Does 5 minutes and 3 seconds sound like a long time to hold your breath under water? That is how long Funkita freediver, Amber Bourke, had to hold her breath to set a new Australian National Freediving Record.
So what are these crazy freedivers up to anyways you may wonder? Freedivers basically underwater dive for as long or as far as possible while holding their breath. It is an activity that tests the physical and mental capabilities of even the best swimmers. Time how long you can hold your breath under water next time you hit pool to get a taste of what it must feel like to be freediver.
Amber Bourke is definitely a stellar example of one of the best freedivers in the world. She is continually beating records while expanding her career further into freediving. She started as a synchronized swimmer, but after retiring found a new love for freediving. You can follow Bourke’s progress as a freediver by visiting her blog, Of the Sea.
Bourke recently competed on the international level at the Aida Individual Pool World Championship in Belgrade, Serbia. She broke three Australian records, a world record and brought home a bronze medal. In one heat she participated in the world record for the event was broken by three different female swimmers, a first for any freediving competition. Unfortunately, Bourke fell behind the other two ladies who beat the world records too, but it still is one amazing accomplishment.
We are sure the minor setback at Aida is not going to slow Bourke down. As a swimmer Bourke’s attitude can be an inspiration to us all. When writing about breaking the Australian records in freediving at a competition, her determination for success is apparent. Check out this passage she wrote:
“I still can't quite believe I did it. It is amazing what you can achieve when you dedicate yourself to something. It was only a year ago that I had a black out when trying to do a 120m DYN. I now feel like there are no limits. It is no longer a matter of "if" only "when".”
Feel like you need to channel some of Bourke’s motivation in the water? Check out the swimwear from Funkita that Bourke wears while she trains and competes. We really like the Amazonian-styled swimwear Funkita is offering this 2013 to help channel our inner female strength. Check out the different cuts and styles of the Amazonian-styled Primal Nights athletic swimwear by following the links listed below.