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Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Michael Read At The International Swimming Hall Of Fame
"The 2011 Induction Ceremony will recognize an internationally diverse and remarkable class of aquatic personalities," said Mike Snyder, Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Besides Michael, Olympic swimming champions Ian Thorpe (Australia) and Lenny Krayzelburg (USA), synchronized swimmer Miya Tachibana (Japan) and coach Re Calcaterra (USA), water polo player Aleksandar Sostar (Yugoslavia/Serbia) and coaches Denes Kemeny (Hungary) and Thomas Hoad (Australia) will be honored.
"All eight of these individuals have left a positive impact in the aquatic disciplines and we are pleased to recognize their successes and contributions."
Michael has long been heralded by the marathon swimming community, but it is great to see him similarly recognized by the wider aquatic community.
Michael has 33 successful crossings of the English Channel under his belt and was the first person to complete four swims in a year, the first person to complete five swims in a year and the first person to complete six swims in a year (1984). He also made the latest swim of the season recorded; there was frost on the pebbles as he walked into the sea. His crossings include five unsuccessful double-crossing attempts.
Mike has completed over 110 swims greater than 16K (9.9 miles) with most of his swims in cold water ranging from 6°-15°C (42°-60°F). He was the Lake Windermere champion between 1969 and 1977, setting a record six times. He swam 96.5K (60 miles) around Isle of Wright in 24 hours and 36 minutes, 35.4K (22 miles) across Loch Lomond, 25.7K (16 miles) across Loch Eurn, 25.7K (16 miles) across Lock Tay, 40K (25 miles) between Jeble and Latakia in Syria 25K, and 25K (15.5 miles) between Evian to Lausanne in Switzerland.
He was the 1960 and 1961 British Long Distance Champion, the double-crossing 33.7K (21-mile) Lake Windermere Champion for nine consecutive years between 1969 and 1977. He was the third person to swim the 38.6K (24-mile) Loch Ness in 14 hours and 23 minutes in 6°-7°C (42.8°-44.7°F) water. He was the first to swim Loch Lomond twice (35.4K or 22 miles) once in 12 hours and 13 minutes and later in 11 hours and 51 minutes. He set record for the 14.4K (9-mile) Loch Rannoch swim in 1975 in 5 hours and 8 minutes and completed the first 16K (10-mile) swim from Kings Lynn to Downham Market in England in 1975 in 4 hours and 54 minutes.
He was the first person to swim 64.3K or 40 miles between Hunstanton and Skegness nad Hunstanton, 65K (40 miles) from Mora to Amposta in Spain in 1998 in 14 hours and 57 minutes, 37.8K (23.5 miles) from Perth to Broughty Ferry in Australia in 1974 in 9 hours and 43 minutes, 25.7K (16 miles) between Hunstanton-Skegness in 1975 in 8 hours and 30 minutes, 18K (11.1 miles) in a double-crossing of Lake Sursee in Switzerland, a 49.8K (31-mile) triple-crossing of Lake Windermere in 19 hours and 0 minutes, a 67.5K (42-mile) quadruple-crossing of Lake Windermere in 26 hours and 3 minutes.
He completed a 40.2K (25-mile) Nile International Championship in 1977, 40.2K (25 miles) from Jeble to Latakia in Syria in 1977, 28.9K (18 miles) from Jarach to Sabac in Yugoslavia in 1990, 32K (20 miles) across Lake Como from Dervio to Lecco in 1985, 1986, 1988 and 1989, 48K (28.5 miles) around Manhattan Island in New York, USA in 1989, Torregaveta Baia Bacoli in 1986 and 1987, 32K (20 miles) across Lake Zurich from Rapperswill to Zurich in 1988, was the 25.7K (16-mile) Windermere International Champion in 1970 and did the 25.7K (16-mile) Windermere International in 1974, 1978 and 1982, swum 16.8K (10.5 miles) across Lake Windermere 39 times, swam 20.9K (13 miles) from Fleetwood to Morecambe in England, swam four times in Morecambe Cross Bay race, won the International Olympic Committee Championship between Evian and Lausanne in Switzerland in 1991 and 1993, won the International Olympic Committee Championship between Lausanne and Evian in 1992 and 1994, participated in the 25K (15.5-mile) Gulf of Toroneos swim in Greece in 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007, swam 9K (5.5 miles) from Proventura to Lerici in Italy in 1993, participated in the British Amateur Swimming Association National 5K Championship in 1966 (3rd), 1967 (3rd), 1968 (3rd), 1969 (5th), 1970 (3rd), 1971 (6th), participated in the 25K (15.5-mile) Amateur Swimming Association National Championship in 1996 (2nd) and 1999 (3rd), Amateur Swimming Association Masters 5K Championship in 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007, swam 23K (14.2 miles) from Stavoren to Medemblik in Isslmeer in Holland in 1998, 1999 and 2000, 33K (20.5 miles) from Koroni to Kalamata in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2005, 33K (20.5 miles) from Kalamata to Koroni in 2003 and 2004, 23K (14.2 miles) across Lake Trichonida in 2000, and 25K (15.5 miles) in the World Marathon Series in Alexandria, Egypt in 2000.
He was elected as the British Long Distance Swimming Association Swimmer of the Year in 1979 and 1999, an honorary citizen of Dervio (Lake Como) in 1988 and an honorary citizen of Nikiti (Greece) in 1993.
He has been the Channel Swimming Association Chairman since 1993 and was an alternate member of the British 1960 Olympic team in the 800-meter freestyle relay. He has served as a swimming administrator in one capacity or another for almost 50 years. He was a FINA judge, timekeeper, referee and starter between 1969 and 1971, and received the Irving Davids / Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award in 2009.
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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference
Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE
The Global Open Water Swimming Conference is a conference on the sport of open water swimming, marathon swimming and swimming during triathlons and multi-sport endurance events.
The conference which has been attended by enthusiasts and luminaries from 6 continents, is devoted to providing information about the latest trends, race tactics, training techniques, equipment, psychological preparation, race organization and safety practices used in the sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons.
The conference's mission is to provide opportunities to listen and meet many of the world's most foremost experts in open water swimming, and to meet and discuss the sport among swimmers, coaches, administrators, event organizers, sponsors, vendors, officials, escort pilots, and volunteers from kayakers to safety personnel.
Dozens of presentations at the 2014 Conference at the Mount Stuart House cover numerous aspects of the vast and growing world of open water swimming where attendees can learn and share the latest trends, race tactics, training modalities, swimming techniques, equipment, race organization, logistics, operations, and safety practices for open water swimming as a solo swimmer, competitive athlete, fitness swimmer, masters swimmer, triathlete, multi-sport athlete, administrator, race promoter, sponsor or referee.
The conference was first held in Long Beach, California as part of the 2010 USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships. It has since been held on the Queen Mary in California, at Columbia University and the United Nations in New York City, and in Cork, Ireland. This year in September, it comes to another iconic location, the Mount Stuart House on the Isle of Bute in Scotland.
"The Global Open Water Swimming Conference was started due to the desire and need for athletes, coaches, referees, administrators, race directors, promoters and sponsors from around the world to share, collect and learn information about the growing sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons," said founder Steven Munatones. "Other swimming conferences usually offering nothing on open water swimming or perhaps a speech or two, but we thought open water swimming deserves its own global conference. It is great that the community shares its information via the online social network, but there is nothing like meeting other open water swimming enthusiasts face-to-face and talking about the sport from morning to night."
Speakers at the conference include English Channel swimmers, ice swimmers, record holders, renowned coaches, world champions, professional marathon swimmers, renowned race directors, officials and administrators from the Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.
"Because the audience is passionate and educated about the sport and its finest practitioners, the Global Open Water Swimming Conference is also the location of the induction ceremonies for the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and the annual WOWSA Awards that recognize the World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year, and the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year. Special Lifetime Achievement Awards are also occasionally presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the sport over their career."
The 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference Programme
Wednesday, September 17th
Leave Glasgow to commence 2-day tour of Scotland [closest international airport is Glasgow]
Thursday, September 18th
Stay Mainland, North of Scotland
Friday, September 19th
14:00 - Swim Loch Lomond
17:00 - Head to Isle of Bute
19:30 - Scottish Banquet
21:30 - Dinner Dance
Saturday, September 20th
09:00 - Registration & Coffee
10:00 - Speeches
12:20 - Lunch and WOWSA Awards
13:40 – Speeches
15:40 - Round Table
19:00 - International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony
Sunday, September 21st
09:00 - Registration & Coffee
10:00 - Speeches
14:30 - Swim in St Ninian's Bay on the Isle of Bute
The luminaries of the open water swimming world who will be honored in Scotland will include:
* Sandra Bucha (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* Jon Erikson (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Claudio Plit (Argentina), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Judith van Berkel-de Njis (Netherlands), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* David Yudovin (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Mercedes Gleitze (Great Britain), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* George Young (Canada), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Dale Petranech (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Contributor
* Melissa Cunningham (Australia), 2013 Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award winner
* Vojislav Mijić (Serbia), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* James Anderson (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator
* Dr. Jane Katz (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator
* Indonesian Swimming Federation, , International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Organisation
* Elizabeth Fry (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* Pádraig Mallon (Ireland), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year
* Olga Kozydub (Russia), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year
* Bering Strait Swim (international team), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year
* International Ice Swimming Association (Ram Barkai, founder, South Africa), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year
For additional articles on the 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference, visit:
* Olga Kozydub To Be Honored In Scotland
* Pádraig Mallon To Be Honored In Mount Stuart Castle
* Mount Stuart House, Splendid Setting For Swimming
* Colleen Blair To Kick-off Global Open Water Swimming Conference
* The Man Who Swims Better Than He Walks
* Joining In The Sea Goddess At The Hall Of Fame
* Mercedes Gleitze To Be Honored In Scotland
* The Incredible Career Of Merceded Gleitze
* Jon Erikson To Be Honoured In Florida
* The Incredible Career Of Mercedes Gleitze
* St Ninian's Bay To Host International Swim Conference
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