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Tuesday, August 7, 2012
The Remarkable Life Of Dr. Chris Stockdale
Inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 1991 as an Honour Swimmer, Dr. Stockdale was renowned for his support of many charitable causes. He was recognised with an MBE for his long-term services to charitable causes. He has raised £300,000 for charity over 33 years, largely through his marathon swims.
In 1977, he kicked off his career with a 17 hour 30 minute English Channel swim that resulted in Dr. Stockdale being awarded the Channel Swimming Association’s Audenaerde Endurance Trophy.
In 1981, he completed a 3-way 9.6-mile Lake Bala swim in 5 hours 50 minutes, another English Channel swim of 15 hours 56 minutes, and a one-way 10.25-mile crossing of Windermere in 8 hours 5 minutes.
In 1982, he won the World Medical Olympic Games 1.5km swim in Cannes, completed the 33km Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli in 11 hours 33 minutes, and the 3 Lakes Swim (5.5 miles across Coniston in 3 hours 22 minutes, 7.25 miles across Ullswater in 5 hours 20 minutes, and 10.25 miles across Windermere in 10 hours 50 minutes).
In 1983, he swam from Walton to Clacton in 2 hours 43 minutes, a 2-way of Lake Bala in 3 hours 11 minutes, and 30km across Lake Como in 16 hours 26 minutes.
In 1984, he swam Windermere again in 5 hours 51 minutes, the 30km Lake Como again in 10 hours 54 minutes, and a triathlon of the English Channel in 14 hours 50 minutes followed by a 203-mile bike ride from Folkestone to Birmingham and a 26-mile marathon run in 4 hours 25 minutes.
In 1985, he swam 30km in Lake Como in 12 hours 45 minutes and 16km in Ischia in 4 hours 28 minutes.
In 1986, he swam 8 miles in Torbay in 4 hours 7 minutes, 10.25 miles in Windermere in 5 hours 59 minutes, 30km Lake Como in 10 hours 14 minutes, and became the first person to swim 26.3 miles across the Gulf of Naples from Ischia to Castellammare in 17 hours 48 minutes.
In 1987, he swam 8km in the Cyclades from Paros to Antiparos, 10.25 miles across Windermere in 6 hours 11 minutes, 28.5 miles around Manhattan Island in 8 hours 40 minutes, and took part in the Channel Swimming Association Diamond Jubilee Channel Relay in 9 hours 52 minutes.
In 1988, he swam Windermere for the 6th time in 6 hours 38 minutes, 12 miles in Torbay in 6 hours 6 minutes, 10.5 miles from Torregaveta to Baia to Bacoli in Italy in 5 hours 13 minutes, and took part in the 25th Anniversary English Channel Relay in 10 hours 32 minutes to receive the Stan Maycock Shield given to the fastest male relay swim of the year.
In 1989, he swam Windermere in 5 hours 12 minutes, 11 miles in Lago Di Mergozzo in 5 hours 44 minutes, and 32 miles in an unprecedented effort across Lake Garda in Italy in 31 hours 10 minutes.
In 1990, he swam 26 miles from Anadolukavagi to Buyukada in Turkey in 16 hours 15 minutes, set a new world record from Anadolukavagi to Kiz Kulesi in 3 hours 33 minutes, 11.2 miles in Isola D’Elba from Marino Di Campo to Punta Di Fetovaia, and did a 20.8-mile pool swim in 10 hours 10 minutes.
In 1991, he swam 9km in the Primero Maratone Riviera Ligure in Alassio, Italy in 3 hours 10 minutes, 26.4km across Lake Zürich from Rapperswil to Zürich in Switzerland in 11 hours 24 minutes, 11 miles in Isola Di Capri, and was the first person to swim the Cyclades 27km from Naxos to Paros (Aliki).
In 1992, he completed the 6-mile Dover to Folkestone Challenge in 2 hours 54 minutes and completed the 3 Islands Swim in the Gulf of Naples where he swam 19 miles around Ischia in 11 hours 33 minutes, 11 miles in Capri in 6 hours 52 minutes, and 8 miles in Procida in 3 hours 55 minutes.
In 1993, he did a 6.4-mile 2-way Lake Bala swim in 3 hours 26 minutes, 3.25-mile Coniston’s Veteran’s Championship in 1 hour 46 minutes, and 26.4km across Lake Zürich in 9 hours 17 minutes and received the British Long Distance Swimming Association’s Hans Belay Trophy for the Swim of the Year.
In 1994, he was the first person to swim 37km from Ventotene to Forio D’Ischia in Italy in 20 hours 21 minutes, and participated on both the Aquatic Tomidi Channel Relay from England to France in 12 hours 36 minutes and the Audrey Scott Commemorative Men’s Channel Relay from England to France in 11 hours 11 minutes.
In 1995, he swam 8 miles in Torbay in 5 hours 15 minutes and complete a 21-mile Double Windermere in 16 hours 7 minutes.
In 1996, he completed the Triathlon ’96: he swam 10.25 miles in Windermere in 7 hours 47 minutes, cycled Fell Foot in Windermere to Norman Green Athletics Centre in Solihull in 22 hours 30 minutes, and ran a Half Marathon in 2 hours 17 minutes. He also completed the London Marathon.
In 1997, he swam 3.2 miles in Lake Bala in 1 hour 47 minutes, completed another Windermere 10.25-mile crossing in 7 hours 13 minutes, participated on the Channel Swimming Association 70th Anniversary Channel Relay from England to France in 12 hours 11 minutes.
In 1999, he completed the Nice Triathlon in 13 hours 12 minutes and the Great Britain Masters in Coventry as well as the Great North Run.
In 2000, he completed a 6.4-mile 2-way Lake Bala swim in 3 hours 11 minutes, swam across Windermere under Force 4 conditions in 9 hours 4 minutes, and swam 16.5 miles from Delos to Paros in the Aegean Sea where he was later made an Honorary Citizen.
In 2001, he swam 18 miles from Ischia to Capri in Italy in 10 hours 20 minutes.
In 2005, he cycled 2,000 miles from London to Athens, Greece over 3 weeks and 3 days.
In 2006, he swam a 6.4-mile 2-way Lake Bala in 3 hours 24 minutes, a 9.6-mile 3-way Lake Bala in 6 hours 7 minutes, and 16 miles in Lake Erie from Port Colborne in Canada to Sturgeon Point in the USA in 14 hours 15 minutes.
In 2009 – 2010, he cycled 3,594 miles around the coastline of England, Scotland and Wales.
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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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