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Friday, December 14, 2012
People Who Changed The World Of Open Water Swimming
Open water swimming remains a battle between the elements of nature and the efforts of mankind. Swimmers remain armed only with swimsuits, goggles and a swim cap while Mother Nature presents obstacles with marine life, winds, waves and currents.
There are a number of individuals who have forever changed the sport. Through their exploits and efforts, their personality and passion, the mindset and dreams of many in the global open water swimming world have changed for the better and expanded to the unprecedented.
While thousands have enabled the sport to blossom and grow, the following are 10 individuals in particular who have changed the scope, dreams, and community of open water swimmers:
1. Captain Matthew Webb (UK) – the first person to successfully swim across the English Channel in 1875 enabled and empowered people to dream big – bigger than ever before – and imagine swimming in unprecedented and unimaginable ways.
2. Lynne Cox (USA) – the first person to swim unaided and unprotected in Antarctica and above the Arctic Circle envisioned a planet where every body of water was a potential swim.
3. Gertrude Ederle (USA) – the first woman to swim across the English Channel proved that women belonged in the world of open water swimming, but that they could do it faster and better than men.
4. Christopher Guesdon (Australia) – the architect of the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim, together with Dennis Miller and Sid Cassidy, helped introduce open water swimming to the Olympic family and, therefore, to much of the world’s sporting public.
5. Alison Streeter (UK) – the 43 crossing of the English Channel by the Queen of the Channel reiterated that something worth doing in the open water is worth doing it over and over and over again.
6. Wayne Riddin (South Africa) – the race director of the Midmar Mile proved that entertainment and participation by many can uplift the sport, enabling significant investment in its continued growth to unprecedented levels.
7. Annette Kellerman (Australia) – the early 20th century champion encouraged society to teach swimming to women through her accomplishments, exploits and willingness to go to jail for her beliefs and dreams in the open water.
8. Maarten van der Weijden (Netherlands) – the leukemia survivor was the first cancer patient to win an Olympic gold medal empowering many to believe in themselves and the power of positive thinking despite terrible odds.
9. Natalie du Toit (South Africa) – the first amputee to qualify for an Olympic final against able-bodied athletes inspired many with a clear vision anchored in a humbleness and genuine sweetness that struck the hearts of the world.
10. Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) – the exploits of the first women to consistently beat men led to changes in the professional marathon swimming prize structure, ultimately providing more money to women.
11. Lewis Pugh (South Africa) – the encouragement of a greener planet through visually dynamic pioneering swims has developed interest in tying eco-environmentalism with open water swimming.
12. Sir William 'Billy' Edmund Butlin (UK) – the promoter of the English Channel professional swims brought money and media to the sport in the post- World War II era, dramatically setting the bar for future event organizers.
13. Adolph Kiefer (USA) – the creator of the soft-gasket swim goggle that enabled swimmers to train longer with clearer vision and without irritation.
14. Mark Zuckerberg (USA) – the computer programmer popularized social networking with Facebook enabling millions of swimmers and non-swimmers to share information and stay immediately connected online by sharing content, photos and videos of their lives and their swims.
15. Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim (USA) – the creators of YouTube enabled millions of swimmers, coaches, event organizers, fans and non-swimmers to share videos of their lives and their swims enabling the sport of open water swimming to enter homes, offices and mobile devices.
16. Ivan Getting (USA) - the creator of the Global Positioning System, along with Roger Easton and Bradford Parkinson, enabled escort pilots, race organizers and swimmers to more accurately plot and swim a course in the open water.
17. Captain Leonard Hutchinson (UK) - one of the best early English Channel pilots set the standard for navigation in the early years and chronicled the crossings in detail as a roadmap for the future.
18. Commander Gerald Forsberg (UK) – the noted marathon swimmer, author and administrator helped bring vision, leadership, structure and organization to the open water swimming world that was influential on a global scale.
19. Fran Crippen - the world-class swimmer's untimely death in a race in Dubai led to comprehensive changes and improvements in open water swimming safety policies, procedures and protocols throughout 202 member governing bodies in FINA.
These individuals – including many others who have similarly changed the world of open water swimming – have greatly influenced the world of open water swimming.
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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