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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Moreno From Navia Humbly Gives Thanks

"The land of Navia´s estuary is in love with swimming," says Juan Ignacio Martínez Fernández-Villamil, otherwise known as Moreno.

"The Descenso a Nado Ría de Navia swim started 55 years ago there in the estuary, and I am very honoured to receive the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year award, together with other award recipients Stephen Redmond of Ireland, WOWSA Man of the Year, Annaleise Carr of Canada, WOWSA Woman of the Year, and SWIM Channel of Brazil, WOWSA Offering of the Year.

It is obvious that the merit of achieving such an award is due to the enthusiastic participation of a lot of people in the voting process. I am no more - and I really feel this way - that the old guy whose persistence for so many years in the Descenso a Nado Ría de Navia's organising committee got me to be included among the nominations. The keenness and passion of many friends, persons with a special attachment to the river and the Descenso a Nado Ría de Navia and the people of Navia land did the rest. And the real value of the award should be attributed to all the people that, throughout 55 years of working for the Descenso a Nado Ría de Navia, made of the Navia's estuary country a landscape - a human and natural scenery - beloved to the swimming world's people who came across it.

I'd like to remind you of the phrase that, like a definition, we use within the organising committee to quickly explain to someone new to the Descenso about the essence of an event that is still going after 55 years. I believe that this phrase reflects very well - better than any of my own expressions - the reality to what the award is owed.

The deep spirit of the Descenso a Nado Ría de Navia lies within the friendship established between the locals and the swimming people, commonly seduced by an estuary in where to compete and to cherish. "Always the Water, Always the Friends".

Moreno is, simply, an old guy in this framework. I am personally moved, of course, by the human and natural scenery previously mentioned and by the fond memories of the missing friends. And, now, I am deeply touched by the affection that many people from Navia, Spain, and many other places around the world have showed me along these last weeks. Thank you.

Belonging to a land in love with swimming, I have to express in the current situation, on behalf of Navia's people and most specially on my behalf, the greatest recognition to all the nominees for the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year award: Alina Warren, Brenton Williams, Dan Projansky, Dutch Ladies First, Frank Flowers, Haley Anderson, James Pittar, Lexie Kelly, Night Train Swimmers, Penny Palfrey, Philippe Coizon, Saint Martin Island Long Distance Channel Swimming, Stephen Redmond, Trent Grimsey and for the rest of the nominees in the other categories (Man of the Year, Woman of the Year, and Offering of the Year). I've read on the web all their merits and I feel insignificant compared to them.

There is, for me, a bigger prize than the WOWSA Performance of the Year award. A prize that I share collectively with friends, swimmers, members and volunteers from the organising committee, Navia's land people. In general with all those that, one way or the other, feels the human and natural landscape of our estuary. A prize that consists simply in enjoy for so long the spirit of the Descenso within a land in love with swimming. And I'd feel honoured of sharing this prize from here onwards with all of you."

Moreno will receive his award at the 2013 Global Open Water Swimming Conference where the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Class of 2012 will be inducted. For more information on the ceremonies, visit here with the event Facebook page here.

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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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