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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Chamorro To Compete In The Olympic Marathon Final

Benjamin Schulte of Guam accepted the invitation to compete in the Olympic Marathon Swimming 10km on August 10th at the 2012 London Olympics.

The Daily News of Open Water Swimming inquired about this young 16-year-old who is coached by Brian King and Denis Cotterell on the Gold Coast in Australia. In the Serpentine in front of a global TV audience, he will be in an Olympic final competing against some men double his age:

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: When you finished the race in Setubal Bay, did you imagine you qualified for the Olympics?
Schulte: I was wondering where the New Zealand swimmer finished because his placing would determine if I had a shot at a qualified position.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: When you heard about the possibility of you making the Olympics, what was your first thought?
Schulte: A year or so ago it honestly hadn’t even crossed my mind that I could make the Olympic team in open water swimming. So my first thought was, "No that can’t be – I really have a chance?!"

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: How proud are you to wear the uniform of Guam at the Olympics?
Schulte: It is completely humbling and I’m honoured to be given the opportunity to represent my home at the Olympic Games.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Is this the first time a swimmer from Guam has made an Olympic final in swimming?
Schulte: Yes, I believe this would be the first time a Chamorro or Guamanian swimmer has made a swimming final at the Olympics. [Chamorros are the native people of Guam.]

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What does your participation in the Olympic 10km Marathon Swim mean to swimming in general in Guam?
Schulte: Swimming is not the biggest and most popular of sports on Guam. It would be great to know that my efforts in London would boost the swimming profile in the community and get more people active with the sport, whether it’d be an introduction of swimming into schools, better public facilities, or even just parents enrolling their kids into swimming lessons.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What does your participation in the Olympic 10km Marathon Swim mean to the open water swimming community in Guam?
Schulte: Though we do have open water races on Guam, there aren’t that many and as far as I know none of them are FINA-approved distances. Guam’s never sent an open water swimmer to an event like the Olympics although there has been swimmers who have competed in the 5K at Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships and the Pacific Games. Hopefully my participation will lead to a bigger open water swimming community and more recognition to the sport in general.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: You train in Australia and you want to go to school at Stanford University. Do you intend to move back to Guam at some time?
Schulte: I hope to be back living there again in the next several years. The saying, "You never know what you have until it’s gone" definitely applies to me right now ... I’m so homesick!

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: You are only 16 years old. It is possible you could make the Olympics again at the age of 20, 24, 28…Have you thought that far ahead?
Schulte: I’ve thought about the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics a lot and I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve thought about the 2020 Olympics on occasion, like googling which countries are bidding, but I’d never thought of it with me actually competing. It’s just too far out. And the 2024 Olympics seems like an eternity away. I’m just taking it step-by-step.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What kind of workouts do you do?
Schulte: Leading up to the Olympic Qualifier in Portugal, I was doing on average 9 km sessions with a few shorter ones through the week to work on speed. I’ve only been back for a few days and the past week has just been re-acclimatizing to the work load, but in the weeks to come I plan on upping them to 10 km sessions, possibly more.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Is there any particular strategy you are planning for your race on August 10th?
Schulte: I’ve only swum three 10 km races before, which included the Olympic Qualifier, so I haven’t really figured out what strategy works best for me yet. One thing I know is that you need to be flexible when it comes to strategy, but my main plan is to stay with the pack for as long as possible and try to stay out of trouble.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Do you know your training schedule between now and August 10th? That is, when are you moving into the Olympic Village, when will you start your taper?
Schulte: My training schedule will remain pretty much the same until I leave for London. I’m not sure yet when the Guam National Olympic Committee is planning on us arriving in London. As for taper, Dennis will be working that out, but it’s usually not too far out before the race.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Who will be feeding you at the feeding station on August 10th?
Schulte: We’ve requested for my dad to be my feeder during the race. He’s always been my feeder up until now and we’ve been practising quite a bit over the past few months.

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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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