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Sunday, March 24, 2013
What The Mind Believes, The Body Achieves
Dr. Abou Elella Ade El Fattah of Egypt, Alain Lefebvre of Canada, Gilles Potvin of Canada, and Steven Munatones, as well as host and former professional marathon swimmer Mohamed Marouf covered a variety of areas in the sport of open water swimming.
Dr. Fatah, a professor at the University of Cairo and the top sports physiologist throughout the Middle East provided a variety of physiological data on marathon swimmers including a comparison against world-class pool swimmers specializing in butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle. He explained the differences in the average height, weight, BMI of those aquatic athletes focusing on pool events versus those who focus on the open water swimming events. His wide-ranging presentation included data and descriptions of the physiological effects of marathon swimming, the psychological characteristics of open water swimmers, the effects of hypothermia and hyperthermia, and the different types of chafing.
Alain Lefebvre, the Coordinator, High Performance Sports at the Université de Montréal and the former Technical Director of FNQ Fédération Natation de Quebec, presented a variety of perspectives on the psychology of age-group swimmers in development and mature elite athletes. Lefebvre discussed myriad cases that illustrated his perspectives. "We are just beginning to understand what true potential we have within us."
Gilles Potvin, an Honour Coach in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, described a number of factors impacting - both positively and negatively - age-group swimmers interested in open water swimming. His presentations of first-hand experiences in a number of international marathon swimming competitions clearly made his points. He spoke about his swims as a professional athlete and as a coach at the 24 Heures La Tuque and the Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean. "Open water swimming is a sport I adore. It's one of the rare sports in which just finishing is an accomplishment."
Steven Munatones of the World Open Water Swimming Association presented a history of marathon swimming from 1875 to the present and the Pyramid of Open Water Swimming Success. "I have seen so many great achievements around the world in open water swimming. If swimmers prepare and believe in themselves, they can achieve so much. Swimmers around the world, of all ages and abilities, have taught me so much about what is possible. It is coaches like Mohamed Marouf who can help elevate the next generation of swimmers as he also ties together the great coaches of the current and past generations."
After the conference, Marouf hosted a long-distance meet where 91 swimmers from 7 teams (C.S.Q., Club Aquatique Calac Lasalle, Club aquatique Montreal, Club de Natation de Sherbrooke, Club de natation Samak, and E.N. St Lambert) entered in the 2.5 km, 5 km and 10 km events.
"This is just the beginning," explained Coach Marouf. "We have to start somewhere. 3 years ago, we started this long-distance meet with only 2 swimmers. Even with only 2 swimmers, I said 'Let's go. Let's go it.' Now, we have seen it grow to almost 100 swimmers. The coaches and parents, as well as the kids, are getting excited about stepping it and competing in longer and longer races. With this meet and other meets, we will be ready for the open water swimming season in June. It gives us a great start here in Quebec where the winters are so long."
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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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