on Liv, her achievements and courses, please visit her site www.livphilip.com
UK Team Selection
Applications for the UK Team – 2014 AIDA Team World Championships in Sardinia, Italy are now open. The competition will take place from 16th September until the 26th and will include Dynamic apnea (with fins), Static Apnea and Constant weight (with fins).
We hope to send a full team of 3 men and 3 women per discipline, plus up to 2 additional athletes of each gender as substitutes, and a Team Captain/Coach (who may or may not be part of the competing team).
Selection will be based on the highest proven performances in the three disciplines. (AIDA world championship team selection will be by AIDA ranked points dated from 18 months prior to 3 months before the competition entry deadline. In case of candidates wishing to be considered who do not have AIDA ranked points a performance witnessed by an AIDA Judge or AIDA UK Instructor will stand at 80% of the resulting outcome.)
If you are interested in competing for the UK in Sardinia, please let us know by the 15th April 2014. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org listing your highest AIDA ranked performances since the 15th October 2012 in Static Apnea, Dynamic Apnea (with fins) and constant weight (with fins) with details of where this ranking was obtained. If you do not have a ranked performance in any or all of these disciplines, please let us know your current best performances in training, and when you anticipate seeing those ratified officially. If you anticipate achieving a higher ranked performance in any of the disciplines in the next few months, please also let us know that in your email. If your geographical location makes it difficult for you to gain a ranked performance, please let us know and we will take this into consideration.
If you are interested in going to Sardinia as Team Captain/Coach, please let us know you are interested by letting us know your experience in this area, and why you think you would be good for the job. Applications for the Team Captain/Coach position will be considered by the team once they have been selected, and appointed within one month of final team selection.
If you make the decision to apply for the 2014 team, you obviously need to be available to be in Sardinia for the dates above. You also need to be sure you can afford your flights and all expenses and the entry fee of 250 Euros (which excludes hotel costs).
In the meantime the BFA will be doing all it can to gather both sponsorship and logistical support for the 2014 team.
All competing athletes must be over 18 years old, UK citizens and members of the BFA at the time of the competition.
As the six British athletes selected to represent the UK at the Team Freediving World Championships this year in France polish off their training, Liv Philip, one of the longest-serving and most consistent of all UK athletes has been placed fourth in the world overall for her performance over the past year in the annual World’s Absolute Freediver Awards (WAFA) 2011.
Liv received this award in 2010 also, but has since then increased her overall score (based on her performances in all competitive disciplines) by almost 20 points. Liv trains herself and runs training evenings at London Freedivers at Pools on the Park in Richmond, Surrey. As well as this, Liv also supports the British Freediving Association acting as their Training & Safety Officer. She is undoubtedly one of the most committed freedivers in the UK and the BFA is proud to have her representing the UK again at the Team Freediving World Championships, alongside teammates Georgina Miller (another long-standing competitive Freediver) and newcomer Beci Ryan.
The British men’s team will be represented this year by Gary McGrath in his first ever Worlds appearance, Tim Money who returns to competitive freediving after a few years out working in Australia (and getting married and having a baby!), and John Moorcroft, who was honoured with an Outstanding Achievement Award by the BFA for a decade of service to the freediving community earlier this year. John’s commitment to competitive freediving goes back to 2000 when he competed in the 3rd ever AIDA World Championships in Ibiza.
More information on Liv’s WAFA award can be found at on the apnea cz website or some behind-the-scenes info in the blog too. The full results can be viewed at http://apnea.cz/ranking.html?awards. The AIDA Team Freediving World Championships are being held this year in Nice, France from 8th-16th September. All athletes are looking for personal or team sponsorship.
To sponsor the athletes, please send an email to sponsorship or press
The British Competition Freediving scene has really been hotting-up in the last few years, with UK athletes becoming competitive with the best freedivers in the world. Combining that with some excellent clubs and Instructors back home who are successfully helping more people into the sport, and providing safe and fun training places, even more freedivers are able to practise and make new freediving friends than ever before. Perhaps this is why so many people have participated in local and national competitions, discovering the fun of being part of a larger freediving community.
With record numbers of people competing in the UK already this year, the BFA want to make these events the safest places that you can go freediving and would like to announce that all safety divers at BFA endorsed competitions in pool and open-water, will now have a minimum safety diver qualification of AIDA 2*. We will be increasing this in September 2012 to a minimum of AIDA 2* plus the AIDA Competition safety diver course, or pool safety diver course (except for qualified & renewed instructors).
We have had positive feedback from swimming pools about this development and hope that it will help give the safety divers the support they need to continue to give the very best freediving safety to all of our freediving events. The BFA will be assisting clubs to organise AIDA Competition safety diver courses, or pool safety diver courses. If you would like some assistance or you would like to find out how to enrol on a safety diver course please email email@example.com
You can download the associated safety images, for printing out, here.
Applications for the UK Team – 2012 AIDA Team World Championships in Nice, France are now open.
The competition will take place from 8 – 16th Sept, deadline for entry 15th July.
For more information visit the competitions page by clicking on the right hand menu or go direct by clicking here.
The BFA aims to promote fair and safe competition in British Freediving at home and internationally for UK free divers and to help organisers to run their competitions safely and within the official rules of AIDA and BFA best practice.
We aim to inspire and encourage all levels of free divers to take part in competitive freediving and to help bring together volunteers to make the competitions possible.
You can visit the updated competitions page by clicking on the right hand menu or go direct by clicking here.
Volunteers: BFA Competitions are set up to support competing athletes and rely entirely on volunteers so if you want to help please contact the BFA at firstname.lastname@example.org
Liv Philip, the 35 year old freediver from South London, was the surprise winner of the ‘World Absolute Freediver Awards 2010’. Liv claimed the award based on highest overall scores internationally across all six competitive disciplines. She clocked up a massive 346.1 points, which included a static breathhold (STA) of 5 minutes 43; 105m in dynamics no fins (DNF, underwater breaststroke); and the long-sought-after round number of 60m in constant weight (CWT depth with a monofin).
Photo by Emma Critchley
Liv is one of the big names of British freediving, having secured eight National Records in five of the six disciplines. On the international circuit she is a regular and popular competitor, and it is her consistency and determination as an athlete that has brought her this top accolade.
Liv said: I’m motivated first and foremost by my love of water and that spurs me on to continue. Anything else is an added extra, but the improvement in my results motivates me to keep working hard to fund my training. I’m keen to see what lies ahead in 2011, but the main thing will be to continue having fun.
Liv is expected to compete at the Indoor Nationals being held in Liverpool in March, as well as many of the depth competitions, including the Worlds in Greece in September.
Liv added: Freediving is an amazing sport we get to hangout in the blue training in pools and the ocean and they give us lovely awards just for doing what is incredible fun.
Liv is currently looking for sponsorship so if anyone is interested in contacting her, please email her at email@example.com
The BFA congratulates Liv for her awesome performance, wishes her much success for 2011 and looks forward to making further announcements about her, and other athletes incredible dives this year.
Thanks to Fusion Lifestyle for their support of Liv’s training in London.
London Freedivers in general have been left a bit high and dry recently with all of the refurbishments of the pools in the area preparing for the 2012 Olympics. The good news though is that things are already turning around and even more good news is on the horizon. A few pool sessions are being opened up so that the Freedivers who have lost their pools can camp out for a bit in their neighbours pools.
Crystal freedivers are open again! This club was the flagship of UK pool training and is opening its doors in the newly refurbished Crystal Palace National Sports centre. There are details on the clubs page on how to contact them for further details. This represents not only a boost for our athletes preparing for the 2010 World championships as they are all invited to train there but also demonstrates the acceptance of UK Freediving as a sport in the UK with our athletes training alongside the potential Olympians in the National Sports Centre. Thank you for their kind support!!
London Freedivers (the group formerly known as Richmond Freedivers) due to successful membership this year have extended their pool session to include more lanes for training. They are after boosting their membership to fill the extra space so please get in touch. These facilities are open to New Freedivers right the way up to UK squad members, training is given.
Kentish town will be re-opening their doors sometime in February, please keep an eye on the clubs page for more news.
Details of the clubs can be found here and if you have any questions regarding the clubs page please contact our clubs officer by clicking here.