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Georgina Miller & John Moorcroft set National Records at 6th BFA Great Northern Freediving Competition

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The Great Northern International and the BFA UK National Pool Championships never disappoints in terms of performance, and this year was no different.

Now in its 6th year, the event took place  last weekend at the Lifestyle Fitness Aquatic Centre in Liverpool, and certainly lived up to the ‘International’ part of the title; fourteen countries were represented, with one athlete – Mandy Sumner from team USA – flying in from Hawaii the night before the competition!

Keeping to tradition, national records were set, this year two British, over the course of the weekend.  On day one, John Moorcroft, the first diver of the day, kick started the competition with a record in dynamic no fins of 176m, and on day two, Georgina Miller set her record in static with 6 minutes and 33 seconds.  John swam just over 7 lengths of a 25m pool on one breath with no fins, smashing his previous record of 167m, set at last year in the Manchester competition.  Georgina Miller’s previous record was 6 minutes and 27 seconds set in 2014 at the 7th Mediterranean Freediving World Cup, pushing it a further 6 seconds away.

The UK male winner was Dan Betts with three strong performances, white cards and big smile at the end: 115m DNF, 05:39 STA and 151 DYN. Coming in second for the Brits was Josh Walton of Bristol Freedivers, and in third Jason Kirkpatrick from the Glasgow Apneists UK group.  In first place for International male the Mighty Matej Bergoc, in second Stephan Heiss, and in third David Fournier.

Georgina Miller breaking the static record

Georgina Miller breaking the static record

The UK female winner was Beci Ryan with 135m DNF, 05:12 STA and 150 DYN, in second Georgina Miller, and in third Lucelle Simms.  And Masa Sorn of Slovenia, who trains with Apneists UK Yorkshire group, came in second place for International female with three strong performances across the board (104 DNF, 04:46 STA, 150 DYN).

The winners of the Newbie Awards were Jason Kirkpatrick (05:17 STA) and Alison Hicks (151 DYN), with already impressive big holds and swims and a lot of promise for the future.  Rumor has it that both athletes look set to join the UK Team at the Pool World Championships in Serbia.

The Great Northern is a competition that celebrates achievements across the board. It recognizes that freediving is not always about numbers and times but about personal achievements and obstacles overcome.  The sense of atmosphere at this year’s competition spoke volumes, with athletes from clubs all over the UK and indeed the world, coaching, congratulating and celebrating personal bests with genuine enthusiasm.

A full list of results can be found here.

The Great Northern International and the BFA UK National Pool Championships are organised by Steve Millard of www.freedivers.co.uk

Photos: George Stoyle

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WIN a Bigblue AL-1200NP Dive Torch!!!

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For this week’s competition, we’ve teamed up with our good friends at Liquid Sports to give away a Bigblue AL-1200NP Dive Torch!

This torch delivers 1200 lumens of light powered by an ion rechargeable battery. There are 4 levels of brightness with burn times between 2-20 hours. Battery charge level is indicated via coloured lights around the on/off button. The beam angle is 10°. The anodised aluminium alloy housing sealed by double ‘O’ rings with a max operating depth of 100m. SRP £125.00 which includes torch, charging cradle and battery.

To be in with a chance of winning this awesome prize, all you have to do is answer the following question:

In a recent post on Scubaverse.com (which you can read here), we reported via the Marine Conservation Society that the UK’s landmark post-Brexit fisheries legislation has now become law. The Fisheries Act is the first legislation of its kind in nearly how many years?

Is it:

  • A) 60
  • B) 50
  • C) 40

Answer, A, B or C to the question above:

Liquid Sports Bigblue AL-1200NP Dive Torch November 2020

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Northern Diver Christmas Sale starts TODAY!

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This year Northern Diver’s Christmas offers are starting on Black Friday and running until midnight on New Year’s Eve! 

There are some great deals to be had across the site – www.ndiver.com – from discounted Drysuits and Coltri compressors to 15% off their entire Lighting Section!

And if you can’t find the perfect present for the diver in your life, they have a choice of Gift Cards on offer. They are even giving you £25 extra when you purchase a £100 voucher!

The offers don’t stop there – there is FREE shipping on all orders over £100 and even a FREE gift with every online purchase.

Every purchase will get you entered into a great prize draw to win one of their new Electracore 3.0mm Rechargeable Heated Vests!

And should you find that you need to return any of your purchases, Northern Diver understand that Christmas may be a little different for everyone this year and you may not get to see every one over Christmas, so they have extended their Returns Period to the end of January 2021. (Valid for purchases made from Black Friday to end of December 2020).

Some unmissable offers to look out for are the Varilux Zoom, part of the Varilux Black & Gold Range, with its variable beam width; and Northern Diver’s 4mm compressed Neoprene Drysuit, the Voyager, which is on offer for an incredible £475!

For more information visit the Northern Diver website by clicking here.

Photo credit: Joe Duffy

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