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Great Northern UK freediving Champs 2011

This year’s Great Northern Freediving competition saw many successes from London Freediving athletes, almost too many in fact for a normal news update so I’ve listed them instead. In no particular order congratulations to:

  • Liv Phillips who came achieved Gold and also pocketed a new National Record in the dynamic no fins discipline with a fantastic 111m dive.
  • Georgie Miller who won Silver
  • Tim Money who despite having been training for a marathon in the run up this year pulled off a bronze medal performance – “who says aerobic fitness isnt good for freediving?” – not Tim clearly.
  • Gary, Mark, Edd and Nick who completed the team effort with some excellent performances. Particularly well done to Nick and Mark who debut with 2 white cards each and Gary who achieved an excellent static time under tricky conditions to come third amongst the men in that discipline.

The competition ended with a bang again when Dave King extended his own National Record in dynamic apnea to a staggering 226 m. All in all a very successful competition and we look forward to being back in Liverpool in 2012.

Thanks to Steve Millard and his crew for organising another great event.


Lyon, France: Today, January 18th, the freediving portal announced the results of the annual award for the best and the most complete breath-hold divers. The top names of 2010 will surprise insiders and fans. Many will wonder why Herbert Nitsch, Natalia Molchanova, Martin Stepanek, Stephane Misfud, and other big names are missing on this list.

The complete results can be found at

The organization and net publication has interviewed the top 5 winners:

The biggest surprise is the absence of Natalia Molchanova on the top ten list (she ranked 11th). Natalia is a famous Russian freediver who broke 29 world records, and has been at the top since 2003. Until now, with two small exceptions, she was always ranked the first. And not only that – mostly she used to have better results than the best male freediver! So what happened? Did she lose her skill? No, it is not the case – she focused on setting another two new world records in 2010, and helped the Russian team to gain a silver medal on the AIDA Team Freediving World Championship in July. In 2010, she simply competed in only three of the six freediving disciplines in 2010, and this handicap was too high.

The absence of Molchanova allowed some other unexpected results. Liv Philip (UK), who won the top award this year, is an experienced freediver with a huge collection of gold medals from many competitions, and was on the top ten list already several times. Still, her victory is unforeseen, since she did not rank at the top of any individual discipline. Instead, she had excellent and balanced overall results.

The second rank of Rosibel Molina (Cuba) is a real bolt from the blue. She is a complete newcomer, and only participated in a single competition (PFI Déjà Blue on Cayman Islands). The third female rank belongs to the Swede Klara Hansson (5th in 2009).

And although the first place of William Trubridge among men was expected by all, it is also surprising, because he not only won the award despite competing only in five of the six disciplines in 2010, but he also broke the all-time highest score of Natalia Molchanova. Danish freedivers confirmed their qualities: Niels-Jakob Hansen on the second, and Rune Hallum Sørensen on the third rank.

The World’s Absolute Freediver Award (WAFA) is an annual prize for freedivers with the highest combined score in six freediving disciplines: static apnea, dynamic apnea with fins, dynamic apnea without fins (pool disciplines), constant weight with fins, constant weight without fins, and free immersion (depth disciplines). is a popular freediving website, maintaining the database of freediving competitions of all coexisting freediving federations.

The Great Northern: UK National (with guests) Pool Competition 2011

Apneists UK are delighted to be able to announce that once again we will be holding the BFA UK National Pool Freediving Competition with International status. It will be held at the Liverpool Aquatics Centre, Wavertree on Sunday 13th March 2011. The event will once again be called ‘The Great Northern’ because we can’t be bothered thinking of anything better and we liked that name anyway. We will be hosting the Static (STA) and Dynamic with Fins (DYN) disciplines.

Everybody is welcome!

The spaces are for seasoned athletes and also those new to the sport. I will ensure all the information you require if you are a ‘newbie’ is given to you and we will make sure you are welcomed and look after you. Everyone starts somewhere! There are around 27 spaces (this can be increased) to compete and you will receive an AIDA World ranking. Last year we saw many personal bests set and a NR at the venue because of the excellent facilities, relaxed atmosphere and ….. I suppose the athletes themselves J The ‘with guests’ tag means that although it is the UK National competition that even if you are not a UK citizen you can compete, and in fact we would encourage it, Liverpool is next to a major city, and itself has an airport / trains for easy access. You could be amongst the next generation of successful Freedivers, or maybe you already are! What are you waiting for?

We are also welcome those wanting to help. Some jobs are essential, the whole competition is set up to support the competing athletes so if you want to help let me know, we need at least 15-20 people to make it run smoothly.

Contact Steve Millard:

The Liverpool Aquatics Centre was the perfect venue last year for a Great competition. At the heart of the state-of-the-art facility is an Olympic sized pool with moveable floor, which is used as a training camp by some of the world’s best swimmers in the run up to the 2012 Olympic Games. Aside from the main pool (which can be divided into two if required) there is also an additional 20 metre training pool.

For the Great Northern 2011 event the 20 metre training pool will be used in the morning to host the STA event and the 50m Olympic pool to hold the DYN event.

The Great Northern will provide the ideal opportunity for athletes in the UK and from the continent to gain AIDA ranking to be counted for their National Team selection. Focusing on STA and DYN. It’s also the perfect place to meet other Freedivers and meet some of the personalities in the sport. Please go to for pictures, testimonials and any other information from last years competition. I will update this soon.

Convinced? Please go here for your enrolment form.

Still not convinced? Turn up anyway, there is a free viewing gallery and after you have seen what its all about we will probably see you competing at next years event J

Steve Millard