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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

2012 World Open Water Swimming Offerings Of The Year

The World Open Water Swimming Association announced its 45 nominees for the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Man, the Woman, and the Performance of the Year this week.

Due to the explosive growth of the sport, from ice swims to ultra-marathon swims, there has also be a concurrent growth in the products, service offerings, vacations, technical devices and gadgets, coaching experts, equipment and content provided to the emerging open water swimming market.

From Argentina to Australia, from Great Britain to Guam, from Netherlands to New Zealand, open water swimmers can now go to their local retail stores or shop online to find various products and services geared to their needs. They can find coaches on Facebook and they can contract with an escort pilot via email. It is easy to imagine these myriad offerings only getting more numerous, more sophisticated and more relevant over time.

As such, the World Open Water Swimming Association is adding a new category to its annual awards that reflects this growth and appreciation for these offerings: the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

The new World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year award is meant to identify products or services that (1) best support and assist open water swimmers achieve their goals, (2) are innovative, unique and beneficial to open water swimmers, race directors, coaches or administrators, and (3) have made the most positive impact on the world of open water swimming during the calendar year.

The nominations are meant to recognize some of the best and innovative commercial and free offerings that open water swimmers can enjoy. Extreme swimmers, disabled swimmers, ice swimmers, marathon swimmers, professional swimmers, administrators, coaches, pilots, and swimmers from all walks of life have used, purchased and benefited from an increasingly number of products and services throughout 2012.

The 2012 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year nominees are (listed in alphabetical order):

1. Big River Man by Martin Strel
2. Channel Swimmers' Chat Group by Nick Adams
3. Cork Distance Week by Ned Denison
4. FINIS SwiMP3 X18 by John Mix
5. Foggle by Karen Smidt-Allard
6. In My Element by Theodore Yach
7. iSwimToo by Stephen Coulter
8. Marathon Swimmers Forum by Evan Morrison & Donal Buckley
9. Midmar Mile Facebook Integration by Wayne Riddin
10. Night Train Swimmers by Vito Bialla
11. Ocean Care Solutions by Ron Adley
12. Open Water Swimming Insurance by Travis England
13. Oceans Seven Project by Red Bull Media House
14. RC Helicam by Andrew Martens
15. SWIM Channel by Patrick Wrinkler 16. SwimIT by Rick Senn
17. SwimPhone by Club Assistant
18. SwimTrek by Simon Murie
19. TakeItLive by Chris Lundie
20. Toa o le Tai Program by Bruckner Chase
21. The Henley Swim by Tom Kean

Online voting will take place here at WOWSA until December 31st.

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