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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

WOWSA Performance of the Year Nominee 1400K Swim Across Tunisia (Tunisia) – Swimmer of Peace and Bridge Builder

Nejib Ben Messaoud Belhedi is swimming along the entire coast of Tunisia – 1,400 kilometers – day by day, week by week, month by month.  His dream of building bridges not only across his country, but also across a region of the world currently in political upheaval, is lofty and inspirational.  

Initially his 1400K stage swim was a solo effort, but Nejib has developed friends and supporters along the way. 

With growing media support, swimmers from all over the Middle East are now interested in carrying on his vision on, for a more peaceful and promising future.  The organizer of the Dialog Across The Seas and an English Channel swimmer, Nejib is moving full steam ahead, swimming from the west to the east. 

Through the force of his humble yet forceful personality, his vision of peace is growing larger and inspiring more and more swimmers and non-swimmers alike.  For his difficult stage swim, its complicated logistics and his ambitious open water swimming plans across borders in the midst of turmoil, Nejib Ben Messaoud Belhedi’s Nejib Ben Messaoud Belhedi is a worthy nominee for the 2011 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.

For more information on Nejib Ben Messaoud Belhedi, visit here.

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WOWSA aims to promote open water swimming as a global sport for those of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.  It hosts the World Open Water Swimming Awards to recognize the open water swimming's heroes and heroines.

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20 comments:

  1. Nejib Belhedi is an exceptional case of champion in Tunisia (and probably beyond). He's all humanism without borders to which the sea has been both craddle and space. He really deserves... 1400 medals and acknowledgements for his ever vibrating aspiration for the better, for a better world where its peoples are full-bridged.
    Ameur Jeridi, president of the Citizenship Movement (political party), Tunisia.

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  2. I met this man during a coffee break and he told me that he always want to make his presence useful and then told me about his noble challenge! and the coffee break became really useful! i met a man that impressed me by his performance and on the same time by his modesty and his noble-mindedness! Go ahead Nejib... Bravo!
    Aymen

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  3. Nothing is impossible for Tunisians, all my respect

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  4. 1400K Swim Across Tunisia, this is phenomenal! Nejib Belhedi is a great champion.
    Mahdi

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  5. All my respect Nejib Great Person Great cause i wish him all the best R E S P E C T

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  6. Dear Mr. Nejib BELHEDI,

    I feel proud, as a Tunisian Citizen, after the Kick Off of the Arab Spring launched by our country, to see you leading the swim for peace initiative.

    In another hand, as an environmental actor in Tunisia, especially in Water Treatment and Remediation, I see in your activity a promotional fact for preserving our beaches.

    In this way, I will always support you, and I have already started by :
    - Promoting your vote in facebook, Twitter and linkedIn
    - Sending more than 1000 E-mails to make my Tunisian and International friends to vote you.

    I hope you all success as well as for our country.

    Sincerely,

    --------------------------------------------------------------------
    Mohamed Malek BEN SLIMA
    Investing in Ecology is Investing in Democracy

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  7. it sreally a great opportunity to show the world what tunisians are able to reach

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  8. cher najib
    un exploit que de faire 1400 K ms à la nage bravo Me behadi vous avez relever un défit et vous avez réussi là ou beaucoup ont échouer les TUNISIENS et TUNISIENNES sont fier de vous ,vive la TUNISIE et bon courage

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  9. This is not only your dream Mr. Najib. This is the dream of every single Tunisian. Keep rocking.

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  10. May God help you!! :)) BRAVOOO Mr Nejib! :)) Vive la Tunisie!! :))

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  11. Tunisian people is a leader in every thing starting from land's to the sea VIVA TUNISIA

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  12. Bravo Mr Nejib! :)) Vive la Tunisie

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  13. en avant ! bravo Négib

    courage

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  14. Bravo Mr Nejib! :)) Vive la Tunisie

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  15. This is the dream of every single Tunisian
    Nothing is impossible for Tunisians,
    Vive la Tunisie

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  16. Nejib I voted for you because you especially as all Tunisia are for peace and prosperity for all without exclusion...

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  17. Good luck dear Mr Nejib I voted for you,you are wonderful,viva tunisia for peace and love
    Happy new year 2012 for all...

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  18. Bon courage et bonne chance Mr nejib,enfin vive le sport et la douce Tunisie

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  19. Congratulations, great Nejib.

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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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