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Explaining The International Marathon Swimming Hall Of Fame

There are nearly 250 swimmers, coaches, pilots, organizations and groups inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF).

The inductees fall into different categories with different criteria for selection and eligibility considerations.

The nominees under consideration in all categories should be international in their support and/or conduct of the Sport of Marathon Swimming and should be recognized as world leaders and champions in the sport. They should be the elite and the world’s finest in their field as a swimmer or as an administrator. Those who are considered should be head and shoulders above the other excellent swimmers and administrators in the field.

1. Honour Swimmers

There are two types of swimmers who are considered: Racers and Solo Swimmers. These athletes have excelled over the marathon swimming distances that have been redefined over the decades. Initially, the marathon swimming distance was ten miles. Then it was defined as 25 km. Due to the addition of the 10 km event at the Olympics, the distance of a marathon swim for the IMSHOF selection purposes is 10 km.

1A. Racers

Racers are those swimmers who regularity participate in world-class marathon swimming competitions. These competitions include the Olympic Games, FINA World Championships, FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix, and FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup events. Consideration is given to those swimmers winning or finishing among the top 3 finishers. Swimmers are usually not considered until they have retired for five years from their last active participation in international events. The exception to this rule is for active swimmers who compete at the international level for a minimum of 10 years, but who have not yet retired. The racer typically participates in many events over the years and is considered on the basis of more than a single or record-setting performance. Participation in and performance on relays is also a consideration.

1B. Solo Swimmers

Solo Swimmers are those swimmers who swim for the sole purpose of crossing an open body of water. They swim for time or merely to finish. They may swim a single non-stop event or a series of swims on successive days (stage swim). Their swims are over 10 km in length, and like the racer, their efforts should be over a period years and not in only one body of water unless the swimmer is claiming several swims in the same body of water. One-time record setting efforts are normally not considered. Participation in and performance on relays is also considered.

2. Pioneer Swimmers

These are the swimmers in the past eras who established their legacy over 50 years ago. They are held to the same basic qualifying standards as more contemporary swimmers. However, some latitude is given relative to the number of events in which they participated and in some cases the distance of the events.

3. Administrators (Coaches, Escort Pilots, Officials, Organizers, and Support Personnel)

These are dedicated personnel who assist in various functions to develop the sport of marathon swimming. There are no well-definied rules or guidelines as to what makes a world-class and elite administrator other than the volume of work performed, the effectiveness of their actions, their longevity during the work, and perhaps augmented by being at the right place at the right time. The person who is considered is compared to others in their field relative to their individual contributions.

Any nominee who has been selected as a Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award recipient is automatically selected as an IMSHOF Honoree.

The IMSHOF Honouree Certificates in this classification are indicated in the applicable area (e.g., Honour Coach, Honour Official, Honour Organizer, Honour Pilot).

4. Honouree Clubs, Organizations, and Race Organizing Committees

This classification includes Clubs, Organizations and Race Organizing Committees that perform in an outstanding manner over a period of years. The IMSHOF wants to recognize their contributions as being truly outstanding. The only criteria is that the contributions are made over a long period of time and that the events are at least 10 kilometers in length. The 10 km requirement can be waived if the selection committee deems it appropriate.

B. IMSHOF Certificate of Merit

In 1994, the Selection Committee of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame decided to create the Certificate of Merit in order to recognize and honor swimmers and major contributors to Open Water/Marathon Swimming that do not qualify as IMSHOF Honorees.

A swimmer must be retired from active participation before being considered for inclusion in the IMSHOF so they may have to wait for years before they can be recognized. The Committee felt that a Certificate of Merit would serve an instrument to recognize the swimmer before they are technically eligible as an IMSHOF Honoree.

The Committee may also consider presenting the award for a major solo effort. The exception to this award is when a swim is governed by another sanctioning body (e.g., the English Channel or Manhattan Island Marathon Swim). In these cases, it is the sanctioning body's responsibility to honor the swims under their control. However, the Committee will consider issuing a Certificate of Merit if that governing body so requests. In most cases, the IMSHOF Recording a Swim may be a better solution for this recognition.

A Certificate of Merit may be awarded to any individual or group making a major contribution to the sport. The group can be defined as FINA, National Federations, International Race Management, and event specific Marathon Swim Organizations (e.g., Channel Swimming Association). Additionally, a Certificate of Merit will be presented for the first-time swimmer or administrator is named as a Finalist on the ballot as a ISHOF Honoree. Candidates in other categories who supported or contributed to Marathon Swimming from other disciplines are also considered (e.g., Thomas Hoad of Australia served as the Director of the FINA World Championships and made a major contribution to the first FINA Open Water 25K World Championships and Jane Katz was on the committee that ran the first few Manhattan Island Marathon Swims).

The Certificate of Merit may also be presented to swimmers who are removed from the Nomination file as a result of not being selected as an honouree during the previous 10-year period. But there is no specific criterion used in the selection process and each case is considered on an individual basis. Only one certificate is issued to an individual or group.

C. Irving Davids-Captain Roger W. Wheeler Memorial Award

The Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award was established in 1970 by the New England Marathon Swimming Association (NEMSA) and to honor and recognize the contribution of individuals and groups making major contributions to Marathon Swimming and serve as a perpetual memorial to the two namesakes of the award.

The Davids-Wheeeler Award is an award of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, but it is administered by the IMSHOF. It is given annually to the person or group making major ongoing contributions to the sport of Marathon Swimming. Although the award is presented annually, it is in actuality an award for a lifetime of service. There is no specific critera for selection. Selection is based on comparisons with other candidates and the past winners.

D. Record A Swim Program

This classification is currently under revision.

E. Certificate of Appreciation and Recognition

A certificate will be available upon request to recognize any swimmer or administrator not technically qualifying for the IMSHOF Certificate of Merit. The concept for this Certificate was deemed appropriate when the Committee receives a request to determine if the IMSHOF could provide something to recognize and show IMSHOF appreciation for their efforts and accomplishments. These certificates are customized to meet the needs while maintaining the standards of the IMSHOF.

The International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame is entirely supported by the generous financial contributions of its donors and supporters. Over the decades, these donors have helped keep alive the memories and legacies of the previous generations of outstanding swimmers and contributors to the sport. For more information, visit here.

The 2013 International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will be held in Cork, Ireland between October 11th-13th. For more information on these ceremonies, visit here.

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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference Agenda


Friday, 19 September

5:30

PM


Welcome Reception at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland

Documentary films shown throughout the reception:

Blue Journey-Amerika Samoa – Stronger Together: The Waterman’s Way
(film by Bruckner Chase)

Dancing With The Water, Crossing of Lake Pontchartrain
(film by Wayne Ewing about Matthew Moseley's Lake Pontchartrain crossing)

Bering Strait Swim Chukotka - Alaska
(film by Admiral Konstantin Sidenko about the relay between Russia and Alaska)

The Clean Swim – Hong Kong to Macau
(film about Simon Holiday's Pearl River Delta crossing)


Saturday, 20 September

9:00

AM


Registration and Coffee at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland

10:00

AM


Keynote Speech:
Colleen Blair (Scotland) on The History of Scottish Swimming

10:20

AM


Christopher Guesdon (Australia) on Multidimensional Roles In The Sport

10:30

AM


Colin Hill (England) on Recent Explosion in UK Open Water

10:50

AM


Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) on The Feminine Code of Achievement - How a Lady from Down Under Revolutionized Professional Marathon Swimming

11:10

AM


Simon Murie (England) on Open Water Swimming Holidays: How A New Sector Was Created Within The Travel Industry

11:30

AM


Swimming The Oceans Seven
A round table discussion moderated by:
Kevin Murphy (England), with Stephen Redmond (Ireland), Anna-Carin Nordin (Sweden),
Darren Miller (USA), Adam Walker (England), Kimberley Chambers (New Zealand)

12:30

PM


Coffee and Break

1:00

PM


World Open Water Swimming Awards Luncheon:
with co-hosts Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) and Steven Munatones (USA)

Pádraig Mallon (Ireland), 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year

Olga Kozydub (Russia), 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year

Bering Strait Swim, 2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year

Honoring: Vladimir Chegorin, Maria Chizhova, Elena Guseva, Ram Barkai, Jack Bright, Oksana Veklich, Aleksandr Jakovlevs, Matías Ola, Henri Kaarma, Toomas Haggi, Nuala Moore, Anne Marie Ward, Toks Viviers, Melissa O’Reilly, Ryan Stramrood, Cristian Vergara, Craig Lenning, Rafal Ziobro, Andrew Chin, Jackie Cobell, James Pittar, Paolo Chiarino, Mariia Yrjö-Koskinen, Ivan Papulshenko, Zdenek Tlamicha, Zhou Hanming, Oleg Adamov, Andrei Agarkov, Alekseev Semen, Tatiana Alexandrova, Roman Belan, Elena Semenova, Alexander Brylin, Afanasii Diackovskii, Vladimir Nefatov, Evgenii Dokuchaev, Oleg Docuckaev, Roman Efimov, Dmitrii Filitovich, Olga Filitovich, Victor Godlevskiy, Olga Golubeva, Alexei Golubkin, Alexander Golubkin, Alexandr Iurkov, Oleg Ivanov, Pavel Kabakov, Eduard Khodakovskiy, Aleksandr Komarov, Aleksandr Kuliapin, Andrey Kuzmin, Irina Lamkina, Vladimir Litvinov, Andrey Mikhalev, Victor Moskvin, Nikolay Petshak, Sergey Popov, Vladimir Poshivailov, Grigorii Prokopchuk, Dmitrii Zalka, Natalia Seraya, Viacheslav Shaposhnikov, Olga Sokolova, Andrei Sychev, Alexei Tabakov, and Nataliia Usachaeva [represented by Admiral Konstantin Sidenko and Nuala Moore]


2:30

PM


Alexey Salmin Pavlovich (Russia) and Dmitry Dragozhilov (Russia)
on the 2016 Winter Swimming World Championships [film]

2:50

PM


Sally Minty-Gravett (Jersey) on Motivating Swimmers

3:10

PM


Dmitry Blokhin (Russia) and Aleksei Veller (Russia)
on the First World Ice Swimming Championships [film]

3:30

PM


Matthew Moseley (USA)’s Dancing With The Water, Crossing of Lake Pontchartrain [film]

3:50

PM


Simon Holliday (England) and Doug Woodring (Hong Kong)’s The Clean Swim – Hong Kong to Macau 2014 [film]

5:00

PM


International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF)
and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF)

IMSHOF Induction Ceremonies and Dinner
with co-hosts Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) and Steven Munatones (USA).

Recognition of International Swimming Hall of Fame honorees:

  • Elizabeth Fry (USA), IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Vojislav Mijić (Serbia), IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • James Anderson (USA), IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Dr. Jane Katz (USA), IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Indonesian Swimming Federation Open Water Committee (Indonesia), IMSHOF Honour Organisation

  • Melissa Cunningham (Australia), Irving Davids – Captain Roger Wheeler Award by the International Swimming Hall of Fame and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Sandra Bucha (USA), ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Jon Erikson (USA), ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer [represented by Sandra Bucha]

6:30

PM


International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) Introduction Video.
Welcome speech by host Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia)

6:45

PM


Dinner

7:30

PM


International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF)
Induction Ceremonies and Dinner with host Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia)

Recognition of International Swimming Hall of Fame honorees:

  • Mercedes Gleitze (England)
    ISHOF Honor Pioneer Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by daughter Doloranda Pember]

  • Dale Petranech (USA)
    ISHOF Honor Contributer and IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Claudio Plit (Argentina)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by Shelley Taylor-Smith]

  • Judith van Berkel-de Nijs (Netherlands)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by Niek Kloots]

  • George Young (Canada)
    ISHOF Honor Pioneer Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation]

  • David Yudovin (USA)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer


Sunday, 21 September

9:00

AM


Registration and coffee at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland

10:00

AM


Nuala Moore (Ireland) on The Mindset of 1000m at 0ºC

10:20

AM


Admiral Konstantin Sidenko (Russia)’s Bering Strait Swim Chukotka - Alaska in 2013 [film]

10:40

AM


Ned Denison (Ireland) on Swimming The World

11:00

AM


Bruckner Chase (USA)’s Blue Journey-Amerika Samoa
Stronger Together: The Waterman’s Way
[film]

11:20

AM


Rok Kerin (Slovenia) on Lifestyle Benefits From Open Water Swimming

12:00

PM


Survey distribution and group photo-taking

2:00

PM


Swim at Stravvana Bay, Isle of Bute






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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."


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