Blue Seventy photos in Auckland


January 30th, 2013 by



Blue Seventy used the opportunity of having a number of their athletes arriving in the one spot wisely by organising a series of photo sessions over the course of the Asia Pacific 70.3 race weekend in Auckland the other weekend there.

Blue Seventy swim Shoot at Parnell pools  .picture by Brendon O'Hagan..

It seems an eternity ago that these photos were taken, but it really wasn’t much more than 10 days past. It was at a salt water pool just off the run course on the water front that we met photographer Brendon O’Hagan for a fun couple of hours in the water.

Blue Seventy swim Shoot at Parnell pools  .picture by Brendon O'Hagan..

I like this picture if not only for the Saltire fluttering in the background amongst other home nation flags, which I thought was rather cool.

Blue Seventy swim Shoot at Parnell pools  .picture by Brendon O'Hagan..

We spent some time swimming over Brendon at relatively low speeds in the hope that he would snap some good images (I don’t think his ability to actually take good pictures was ever in doubt, rather more whether we could position ourselves correctly and/or adequately!)

Blue Seventy swim Shoot at Parnell pools  .picture by Brendon O'Hagan..

This image I like mostly because it proves to me I still swim as I was taught painstakingly by my old coach Darren Smith nearly ten years ago in Stirling. Darren fully believed that to be good open water swimmers we needed to have a ‘kayak’ stroke – mimicking the paddle action with our arms: one arm in, one arm out. Any form of a catch up stroke is very difficult to master in the big bad open waters that we race in. I’m pretty confident my left arm has just entered (no catch has started to happen as yet) and my right arm is virtually out of the water, so that’s good enough for me for now!

Blue Seventy swim Shoot at Parnell pools  .picture by Brendon O'Hagan..

I can spot my lazy looking left arm from pretty much any distance when I see footage of a race … nothing changes 😉

Many thanks to Brendon O’Hagan once again for both the time in the water and all of the above images. See more of his superb work at www.brendonohagan.co.nz