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Times have changed from the earliest swimming competitions held by Egyptians and Medieval knights.
Swimming has been around for thousands of years. In 400 BC Egyptians and Romans leisurely dived off cliffs and in the 14th Century, medieval knights mastered swimming in armour!
The English are thought to be the first modern society to develop swimming as a sport. By 1837, regular swimming competitions were being held in London's 6 artificial pools, organized by the National Swimming Society in England.
As the sport grew more swimming pools were built and in 1896, swimming became an Olympic sport for men with the 100 metres and 1500 metres freestyle competitions held in open water.
Although people have swum since ancient times, swimming strokes have been developed greatly in the past 100 years. The best way to see if the new stroke is an improvement is to use it in competition. That's why so much attention is paid to speed and endurance records.
Women were excluded from the sport in the first several Olympic Games, because it was assumed they were too frail to engage in competitive sports (?). It was only at the 1912 Games when women's swimming made its debut at the prompting of the group that was later known as the International Olympic Committee.
Swimming traditionally provides the most atmosphere of any sport in the Island Games, with team mates and spectators creating extraordinary vocal support during races, both in the heats and the finals.
Nautical Club of Rhodes Swimming Pool.
Swimming has a long history in the island although training in winter is hard due to the pools being outside.
Two swimming clubs exist on the island and local competitions are frequently organised.
All swimming events will be held in the 25m, eight lane, Nautical Club of Rhodes swimming pool, which is located near the marina of Rhodes.
Games Records before the 2007 Games
Event - Record - Holder(s) - Island - Year
50m Freestyle 23.61 Alexis Militis Jersey 2005
50m Butterfly 25.49 Simon Le Couilliard Jersey 2005
50m Backstroke 26.39 Thomas Hollingsworth Guernsey 2005
50m Breaststroke 28.25 Darren Mew Isle of Wight 1997
100m Individual Medley 58.68 Thomas Hollingsworth Guernsey 2005
4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1.35.67 Simon Le Couilliard, Damien Bouchere, Liam du Feu and Alexis Militis Jersey 2005
50m Freestyle 26.90 Natalie Bree Jersey 2001
50m Butterfly 28.98 Natalie Bree Jersey 2003
50m Backstroke 29.91 Shauna Powells Cayman 2001
50m Breaststroke 33.18 Helen Watts Guernsey 1999
100m Individual Medley 1.04.98 Ida Sandin Gotland 2005
4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1.51.32 Laura Middleton, Emma Hirst, Katherine Gamlin and Natalie Bree Jersey 2001
last updated: 13/10/2008 at 12:54