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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Anna Wardley Makes It 3 Out Of 5

Hampshire-based swimmer Anna Wardley successfully completed the third stage of her Five Island Swim Challenge with a relatively smooth, warm-water (14.2) 41-mile (66 km) circumnavigation of Jersey in the Channel Islands.

The 37-year-old completed the circumnavigation in a time of 11 hours 53 minutes. Last year she completed two of the five islands on her Five Island Swim Challenge list: Dragonera off the coast of Mallorca (10 km) and Portsea Island (21 km).

Her support team for the Round Jersey swim was led by experienced pilot Charlie Gravett, who helped her negotiate the strong currents around the island. There was a very tense period ten hours into the swim when Wardley approached the Corbiere lighthouse and the final turning point before the home strait.

As the tide started to come in there was a danger she would not make the turn in time and would have to abandon her attempt. But Warkley chose instead to miss a feeding stop and picked up the pace to beat the tide. From there she powered towards the finish line, beating her own target of 12 hours. Arriving at the finish line at Elizabeth Castle breakwater off St Helier, she said, “I feel amazing. When I’m training and during the swims when it’s really hard to keep going, this massive feeling of achievement is what drives me on.

I want to say thank you for all the tweets and messages of support that were being posted, and seeing the supporters at Corbiere Lighthouse, when I was really up against it and there was a risk that I might get beaten by the tide, was a brilliant lift and gave me a real boost. Knowing I have that ability to turn on the speed when I need to has built my confidence for the Isle of Wight in September. Three down, two more to go. Next stop: Tiree.”

Her training schedule this year has seen her spend five weeks in Mallorca, culminating in a 12 hour 24 minute crossing of the 27 km (16 miles) Cabrera Channel from the island of Cabrera to Sa Rapita in Mallorca. Swimming through jellyfish, she became the first woman to achieve the feat and was the first ratified non-wetsuit Cabrera Channel crossing to Sa Rapita as well as the earliest ever swim in the season.

In August Wardley will go for another world first when she takes on her fourth island, attempting to become the first person to swim 30 miles (48 km) around the Isle of Tiree, the most westerly island of the Inner Hebrides off Scotland’s west coast. In mid-September she will attempt her most physically and mentally demanding swim: 60 miles (97 km) around the Isle of Wight. This solo swim has been completed by just three people and is expected to take approximately 30 hours.

Wardley is raising funds for the Samaritans, Sail Africa and the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust through her Five Island Swim Challenge. To date she has raised £40,000 through her swimming challenges since taking up the sport six years ago, and has set a target of raising £50,000. Donations can be made via her website, www.annawardley.com.

Boyd Bennie, Director of Jersey Samaritans, was at various vantage points around the island to cheer on Wardley and said, "I think Anna is a very brave lady, taking on this immense challenge of swimming around five islands, to raise funds for her three favourite charities. As well as raising funds, she is increasing awareness of the support that is needed and is provided in the community by Samaritans and other charities. I congratulate her on her success in her swim around Jersey and wish her good luck with her remaining challenges in this feat of endurance."

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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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