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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Trento Is Barraesquely Triumphant In 2012

Few individuals have had such as a busy or successful year as professional marathon swimming champion Trent "Trento" Grimsey.

His Barraesque schedule required hundreds of thousands of air miles from his native Queensland to participate in the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix events, ocean and invitational swims around the world as well as his record-setting swim across the English Channel.

Not only did the Australian star very comfortably win the overall FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix series with two gutsy wins at the 32 km Traversée Internationale du lac St-Jean and the 34 km Traversée Internationale du lac Memphrémagog in Canada, but he also broke the most iconic record in the open water swimming world with his 6 hour 55 minute English Channel crossing and the long-held Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli in Italy record in 6 hours 29 minutes.

The mantle has apparently been passed to the even-keeled, humble swimmer from one of the most active open water swimming families in the world.

Along the way, he also competed in marathon swims in the 18.5 km BCT Gdynia Marathon in Poland, the 57 km Maratón Acuática Internacional Santa Fe – Coronda in Argentina, and won the Oceanian Championships 10km in New Caledonia and a number of ocean swims in Australia and New Zealand. The relatively young man (24) has potentially at least another 2 Olympic quadrennials and then some. His upside is still tremendous given his age, deep passion for the sport, and his raw athleticism.

The final rankings of the 68 ultra-marathon professional swimmers from 22 countries in the 2012 FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix are here:

1. Trent Grimsey (AUS) 95 points in 5 races
2. Damián Blaum (ARG) 71 points in 7 races
3. Andrea Volpini (ITA) 45 points in 7 races
4. Evgenij Pop Acev (MKD) 45 points in 6 races
5. Edoardo Stochino (ITA) 37 points in 5 races
6. Guillermo Bertola (ARG) 27 points in 4 races
7. Anton Pilipas (RUS) 14 points in 4 races

Not included in the final rankings according to the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix 2010-2013 Rules and Regulations:

8. Luciano Sales Rubio (ARG) 36 points in 6 races
9. Petar Stoychev (BUL) 33 points in 2 races
10. Ivan Afanevich (RUS) 26 points in 3 races
11. Alexander Studzinski (GER) 23 points in 4 races
12. Thomas Lurz (GER) 20 points in 1 race
13. Libor Smolka (CZE) 20 points in 4 races
14. Tomi Stefanovski (MKD) 19 points in 2 races
15. Xavier Desharnais (CAN) 19 points in 1 race
16. Brian Ryckeman (BEL) 16 points in 1 race
17. Philippe Guerrtin (CAN) 16 points in 1 race
18. Julien Sauvage (FRA) 15 points in 1 race
19. Joanes Hedel (FRA) 15 points in 1 race
20. Andreas Waschburger (GER) 14 points in 1 race
21. Mohammad Saleh (SYR) 14 points in 4 races
22. Chris Bryan (IRL) 13 points in 3 races
23. Tsvetan Yordanov (BUL) 13 points in 3 races
24. Christian Reichert (GER) 12 points in 1 race
25. Ian Van Der Hulst (NED) 12 points in 2 races
26. Marin Milan (CRO) 12 points in 3 races
27. Romain Beraud (FRA) 11 points in 1 race
28. Michael Demitreiev (ISR) 10 points in 1 race
29. Paul Blias-Morisett (CAN) 8 points in 2 races
30. Pierre Pelletier (CAN) 8 points in 2 races
31. Duje Milan (CRO) 7 points in 1 race
32. Luis Escobar (MEX) 6 points in 1 race
33. Martín Carrizo (ARG) 6 points in 2 races
34. Dejan Maladenovski (MKD) 6 points in 2 races
35. Rodolfo Valenti (ITA) 4 points in 2 races
36. Benjamin Konschak (GER) 4 points in 1 race
37. Simon Covillard-Castonquay (CAN) 4 points in 1 race
38. Martin Miguel (ARG) 4 points in 1 race
39. AleksandAr Pancevski (MKD) 4 points in 2 races
40. Miro Krstevski (MKD) 4 points in 1 race
41. Sato Tiago (BRA) 4 points in 1 race
42. Jan Posmourny (CZE) 3 points in 1 race
43. Davy Billiau (BEL) 3 points in 1 race
44. Ivan Lopez (MEX) 3 points in 1 race
45. Matheus Evangelista (BRA) 3 points in 1 race
46. Daan Glorie (NED) 3 points in 1 race
47. Esteban Paz (ARG) 2 points in 1 race
48. Lucas Castro (ARG) 2 points in 1 race
49. Gabriel Villagoiz (ARG) 2 points in 1 race
50. Bertrand Venturi (FRA) 2 points in 1 race
51. Mattia Alberico (ITA) 2 points in 1 race
52. Jarne Woutermaertens (BEL) 2 points in 1 race
53. Michael Mruzek (CZE) 2 points in 1 race
54. Nikola Stupar (SRB) 2 points in 1 race
55. Michal Flora (CZE) 2 points in 1 race
56. Milorad Jaksic (SRB) 2 points in 1 race
57. Eslam Mohsen (EGY) 0 points in 1 race
58. Rotislav Vitek (CZE) 0 points in 1 race
59. Alessandro Rivellini (ITA) 0 points in 1 race
60. Andrea Bondanini (ITA) 0 points in 1 race
61. Tiago Sato (BRA) 0 points in 1 race
62. Milos Bozinovic (SRB) 0 points in 1 race
63. Nikola Tepavcevic (MNE) 0 points in 1 race
64. Gergely Kutasi (HUN) 0 points in 1 race
65. Igor Dimovski (MKD) 0 points in 1 race
66. Aleksandar Toromanoski (MKD) 0 points in 1 race
67. Danilo Paunovic (MKD) 0 points in 1 race
68. Aleksandar Illievski (MKD) 0 points in 1 race

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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference

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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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