Tim Stiff

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Stiff, Training for an Ice Swim - July, 2011
Stiff was born in 1958 in Rhodesia. At the age of 6 months old he suffered from Polio [1], which left both legs severely weakened from the nerve damage that polio can cause. From a swimming point of view, he has no propulsion in the legs, and uses a small fin on his right foot to help keep the legs from sinking and dragging too much. Due to the effects of polio pretty much the only effective exercise is swimming.

Stiff started serious open water swimming when he moved to Cape Town in 2004 and has competed in a number of events including the inaugural 5.3 km Atlantic Dash, the inaugural 10.5 km Lighthouse to Big Bay Swim, as well as becoming a member of the International Ice Swimming Association.

Open Water Swimming Achievements

15,October, 2012 - Deep Blue Invitational Swim, Shelley Beach, Western Cape, 8 km (reduced from 10 km due to severe conditions) in 3:23.24 in 12°C water
15,July, 2012 - Africa Ice Swim, Fraserburg, Northern Cape, 1 Mile (1.6km) in 0:25.55 in 1.5°C water
12,May, 2012 - Lighthouse to Big Bay Swim, 10.5km in 3:22.08 in 13°C water
21,April, 2012 - Atlantic Dash, 5.3km in 1:41.55 in 12°C water
7,April, 2012 - Nelson Bay Bell Buoy Challenge, 8.0 km in 2:21.10 in 18°C water
23,July, 2011 - Speedo Ice Swim Africa, Fraserburg, Northern Cape, 1 Mile (1.6km) in 27:43 Minutes in 4°C water
23,April, 2011 - Nelson Bay Bell Buoy Challenge, 8.0 km in 2:45.18 in 16°C water
2,May, 2010 - Cadiz Freedom Swim from Robben Island to Big Bay, 7.5 km in 3:13.56 in 11°C water
23,April, 2010 - Nelson Bay Bell Buoy Challenge, 7.0 km in 2:31.38 in 17°C water
30,April, 2009 - Cadiz Freedom Swim from Robben Island to Big Bay, 7.5 km in 2:09.08 in 9°C water

Some personal thoughts

2010 - Interested in swimming an Ice Swim? Here are some of my thoughts for anyone keen to follow in our footsteps.Speedo Ice Swim Africa
2012 - Africa Ice Swim - Fraserburg - July 2012 Blog on the experience
2012 - Deep Blue Invitational Swim - My toughest swim so far Blog on the experience

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