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Tuesday, January 1, 2013
2012 WOWSA Performance Of The Year - Moreno In Navia
Year in and year out, the passion, work and leadership of Juan Ignacio Martínez Fernández-Villamil has had a tremendous impact and influence on the sport of open water swimming in Navia, Spain and its showcase event, the Descenso a Nado Ría de Navia.
The year-round effort of the man known as Moreno was selected as the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.
The World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year award is meant to honor efforts that (1) best embody the spirit of open water swimming, (2) are representative of the sense of adventure, tenacity and perseverance that open water swimmers are known for, and (3) have most positively influenced the world of open water swimming.
Moreno's performance enables others to enjoy swimming, volunteering and sharing in the magic of the Descenso a Nado Ría de Navia that has captured the hearts and minds of the small town of Navia in northern Spain. For 55 of the 55 years, Juan Ignacio Martínez Fernández-Villamil has been the heart and soul of the Descenso. The dances and the drama, the pageantry and the parades, the races and the revelry of the event are intimately ingrained in a magical week of non-stop activities. This priority on the athletes, the melding of culture and competition is due to the efforts of a larger-than-life personality who places open water swimming at the center of his being. It is his life’s work day in and day out, year in and year out. Moreno inspires the community and sponsors as he weave the traditions of northern Spain to a river swim. Ultimately, his efforts lead to a picturesque event where swimmers are placed on the top podium of priority.
Moreno joins the previous World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year recipients: Andrew Smiley (Cayman Islands) in the RCP Tiburon Mile in 2009; Ventura Deep Six (USA) in a 202-mile relay down the coast of California in 2010; and Nejib Belhedi (Tunisia) who swam the 1400K Swim Across Tunisia.
It was an incredible year of firsts, mosts, bests, fastests and courage by thousands of individuals in the open water swimming world. While Moreno's efforts were voted as Performance of the Year, the other 2012 nominees were also outstanding representatives and ambassadors of the sport:
1. Alina Warren (Scotland), Swimming Great Glen Way
2. Brenton Williams (South Africa), Deep Blue Flying
3. Dan Projansky (USA), Flying Down The Red River
4. Dutch Ladies First (Netherlands), English Channel Relay Record
5. Frank Flowers (Cayman Islands), Blossoming In The Cayman Islands
6. Haley Anderson (USA), Silver Lining At the Olympics
7. James Pittar (Australia), Shelley Beach Swim
8. Juan Ignacio Martínez Fernández-Villamil (Spain), The Heart of Navia
9. Lexie Kelly (USA), Open Water Swimming Archivist
10. Night Train Swimmers (USA/New Zealand), SF to SB Relay
11. Penny Palfrey (Australia), Marathon Adventurer
12. Philippe Coizon (France), Bering Strait Crossing
13. Saint Martin Island Long Distance Channel Swimming in Bangladesh
14. Stephen Redmond (Ireland), Tsugaru Channel Crossing
15. Trent Grimsey (Australia), English Channel Record
In the online public vote conducted by the World Open Water Swimming Association, another long-time doyen of the open water swimming world Frank Flowers received the second greatest number of votes. Similar to Moreno's impact and influence over the Descenso a Nado de la Ría de Navia, the personality of the Flowers Sea Swim takes on the characteristics of its namesake.
The Flowers Sea Swim, the richest open water swimming event in the world, happens because of one man’s year-round drive and vision. Frank Flowers lassos his vast network of business associates, government officials, tourism industry, and volunteers of all ages and walks of life to make the Cayman Islands the hot spot in the open water swimming world every June. A pioneer in open water swimming in the Cayman Islands, Flowers learned to swim at the age of 39 when running took its toll on his knees. 21 years ago, the Flowers Sea Swim was the result of this conversion from runner to swimmer. With his vision and relentless drive, swimmers from the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, Australia, South Africa, Asia and North America annually gather along the course of the stunningly gorgeous Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman to compete in a race that offers over $100,000 in prizes. Forever generous, Flowers focuses his efforts on the needs and desires of the participants and the charities that he raises bucket loads of money for. The Flowers Family over-delivers on its promise for a memorable extravaganza with overwhelming hospitality for Olympians and over 800 swimmers.
In one of the most awe-inspiring years of open water swimming on record, the community salutes all the WOWSA nominees and Juan Ignacio Martínez Fernández-Villamil in particular for his 5 decades of devotion and his selection as the recipient of the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.
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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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