Amber Bourke stars at the Curtis Coast Freediving Challenge.
Amber Bourke stars at the Curtis Coast Freediving Challenge. Christopher Chan

Amber kicks on for two national records

WHEN free diver Amber Bourke, 23, slides under the water she is completely focussed.

"It's just kick, kick, glide, glide.

"Your whole world narrows down."

The Brisbane athlete was at the Gladstone Aquatic Centre at the weekend.

She competed in the Curtis Coast Freediving Challenge.

And she cracked two national records.

Bourke held her breath and swam 155m without fins on Saturday.

She beat the record by 5m.

And yesterday, she went 181m without taking a breath with fins.

The old mark was 166m.

Bourke is used to holding her breath.

She has been free diving for a year.

But before that she was a synchronised swimmer.

Gladstone scaffolder Richard Frost, 31, also competed. He is new to the sport with only three months' experience.

But he held his breath for 5 minutes and 10 seconds on Saturday.

It was a personal best for Frost.

"I'm stoked," he said.

Free divers employ breathing techniques, similar to those used in yoga, before they hit the water.

Frost said the biggest challenge was mental.

His coach Wayne Judge agreed.

"You have to muscle it out."

Results

  • Curtis Coast Freediving Challenge
  • Men's champion - Ron Quin Australia (NSW)
  • Men's runner-up - Ant Judge Aust (NSW)
  • Women's champion - Amber Bourke Aust (QLD)
  • Women's runner-up - Sara Turrini (Italy)


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