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Thursday, September 23, 2010

The First Mujer Y Agua Winner, Montserrat Treserras

The Real Federación Española de Natación (Royal
Spanish Swimming Federation) presented Interational Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame inductee Montserrat Treserras Deo with its first Mujer y Agua Award.

The 'Women & Water' Award was given to Montserrat for being such a pioneer in the sport of open water swimming in Spain where her career has lasted decades, first as an outstanding swimmer and then as a coach, administrator and inspiring leader.

Montserrat is currently working on her next book after completing her wonderful Spanish-language book entitled "Nadando El Estrecho, Sus Orígenes Y Su Historia".

Translated as "Swimming the Strait, Its Origin and History", the book adds to any open water swimming collection.

The 287-page hard cover book is filled with hundreds of great photographs of swimmers in the Strait of Gibraltar with explanations of their personal histories and triumphs.

Montserrat comprehensively outlines the history of swimming in the Strait of Gibraltar (مضيق جبل طارق in Arabic or Estrecho de Gibraltar in Spanish) that separates Spain from Morocco, Arica. Many of the stories and photographs are publicly disclosed for the first time.

Montserrat was a pioneer of many open water swims and was the first Spanish women to swim across the Strait of Gibraltar in 1957 in 5 hours and 18 minutes. She was also the first Spaniard to swim across the English Channel in 1958 in 14 hours and 14 minutes.

In 1961, Montserrat again crossed the English Channel in the opposite direction from France to England to become the first women to swim the English Channel in both directions.

In 1969, she swam from Minorca to Majorca in Spain in 21 hours and 10 minutes and across Lough Neagh in 16 hours and 13 minutes. She also swam from Santa Fe to Corronda in Argentina and from Concordia in Argentina to Columbus, Uruguay. She serves on the Board of the Channel Swimming Association and acts as an official observer on many attempts to swim the English Channel and the Strait of Gibraltar.

Whether or not you read Spanish, Nadando El Estrecho, Sus Orígenes Y Su Historia is a great book for all open water swimming enthusiasts, especially historians of the sport.

And Montserrat is a great part of the history of the sport. Congratulations to her for her well-deserved award.

Copyright © 2010 by Steven Munatones

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