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Sunday, October 7, 2012
I Do Not Know Yet What I Cannot Do
His heartfelt, humble acceptance speech was worth repeating here:
Wow, it is truly amazing to be in a room filled with so many incredible people. It is an honor just to be here. I would first like to congratulate all the nominees in each of the WOWSA categories, as well as the hundreds of others who were equally deserving of nominations.
I am proud to be in the company of so many people who embody the true spirit and diversity of open water swimming. I would also like to thank the World Open Water Swimming Association for honoring these amazing people and promoting this great sport.
I do not believe there are winners or losers when it comes to awards like these. I see these awards as a Celebration of Open Water Swimming. This is a time to honor the achievements and the many directions in the open water swimming world, a world that is increasing in popularity and diversity. I am proud to be a small part of this incredible community.
When I was notified in November of my nomination, I felt tremendously honored. To be included with a group of people that I consider true visionaries, superior athletes, and leaders in the sport was surprising and exciting. To be named with individuals such as Petar Stoychev of Bulgaria, who is considered to be one of the greatest professional open water swimmers in my lifetime and who has dominated the open water swimming world for close to a decade, to Doug Woodring of the USA who is currently living in Hong Kong, founder of Ocean Recovery Alliance which focuses on bringing innovative remedies, technologies and policies to improve the health of our oceans, and all those included in this celebration of open water swimming has been a privilege in itself.
The accomplishments of all the swimmers in each category are incredible - from Forrest Nelson for his Performance of the Year nomination to Penny Palfrey for her Woman of the Year nomination who each completed two of the most amazing swims in 2011. We are not just talking about swimmers - these people are heroes, heroines and role models who I have cheered for and followed along within their own pursuits. I hope that you too see the greatness in all the nominees, and that you congratulate each of them. These awards embrace the diversity and passion of open water swimming. It is not about being the fastest or the first. It is not about records set. It is about the love and respect we all have for open water swimming.
There is one thing that I can and will compare myself to in these truly remarkable people: my passion for what I do. I thank you all for seeing that, since I do things a little differently than most. I am an Adventure Swimmer. I choose to test myself mentally, physically, and spiritually by swimming extreme distances. I create, design, plan and execute swims based on how I want to accomplish them.
To quote ultra-runner Dane Rauschenberg, "I know what I can do. I do not know yet what I cannot do." I will continue to push myself to find this place, and once I find it, I will work to get past it. I do not hold any records except for those on a personal level. I will continue to test myself and live life as much as I can at the water level. I strive to go beyond what I have done before and enjoy every aspect of it. I swim for the pure adventure of it. I thank you all for realizing an supporting me on this quest. I thank you for following me. It is a huge part of what gives me my inspiration.
I must also say thank you to my crew who guides me through these adventures. Our motto is Have Fun, Be Safe, and Live The Adventure. I love each and every one of them. There is no way I could do these things without them. I thank them for believing in what we do and for sharing these life-changing experiences with me.
I also want to thank two other people, without whom I would not be doing these crazy things. My beautiful wife terry who still after 11 years is trying to figure out why I am drawn in some of the directions I am, but has never left my side. She is with me every stroke I take. I love her and cherish her willingness to embrace my passion. And to my six-year-old daughter Hadley who I hope one day will see that her dad does these things to become a better father. Seeing her at the finish of all my swims is what helps me push on. I am truly blessed.
I am also very fortunate to be associated with some amazing companies whose support I also could not do without. FINIS, the greatest swimmwear and equipment company on the plant. FINIS is truly the only swim company that has and continues to put an incredible amount of effort into our community. I thank them for that.
I have put together a short video of what Open Water Swimming means to me.
Before I go, I would like to thank everyone who voted in this year's WOWSA Awards, even if it was not for me. It is truly wonderful to see so many people interested in open water swimming. I hope most of all that this inspires you to do something great for yourself in 2012. I would love for it to be something in the water, but whatever it is - Do Something Beyond What You Thought Possible.
Create your own adventure. Plan it, dream about it, prepare for it, and then live it. I will continue to do things that seem out of reach and live my adventures. I will push myself, have fun, and embrace others on their quest, however they choose to pursue it. Along the way I will protect, promote and cherish our oceans, lakes and rivers.
Thank you again for your support.
The World Open Water Swimming Association nominees for 2012 will be announced in November. Stay tuned and feel free to offer your nominations here.
Copyright © 2012 by World Open Water Swimming Association
2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference
Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE
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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