SwimNews was formerly a swimming newsletter sent to Canadian coaches in the 1970's. SwimNews has grown to become an important and informative source for swimming news.
In February 1974, Nick Thierry, the founder and editor, originally published the first issue of the magazine as SWIM Canada with articles (written by Nick Thierry) covering the Canadian Commonwealth Games Trials. Thierry was regarded as the leading authority in swimming and its foremost statistician, having developed the IPS ranking system that is used around the world to measure swimmer's times across events. His database of times and swimmer bios, developed through decades of painstaking data entry. A swimmer and a coach, he placed swimmers on the 1964, 1968 and 1972 Olympic teams and was head coach of the 1970 Canadian Commonwealth Games team. In 2001, he was inducted in the International Swimming Hall of Fame and has won numerous awards for his contributions to the sport.
In 1997, the magazine was renamed SwimNews, shifting from strictly Canadian content to cover the world of swimming. In 1995, SwimNews.com was launched, making it one of the oldest swimming sites on the Internet. Created by Marco Chiesa, Thierry's business partner and longtime SwimNews photographer, the site won a number of awards and has been recognised as one of the largest and busiest swimming sites on the web. Marco originally began his photography work with SWIM Canada magazine in 1985 before gradually taking on other aspects of the magazine production, helping lead the magazine to a more modernized all electronic production in 1990 before launching the website.
SwimNews Magazine is published in print format up to 10 times year with original content not available online. Produced by a team of about a dozen writers, the magazine was published up to 10 times a year. In October 2012, Thierry passed away. The last print issue of SwimNews Magazine was published in December 2012 by Marco Chiesa and a team of writers. It was also the first issue published in e-format, available as an iPad App on iTunes.
In December 2013 SwimNews Magazine was published in digital format.
- Nick Thierry, founder and former editor-in-chief
- Marco Chiesa, owner, photographer, and editor-in-chief
- Nikki Dryden, writer and managing editor
Nikki is a two-time Canadian Olympic swimmer and a human-rights and immigration attorney. She competed at the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games, with a top finish of 6th place, and covered the 2004 and 2008 Olympics as a writer for SwimNews Magazine. Nikki has been a feature's writer for SwimNews since 1998 and has covered every major games, including the '02 and '06 Commonwealths, the '06 Pan Pacs, the '03, '05 and '07 Worlds, and the '99 Europeans. Nikki's legal writing focuses on issues at the nexus of sport and human rights, including government sponsored doping, athletes rights, and gender discrimination in sport, excerpts of which often appear in SwimNews. She speaks and advises on these issues as well, including on Olympic campaigns for LGBT rights, Team Darfur and Human Rights Watch.
- Adam Sioui, writer
Adam is a Canadian Olympian (2008) who swam the 100 and 200 fly and 4x200 relay in Beijing with a top finish of 5th. He is a two-time NCAA Champion and 19-time All American at the University of Florida. Adam also won three bronze medals at the '07 Pan Ams. Adam grew up in Trenton, Ontario, and now resides in Orlando, FL, where he's an aquatic director at a YMCA. Adam has been a Feature writer for SwimNews since 2006.
- Joanne Malar, writer
Joanne is a three-time Canadian Olympian (1992, 1996 and 2000) and is a five-time Olympic finalist. She won two World Championship titles and 30 National titles during her career. Joanne has been a Feature writer for SwimNews since 2007 and was the swimming commentator for CTV at the 2012 Olympics and Olympic Trials. She also spent five years as a Health & Wellness Television Personality & Host with Global Television. Joanne is Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Head Coach of the Summerland ORCA Swim Club.
- Casey Barrett, writer
Casey is a Canadian Olympian and is the co-founder of Imagine Swimming, New York City’s largest learn-to-swim school. He has won three Emmy awards and one Peabody award for his work writing and producing the Olympics on NBC. At the 2004, 2006, and 2008 Olympics, he served as one of Bob Costas’s Primetime Writers. Casey was also the founding editor and a columnist for SwimNetwork.com. He now writes his own blog, CapandGoggles.com. Casey launched his career at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club and reached the Olympic B Final in the 200m Butterfly at the 1996 Atlanta Games, placing 11th overall.
- Erin Gaeckle, writer
Erin is a Junior at the University of Tennessee where she swims with Matt Kredich. Originally from Charlotte, NC, Erin is majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. Erin swims back and “occasional” breast and was a B Finalist at SECs as a first-year swimmer. She loves to write and she loves swimming.
- Elizabeth Beisel, writer
Elizabeth is a two-time Olympic medalist, winning silver in the 400IM and bronze in the 200 back at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. She also has a gold (400IM '11) and two bronze medals from three separate World Championships. Elizabeth is a Senior at the University of Florida where she swims with Gregg Troy and has won two NCAA titles. Elizabeth became just the 11th student-athlete in Florida history to be named Academic All-America of the Year, earning the distinction for the women’s At-Large team. She was also selected to the 2013 Academic At-Large First Team. Elizabeth is a communications major and has plans to become a broadcast journalist.
- Matthew O'Connor, writer
Matthew is a British Olympian who competed in the 200 back at the 1992 Olympics. Matthew qualified for the 1990 Commonwealth Games at aged 18 and finished sixth in the final. He also finished 4th in the 1994 Commonwealth Games and competed at the 1991 World University Games and 1993 World University Games where he finished 6th. In 2009 Matthew opened the BEST Swim centre in Mallorca, Spain, with his business partner James Parrack, also a British Olympian. The BEST Centre has quickly become one of the best training sites in the world for both swimmers and triathletes. As well as being director of the BEST Centre, he has also organised numerous training camps for national aquatic teams during the past 10 years. Matthew writes a weekly sports column for the Majorca Daily Bulletin. He holds numerous Spanish masters records and is former European record holder in masters 100 back.
- Fabio Terrone, writer
Fabio is a former swimmer and coach from Italy. He is a writer for Insweep.com and can be found online @insweep
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