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Darren Turner

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Darren Turner, circa 1989
Darren Turner, winning the 1993 Waikiki Roughwater Swim in record time

Darren Turner (born 2 September 1966) is an Australian pool and open water swimmer from Wollongong, NSW.

Open Water Swimming Career[edit]

  • Turner finished second in the 1986 Magnetic Island to Townsville Swim in North Queensland, Australia in August in 1 hour 27 minutes.
  • Turner won the 5 km Sri Chinmoy Swim in Lake Burley Griffin, ACT, Australia on 15 March 1987 in 1 hour 4 minutes 56 seconds and January 31, 1988 in 59m45.
  • Turner won the 5 km Sri Chinmoy Swim in Lake Burley Griffin, ACT, Australia on 31 January 1988 in 59 minutes 45 seconds.
  • Turner finished second in the 1988 Magnetic Island to Townsville Swim in North Queensland, Australia in August in 1 hour 29 minutes.
  • Turner won the 18 km International Long Distance Swim on 16 January 1988 in South Australia in 3 hours 9 minutes.
  • Turner finished second at the 1988 Australian Marathon Swimming Championships in 3 hours 24 minutes.
  • Turner finished second at the Wategos Beach to Byron Bay, NSW, Australia Day Ocean Swim on 26 January 1988.
  • Turner participated in a Guinness World Records 40 km Ocean Relay Swim on 3 April 1988 from Largs Bay to Port Noralunga, South Australia in 10 hours 41 minutes 44 seconds.
  • Turner completed the 25 km Ocean Swim in Gunnamatta Bay, NSW, Australia in July 1989 in 5 hours 24 minutes.
  • Turner swam 20 km in Engadine Pool, NSW, Australia on 19 December 1989 in 4 hours 12 minutes 54 seconds.
  • Turner won the 1989 USA Swimming National 25 km marathon swim championships in Long Beach, California in 4 hours 30 minutes and 38 seconds over Jay Wilkerson in 4 hours 36 minutes and Chad Hundeby in 4 hours 40 minutes on 6 August 1989.
  • Turner won the 1989 Australian Marathon Swimming Championships in 3 hours 22 minutes.
  • Turner was named the 1989 World Long Distance Swimmer of the Year by Swimming World Magazine.
  • Turner won the 1989 5 km Yarra Super Swim in Melbourne, Australia.
  • Turner won the 1989 Waikiki Roughwater Swim on Oahu, Hawaii.
  • Turner won the 1989 Santa Monica Pier to Pier Swim on 20 August 1989 just ahead of Gerry Rodrigues.
  • Turner won the Melbourne Australia Day Yarra River Super Swim on 26 January 1989.
  • Turner won the Wollongong Ocean Swim, Basin to Beach in December 1989.
  • Turner won the 1989 Macquarie River Swim in Dubbo, NSW, Australia.
  • Turner won the Melbourne Australia Day Yarra River Super Swim in 1992 over a field of 1500+ swimmers.
  • Turner won the 1993 Waikiki Roughwater Swim on Oahu, Hawaii when he set the course record in 42.21 minutes
  • Turner participated in the winning team at the 1993 Maui Channel Swim between Lanai and Maui in Hawaii.
  • Turner won the Nepean River Bridge to Bridge Swim NSW, Australia on 25 January 1997 in 33.15 minutes.
  • Turner participated in the winning team at the 1998 Maui Channel Swim between Lanai and Maui in Hawaii.
  • Turner participated in the winning team at the 1999 Maui Channel Swim between Lanai and Maui in Hawaii.
  • Turner completed the 9.6-mile Maui Channel Swim on 7 different occasions between 1989 and 1999.
  • Turner participated on the winning team in the Cottesloe to Rottnest Island Swim in Western Australia on 9 February 2005.
  • Turner won the Bondi Beach Rough Water Swim on 9 January 2011 at the age of 42 years when he started in the 7th wave and finished first outright.
  • Turner won the 16 km race at the 1988 Australian Marathon Swimming Championships in 3 hours 22 minutes.

Honors and Awards[edit]

  • Honored as the 1989 World Marathon Distance Swimmer of the Year by Swimming World Magazine.
  • Member of the 1989 Australian Marathon Swimming Team Tour of the USA.
  • Recognized by the NSW Minster of Sport & Recreation and Racing on 7 December 1989.
  • Received Letters of Recognition from Des Renford, MBE.
  • Recognized by the SLSA winning World Rescue Tube Race in Shimoda, Japan.

Surf Lifesaving Career Highlights[edit]

  • Won the World Rescue Tube Race at the 1992 World Lifesaving Titles in Shimoda, Japan.
  • Won 7 Australian Individual and Team Surf Lifesaving Titles.

Pool swimming Career Highlights[edit]

  • National and State Swimming Champion in Open Water and Distance Pool Events
  • Australian Masters Record Holder in Open Water and Distance Pool Events
  • Turner’s Long-Distance Swimming Career spanned 40 years.

References[edit]

  • Swimming World Magazine, December 1989, page 49.
  • World Swimming Daily News, April 7, 2017.
  • International Swimmer June 1986, July/August 1986, June 1987, December 1988, March 1989.
  • Honolulu Advertiser on 5 September 1989 and 7 September 1993.
  • The Advertiser Adelaide, SA Monday on 4 April 1988.
  • Daily Mirror Australia, September, 1993, 12 April 1988, 11 April 1988, 1 February 1989, 8 August 1989, 6 December 1989.
  • Maui News, September 1998.
  • Triathlon Sports, May 1989
  • Illawarra Mercury, 21 September 1989.

Coaches[edit]

  • Des Renford (deceased)
  • Terry Buck Head Coach Australian Swimming (deceased),
  • Dick Caine
  • Ron & Rick McKeon
  • Allan Thompson (Head Coach Australian swimming)
  • Les Hopkins
  • Tracey Waters

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