The UK Great Northern Freediving Pool Competition concluded at the weekend.  31 athletes entered the two-day event over the Easter weekend.

Day 1 was Apneists UK Dynamic No Fins day (DNF) alongside a small National competition with guests and a great way of involving a few new volunteers and newbie athletes into a very relaxed and easy session at Wright Robinson pool in Manchester.

Day 2 was the British Freediving Association UK National pool competition and the 8th Great Northern International pool competition. Winners of these competitions were chosen by the combined point score for Static (STA) apnea element added to a choice of Dynamic with fins (DYN), or Dynamic No Fins (DNF).

Organizer Steve Millard had this to say:

“The Easter weekend gained a few people who may not have made it, and lost a few who were taken up, so next year it will be on a neutral weekend with no significant calendar event. I was very happy to see a few new faces, we had 9 new divers out of the 31 entered starting over the two days and many of them put in PB or close to PB performances.”

The event was sponsored by ApneistsPADIwBritish Freediving AssociationFreexperience and Omersub.

The Great Northern Freediving Pool Competition 2017 - photos by Daniel Smith
The Great Northern Freediving Pool Competition 2017 – photos by Daniel Smith

Official Results

Below is a rundown of now official podium places, the two days results in full can be found here: http://www.freedivingcompetition.com/results-2017.html

Apneists UK Dynamic No Fins (DNF) competition

  • Male
    • 1st place Borys Bajorek
    • 2nd place Mike Benke
    • 3rd place Phil Fennell
  • Female
    • 1st place Lucelle Simms
    • 2nd place Lucy Hannell
    • 3rd place Claire Elwood

BFA UK National pool competition

  • Male
    • 1st Place Adam Drzazga
    • 2nd place Phil Fennell
    • 3rd place Tom Elliot
  • Female
    • 1st place Alice Hickson
    • 2nd place Lucelle Simms
    • 3rd place Nancy Gibson

8th Great Northern International

  • Male
    • 1st Place Adam Drzazga
    • 2nd place Phil Fennell
    • 3rd place Tom Elliot
  • Female
    • 1st place Alice Hickson
    • 2nd place Lucelle Simms
    • 3rd place Nancy Gibson

Best Newcomer

  • Male
    • Mika Meskanen
  • Female
    • Alexandra Mikheeva
The Great Northern Freediving Pool Competition 2017 - photos by Daniel Smith
The Great Northern Freediving Pool Competition 2017 – photos by Daniel Smith

 

Stephan Whelan
Stephan is the Founder of DeeperBlue.com. His passion for the underwater world started at 8 years-old with a try-dive in a hotel pool on holiday that soon formulated into a passion he pursued in all his spare time. In 1996 his passion for the underwater world led him to setup DeeperBlue.com. When he gets time he enjoys both Freediving and Scuba Diving when not traveling for work or enjoying time with his family in London.

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