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Monday, September 17, 2012

Incredulous Inspiration On The High Seas

Athletes, coaches and administrators are arriving in Southern California this week to attend the 2012 Athletes, coaches and administrators are arriving in Southern California this week to attend the 2012 Global Open Water Swimming Conference on the Queen Mary on September 21 – 22 and the Swim Across America event on Sunday, September 23 in Marine Stadium.

The Swim Across America event will be streamed live online, but there will be plenty of additional highlights over this 3-day extravaganza.

Firstly, there will be the assembly of arguably the greatest collection of female marathon swimmers in history: Olympic champions, world champions, professional marathon swimmers, channel swimmers and national champions from various countries.

The esteemed group includes Greta Andersen, the top professional marathon swimmer from the 1950s and 1960s, Penny Dean, the top professional marathon swimmer from the 1970s, Shelley Taylor-Smith, top professional marathon swimmer from the 1980s and 1990s will be joined by Pilar Geijo, the top professional marathon swimmer from thus century and 12-time English Channel swimmer Dr. Marcella MacDonald, International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Swimmer Suzanne Heim-Bowen and dozens of other accomplished women.

The keynote speeches for the Conference will be electrifying with a pair of charismatic individuals: Diana Nyad and Craig Dietz. On the Queen Mary, Nyad will talk about her swim attempts from Cuba where she will show incredible footage of a 63-year-old woman attempting to overcome squalls and box jellyfish, the most venomous creatures on the planet. She will be joined Craig Dietz, an indescribably courageous athlete who was born without arms and legs.

Craig is an attorney, drives a car, and is married. The Pennsylvania native will follow-up his presentation by entering the Swim Across America event in Marine Stadium. Both Nyad and Dietz will describe living without limitations and will generate everything from laughter to tears during their speeches.

The 3-day weekend will include the following activities:

Friday, September 21st
• Welcome Reception at 6 – 8 pm with a Marine & Swimming Art Exhibit and the Screening of 50-Year-Old Freshman: Suzanne Heim-Bowen

Saturday, September 22nd
• Keynote Speeches by Diana Nyad (USA) and Craig Dietz (USA)

• Achieving the Impossible by Lewis Pugh (UK/South Africa) and Greta Andersen (USA/Denmark) and Trent Grimsey (Australia) on the English Channel

• 2012 London Olympics by Colin Hill (Great Britain), Ricardo Ratto (Brazil), Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia), Dr. Khwaza Aziz (Bangladesh)

• 1st Open Water Safety Panel with Steven Munatones (USA), Moderator Forrest Nelson (USA), Michael Read MBE (UK), Dr. Marcella MacDonald (USA), Ned Denison (Ireland), Dr. Penny Dean (USA), Bryce Elser (USA), Captains Ala Miki and Scott Dixon (USA) International Swims: Ricardo Ratto (Brazil)

• Dealing with Jellyfish by Diana Nyad (USA) and Ron Adley (USA)

World Open Water Swimming Awards luncheon honoring Pilar Geijo (Argentina, World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year), Jamie Patrick (USA, World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year), and Lt. Colonel Nejib Belhedi (Tunisia, World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year)

International Swimming Hall of Fame recognition honoring Drury Gallagher (USA), founder, Manhattan Island Swimming Association, introduced by Tim Johnson & Dr. Jane Katz, Chad Hundeby (USA), English Channel and Catalina Channel record holder, introduced by Dale Petranech, Eleanor Studley Hurd (USA), swam between Europe and Asia posthumously honored, accepted by Virginia Downing (daughter) and Robert Hurd (son), Des Renford (Australia), 19-time English Channel swimmer posthumously honored, accepted by Michael Read MBE, and Vicko Šoljan (Croatia), founder of the Croatian Long Distance Swimming Association, introduced by Janez Maroevic

• Mass Participation Swims by Janel Jorgenson (USA) on Swim Across America, and Wayne Riddin (South Africa) on the Midmar Mile, and Yutaka Shinozaki (Japan) on Japan Open Water Swimming Association

• 2nd Open Water Safety Panel with Moderator Forrest Nelson (USA), Michael Read MBE (UK), Dr. Marcella MacDonald (USA), Ned Denison (Ireland), Penny Dean (USA), Bryce Elser (USA), Captains Ala Miki & Scott Dixon (USA)

• Extreme Swims by Ram Barkai (South Africa), International Ice Swimming Association

• River & Stage Swims by Martin Strel (Slovenia), Big River Man

• Coaching Elite Open Water Swimmers by Catherine Vogt (USA) on Ous Mellouli and Haley Anderson

• Coaching Marathon Swimmer by Ned Denison (Ireland) and Dr. Marcella MacDonald (USA)

• Ocean Recovery Alliance by Doug Woodring (Hong Kong) on Ocean Environmentalist

• Third World Swimming by Dr. Khwaja Aziz (Bangladesh)

• Art and the Open Water by Dr. Lisa Stansbie (UK)

• Technology in the Open Water by Stephen Coulter (Australia) on iSwimToo, and John Mix (USA), Luane Rowe (Australia) on FINIS

International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner honoring:

• Larisa Ilchenko (Russia), 2008 Olympic 10K Marathon Swim gold medalist
• Maarten van der Weijden (Netherlands), 2008 Olympic 10K Marathon Swim gold medalist and leukemia survivor, introduced by Dr. Mariusz Wirga
• Sri Chinmoy (India), posthumously inducted as Honour Administrator, introduced by Vasanti Niemz
• Ned Denison (Ireland), accomplished marathon swimmer, coach and Honour Administrator, introduced by Phil White of the Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming Association
• Chris Green (UK), introduced by Bev Thomas with descriptions by Tim Johnson, Skip Storch, Michael Read MBE
• David Parcells (USA), channel swimmer posthumously inducted as an Honour Swimmer, introduced by Dr. Marcella MacDonald
• Faros Maratón Swim (Croatia) as an Honour Organisation, accepted by Janez Maroevic
• Irish Long Distance Swimming Association (Ireland) as an Honour Organisation accepted by Ned Denison
•Marcos Díaz (Dominican Republic), United Nations Swimming Ambassador

Sunday, September 23rd
• Swim Across America Long Beach: 100m, 800m, 1.5km, 5km and 10km swims in Marine Stadium, site of the 1932 Los Angeles Olympic Games rowing competitions

For more information and to register, visit here.

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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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