Philip Emslie

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Philip Emslie at the Speedo Ice Swim Africa
Philip Emslie is an open water swimmer from Cape Town, South Africa.

As a Junior swimmer, he was the South African 400m freestyle Junior nationals champion, as well as the South African junior Aquathon champion. Philip is the current South African Masters Swimming Short (25m) and Long (50m) course 800m and 1500m freestyle record holder, 25 to 29 years age group. After having competed mostly in the pool, he also raced as a semi-professional triathlon team swimmer from 2002 to 2008. Philip represented and captained the Western Province and Maties (University of Stellenbosch) swimming teams, but recently included more Open Water swimming events to his race schedule.

Cold water distance swimming has become his forte, with recent achievements including taking part in the Cadiz Freedom Swim for the first time in 2011, was the 1st Male South African finisher and 3rd Male overall. In 2011 he has won the Cadiz Youth Day swim 2 mile race, the Cadiz Women’s Day 4km relay swim, the Cadiz Heritage Day 5km solo swim, as well as the 2011 Pearly's Around the Island 3km swim in Langebaan. Upon completion of the One Mile Speedo Ice Swim Africa (Water temperature below 5 degrees centegrade) in Fraserburg, July 2011, he became a member of the International Ice Swimming Association. Philip also competes annually in the Brian Curtis Mile and 3km Swims.

Philip currently trains with Vineyard Rondebosch Swimming Club under Head Coach Brendon Pienaar.

Notable Recent Achievements in 2012

The inaugural Atlantic Dash: 1st Overall: Apr 12

South African Open Water Championships 2012: Elite 5km - 4th Place: Apr 12

South African Open Water Championships 2012: Elite 10km - 5th Place: Apr 12

Pearly's Around the Island Swim, Langebaan: 3.2km - 2nd Place: Mar 12

Cadiz Human Rights Day Swim 2012: 2nd Place

South African Masters Championships 3km Open Water - 1st Overall: Mar 12

South African Masters Championships 800m & 400m Freestyle - 2nd place: Mar 12

Around The Rocks Challenge Swim, Blouberg, 2.5km - 1st Overall, New Course Record: Feb 12

Brian Curtis Mile 2012: 3km - 1st Place, 1Mile - 1st Place :Feb 12

Western Province Open Water Swim Championships: 10km - 1st Place, 5km - 2nd Place, 1km - 1st Place  :Jan 12

Western Province Open Water Swim Series #3: 5km - 1st Place, 1km - 1st Place.  :Jan 12

Clifton Cold Water 1 Mile 2012 - 1st Overall  :Jan 12

2011 Achievements

South African Masters 1500m Freestyle Long Course Record Holder - Broke a 23year record set in 1987

Western Province Open Water Swim Series #3 3km – 2nd place :Jan 11

Brian Curtis 3km Swim – 3rd place :Feb 11

Brian Curtis Mile – 2nd place :Feb 11

Cadiz Human Rights Day Swim 2011 – 2nd place :Mar 11

Pearly’s Around the Island 3km Swim – 1st place (New Course record) :Mar 11

Cadiz Freedom Swim 9.3km – 3rd Male Overall behind Petar Stoychev and Trent Grimsey, 1st South African male finisher

Cadiz Youth Day 2 Mile swim - 1st Overall :Jun 11

Speedo Ice Swim Africa - 1 Mile completed in below 5 Deg C :Jun 11

Cadiz Women's Day 4km relay swim - 1st Overall :Aug 11

Cadiz Heritage Day 5km swim - 1st Overall :Sep 11

Clanwilliam Fitness Festival 2011 3km swim - 1st overall :Oct 11

Broke South African Masters 800m and 1500m Freestyle Short Course Records. :Nov 11

Western Province Open Water Swim Series #1: 10km - 1st Place, 1km - 1st Place. :Nov 11

Western Province Open Water Swim Series #2: 10km - 1st Place, 3km - 1st Place, 1km - 1st Place. :Nov 11

Jailbreak Swim To Escape 2011 3.3km Swim - 1st Overall  :Dec 11

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