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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Annaleise Carr, The New Lady Of The Lake

Annaleise Carr is nominated for the WOWSA Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, despite only being 14 years old. Her nomination for the World Open Water Swimming Award reads,

Swimming for others takes on a whole new meaning when the swimmer is only 14 years old and the conditions are borderline wild. Annaleise Carr is the epitome of selflessness as she selected Camp Trillium to support on her marathon swim attempt across Lake Ontario.

Through her courageous 26 hour 41 minute crossing of the lake, the Lake Ontario Swim Team member touched the hearts of people throughout Canada, motivating them to donate over $230,000 for the Trillium Childhood Cancer Support Centre. Through the night, over wind-generated waves come from all directions, and despite plunging water temperatures, the youngest 24-hour Club member never wavered and drew motivation every time her crew told her that more donations were pouring in. For maturity beyond her years; for her deeply felt commitment to raise money to support children with cancer, for her commitment to tackle a tough 26-hour swim, the new Lady of the Lake Annaleise Carr is a worthy nominee for the 2012 WOWSA Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.

Voting for the WOWSA Awards will take place at www.worldopenwaterswimmingassociation.com between November 1st and December 31st.

Alistair Thomas was her land logistics coordinator on the Toronto End during Carr's Lake Ontario swim. This is his story about the inspirational bundle of teenage energy:

Annaleise is a 14-year-old girl who took it upon herself after consulting and receiving permission from her parents that she wanted to swim across Lake Ontario to raise funds for Camp Trillium (Cancer Camp for Children and their families). Annaleise went to Camp Trillium with the hope of working there, but she was turned down because Camp Trillium rules state you have to be 18 years old.

Annaleise wanted to turn this experience into a positive one. She thought about doing a fundraiser since swimming was her passion which has been doing since age 4. On her own, she decided that she wanted to swim across Lake Ontario as a fundraiser for Camp Trillium.

She spoke to her sister, and her sister said you can do it go for it. Annaleise spoke to her parents Jeff and Debbie Carr. They were hesitant at first, but in time they considered her request. Her father decided to so some research and acquired a 70-page document from Solo Swims Ontario, the governing body that oversees the rules and regulations for Lake Ontario solo swims.

Through the months of early 2012, paperwork was filled out and a team had to be assembled to assist Annaleise with her swim. Annaleise never gave up and soon as weather permitted she began training in open water for the her 52.5 km swim from Niagara-on-the-lake to Marilyn Bell Park in Toronto. Annaleise was required to qualify which meant that she had to swim 18 km in 8 hours. She did this swim in 6 hours.

As the months passed into spring, Annaleise fundraising picked up. Her community of Norfolk, Ontario began donating money with many donors came forth. Annaleise's fundraising goal that she had independently set was $30,000. Annaleise continued to train during the spring and summer months while still raising money for Camp Trillium.

As summer approached, her team was in place to assist her in the water and meet the requirements of Solo Swims Ontario.

August 17th was the set date for her to leave Niagara-on-the-lake to Marilyn Bell Park in Toronto. Unfortunately, that day the swim was postponed due to high winds and waves.

On August 18th, Annaleise departed Niagara-on-the-lake at 6:15 pm for her 18-hour journey across Lake Ontario to the arrival point of Marilyn Bell Park in Toronto. Mid-way through her swim and at night, Annaleise had to battle 5-foot waves and winds which pushed her off course considerably. Annaleise managed to endure the challenge and through the morning and afternoon of August 19th, she was back on course. Annaleise was supported on the water by boats and kayak, along with volunteers who were lifeguards, physiotherapist, her doctor, support crew, swim pacer and her swim coach Lisa Anderson who was in a boat beside her for the full journey and encouraged and supported her through ups and downs.

Through her trip, Annaleise ate every hour and consumed liquids to sustain her energy levels. She ate and drank from a stick that was outfitted at its tip to allowed her to eat and drink.

While swimming and as the media attention grew, so did the funds. They were pouring in not just locally but also nationally. Annaleise's donation amount grew from her goal of $30,000 to $50,000. She was advised what the total has grown. Hearing this, drove her more. She became more determined and began to pick up her pace. Media coverage was extensive. Her parents were being interviewed by so many media outlets which broadcasted hourly updates along with interviews of various people that had gathered along the receiving point.

Many of those people young and old stated how proud they were and what a inspiration Annaleise had been to them. Many youth also expressed the same. Annaleise's swim brought many tears to people knowing that her endeavor was to raise funds for a Cancer Camp for children. All along her swim route, Annaleise was insistent and expressed to her crew that she was going to complete her swim to benefit the Kids at Camp Trillium and that she was not going to stop until she touched the wall at Marilyn Bell Park.

By noon August 19th, Annaleise donation total was $80,000. Her crew again told her. She kept swimming knowing the goal she had set. By early evening, the national media broadcasted her story. People from around the country were cheering her on and were sending her messages to her website. Media coverage in other provinces were showing a national support. They praised her and tearingly stated she is an inspiration to them.

Many children around the country were so taken back with her success. By early evening Annaleise's donation amount grew to $100,000. By this time Annaliese was in the water for over 18 hours. The donations motivated her to keep going.

By evening Annaleise had attracted international attention. All major American channels were broadcasting the event live with hourly updates. Annaleise was now receiving international donations and countless amount of international emails and messages cheering her on. Young and old shared a common sense of cheer, gratitude, inspiration, admiration, and a pure sense of Canadian proudness that one of their own is doing the unimaginable.

As Annalesie came approximately 1 km from shore, she could hear the massive amounts of crowds and supporters cheering her. Many of them yelling: Annaleise, Annaleise, Annaleise, Annaleise. People yelled out, "You make us proud Annaleise, keep going."

As Annaleise approached the wall the cheers were deafening. Her crew, also exhausted, guided her in with cheers and grace. Her swim coach was so focused on her that she was just a few feet away. Annaleise touched the Marilyn Bell Park wall, in the same general location that Marilyn Bell touched in 1954.

At the point of touching the wall, Annaleise was in the water for 27 hours, 9 more hours than expected. She also swam more than the 52.5 km due to bad weather she had encountered. Ladders in place, her doctor with her, medical crew on standby and thousands of people in all in pure silence waiting for Annaleise to climb the ladder up and over the wall. Her doctor who traveled with her checked her out and gave her the clear to proceed up the ladder.

I remember grabbing her hand and helping her up, asking Annaliese go slow and hold on to me and Ross, the media spokesperson. She said, "I'm OK. I can do it." As she came up, she was able to stand and was immediately greeted by her sister who she first consulted who said "go ahead you can do it". Her parents Jeff, Debbie and other sibling hugged her. The cheers were so deafening that we had to yell and speak to Annaleise.

She was covered with a blanket and sat in a chair for a further check-up by her doctor. Soon after she was taken by Medical Transport to Sick Kids Hospital. She was released 1 hour later and then began her path into history.

As of today, Annaleise has raised over $230,000 for Camp Trillium.

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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference

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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference Agenda

Friday, 19 September



Welcome Reception at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland

Documentary films shown throughout the reception:

Blue Journey-Amerika Samoa – Stronger Together: The Waterman’s Way
(film by Bruckner Chase)

Dancing With The Water, Crossing of Lake Pontchartrain
(film by Wayne Ewing about Matthew Moseley's Lake Pontchartrain crossing)

Bering Strait Swim Chukotka - Alaska
(film by Admiral Konstantin Sidenko about the relay between Russia and Alaska)

The Clean Swim – Hong Kong to Macau
(film about Simon Holiday's Pearl River Delta crossing)

Saturday, 20 September



Registration and Coffee at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland



Keynote Speech:
Colleen Blair (Scotland) on The History of Scottish Swimming



Christopher Guesdon (Australia) on Multidimensional Roles In The Sport



Colin Hill (England) on Recent Explosion in UK Open Water



Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) on The Feminine Code of Achievement - How a Lady from Down Under Revolutionized Professional Marathon Swimming



Simon Murie (England) on Open Water Swimming Holidays: How A New Sector Was Created Within The Travel Industry



Swimming The Oceans Seven
A round table discussion moderated by:
Kevin Murphy (England), with Stephen Redmond (Ireland), Anna-Carin Nordin (Sweden),
Darren Miller (USA), Adam Walker (England), Kimberley Chambers (New Zealand)



Coffee and Break



World Open Water Swimming Awards Luncheon:
with co-hosts Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) and Steven Munatones (USA)

Pádraig Mallon (Ireland), 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year

Olga Kozydub (Russia), 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year

Bering Strait Swim, 2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year

Honoring: Vladimir Chegorin, Maria Chizhova, Elena Guseva, Ram Barkai, Jack Bright, Oksana Veklich, Aleksandr Jakovlevs, Matías Ola, Henri Kaarma, Toomas Haggi, Nuala Moore, Anne Marie Ward, Toks Viviers, Melissa O’Reilly, Ryan Stramrood, Cristian Vergara, Craig Lenning, Rafal Ziobro, Andrew Chin, Jackie Cobell, James Pittar, Paolo Chiarino, Mariia Yrjö-Koskinen, Ivan Papulshenko, Zdenek Tlamicha, Zhou Hanming, Oleg Adamov, Andrei Agarkov, Alekseev Semen, Tatiana Alexandrova, Roman Belan, Elena Semenova, Alexander Brylin, Afanasii Diackovskii, Vladimir Nefatov, Evgenii Dokuchaev, Oleg Docuckaev, Roman Efimov, Dmitrii Filitovich, Olga Filitovich, Victor Godlevskiy, Olga Golubeva, Alexei Golubkin, Alexander Golubkin, Alexandr Iurkov, Oleg Ivanov, Pavel Kabakov, Eduard Khodakovskiy, Aleksandr Komarov, Aleksandr Kuliapin, Andrey Kuzmin, Irina Lamkina, Vladimir Litvinov, Andrey Mikhalev, Victor Moskvin, Nikolay Petshak, Sergey Popov, Vladimir Poshivailov, Grigorii Prokopchuk, Dmitrii Zalka, Natalia Seraya, Viacheslav Shaposhnikov, Olga Sokolova, Andrei Sychev, Alexei Tabakov, and Nataliia Usachaeva [represented by Admiral Konstantin Sidenko and Nuala Moore]



Alexey Salmin Pavlovich (Russia) and Dmitry Dragozhilov (Russia)
on the 2016 Winter Swimming World Championships [film]



Sally Minty-Gravett (Jersey) on Motivating Swimmers



Dmitry Blokhin (Russia) and Aleksei Veller (Russia)
on the First World Ice Swimming Championships [film]



Matthew Moseley (USA)’s Dancing With The Water, Crossing of Lake Pontchartrain [film]



Simon Holliday (England) and Doug Woodring (Hong Kong)’s The Clean Swim – Hong Kong to Macau 2014 [film]



International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF)
and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF)

IMSHOF Induction Ceremonies and Dinner
with co-hosts Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) and Steven Munatones (USA).

Recognition of International Swimming Hall of Fame honorees:

  • Elizabeth Fry (USA), IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Vojislav Mijić (Serbia), IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • James Anderson (USA), IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Dr. Jane Katz (USA), IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Indonesian Swimming Federation Open Water Committee (Indonesia), IMSHOF Honour Organisation

  • Melissa Cunningham (Australia), Irving Davids – Captain Roger Wheeler Award by the International Swimming Hall of Fame and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Sandra Bucha (USA), ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Jon Erikson (USA), ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer [represented by Sandra Bucha]



International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) Introduction Video.
Welcome speech by host Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia)






International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF)
Induction Ceremonies and Dinner with host Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia)

Recognition of International Swimming Hall of Fame honorees:

  • Mercedes Gleitze (England)
    ISHOF Honor Pioneer Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by daughter Doloranda Pember]

  • Dale Petranech (USA)
    ISHOF Honor Contributer and IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Claudio Plit (Argentina)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by Shelley Taylor-Smith]

  • Judith van Berkel-de Nijs (Netherlands)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by Niek Kloots]

  • George Young (Canada)
    ISHOF Honor Pioneer Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation]

  • David Yudovin (USA)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

Sunday, 21 September



Registration and coffee at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland



Nuala Moore (Ireland) on The Mindset of 1000m at 0ºC



Admiral Konstantin Sidenko (Russia)’s Bering Strait Swim Chukotka - Alaska in 2013 [film]



Ned Denison (Ireland) on Swimming The World



Bruckner Chase (USA)’s Blue Journey-Amerika Samoa
Stronger Together: The Waterman’s Way



Rok Kerin (Slovenia) on Lifestyle Benefits From Open Water Swimming



Survey distribution and group photo-taking



Swim at Stravvana Bay, Isle of Bute


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."

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