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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Open Water Swimming In Shanghai At The World Championships

Reporting from Shanghai.

Thousands of athletes, coaches and officials participating in the 2011 FINA World Swimming Championships are being whisked from the arrival gate at the Shanghai Airport through passport control and Customs. Treated like VIPs, their bags are handled as they are shuttled quickly on buses and cars to their host hotels.

Volunteers with smiles and an abundance of goodwill and genuine cheer greet them at every stop with multi-lingual hospitality.

At the Royal Tulip on Jinshan Beach Hotel, the world's best open water swimmers who will compete in the 5K, 5K Team Trial, Olympic 10K qualification race and 25K are in their final stages of rest and preparation.

From over 40 countries, the athletes include teenage newcomers and fast pool specialists to cagey veterans and marathon world champions.

Shaved, tapered and hydrated, they will compete in a rectangle 2.5K-loop course just offshore with 2 feeding stations and an in-the-water finish with high-speed cameras to capture the photo finishes.

The races are held in 28C water that can get rough with steady sea breezes and irritating with occasional sea nettles.

With the possibility of facing turbulence, warm humid conditions and marine life, the athletes are preparing for the unexpected but, like open water swimmers the world over, they are hoping for good conditions on race day.

After years of training and preparation - physical, mental, strategic and logistical - their Olympic dreams will either be realized - or shattered - next week.

The world championship schedule is as follows. The television schedule will be announced soon, although online and broadcast coverage of all races in all countries is not guaranteed.

The women's Olympic 10K Marathon Swim is on Tuesday, July 19th.

The men's Olympic 10K Marathon Swim is on Wednesday, July 20th.

The new mixed gender three-person 5K Team Pursuit (5K Team Time Trial) is on Thursday, July 21st.

The men's and women's 5K individual races are (held separately) on Friday, July 22nd.

The men's and women's 25K marathon races are (held concurrently) on Saturday, July 23rd.

Among the men in the 10K race, the pre-race favorites to be among the automatic top 10 Olympic qualifiers include world champion Thomas Lurz of Germany, world champion Alex Meyer of the USA, FINA World Cup champion Chad Ho, FINA Grand Prix champion Petar Stoychev, Australian Olympian Ky Hurst, world champion Valerio Cleri of Italy, Spyridon Gianniotis of Italy and Evgeny Drattsev of Russia. However, at least a handful of swimmers from Spain, the Netherlands, Canada, Brazil, Slovenia, Mexico, New Zealand, France and others will undoubtedly be there right at the finish in the lead pack.

Ten athletes - both male and female - will automatically qualify so "winning" from the Olympic perspective is finishing in the top 10.

On the women's side, the field is stacked with experience, guts and talent. The Brits Keri-Anne Payne and Cassandra Patten, the Americans Eva Fabian and Christine Jennings, the Brazilians Poliana Okimoto and Ana Marcela Cunha will be taking it out fast with Swann Oberson of Switzerland and Mariana Lymperta of Greece as well as Australian world champion Melissa Gorman, Martina Grimaldi of Italy and German world champion Angela Maurer.

Similar to the men, there will a few other qualifiers in the top 10 from any number of countries including Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, Croatia, the Netherlands, Spain, France, Hungary, China and Argentina.

What is certain is to Expect The Unexpected - and the Daily News of Open Water Swimming will be there to cover it in text, photos, videos, tweets and commentary.

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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference

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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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