ONSHORE Podcast: Ep #034 – Val Kalmikovs

Val Kalmikovs is the president of the Keppel Islands Swimming Association and organiser of the Swim Around Keppel.


Date: 22 August 2020
Interview number: 034
Interviewees: Val Kalmikovs, President of the Keppel Islands Swimming Association (KISA) and organiser of the Swim Around Keppel
Great Keppel Island, Queensland


We met up with Val on Great Keppel Island to learn more about the Keppel Islands Swimming Association he founded and the association’s main fundraising event, the Great Keppel Island Swim.

We also talked through his swimming career that took him to two Olympics (1996 & 2000) as a breaststroker, and subsequently his international career in coaching and swimming pool facilities management. Val also swam the English Channel in 2019 and has a passion for growing the long-distance side of the sport in Australia.

A little snippet

In this snippet from the full podcast interview, Val talks about how KISA and the Swim Around Keppel came about and the objectives of each.




Event Details

Name: Swim Around Keppel
Website: www.swimaroundkeppel.com.au


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