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101 Movers And Shakers In The Open Water Swimming World

HUNTINGTON BEACH. Open water swimmers who wield power and influence do so in a variety of ways and roles: as swimmers (both former and current), administrators, judges, coaches, officials, writers, reporters, producers or photo/videographers.

Some have impact in a subtle manner; others are aided by the media or their own marketing efforts. Some seek to be influential; others merely wield power by the force of their actions, achievements statements or prose.

However way these individuals are involved in the the sport, the following women can be considered to be among the movers and shakers in the world of open water swimming. It is, by far, an incomplete global list, but these women are open water ambassadors, spreading their enthusiasm and passion for the sport:

Listed in alphabetical order:

1. Alison Streeter MBE (England): Queen of the Channel®
2. Allison Appleby (Australia): Co-owner of Aquadiva swimwear
3. Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil): World champion and professional competitor
4. Angela Maurer (Germany): Professional marathon swimmer, mother and 2-time Olympian
5. Angela Oram (England): Committee member of the Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation
6. Anna-Carin Nordin (Sweden): Marathon and channel swimmer
7. Anna Rita Strydom (South Africa): Manager for Natalie du Toit
8. Anne Marie Ward (Ireland): 2010 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year
9. Beverley Thomas (England): President, British Long Distance Swimming Association
10. Bonnie Ford (USA): ESPN reporter responsible for Olympic sports including open water swimming
11. Carol Sing (USA): Member of the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation board of directors
12.Carolyn Asher (Australia): Coach, learn to swim advocate and member of the Board of Directors of the Royal Life Saving Queensland in Australia
13. Cecilia Biagioli (Argentina): 4-time Olympian, potential Olympic Marathon Swimming 10km medalist and Olimpia de Plata recipient
14. Chako Shinozaki (Japan): Coordinator of the Japan International Open Water Swimming Association
15. Charlene Wittstock (Monaco): Her Serene Highness The Princess of Monaco and fund-raising extraordinaire
16. Chloe Zimmerman (Turks & Caicos): Co-race director of the Race for the Conch and marketer of the West Indies Bluewater Ocean Swim Series
17. Christiane Fanzeres (Brazil): Brazil Swimming Federation administrator
18. Coco Emberson (USA): Co-Race Director of the Maui Channel Swim
19. Dee Llewellyn (England): British Long Distance Swimming Association administrator and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame director
20. Deanne Draeger (USA): Founder of Urban Swim and the race director of the Rose Pitonof Swim
21. Diana Nyad (USA): Author, motivational speaker, television commentator, and extreme swimmer
22. Dr. Jacinta Galeai (American Samoa): Director of Education authorized ocean swimming curriculum for high school students
23. Dr. Julie Bradshaw MBE (England): Coach, motivational speaker and Administrative Secretary of the Channel Swimming Association
24. Dr. Marcy MacDonald (USA): Member of the board of directors of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and 12-time English Channel swimmer
25. Dr. Margo Mountjoy (Canada): FINA Bureau Liaison to Sports Medicine Committee, only female member of the FINA Bureau and International Olympic Committee member
26. Dr. Sakura Hingley (England): Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming member, hypothermia researcher and committee member of the Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation
27. Dr. Susan Ractliffe (England): Director of the Channel Swimming Association
28. Elizabeth Fry (USA): Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming and Swim Across The Sound race director
29. Elizabeth Weil (USA): New York Times reporter interested in open water swimming
30. Erica Rose (USA): Former world champion and USA Swimming committee member
31. Esther Williams (USA): Aquamusical star, swimming icon and entrepreneur
32. Freda Streeter (England): Coach and English Channel motivator
33. Greta Andersen (USA/Denmark): Olympic champion, swimming icon and coach
34. Irene van der Laan (Netherlands): Director of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame
35. Jackie Cobell (England): English Channel swimmer
36. Jacqueline Grossman (USA): Race director of USA Swimming sanctioned open water swims
37. Jane Katz Ph.D. (USA): Author, professor, coach and speaker
38. Janel Jorgensen (USA): Olympic medalist and Executive Director of Swim Across America
39. Jen Schumacher (USA): Sports Psychologist and endurance athlete
40. Joan Metcalfe (England): Director of the Channel Swimming Association
41. June Krauser (USA): Selection Committee Chair of the International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame
42. Kaia Hedlund (USA): President of the Waikiki Roughwater Swim Committee
43. Karah Nazor, Ph.D. (USA): English Channel swimmer, founder of the Chattanooga Open Water Swimmers and race director of Swim The Suck
44. Karen Burton Reeder (USA): International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame inductee and open water swimming website creator
45. Karen Smidt-Allard (USA): Founder & CEO of SBR Sports and aquapreneur of swimming products
46. Karen Throsby (England): Sociologist and English Channel researcher/swimmer
47. Karlyn Pipes-Neilsen (USA): Coach, author and motivational speaker
48. Kate Rew (England): Author of Wild Swim, TV personality and Outdoor Swimming Society founder
49. Kathy Dykes (USA): Marketing Director at FINIS Inc.
50. Keri-Anne Payne (England): Olympic Marathon Swim gold medal favorite and British media darling
51. Laura Hamel (USA): Editor-in-Chief, SWIMMER Magazine
52. Leslie Thomas (USA): Founder and head coach of Swim Art of San Francisco Bay
53. Liane Llewellyn (England): President Elect, British Long Distance Swimming Association and marathon swimmer
54. Linda Bamford (USA): Catalina Channel Swimming Federation administrator and board director
55. Luane Rowe (Australia): Athlete and industrial designer at FINIS
56. Lynn Blouin (Canada): Board Director of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame
57. Lynne Cox (USA): Author, speaker, extreme swimmer and Hall of Fame inductee
58. Lynn Hazlewood (USA): U.S. Masters Swimming Open Water Committee Chairperson and co-founder of the Jim McDonnell Lake Swims
59. Maddy Crippen (USA): Administrator of the Fran Crippen Elevation Foundation
60. Marcia Cleveland (USA): Author of Dover Solo and coach
61. Marianna Lymperta (Greece): 3-time Olympian and Olympic Marathon Swimming 10km medal favorite
62. Martina Grimaldi (Italy): Olympic Marathon Swimming 10km medal favorite
63. Megan Melgaard (USA): Swimmer, coach and stunt woman
64. Melissa Gorman (Australia): 2-time Olympian and Olympic Marathon Swimming 10km medal favorite
65. Michelle Evans-Chase (USA): Grant writer and Toa o le Tai ocean swimming curriculum specialist
66. Michelle Macy (USA): Marathon swimmer and creator of the Still Water Eight
67. Montserrat Tresserras Dou (Spain): Author and board director of the Channel Swimming Association and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame
68. Nadine Day (USA): President of U.S. Masters Swimming
69. Natalie du Toit (South Africa): Olympic athlete, author and inspirational athlete
70. Natalya Pankina (Russia/UAE): Administrator with the United Arab Emirates Swimming Federation
71. Nora Toledano (Mexico): Author, marathon swimmer and Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame inductee
72. Nuala Moore (Ireland): Coach and extreme swimmer
73. Pamela Dickson (New Zealand): Marathon and channel swimmer
74. Pat Gallant-Charette (USA): Marathon and channel swimmer
75. Patti Bauernfeind (USA): Marathon swimmer who does charity swims
76. Paula Selby (USA): Catalina Channel Swimming Federation administrator
77. Penny Dean (USA): Author, coach and Hall of Fame inductee
78. Penny Palfrey (Australia): Extreme swimmer and blogger
79. Pilar Geijo (Argentina): Professional marathon swimmer and 2011 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year
80. Poliana Okimoto (Brazil): 2-time Olympian and Olympic Marathon Swimming 10km medal favorite
81. Qingzhu Cao (China): China Swimming Association administrator responsible for open water swimming and FINA official
82. Sally Minty-Gravett (Jersey): President of the Jersey Long Distance Swimming Club
83. Sandy Neilson-Bell (USA): Co-race director of the open water swims sanctioned by the American Swimming Association
84. Sarah Warwick (England): Deputy Editor at H2Open Magazine and freelance writer
85. Sarah Wheeler (Hong Kong): Editor In Chief for TriMag Asia
86. Selina Moreno Pasagali (Spain): Marathon swimmer and cancer survivor and advocate
87. Shane Gould MBE (Australia): Race director of the Devil of a Swim in Tasmania, Australia, 5-time Olympic medalist and Foundation director
88. Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia): Author, speaker, coach, FINA administrator/referee and Hall of Fame inductee
89. Siga Rose (USA): Channel swimming coach and age-group swimming coach and motivator
90. Silvia Dalotto (Argentina): South America Area President of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and FINA official
91. Stacey Herbertson (Australia): Executive Officer and Event Manager of the Rottnest Channel Swim
92. Sue Oldham (Australia): Marathon and channel swimmer
93. Suzanne Heim-Bowen (USA): Coach, administrator, marathon swimmer
94. Swann Oberson (Switzerland): 2-time Olympian, first Swiss world champion and potential Olympic Marathon Swimming 10km medalist
95. Tammy van Wisse (Australia): Marathon swimmer, motivational speaker and environmental campaigner
96. Tanya Harding (England): Committee member of the Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation
97. Teruko Onuki (Japan): Author of 7 open water swimming books after 2 English Channel swims
98. Vicki Keith (Canada): Coach, fund-raiser, motivational speaker and extreme butterflyer
99. Wendy Coles (England): British Swimming administrator
100. Yanqiao Fang (China): Professional marathon swimmer and Olympian
101. Yuko Matsuzaki (Japan): Asia Area President of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame

NOTE: The men's list of 101 Movers and Shakers in the Open Water Swimming World is posted here.

Copyright © 2011 by Open Water Source

4 comments:

  1. What a powerful and inspirational collection of women!

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  2. Kara Nazor Friberg is not only an incredible open water swimmer, but she is also an amazing young woman, a leader among her peers in many ways.

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Thank you very much for your interest in the world of open water swimming.

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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference

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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference Agenda


Friday, 19 September

5:30

PM


Welcome Reception at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland

Documentary films shown throughout the reception:

Blue Journey-Amerika Samoa – Stronger Together: The Waterman’s Way
(film by Bruckner Chase)

Dancing With The Water, Crossing of Lake Pontchartrain
(film by Wayne Ewing about Matthew Moseley's Lake Pontchartrain crossing)

Bering Strait Swim Chukotka - Alaska
(film by Admiral Konstantin Sidenko about the relay between Russia and Alaska)

The Clean Swim – Hong Kong to Macau
(film about Simon Holiday's Pearl River Delta crossing)


Saturday, 20 September

9:00

AM


Registration and Coffee at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland

10:00

AM


Keynote Speech:
Colleen Blair (Scotland) on The History of Scottish Swimming

10:20

AM


Christopher Guesdon (Australia) on Multidimensional Roles In The Sport

10:30

AM


Colin Hill (England) on Recent Explosion in UK Open Water

10:50

AM


Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) on The Feminine Code of Achievement - How a Lady from Down Under Revolutionized Professional Marathon Swimming

11:10

AM


Simon Murie (England) on Open Water Swimming Holidays: How A New Sector Was Created Within The Travel Industry

11:30

AM


Swimming The Oceans Seven
A round table discussion moderated by:
Kevin Murphy (England), with Stephen Redmond (Ireland), Anna-Carin Nordin (Sweden),
Darren Miller (USA), Adam Walker (England), Kimberley Chambers (New Zealand)

12:30

PM


Coffee and Break

1:00

PM


World Open Water Swimming Awards Luncheon:
with co-hosts Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) and Steven Munatones (USA)

Pádraig Mallon (Ireland), 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year

Olga Kozydub (Russia), 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year

Bering Strait Swim, 2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year

Honoring: Vladimir Chegorin, Maria Chizhova, Elena Guseva, Ram Barkai, Jack Bright, Oksana Veklich, Aleksandr Jakovlevs, Matías Ola, Henri Kaarma, Toomas Haggi, Nuala Moore, Anne Marie Ward, Toks Viviers, Melissa O’Reilly, Ryan Stramrood, Cristian Vergara, Craig Lenning, Rafal Ziobro, Andrew Chin, Jackie Cobell, James Pittar, Paolo Chiarino, Mariia Yrjö-Koskinen, Ivan Papulshenko, Zdenek Tlamicha, Zhou Hanming, Oleg Adamov, Andrei Agarkov, Alekseev Semen, Tatiana Alexandrova, Roman Belan, Elena Semenova, Alexander Brylin, Afanasii Diackovskii, Vladimir Nefatov, Evgenii Dokuchaev, Oleg Docuckaev, Roman Efimov, Dmitrii Filitovich, Olga Filitovich, Victor Godlevskiy, Olga Golubeva, Alexei Golubkin, Alexander Golubkin, Alexandr Iurkov, Oleg Ivanov, Pavel Kabakov, Eduard Khodakovskiy, Aleksandr Komarov, Aleksandr Kuliapin, Andrey Kuzmin, Irina Lamkina, Vladimir Litvinov, Andrey Mikhalev, Victor Moskvin, Nikolay Petshak, Sergey Popov, Vladimir Poshivailov, Grigorii Prokopchuk, Dmitrii Zalka, Natalia Seraya, Viacheslav Shaposhnikov, Olga Sokolova, Andrei Sychev, Alexei Tabakov, and Nataliia Usachaeva [represented by Admiral Konstantin Sidenko and Nuala Moore]


2:30

PM


Alexey Salmin Pavlovich (Russia) and Dmitry Dragozhilov (Russia)
on the 2016 Winter Swimming World Championships [film]

2:50

PM


Sally Minty-Gravett (Jersey) on Motivating Swimmers

3:10

PM


Dmitry Blokhin (Russia) and Aleksei Veller (Russia)
on the First World Ice Swimming Championships [film]

3:30

PM


Matthew Moseley (USA)’s Dancing With The Water, Crossing of Lake Pontchartrain [film]

3:50

PM


Simon Holliday (England) and Doug Woodring (Hong Kong)’s The Clean Swim – Hong Kong to Macau 2014 [film]

5:00

PM


International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF)
and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF)

IMSHOF Induction Ceremonies and Dinner
with co-hosts Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) and Steven Munatones (USA).

Recognition of International Swimming Hall of Fame honorees:

  • Elizabeth Fry (USA), IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Vojislav Mijić (Serbia), IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • James Anderson (USA), IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Dr. Jane Katz (USA), IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Indonesian Swimming Federation Open Water Committee (Indonesia), IMSHOF Honour Organisation

  • Melissa Cunningham (Australia), Irving Davids – Captain Roger Wheeler Award by the International Swimming Hall of Fame and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Sandra Bucha (USA), ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Jon Erikson (USA), ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer [represented by Sandra Bucha]

6:30

PM


International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) Introduction Video.
Welcome speech by host Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia)

6:45

PM


Dinner

7:30

PM


International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF)
Induction Ceremonies and Dinner with host Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia)

Recognition of International Swimming Hall of Fame honorees:

  • Mercedes Gleitze (England)
    ISHOF Honor Pioneer Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by daughter Doloranda Pember]

  • Dale Petranech (USA)
    ISHOF Honor Contributer and IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Claudio Plit (Argentina)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by Shelley Taylor-Smith]

  • Judith van Berkel-de Nijs (Netherlands)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by Niek Kloots]

  • George Young (Canada)
    ISHOF Honor Pioneer Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation]

  • David Yudovin (USA)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer


Sunday, 21 September

9:00

AM


Registration and coffee at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland

10:00

AM


Nuala Moore (Ireland) on The Mindset of 1000m at 0ºC

10:20

AM


Admiral Konstantin Sidenko (Russia)’s Bering Strait Swim Chukotka - Alaska in 2013 [film]

10:40

AM


Ned Denison (Ireland) on Swimming The World

11:00

AM


Bruckner Chase (USA)’s Blue Journey-Amerika Samoa
Stronger Together: The Waterman’s Way
[film]

11:20

AM


Rok Kerin (Slovenia) on Lifestyle Benefits From Open Water Swimming

12:00

PM


Survey distribution and group photo-taking

2:00

PM


Swim at Stravvana Bay, Isle of Bute






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."


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