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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Ned Denison Represents Cork, Ireland, Open Water World

Ned Denison almost decided against representing himself, open water swimming, and Ireland at the 49th annual induction ceremony last weekend at the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

But Eilis Burns wisely stepped in.

"Originally, I didn't plan to attend the ceremony at the International Swimming Hall of Fame," explained Denison.

"I was there in 2010 for the induction speech of King Kevin Murphy, in front of nearly 1,000+ attendees including Michael Phelps, Greg Louganis, Rowdy Gaines, Donna de Varona and other pool superstars and Penny Palfrey's induction into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame. So, I sort have "had done that". Also my plan was to swim 4 marathons in 4 days in Arizona at S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge the week before. Staying another week in the USA was going to kill my annual holiday allocation.

A few weeks before the event my smart coach, Eilis Burns, said to me, 'Your chances of EVER receiving another award by the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Florida are exactly zero. Stop being an eejit [Irish for idiot] and go.' So, taking orders from the Coach as usual, I changed my plans."

So among those giants in the aquatics world, Denison was feted at the Hall of Fame for his contributions to marathon swimming.

In receiving the Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award, Denison gave this speech:

Thank you to the New England Marathon Swimming Association for establishing this Memorial Award. As a native Vermonter, it has a very special significance.

Thank you to the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame for the nomination.

Thank you to the swimmers and volunteers in Ireland who accepted me into their community in 2001 and gave my ideas and leadership a chance.

Finally thank you to the International Swimming Hall of Fame for this incredible honor.

I look back with pride.

Country Cork in Ireland with a population of less than 500,000 (three times that of Ft Lauderdale) burst onto the marathon swimming scene 8 years ago. In that short time, our swimmers have logged nearly 200 marathon swims including the first Oceans Seven, 3 Triple Crowns, 1 over and back English Channel and 20 English Channel solo swims. I think besides a training squad in Dover, our location accounted for the second most English Channel swimmers over these years.

In addition, we host an annual non-profit Distance Training Week in Cork. It is the longest, coldest and toughest event of its type in the world. Nearly 250 swimmers have attended from all over the world with more than 50 English Channel successes
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How long will your marathon swim take? That depends on the weather and water conditions but most swimmers think it will take less time than it actually will. So – our distance week takes nine days – not seven.

How cold? The waters in Cork average 12ºC (54ºF) – 33% colder than the English Channel average.

How tough? Twice a day open water swims in lakes, rivers and the sea for the first 7 days. Day 8 is a torture swim: show up, shut up and be mentally and physically tortured over a period of 3 to 7+ hours. Every effort is made to destroy the swimmer’s resolve and confidence because that same swimmer can miss the Cap in France by 1 meter and face 5 or more hours of adverse currents.and our torture swim may be their only practice. Then, on day 9, the very tired swimmers do a 6 hour swim to qualify for the channel. Except our swimmers are probably swimming the last 6 hours of their next marathon.

I look forward with pride - in June we’ll cheer the next 3 swimmers 28.5 miles around Manhattan Island and then 50 plus arrive for the Distance Week.

Thank you again for this honor and wonderful reception...and just one final note. None of the Cork swimmers were champion pool swimmers. Most were between 30 and 50 years of age when they adopted a goal – to complete a marathon swim. If any of you are looking for a goal – come and see me.

Denison was given the Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award - a beautiful silver platter - by Dale Petranech, Honorary Secretary of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and two-time Olympic gold medalist Tiffany Cohen from the USA.

"Thinking about it later, it would have been very poor to not represent open water, the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, and Ireland at the event. I was far more nervous giving a short speech than I anticipated and very humbled by the whole experience.

The final cool thing was sitting behind 5-time Olympic medalist John Naber and being congratulated later by Klaus Dibiasi, the Italian diver who won Olympic silver in 1964 and then 3 gold medalis in 1968, 1972 and 1976. I grew up watching him on TV
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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference

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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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