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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Indonesian Swimming Federation Awarded Certificate Of Merit

The Open Water Swimming Committee of the Indonesian Swimming Federation was responsible for highly successful 5 km and 10 im open water races at the 2011 SEA Games (Southeast Asian Games) held on Putri Island on Indonesia,

A Certificate of Merit was issued to the Open Water Swimming Committee of the Indonesian Swimming Federation for their work by the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.

The first event that kicked off the involvement was the first Asian Beach Games that were held in Bali in 2008. From this success and the result of the high-point winning Indonesia Swimming Federation at the Southeast Asian Games, the Indonesian Swimming Federation has built a network of local volunteers to significantly expand its open water swimming calendar. The Sibolga Open Water Swimming Competition is a 10 km open water swim in the Pantai Pelabuhan Lama Sibolga (Sibolga Beach Harbor) and one of the results of the legacy of the SEA Games hosting by the Indonesian Swimming Federation.

"In a part of the world where too many people drown, developing and showcasing the skills of individuals who can swim well in the open water is a marvelous long-term outcome of the SEA Games," commented Steven Munatones, Vice President of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.  "Inspiration and education can go a long way in preventing tragedies in the open water."

The inductees in the Class of 2013 include the following:

Honour Swimmers include Australia's Melissa Cunningham, Great Britain's Lewis Pugh, and Great Britain's Nick Adams.

Honour Administrators include Fiji's Dennis Miller and American coach Don Watson.

Honour Organisations include the Midmar Mile from South Africa and the Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation from Great Britain.

A Pioneer Swimmer recognized by the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame was Rose Pitonof.

ISHOF Finalists included David Yudovin, Mercedes Gleitze, and Dale Petranech.

The names of the honourees, along with 250 other great achievers and outstanding contributors in sport of marathon swimming, will be inscribed on the SEA GODDESS, the official trophy on permanent display at the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

Their formal induction will take place during the annual International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame ceremonies. In 2011, the ceremonies were held in the United Nations Building in New York City. In 2012, the ceremonies were held on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California.

Photo provided by Christopher Guesdon of Australia.

Copyright © 2012 by World Open Water Swimming Association

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