On May 30th NoTanx held a small comp…
The objectives were two fold…
1. The opportunity for some of UK top athletes to attain AIDA points.
2. To test the organisation for the NoTanx Laurie Comp in July.
Everyone had a thoroughly good time, and although there were only 8 competitors, 4 of them gained places on the National Team.
Alan Barber set a New UK Dynamic Record of 202m.(congratulations Alan)
Thank you to the NoTanx members for running the comp, MT, Steve G and Gad for judging and to Immersion.
On Thursday 24th July 2008, at the New Malden Centre, London, Alan Barber completed a performance of 186 metres. The new record beats the previous one of 178 metres, set by Martin Macnaughton in 2007. Alan, 35, from Yately, Hampshire is a relative newcomer to the sport and has been freediving for less than 18 months. This is his second UK record, as he also holds Men’s Dynamic Apnea Without Fins, set earlier this year.
The British Freediving Association is pleased to announce a new UK record in the Men’s Dynamic Apnea ‘No-fins’ discipline. On Thursday 7th February 2008, at The New Malden Centre, London, Alan Barber completed a performance of 127 metres. The new record beats the previous record of 120 metres, set by Danny Coope in 2006. Dynamic Apnea without fins is one of the most technically difficult of the pool-based breath-hold disciplines. It requires precise technique and fine-tuned buoyancy underwater.
Alan, 35, had been freediving for precisely one year with his freediving club NoTanx, upon setting the record. As well as progressing to a record-breaking performance so quickly, amazingly, Alan is able to swim further without fins than with.
He also was able to combine this achievement with raising over £1,000 for his favourite charity, ‘The Brook’ which is concerned with animal welfare.
Alan has been coached at his club by Adrian Hamilton and Marcus Greatwood.
Alan Barber was honoured by the Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames for his exceptional achievements in Apnea, including his 202m Dynamic Record.
At the annual Sports awards, 15th October, Alan (who represented GBR in Denmark this year) was awarded Senior Sports Achiever by The Mayor of Kingston.
Marcus Greatwood (Alan’s coach) was also nominated for his fantastic work within NoTanx Club. Marcus’ plan to get Freediving recognised by the UK Sports Council takes another step forward.