OG Martin Macnaughton has gained distinction in the field of freediving after setting a new national record at the German Indoor Championship in Static and Dynamic Apnea recently held in Berlin.
Martin's dynamic dive of 178 metres broke the existing British record in the Mens' Dynamic discipline by over 20 metres; this result combined with a static dive of 5m 32s earned him fourth place in the internationally contested competition. A freediver with less than one year's training, Martin is a relative novice to dynamic apnea, which measures the greatest horizontal distance covered by a diver in a single breath. His achievements are increasingly remarkable when considering the fact that he performed the record-breaking dive in his debut AIDA (International Association for the Development of Apnea) competition with a heavy cold.
British Freediving Association member and competition judge Ben Noble described Martin's performance as a 'fantastic suprise for British freediving.'
Martin, who now lives in Copenhagen, left Gresham's in 1993. However, his fondness for his old school survives fifteen years on, as he continues to make use of his old Gresham's PE vest. In fact, Martin brought this old vest to the record-breaking competition, where he wore it between events (pictured above).