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Sunday, April 21, 2019

2019 Red Bull Surf & Rescue In Atlantic City

Courtesy of Bruckner Chase, Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Red Bull Surf & Rescue is a unique multi-discipline lifeguard competition held in Atlantic City on the seaside community on Absecon Island in New Jersey. The competition is in its third year this July 16th.

40 teams will compete in a 4-round elimination format incorporating the classic lifesaving disciplines of ocean swimming, prone paddling, rowing and the Red Bull Rescue Relay to determine the best beach patrol on the East Coast.

Race director Bruckner Chase explains, "The Red Bull Rescue Relay was created to bring a team rescue scenario into the event that showcases disciplines that are part of the daily lives of lifeguards on the beach."

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2019 HITtheWALL Ireland, Going Beyond Your Limits

Courtesy of Jacqueline McClelland of Infinity Channel Swimming and Piloting Services, Camlough Lake to Carlingford Lough, Ireland.

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Prabhat Koli, 6 Down, 1 To Go In The Oceans Seven

Courtesy of Sally Minty-Gravett, MBE and Laura Gutiérrez Díaz, Strait of Gibraltar, Spain - Morocco.

19-year-old Prabhat Koli is just one channel swim away from completing the Oceans Seven.

He completed a tandem swim across the Strait of Gibraltar from Spain to Morocco in 4 hours 25 minutes together with Nathan Payas from Gibraltar, Ravi Sandesh from Mumbai, and Jenny Fitzgerald from Jersey.

Koli explains, "Finally the Strait of Gibraltar is done; [it is] ticked off from my Oceans Seven list. This swim isn't that easy [compared to what] I heard or even imagined. The cold water with some cold patches, the currents, the choppy waves makes this swim pretty hard to complete.

It is said that every challenge in Oceans Seven challenge is its own speciality.

I really enjoyed every bit of the swim. Now, the last one [Cook Strait] remains in New Zealand.

Sally Minty-Gravett, MBE, Laura Gutiérrez Díaz, Payas and his family, Douglas Clydesdale Comstock, and Deborah Vine supported the four-person tandem crossing.

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

Optimism Of The Open Water vs. Negativity Of The News

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

When I think about the news we receive daily, endlessly, on our phones, read online, listen on the radio, and see on TV, it is often emotional, sensational and pessimistic, at least in the United States,” observes Steven Munatones.

Tweets, retweets, videos on YouTube and Vimeo, blog posts with commentary, and articles with opinions often point out what is wrong, bad or will lead to social upheaval, political issues or financial problems."

But open water swimmers can leave this constant stream of breaking news that can drive visceral pessimism and immediately generate negative feelings by going to the open water - or the pool.

Unless swimmers put on a waterproof MP3 player and listen to podcasts or audio commentaries touching upon these topics in the water, swimmers can leave behind the pressing issues and problems of the dryland.

The water limits our touch to society. Swimming is a unique means to streamline - or free up - our thought processes. Swimmers can experience a blank slate in their minds and go deep within themselves. Going beyond the shoreline necessarily reduces our visual and audio inputs - and can sharpen what we think about,” says Munatones. “We do this form of water-based exercise and athletics in an era where humans of every age and ability are doing the unprecedented, setting records, and achieving things that would have not only been unheard of, but are also undreamed of in the 20th century.”

So in contrast to the daily, hourly, constant barrage of negative news on dryland, the contemporary open water swimming world is moving at a faster and faster to an ever more ubiquitous state of optimism and positivity. Swimmers are doing things in water that is colder, in distances that are further, in locations that are far more extreme, and at a pace that is faster than ever before. For people of all ages.

So at the same time that the dryland world and modern society seem to be falling apart - or is being torn apart - no matter your economic standing, financial means or political bearing, the open water swimming world is in the midst of a golden age, an era where the impossible is increasingly becoming possible. The oldest, the youngest, the fastest, the slowest, the coldest, the highest, the longest, and the most prolific titles are being rewritten, it seems, on a daily basis by open water swimmers all over the world.

In contrast to the limitations and the issues that cause stress, strain, depression, and frustration on dryland, open water swimmers are dreaming more - with more audacious, more ambitious goals than ever before. Men and women have ever increasingly higher expectations for themselves - and their fellow swimmers.

The Daily News of Open Water Swimming and the World Open Water Swimming Association meet, interview and observe swimmers, coaches and event organizers on a daily basis. These individuals amaze and inspire as they dramatically lift the bars of expectations of the physiological and psychological limits of human achievement in the open water.

These positively minded individuals are these constant reminders that humans are becoming better swimmers. In particular, these swimmers are overwhelmingly positive about their future upside and human potential to achieve. Not only do these swimmers have big dreams, but they also collectively add to this interconnected ecosystem of support; they encourage, cheer and support one another as teammates, crew members and seconds.

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Nadadores de Aguas Frias In Argentina

Courtesy of Nadadores de Aguas Frias, Patagonia, Argentina.

Camilo 'Aguasfrias' Lopez is on a mission.

She teaches safety, inspires newcomers and organizes cold water swimming events for NAF Argentina or the Nadadores de Aguas Frias (Cold Water Swimmers).

The organization was created in 2008 by three friends who used to go fishing on the banks of the Beagle Channel on the southern tip of South America.

Throughout the year, they camped and saw the fishermen's lines hooked a few feet away from the shore - but no one was collecting them, so they started to get them out.

One of those friends, Walter Ruano, finished his first crossing of the Beagle Channel with neoprene a few years later. But his acclimatization and dreams grew. In 2013, he finished another crossing - but this time he did the crossing in winter and without neoprene.

Lopez explains, "In my own personal quest to conquer the cold waters of my beloved Patagonia, I contacted Ruano and together we prepared my first Beagle Channel crossing in the summer of 2016. After this event that changed my life at almost 50 years of age, Walter saw in me the necessary ability to share my passion with more swimmers.

From that moment on with his guidance, support and friendship, I developed NAF Argentina, a non-profit grassroots organization with the goal to spread the love of cold water swimming and teach this discipline.

This was the beginning of the assembly of a network of swimmers who give assistance, help network, secure permits, provide accommodations and everything that adventure swimmers need to enjoy cold water swimming throughout Argentina.

The network was first manifested in small groups of friends that showed up to the shores to enjoy the swims and take care of each other, but little by little it got organized in training groups with the resources needed to carry this activity in a safe way.

I addition to encouraging swimmers to get in the water, I did the same with organizers. I pushed them to hold open water events. I chose organizers with history, people with enough resources and experience to develop and grow these type of events. Among them I have the honor to work with Claudio Plit, a dual inductee in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (Class of 1981) and the International Swimming Hall of Fame (Class of 2014).

In July 2016 we held our first NAF Clinic with talks by referees, doctors, rescuers, and swimmers. We also held the first mass baptism with over 70 people getting in the water in the middle of winter and most without wetsuits. This NAF Clinic preceded a competition held two weeks later which was our first official NAF competition.

In 2017 we held two more competitions, and two Encuentros (clinics, baptisms and competition) which formed the first NAF Circuit

In 2018, the NAF calendar included 11 events, 6 of which were competitions including the first Argentine Cold Water Championship, something that was impossible to coordinate pre-NAF.

Lopez explains why 2018 was a year of milestones, "First, we hosted the Ice Mile at the End of the World approved by the International Ice Swimming Association.

The second milestone was to carry the Olympic Torch for the Youth Olympic Games while swimming front of the Lighthouse at the End of the World in the Beagle Channel. It is the first time that something like this was accomplished. It was a privilege that the NAF group of Tierra del Fuego was chosen to host that event

Her efforts are showing real growth. The NAF has grown from 3 members to currently more than 450 and has expanded to every corner of Argentina with challenging cold water swims.

Lopez is leaving her mark too. "NAF offers its services with a warm heart, kindness, camaraderie and the generous willingness to share with others this wonderful sport that connects you with your inner self, with your peers, and with nature."

To contact NAF Argentina, email nafargentina@gmail.com or visit here.

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H2Oman Openwater Lakawon, Gem Of The Philippines

Courtesy of WOWSA, Lakawon Island, Negros Occidental, Philippines.

H2Oman Openwater Lakawon is held on Lakawon Island, Negros Occidental in the Philippines on April 28th. It offers 1.5 km, 2.5 km, 5 km and 10 km races.

For more information for the H2OMAN Openwater Swim Series that is organized by Moi Yamoyam for beginner and experienced open water swimmers in the Philippines, visit here.

Yamoyan explains, "H2OMan Openwater is aimed at promoting the enchanting Philippine archipelago and encouraging the growing community of both local and international open water swimmers. H2Oman Openwater Lakawon brings open water to the heart of Visayas.

Lakawon, also called Llacaon, is a banana-shaped island off the coast of Cadiz in the northern portion of Negros Occidental, a province in the Negros Island Region of the Philippines.

The white sand beach resort on the island is a popular destination for both local and foreign tourists

To register, visit here. To reserve accommodations, visit here. If you have any questions, email hello@raceyaya.com.

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Spirit Orcas Begin A Long Journey

Courtesy of WOWSA, Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia, Canada.

Spirit Orcas is coached by Susan Simmons who has been making waves throughout her marathon swimming career.

Simmons added coaching and inspiration to her responsibilities. Spirit Orcas include six Special Olympics athletes.

The sextet including Ben Van Lierop, Dixon McGowan, Drew Sabourin, Cheyenne Furlong Goos, Maria Sharock and Aly White will attempt their first relay swim, a 34 km attempt across the Gunboat Channel in the Great Bear Rainforest in July. That is a lead-up to a relay swim across the Georgia Strait in British Columbia in 2020. In 2022, they plan to attempt a relay crossing of the English Channel.

I think it’s going to be wonderful, it’s such a serene place, it’s so different, no distractions. You’re just out in nature and I think it’ll be really a nice place for a lot of them to be,” said Simmons to the CTV News in Vancouver. “If somebody is starting to feel anxious, I look them in the eye, I may hold their hand, just reassure them that it’s OK. The cold won’t feel as cold in a minute and it’s OK, we’re together, we’re having fun. I just really want them to believe in themselves and know that they can do anything that they set their minds to."

For more information about the Spirit Orcas' open water swimming challenges, visit here.

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Alex Kostich Is A Go For Pitcairn Circumnavigation

Courtesy of Alex Kostich, Pitcairn Island, Pacific Ocean.

Originally scheduled for early April, Alex Kostich had an unexpected logistical delay in getting to Pitcairn Island in the middle Pacific Ocean. He had to postpone his planned circumnavigation swim around Pitcairn.

But the attempt was rescheduled and one of the world's fastest veterans is right back on schedule.

The island's physician will observe and monitor his unprecedented circumnavigation swim - the fourth of his career. He reports, "The doctor and I been discussing water temperature, currents, the best embarkation and finish points, the anticipated direction of the swim (clockwise), nutrition and other logistics."

Kostich explains his unprecedented circumnavigation, "Pitcairn is the least populous and most remote national jurisdiction in the world. The Pitcairn Islanders are a biracial ethnic group descended mostly from nine Bounty mutineers and the handful of Tahitians who accompanied them, an event that has been retold in many books and films. This history is still apparent in the surnames of many of the islanders. Today there are approximately 50 permanent inhabitants, originating from four main families.

My swim attempt will be dependent on conditions to be assessed during my three days on-island. I will be accompanied by two kayaks, one which will be operated by the island’s resident doctor who will monitor my safety and progress. The other kayak will be operated by two witnesses, Stephen Childers and James Finnerty of Lupine Travel who obtained the necessary clearances for the swim attempt with the island locals.

The total distance around the island will be around 9.8 km [see above]. However, due to the safety of swimming near the rock-strewn shore break and strong currents, the actual swimming distance could be considerably longer. There are also sharks to consider; while no attacks have been documented the island consists of only 49 permanent residents who fish for sustenance, but do not swim, in the surrounding waters

Kostich is supported by E-Shark Force, a Maui-based company that developed a shark-deterrent ankle device. He will wear one of their ankle bracelets designed to repel sharks for the duration of my swim.

Kostich talked about the genesis of the unprecedented swim and his preparations, "The idea for this attempt was hatched last year prior to my shoulder surgery on September 27th to address chronic rotator cuff inflammation, a separated bicep from the main shoulder, and a labral tear. As something to look forward to during my 3-month recovery out of the pool, I planned this swim as a way of staying motivated.

Now that I am back to training consistently, my goal is to build back up to 8 km daily by March, in order to comfortably and efficiently complete the swim in April.

Since I cannot predict how my shoulder will respond to the increased intensity and yardage, I felt this goal is reasonable, though not guaranteed; exactly the type of challenge that will inspire me to be methodical and consistent in the weeks ahead without overdoing it with aggressive or premature pace or speed work.

Hammer Nutrition will supply Kostich with nutritional packets to consume leading up to and during the swim. "I have previously relied on the Hammer products, most notably during my 18 km circumnavigation around Bora Bora in 2013 [read here]."

Kostich is en route to complete the Circumnavigation Seven; he has already completed solo circumnavigation swims around Naples Island in Long Beach, California (4.3 km numerous times over the last few decades, see training course on left), an 18 km swim around Bora Bora in French Polynesia in 2013, and the 20.1 km Swim Around Key West in Florida (in 1998 and 1999).

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Sport, You Are Now The World - From Russia To Japan

Courtesy of Alexander Brylin, Sakhalin, Russia.

Alexander Brylin, president of Association of Cold Swimming in Russia, is organizing the International Swim across the La Pérouse Channel, an unprecedented 40 km international relay between Sakhalin Island, Russia and Hokkaido in northern Japan this summer.

Brylin explains, "The swim will be held July 15th - 20th 2019. The start is on Cape Crillon, Sakhalin's southernmost point.

The finish is scheduled to be at Cape Sōya, the northernmost point of the island of Hokkaidō in Japan. Athletes from 15 countries of the world are ready to take part in the swim.

We studied the currents from the Russian side. We already swam in the area in Russian waters earlier this year. The currents change and the water is rather cold. We swam 13 km in 3 hours 26 minutes, but then it became very foggy and the sea was rough. The weather changes very quickly there.

We are recruiting swimmers now. Our motto is Sport, you are the world!

Interested and qualified swimmers who can handle rough sub-10°C water can email Irina Makarova of the Interregional Cold Water Swimming Association in Russia headed by Brylin at irmak_05@mail.ru with a cc to Steven Munatones at headcoach@openwatersource.com.

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Leszek Naziemiec Often Leaves Land Behind

Courtesy of Leszek Naziemiec, Katowice, Poland.

Leszek Naziemiec is accomplished to say the least.

The 45-year-old Polish ice swimmer (with two Ice Miles and 8 Ice Kilometers to date), winter swimmer, Iron Iceman, Ironman triathlete, the event director of the Polish Championships in Winter Swimming 1 km IISA, expedition leader, is an artist and was named one of the World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men in 2018.

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2019 ANOC World Beach Games In San Diego

Courtesy of WOWSA, Mission Bay, San Diego, California.

17 sports will be celebrated at the inaugural ANOC (Association of National Olympic Committees) World Beach Games in San Diego, California that is separated into three categories of Beach, Water and Action Sports.

The Beach sports include Handball, Karate, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball and Wrestling.

The Water sports include Kiteboarding, Shortboard and Longboard Surfing, Wakeboarding, Waterski, and a 5 km bay swim on October 12th in Mission Bay.*

The Action Sports include Aquathlon, 3x3 Basketball, Bouldering, Skateboarding and Festival.

For more information, visit here.

* The national team athletes will also participate in the 5 km and 10 km Redondo Beach Coastal Challenge on October 5th in Southern California.

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Dates Of 2019 Traversée Internationale Du Lac St-Jean

Courtesy of Traversée, lac St. Jean, Quebec, Canada.

The dates of the 2019 Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean announced its dates:

July 20th: 1 km, 2 km, 5 km, 10 km Uniprix Maîtres [see here]

July 21st: 10 km FINA/HOSA Marathon Swim World Series/CNSG [see here]

July 23rd: 25m, 50m, 100m, 1 km relay Défi Plouf [see here]

July 26th: 10 km Coupe Espoir Canada Carrossier ProColor Étape lac St-Jean / Marathon de la relève Rio Tinto [see here]

July 27th: 32 km Traversée / Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean [see here]

For more information, visit here.

64th Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean Men's Results on July 28th 2018:
1. Edoardo Stochino (ITA) 7:10:52.7
2. Xavier Desharnais (CAN) 7:10:53.4
3. Alexander Studzinski (GER) 7:10:59.0
4. Evgenij Pop Acev (MKD) 7:11:16.1
5. Édouard Lehoux (FRA) 7:19:21.3
6. Guillermo Bertola (ARG) 7:21:42.8
7. Christopher Deegan (AUS) 7:26:28.3
8. Santiago Enderica (ECU) 7:32:13.4
9. Damian Blaum (ARG) 7:40:49.4
10. Aquiles Balaudo (ARG) 7:42:46.0
11. Aleksandar Illievski (MKD) 7:45:24.6
12. Gabriel Pouliot (CAN) 8:03:13.0
13. Joaquin Alejandro Morero Munoz (ARG) 8:07:59.3
DNF Luciano Nicolas Segurado (ARG) DNF
DNF Matheus Evangelista (BRA) DNF

64th Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean Women's Results on July 28th 2018:
1. Barbara Pozzobon (ITA) 7:35:20.6
2. Morgane Dornic (FRA) 7:35:39.8
3. Pilar Geijo (ARG) 7:55:22.0
4. Alice Franco (ITA) 7:59:34.5
5. Sabryna Lavoie (CAN) 8:15:50.9
6. Marie-Laurence Lortie (CAN) 8:38:11.3
7. Rita Vanesa Garcia (ARG) 8:55:39.8
8. Daira Eluney Marin (ARG) 8:56:17.9
DNF Romina Soledad Imwinkelried (ARG)
DNF Cecilia Biagioli (ARG)
OTL Elena Lionello (ITA)

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Paul Georgescu Moves From Cold To Warm Across Molokai

Courtesy of WOWSA, Molokai Channel, Hawaii.

After swimming an Ice Mile in Bucharest in 3.02°C water, after finishing 5th in the Ice Kilometer at the 3rd International Ice Swimming Association World Championship in Murmansk, Russia, after winning the 500m freestyle at the Arctic Cup in Murmansk, after finishing 7th in the 2019 IISA World Cup Series, Romanian ice swimmer and coach Paul Georgescu turned his focus to the warmer waters in Hawaii.

He was successfully escorted across the Molokai Channel by Captain Matt Buckman. The 41-year-old crossed his third Oceans Seven channel from the island of Molokai to Oahu in 13 hours 6 minutes turning in the 7th fastest time among 68 successful crossings across the channel.

"My students are my motivation," he explained. "At the end of August, I will bring the first Romanian relay in English Channel. In the team, children ages between 13-16 who I taught how to swim since they were 6 years old, will make the attempt. This is my most important project."

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Crossing For Columbine, Rachel's Challenge

Courtesy of WOWSA, Tsugaru Channel, Japan.

The Columbine High School massacre in Colorado was an American school shooting in 1999 where 12 students and a teacher were killed and 21 students were injured by two fellow students who then subsequently committed suicide.

‎John Batchelder‎, one of the most prolific marathon swimmers in the world today, is a alumnus of Columbine High School (Class of 1999).

He writes about the cross section of his memories of the massacre and his own channel swimming aspirations. "I am dedicating my 2020 Tsugaru Channel Swim in remembrance of all those affected by senseless violence, particularly those from my Columbine High School family. It’s been 20 years, but I still have clear memories of that fateful day on April 20th 1999 and the days that followed, and I know I’m not alone.

To this end, I'm raising money for Rachel's Challenge. Rachel Scott was one of my classmates whose life was tragically cut short, but I’m happy to see her memory has become the foundation for an organization to help make the world a better place.

Rachel’s Challenge exists to inspire, equip and empower every person to create a permanent positive culture change in their school, business and community by starting a chain reaction of kindness and compassion. Please help me support a great cause. Every little bit helps

Batchelder‎, whose butterfly exploits raised his marathon swimming profile worldwide, explained about his charitable efforts and his fundraiser for Rachel's Challenge. "Why Tsugaru?

Well, I thought about tying it to one of my swims already planned this year, but none felt appropriate. Then I went back to where I was 20 years ago. Back in high school I got caught up in the anime craze, falling in love with some of the iconic anime movies and series of the time, especially Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, and through that I fell in love with all of Japanese culture as a whole.

Japan was the first foreign country I ever visited, not counting a couple brief stops in Canada, and I absolutely loved my time there. It’s because of this I decided that the swim needed to be Tsugaru, as that is my best way of reconnecting with my past. Unfortunately that means waiting over a year for the swim, as I’m already committed to a full schedule this year, but that’s the way it goes

To donate and for more information, visit here.

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Sharon van Rouwendaal, Ana Marcela Cunha Rematch

Courtesy of Pierre Gadelha, Rio Negro, Brazil.

Rio Negro Challenge Amazonia, one of the World's Top 100 River Swims, is a 1.5 km, 3 km and 30 km marathon swim from Iranduba to Manaus in Brazil, partly along the Rio Negro Bridge in the Rio Negro.

2016 Olympic champion Sharon van Rouwendaal of the Netherlands and two-time Olympian Ana Marcela Cunha of Brazil swam a special 8.5 km match race in December 2018 that will be repeated in December 2019, a nice kickoff to the 2020 Olympic year.

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Who Will Follow Ferry Weertman In The 2020 Tokyo Games?

Courtesy of WOWSA, Odaiba Marine Park, Tokyo Bay, Japan.

Ferry Weertman won the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim in Copacabana Beach at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on the very last stroke of the race over rival Spyridon Gianniotis.

The men's Olympic 10K Marathon Swim at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games is expectedly to be similarly close.

The 4-loop race will be held in the expected hot and humid conditions and still waters of Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo Bay on August 6th - and Weertman is expected to defend his Olympic title.

The 25 male marathon swimmers will compete in the second week of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics that will run from July 22nd - August 9th including the opening ceremony on July 24th.

If any distance freestylers - like American Jordan Wilimovsky and Italian Gregorio Paltrinieri - double up on the 800m, 1500m and/or 10 km marathon swim, they will have one extremely difficult schedule.

Olympic Distance Freestyle Men's Schedule:
July 25th: 400m freestyle heats
July 26th: 400m freestyle final
July 28th: 800m freestyle heats
July 30th: 800m freestyle final
July 31st: 1500m freestyle heats
August 2nd: 1500m freestyle final
August 6th: 10 km marathon swim final

2008 Beijing Olympic Games 10 km Marathon Swim Men's Results:
Gold: Maarten van der Weijden (Netherlands) 1:51:51.6
Silver: David Davies (Great Britain) 1:51:53.1
Bronze: Thomas Lurz (Germany) 1:51:53.6
4. Valerio Cleri (Italy) 1:52:07.5
5. Evgeny Drattsev (Russia) 1:52:08.9
6. Petar Stoychev (Bulgaria) 1:52:09.1
7. Brian Ryckeman (Belgium) 1:52:10.7
8. Mark Warkentin (United States) 1:52:13.0
9. Chad Ho (South Africa) 1:52:13.1
10. Erwin Leon Maldonado Savera (Venezuela) 1:52:13.6
11. Ky Hurst (Australia) 1:52:13.7
12. Igor Chervynskiy (Ukraine) 1:52:14.7
13. Francisco Jose Hervas (Spain) 1:52:16
14. Allan do Carmo (Brazil) 1:52:16.6
15. Gilles Rondy (France) 1:52:16.7
16. Spyridon Gianniotis (Greece) 1:52:20.4
17. Rostislav Vitek (Czech Republic) 1:52:41.8
18. Luis Escobar (Mexico) 1:53:47.9
19. Saleh Mohammad (Syria) 1:54:37.7
20. Mohamed Elzanaty (Egypt) 1:55:17.0
21. Damian Blaum (Argentina) 1:55:48.6
22. Arseniy Lavrentyev (Portugal) 2:03:39.6
23. Xin Tong (China) 2:09:13.4
Csaba Gercsak (Hungary) DNF
Vladimir Dyatchin (Russia) DSQ

2012 London Olympic Games 10 km Marathon Swim Men's Results:
Gold: Oussama Mellouli of Tunisia - 1:49:55.1
Silver: Thomas Lurz of Germany - 1:49:58.5
Bronze: Richard Weinberger of Canada - 1:50:00.3
4. Spyridon Gianniotis of Greece - 1:50:05.3
5. Daniel Fogg of Great Britain - 1:50:37.3
6. Sergey Bolshakov of Russia - 1:50:40.1
7. Vladimir Dyatchin of Russia - 1:50:42.8
8. Andreas Waschburger of Germany - 1:50:44.4
9. Petar Stoychev of Bulgaria - 1:50:46.2
10. Alex Meyer of the USA - 1:50:48.2
11. Julien Sauvage of France - 1:50:51.3
12. Troyden Prinsloo of South Africa - 1:50:52.9
13. Erwin Maldonado of Venezuela - 1:50:52.9
14. Igor Chervynskiy of Ukraine - 1:50:56.9
15. Yasunari Hirai of Japan - 1:51:20.1
16. Brian Ryckeman of Belgium - 1:51:27.1
17. Valerio Cleri of Italy - 1:51:29.5
18. Csaba Gercsak of Hungary - 1:51:30.9
19. Arseniy Lavrentyev of Portugal - 1:51:37.2
20. Ky Hurst of Australia - 1:51:41.3
21. Ivan Enderica Ochoa of Ecuador - 1:52:28.6
22. Yuriy Kudinov of Kazakhstan - 1:52:59.0
23. Francisco Jose Hervas of Spain - 1:53:27.8
24. Mazen Aziz Metwaly of Egypt - 1:54:33.2
25. Benjamin Schulte of Guam - 2:03:35.1

2016 Rio Olympic Games 10 km Marathon Swim Men's Results:
Gold: Ferry Weertman, Netherlands 1:52:59.8
Silver: Spyridon Gianniotis, Greece 1:52:59.8
Bronze: Marc-Antoine Daniel Frede Olivier, France 1:53:02.0
4. Lijun Zu, China 1:53:02.0
5. Jordan Wilimovsky, USA 1:53:03.2
6. Simone Ruffini, Italy 1:53:03.5
7. Federico Vanelli, Italy 1:53:03.9
8. Yasunari Hirai, Japan 1:53:04.6
9. Christian Reichert, Germany 1:53:04.7
10. Chad Ho, South Africa 1:53:04.8
11. Evgenii Drattcev, Russia 1:53:04.8
12. Ous Mellouli, Tunisia 1:53:06.1
13. Mark Papp, Hungary 1:53:11.7
14. Ventsislav Aydaski, Bulgaria 1:53:16.1
15. Ivan Enderica Ochoa, Ecuador 1:53:16.2
16. Richard Weinberger, Canada 1:53:16.4
17. Allan Do Carmo, Brazil 1:53:16.4
18. Kane Rae Francis Radford, New Zealand 1:53:18.7
19. Richard Nagy, Slovakia 1:53:35.4
20. Jarrod Poort, Australia 1:53:40.7
21. Erwin Maldonado, Venezuela 1:54:33.6
22. Marwan Ahmed Aly Morsy Elamrawy, Egypt 1:59:17.2
DSQ Sean Ryan, USA
DSQ Vitaliy Khudyakov, Kazakhstan (Asia)
DSQ Jack Burnell, Great Britain

In an interesting twist for a new Olympic sport (e.g., surfing), the competition opens on July 26th, but due to wave and water conditions, the surfers will be flexible and has the entire duration of the Olympic Games to run, if needed.

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Who Will Follow Sharon van Rouwendaal In Tokyo?

Courtesy of WOWSA, Odaiba Marine Park, Tokyo Bay, Japan.

With an extremely strong last loop, Sharon van Rouwendaal impressively won the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim in Copacabana Beach at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

The women's Olympic 10K Marathon Swim at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will be held in the expected hot and humid conditions and still waters of Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo Bay on August 5th.

The 25 female marathon swimmers will compete in the second week of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics that will run from July 22nd - August 9th including the opening ceremony on July 24th.

If any distance freestylers double up on the 800m, 1500m and/or 10 km marathon swim, they will have one massively difficult schedule.

Van Rouwendaal continues to swim very well and is, obviously, expected to be in the middle of the mix to return to the Olympic podium.

Olympic Distance Freestyle Women's Schedule:
July 26th: 400m freestyle heats
July 27th: 400m freestyle final + 1500m freestyle heats
July 29th: 1500m freestyle final
July 30th: 800m freestyle heat
August 1st: 800m freestyle final
August 5th: 10 km marathon swim final

2008 Beijing Olympic Games 10 km Marathon Swim Women's Results:
Gold: Larisa Ilchenko (Russia) 1:59:27.7
Silver: Keri-Anne Payne (Great Britain) 1:59:29.2
Bronze: Cassandra Patten (Great Britain) 1:59:31.0
4. Angela Maurer (Germany) 1:59:31.9
5. Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil) 1:59:36.8
6. Swann Oberson (Switzerland) 1:59:36.9
7. Poliana Okimoto (Brazil) 1:59:37.4
8. Jana Pechanová (Czech Republic) 1:59:39.7
9. Andreína del Valle Pinto Pérez (Venezuela) 1:59:40.0
10. Martina Grimaldi (Italy) 1:59:40.7
11. Marianna Lymperta (Greece) 1:59:42.3
12. Teja Zupan (Slovenia) 1:59:43.7
13. Yurema Requena (Spain) 1:59:46.9
14. Edith van Dijk (Netherlands) 2:00:02.8
15. Melissa Gorman (Australia) 2:00:33.6
16. Natalie du Toit South Africa 2:00:49.9
17. Daniela Inácio (Portugal) 2:00:59.0
18. Eva Berglund (Sweden) 2:01:05.0
19. Fang Yanqiao (China) 2:01:07.9
20. Imelda Martínez (Mexico) 2:01:07.9
21. Aurelie Muller (France) 2:02:04.1
22. Chloe Sutton (United States) 2:02:13.6
23. Natalya Samorodina (Ukraine) 2:10:41.6
24. Antonella Bogarin (Argentina) 2:11:35.9
Kristel Köbrich (Chile) DNF

2012 London Olympic Games 10 km Marathon Swim Women's Results:
Gold: Eva Risztov (HUN) 1:57:38.2
Silver: Haley Anderson (USA) 1:57:38.6
Bronze: Martina Grimaldi (ITA) 1:57:41.8
4. Keri-Anne Payne (GBR) 1:57:42.2
5. Angela Maurer (GER) 1:57:52.8
6. Ophelie Aspord (FRA) 1:58:43.1
7. Erika Villaecija (ESP) 1:58:49.5
8. Jana Pechanova (CZE) 1:58:52.8
9. Anna Guseva (RUS) 1:58:53.0
10. Melissa Gorman (AUS) 1:58:53.1
11. Karla Sitic (CRO) 1:58:54.7
12. Yumi Kida (JPN) 1:58:59.1
13. Yanel Pinto (VEN) 1:59:05.8
14. Natalia Charlos (POL) 1:59:58.7
15. Heidi Gan (MAS) 2:00:45.0
16. Cecilia Biagioli (ARG) 2:01:02.2
17. Zsofia Balazs (CAN) 2:01:17.8
18. Swann Oberson (SUI) 2:01:38.0
19. Wing Yung Natasha Terri Tang (HKG) 2:02:33.4
20. Lizeth Rueda Santos (MEX) 2:02:46.1
21. Marianna Lymperta (GRE) 2:04:26.5
Poliana Okimoto (BRA) DNF
Jessica Roux (RSA) DNF
Yanqiao Fang (CHN) DNS
Olga Beresnyeva (UKR) DSQ 1:58:44.4*

2016 Rio Olympic Games 10 km Marathon Swim Women's Results:
Gold: Sharon van Rouwendaal (Netherlands) 1:56:32.1
Silver: Rachele Bruni (Italy) 1:56:49.5
Bronze: Poliana Okimoto (Brazil) 1:56:51.4
4. Xin Xin (China) 1:57:14.4
5. Haley Anderson (United States) 1:57:20.2
6. Isabelle Härle (Germany) 1:57:22.1
7. Keri-Anne Payne (Great Britain) 1:57:23.9
8. Anastasia Krapivina (Russia) 1:57:25.9
9. Samantha Arevalo (Ecuador) 1:57:27.2
10. Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil) 1:57:29.0
11. Kalliopi Araouzou (Greece) 1:57:31.6
12. Yumi Kida (Japan) 1:57:35.2
13. Éva Risztov (Hungary) 1:57:42.8
14. Anna Olasz (Hungary) 1:57:45.5
15. Chelsea Gubecka (Australia) 1:58:12.7
16. Spela Perse (Slovenia) 1:58:59.6
17. Erika Villaecija (Spain) 1:59:04.8
18. Michelle Weber (South Africa) 1:59:05.0
19. Jana Pechanova (Czech Republic) 1:59:07.7
20. Paola Perez (Venezuela) 1:59:07.7
21. Heidi Gan (Malaysia) 1:59:07.9
22. Joanna Zachoszcz (Poland) 1:59:20.4
23. Stephanie Horner (Canada) 1:59:22.1
24. Vânia Neves (Portugal) 2:01:39.3
25. Reem Mohamed Husein Elsayed Kaseem (Egypt) 2:05:19.1
DSQ Aurélie Muller (France)

* Olga Beresnyeva finished seventh in the 2012 Olympic 10K Marathon Swim in London, but was later disciplined in June 2015 by the IOC after one of her drug tests was found positive for the presence of recombinant erythropoietin (rEPO).

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Kshitindra Chandra Baisya, All-Day All-Night Swimming

Courtesy of WOWSA, Kangsha River, Bangladesh.

Kshitindra Chandra Baisya, named one of the 2019 World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men, attempted and completed four non-stop swims of at least 24 hours in duration during his prolific career.

Two of his 24-Hour Club marathon swims were performed in the Kangsha River in Bangladesh including a 43 hour 12 minute 146 km swim done in August 2017 at the age of 66 and a 185 km solo swim down the Kangsha River and Magra River between September 3rd - 5th 2018 that took the 67-year-old a total of 60 hours 55 minutes to finish.

For such long swims, he progressed at his normal tranquil all-day pace, swimming calmly and steadily while moving with the natural flow of the rivers that ranged from nearly at a standstill to quite quick [see videos above].

"His escort team with government officials and escort crew members provided dozens of hours of footage of Kshitindra calming swimming down the river for day after day, night after night. His unfailingly steady countenance and inner tranquility are something to behold and admire," observed Steven Munatones.

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Hope Has No Finish Line

Courtesy of Swim Across America, Huntington Beach, California.

Hope Has No Finish Line is the Swim Across America slogan for 2019.

This was the message of Grace Bunke who died from cancer on March 25th 2018.

Rob Butcher writes, "‘Amazing’ Grace Bunke inspired us with her bravery throughout her battle with terminal cancer. And Swim Across America is honoring Grace by sharing her message “Hope Has No Finish Line” at all our charity swims in 2019.

Grace’s home was Swim Across America Atlanta. She was treated for osteosarcoma at the beneficiary Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorders Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Grace’s wish was to be the #1 fundraiser and challenged our community to continue raising funds, so doctors can give hope to families affected by cancer. In 2018, Grace individually raised US$119,579 making her the #1 fundraiser for Swim Across America.

Grace’s legacy of inspiring and giving hope to others continues through Team Grace

In September 2017, Grace swam a mile at Lake Lanier, Georgia raising money for her treating clinic/hospital (Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta) that helped her throughout the four years that she lived with osteosarcoma.

For more information about the biggest series of charity swims in the Americas, visit here to learn about the pool and open water swimming events from coast to coast.

The upcoming events are held in Houston on May 4th, Tampa Bay on May 11th, Fairfield County on June 22nd, Motor City Mile on July 12th, Boston Harbor on July 12th, Long Island Sound on July 27th, Sound To Cove in New York on August 3rd, Charleston - Kiawah on August 4th, Chicago on August 10th, Nantucket on August 24th, St. Louis on August 24th, Denver on August 25th, Rhode Island on September 7th, Seattle on September 7th, Dallas on September 14th, Baltimore on September 15th, Charlotte on September 21st, San Francisco on September 28th, Atlanta on September 28th, and Richmond on October 5th.

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Martin Hobbs Fighting Waves Across Lake Malawi

Courtesy of Martin Hobbs, Lake Malawi, Africa.

On Day 18, South African swimmer Martin Hobbs recalls swimming in rough water conditions during his 581 km north-to-south solo stage swim across Lake Malawi that lies on the borders between Malawi, Mozambique, and Tanzania.

His effort serves as a charity swim for the Smile Foundation. He estimated that the entire swim would take up to 60 days and he will be very close to successfully hitting his mark.

Visit here and his Facebook page here for more information.

Oresti Yiannakis is his escort boat captain and sponsor, Steven Hobbs serves as his Jetski escort pilot, Chris Yiannakis and Andrew Yiannakis are his sponsors and planners, and Russell Malherbe is a paramedic and technical specialist helping out.

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Monday, April 15, 2019

This Is What We Are Supposed To Be Doing

Courtesy of The Hudson Brothers on wild swimming.

Matías Ola And Lucas Rivet Are Not Sitting Still

Courtesy of Matías Ola, Swim Argentina.

If there is anyone in the open water swimming world who is not sitting still, it is Matías Ola of Swim Argentina.

From ice swimming to marathon swimming, Ola is generating media attention, inspiring swimmers and supporting all kinds of open water swimming initiatives in Argentina and elsewhere. For more information about his efforts, visit here.

On March 3rd, 10 swimmers from Argentina and Uruguay came together to commemorate 100 years of history of crossing the Río de la Plata between Argentina and Uruguay in 13 hours 14 minutes.

The challenge in this particular stretch of water began on February 19th 1919 when International Marathon Swimming Hall of Famer Enrique Tiraboschi made the first attempt to swim from coast-to-coast between Argentina and Uruguay.

The Asociación Cruce a Nado Río de la Plata, managed by Lucas Rivet, and Swim Argentina coordinated the relay success of Lucas Rivet, Pablo Cosso, Adriano Motta, Marcial Carnevali, Genaro Carnevali, Julieta O’Connor, Ignacio Scott, Carlos Kmetiuk, Andres Sellei, Gaston Faccio, Carlos Kmetiuk and German Pezzenati together with kayakers Jorge Oscar Pachame and Brian Rodrigo Pachame across the Río de la Plata between Argentina and Uruguay to to commemorate the centenary of the iconic marathon swimming challenge.

The swimmers crossed the 42 km river course in 13 hours 14 minutes supported by the Uruguayan and Argentine naval forces along with the Argentine Red Cross, physicians, and safety personnel to overcome the strong winds and adverse weather in crossing the world's widest river.

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Jamal Hill, Swimming Aquapreneur

Courtesy of WOWSA, California.

Jamal Hill of Inglewood, California struggles with the degenerative disorder Charcot-Marie-Tooth - but not much else.

The personable aquapreneur is a member of the USA Paralympic swim team and is looking forward to competing in the 2020 Tokyo and 2024 Paris Paralympic Games despite living with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease which is an inherited disorder that causes nerve damage in his arms and legs.

The disease results in smaller, weaker muscles, a loss of sensation and muscle contractions, and difficulty walking. In Hill's case, it significantly reduces the mobility in his legs where his motor function stops at his knee caps and his motor function in my arms is also impacted.

[The disease] runs in my family,” Hill explained. “It affects my mom a little bit. It affects my uncles pretty heavily. Essentially my motor neurons in my outer extremities, from my elbow to my fingertips and from my kneecaps all the way to my toes gives me a lot of problems.”

But his overwhelming positive nature has enabled him to succeed in a sport he could have easily quit many times.

Currently, Hill is ranked #1 among American Paralympic swimmers and 13th in the world going into the Olympic year. But he has also created Swimming Up Hill, a digital marketing company that markets health and fitness brands, insurance and medical practices.

At its core, Hill's mission is to teach 1 million people how to swim. He works with swim schools in Southern California to help the schools facilitate more lessons for lower cost to the customer.

Hill balances his work at Swimming Up Hill with his participation on the World Para Swimming World Series 2019 where he travels the world.

His next major goal is to compete at the 2019 World Para-swimming Championships in London this September where he will try to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.

Hill is shown above with fellow American Paralympic swimmer Robert Griswold of Indiana.

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Edward Temme, Early English Channel Pioneer

Courtesy of Popperfoto/Getty Images, Folkestone Beach, Kent, UK.

Edward Temme or E. H. Temme lived 72 years, born in Plaistow, Greater London and died in Padova, Italy.

Along the way, he worked as a London insurance clerk, played water polo for the Plaistow United Swimming Club representing Great Britain in the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics and the 1936 Berlin Olympics, and was the first person to complete a crossing of the English Channel both ways.

Known as the King of the Channel® from 1934-1951, he completed a crossing of the English Channel in 14 hours 29 minutes in August 1927 from France to England at the age of 22 and then crossed from England to France in 15 hours 34 minutes 7 years later in August 1934.

But between those two successes, he also experienced four failed English Channel attempts from England to France:

* In 1928 after 8 hours 7 minutes
* In 1929 after 5 hours 40 minutes
* In 1932 after 11 hours 50 minutes
* In 1933 after 11 hours 45 minutes

But his involvement in the English Channel was not over after his own individual crossings. He later served as the Supervisor for the first Daily Mail Cross Channel Race in 1950.

See here for a 1927 New York Times article on his achievement.

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

From Coogee Island To Tokyo, Egypt, Sweden

Courtesy of WOWSA, Coogee Beach, New South Wales, Australia.

Yasunari Hirai returned victoriously to the competitive open water swimming community at the 2019 Coogee Island Challenge in New South Wales, Australia.

"It was beautiful water temperature and the water condition was pretty choppy like a Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, but I like that kind of condition," said the two-time Olympic marathon swimmer from Japan who will attempt to qualify for his third consecutive Olympics next year.

Pressed for time, he flew immediately to Tokyo and then he will head to Egypt for a training camp with the Swedish national team.

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Amica de Jager Wins Jendamark Bellbuoy Swim Outright

Courtesy of Oscar Rubio, Open Water World Tour, Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Oscar Rubio described the first stop on this year's Open Water World Tour, "Our 2019 edition started with an amazing event, the 10th edition of the Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth, South Africa."

"A cloudy morning awaited 200 swimmers who were going to face this 5 km challenge. But the weather gave them a big present with the best conditions ever over the 10 editions of this event," explained race director Michael Zoetmulder. "The swim started from the water for the swimmers' safety. From start to finish, a tight group of swimmers broke into the lead pack where the favorites like last year's winner, Gary Albertyn, the 2018 Open Water World Tour champion Xabier Gordoa and a fast female swimmer Amica de Jager.

As they reached the turning point of the race at the iconic Bellbuoy, Amica forged into the lead with Gary right behind.

Gary started to push the pace to catch Amica, but Amica was up to the challenge. They went back-and-forth over the last 2 km battling with each other. Amica sprinted ahead and made her way to the finish first - the first time that a woman won the race. It was brilliant.

With this victory, Amica also became the OWWT female leader with Gary second overall as the OWWT Male Leader. They both will keep their leadership until next event, the Splash & Dash Swim Race in Berkeley, California

Even with 200 swimmers in the race, organizer Zports had more than 100 volunteers on the water looking away the swimmers' safety.

For more information, follow @openwaterwt or visit www.openwaterworldtour.com.

Top 10 Female Results:
1. Amica de Jager (20) 57:42.3
2. Lindi Terblanche (34) 1:09:50.9
3. Andrea Fos (27) 1:09:51.3
4. Paige T Black (16) 1:09:52.6
5. Chane de Jager (24) 1:10:29.8
6. Tyra Roozendaal (17) 1:12:30.1
7. Natalie Goedhals (35) 1:13:46.7
8. Tanya Osborne George (46)9 1:14:00.5
9. Liza Kingston (37) 1:14:36.7
10. Kate Tinley (15) 1:18:21.8

Top 10 Male Results:
1. Gary Albertyn (50) 57:48.7
2. Kyle White (16) 59:27.4
3. Abdul Malick Railoun (27) 59:27.7
4. Heinrich Vorster (17) 59:42.2
5. Slater Black (18) 59:46.0
6. Josh Tucker (18) 59:51.1
7. Kevin Richards (55) 1:00:31.0
8. Deshaan Pillay (22) 1:01:37.2
9. Tyron Venter (33) 1:01:38.7
10. Xabier Gordoa (29) 1:01:51.4

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The Legacy Of Ireland's Shane Moraghan

Courtesy of Niall Moraghan.

It took 18 years, but Ireland's Shane Moraghan achieved the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming with a 9 hour 15 minute crossing of the Catalina Channel in August 2017.

Back in August 1999, he completed a crossing of the English Channel from England to France in 10 hours 23 minutes. 17 years later, he won the 20 Bridges Manhattan Island Swim in 6 hours 52 minutes 50 seconds - and six days later, he completed a 32.3 km Catalina Channel from the Santa Catalina Island to the Southern California mainland in a charity swim for the Cystic Fibrosis Ireland.

He explained why he wanted to make a difference with his charity swim. "I'm inspired by the work of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland and wanted to support them by raising money. This charity is close to my heart as I lost a younger brother to CF at a very young age."

But prior to swimming across the Catalina Channel, he was diagnosed with cancer. As his brother Niall described him, "Being the man he was, he did the swim nevertheless and sadly passed away in December 2018. It was very sad times for us all."

Well-known and well-respected as one of Ireland's finest water polo players when he died at the age of 50, Moraghan also won multiple Irish Senior Cup winners medals and Ireland international caps.

From swimming often in the Liffey Swim to completing the Triple Crown, the Irish Long Distance Swimming Association honored his legacy with the Shane Moraghan RIP Channel Medal and the Shane Moraghan Award at its annual ceremonies.

He left behind wife Andrea (Egan), sons Jack and Luke, parents Maura and Alec, and brothers Mark, Karl, Niall and Alex, parents-in-law Pat and Joe Egan, sisters-in-law Tracy, Adrienne, Darina, Claire, Siobhan, Liz and Anna, nephews, nieces, extended family and many friends.

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