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Saturday, September 8, 2012

6:55...Trent Grimsey Breaks Hallowed English Channel Record

24-year-old Trent Grimsey has faced a number of suffocating defeats and career-jarring disappointments over the last few years. The Queensland native showed promise and potential, but he faced adversities and challenges that shattered his dreams and rocked his world. He trained like a madman and sacrificed as his coaches advised, but his vision of representing Australia at the Olympics did not materialize. The oldest brother of a family of swimming bros just couldn't completely unleash his talents given his debilitating illnesses and miscues.

But he remained hungry and humble.

He took his lumps after moving to Canada with his coach, only to find his trajectory to greatness was sidetracked. While he won several FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix races, he watched his rivals wear the yellow and green of Australia in London at the 2012 Olympics. In head-to-head races with archival Petar Stoychev, it seemed that Stoychev always had his number.

But Grimsey congratulated them with graciousness. He continued to smile and reassessed his opportunities and talents.

Early on in his career, 20°C (68°F) was considered too cold. The slender 1500m pool swimmer with outstanding balance in his swimming style just couldn't handle cold water, let alone cool water.

After years of being one of the most promising and skinniest marathon swimmers in the world, Grimsey retooled and reconsidered his options when his Olympic dreams were dashed.

He had the speed, but he needed more experience and acclimatization to the cold. So he set a plan, a long-term plan. Similar to the great ones - and every successful swimmer - in the English Channel, Grimsey looked at himself and determined what he needed to get done in order to break the 6 hour 57 minute world record held by Stoychev across the English Channel.

And, like the fraternity of swimmers who are part of English Channel lore, his path was not easy and it was not straight. He accepted invitations to swim in cold locations like Lac St-Jean in Quebec, Canada and down in Cape Town in South Africa. He came out of the water pink and shivering. He gained muscle and he added on a layer of bioprene. The tall and slender teenager from Queensland reshaped and rebuilt his frame to a broad-shouldered beefy, buff cut of manhood.

But his greatest tool was the 6 inches between his ears. Now rebuffed and re-energized with a goal to establish the English Channel record, Grimsey set a plan into action that challenged his mind, spirit and body to acclimate itself not only to the colder water temperatures of the English Channel, but also to rebuild himself to sustain a tremendous fast pace across the 21-mile (34km) stretch of tempestuously dynamic water.

Today, his dreams were finally realized with a blazing fast 6 hour 55 minute crossing of the English Channel. And when a humble, gracious champion like Grimsey succeeds, the community around him - his close-knit family, his hard-working friends, his escort pilot (Michael Oram) and crew (including Damián Blaum shown above), Australian Swimming and the marathon swimming world - rejoice.

"This achievement has long been a dream of mine and has capped off what can only be described as an absolutely stellar year for me and Australian open water swimming. Stoychev set the bar incredibly high, being the only person ever to swim the [English] Channel in under seven hours, but having beaten him recently to become No.1 on the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix Circuit, I knew he wasn't invincible and that this record could be beaten.

My preparation has been extreme, but it has truly been a team effort. I would not have been able to do this without the help of a great support crew, both here on the ground and back home. This includes an amazingly dedicated boat pilot Michael Oram, my coach Harley Connolly and everyone back at Lawnton Swim Club, my pace swimmer Damián Blaum and all my friends and family back in Oz”. ."

Aussie voices are heard 'round the world... "Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!
Oi! Oi! Oi!
Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!
Oi! Oi! Oi!
Aussie!
Oi!
Aussie!
Oi!
Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!
Oi! Oi! Oi!
"

Trento...great job mate.

Upper photo is of Trent Grimsey's victory at the RCP Tiburon Mile in San Francisco Bay. Lower photo is by Michael Oram aboard his escort boat. Last photo of Grimsey swimming in the Channel is courtesy of Owen O'Keefe.

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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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