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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Radford, Gorman From Down Under Come Up On Top

Melissa Gorman from Australia and Kane Radford from New Zealand may have not realized their Olympic dreams in London, but they both have 10,000 reasons to believe their future remains bright as a result of today's world-class performances in northern California.

Gorman and Radford defended their titles at the 2012 RCP Tiburon Mile in San Francisco Bay today over a star-studded field.

Like every year, the race was fast and the best line to the finish was unknown until the race was at least halfway done. But Gorman with a navigational IQ that is off the charts held off Christine Jennings and the rest of the field elite swimmers from all over the world (Becca Mann, Emily Brunemann, Ashley Twichell, Luane Rowe, Brooke Lorentzen, and Beatrice Eisel).

Gorman, who is a major player on the Australian ocean swim series and the 2010 world 5km champion, knows how to position herself well at the start and mid-race among a mixed-gender field. As she darted among the top men, she set herself up by mid-channel to collect once again on the US$10,000 cash prize. "I saw her and know where she was," recalled Jennings. "There are always surges in the race and sometimes you move ahead or drop back." But it was Gorman's day again in the state of California to shine like a star.

On the men's side, Radford similarly reminded the elite echelon of the marathon swimming world that he has the speed, savvy and stamina to be a factor throughout the 2106 Rio Olympics. He mixed it up in the beginning with the likes of Rhys Mainstone, Alexander Studzinski, Michael Klueh, Eric Nilsson, Michael Sheil, David Heron, Aimeson King, Evgeny Bezruchenko, Codie and Ridge Grimsey, and Vincent Donelly. Shoulder-to-shoulder at the start, the men looked and acted like charging bulls at the start.

But at the end, Radford was the first man standing. With goals yet unfulfilled, he will make his second US$10,000 award go a long way. His aim is to continue the victorious momentum on the FINA World Cup circuit and the sport's increasing number of short invitational pro races.

While race director Bob Placak brings in the stars to the quaint bayside village of Tiburon (meaning shark in Spanish), only the top man and woman return home with a large cash award. However, his greater legacy is the large amount of money that he raises (over US$1,000,000 to date) and the smiles he brings to the 800+ participants in the annual 1.2 nautical mile race from Angel Island to the shores of Tiburon.

"One day, I told my wife that I wanted to create a race her in my hometown in Tiburon," said the two-time Pan American Games butterfly gold medalist. "I have been doing open water swimming for a long time now and I wanted a race in Tiburon to be world-class in every way. I looked over at Angel Island and thought 'Now that would be a great swim from the island to Tiburon.' We worked and planned and we got some great swimmers to help kick-off our swim in the early years. 3-time Olympic gold medalist Brooke Bennett was a star in those days." From bringing in the top pool and open water swimmers in the world, treating them well and raising money for good local causes to providing a safe, competitive race for people of all abilities, Placak got the formula right.

And so did Gorman and Radford for the second year in a row.

Top 25 results:

1. Kane Radford 21:43
2. Ridge Grimsey, 21:45
3. Melissa Gorman, 21:46
4. Codie Grimsey, 21:47
5. Michael Sheil, 21:49
6. Michael Klueh, 21:49
7. Rhys Mainstone, 21:49
8. Christine Jennings, 21:51
9. Aimeson King Victoria, 21:52
10. Alexander Studzinsky, 21:55
11. Ashley Twichell, 22:09
12. Becca Mann, 22:09
13. David Heron, 22:16
14. Emily Brunemann, 22:19
15. Adam Hinshaw, 22:31
16. Brooke Lorentzen, 22:32
17. Eric Nilsson, 22:48
18. Luane Rowe, 22:57
19. Alexander Wold, 23:03
20. Sam Shimomura, 23:34
21. Catherine Breed, 23:38
22. Ben Hinshaw, 23:41
23. Russell Payne, 23:42
24. Josh Prenet, 23:43
25. Michael Haney, 23:45

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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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