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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Personality Traits And Astrology Of Swimmers

In astrology, there are twelve different signs: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces.

Some people believe these signs provide information about the personality of individuals born in each of the 12 periods of the year. Based on our observations of swimmers around the world, we can imagine the different personality traits of swimmers, each related to a particular swimming stroke or niche area of open water swimming.

This is our imaginative view of what astrology might be like for the following 12 types of aquatic athletes:

1. Ice Swimmers
2. Extreme Swimmers
3. Adventure Swimmers
4. Channel Swimmers
5. Marathon Swimmers
6. Triathletes
7. Individual Medley Swimmers
8. Butterflyers
9. Backstrokers
10. Breaststrokers
11. Freestylers
12. Water Polo Players

Ice Swimmers enjoy the extremes of life and sport with personalities that are unforgettable. They possess an internal level of confidence that is unparalleled in the world and are motivated by those who do not share their same goals or belief in the possible. Extraordinarily friendly and positively outgoing, they encourage all to take their life’s goals to the next level and brighten the day of nearly everyone they meet. They are kind and big-hearted with energy levels that are impossibly high to maintain for others. They remain optimistic even under the dreariest of circumstances as they rise to the occasion when least expected by those around them. They do not rush into anything and can acclimate well to myriad conditions as they take their time to weigh the pros and cons of a decision before committing one way or the other.

Extreme Swimmers are adventurous and courageous, with a bit of positive impulsiveness that can rear its head. They stand up for what they believe in and always root for the underdog. They are inwardly intense, but outwardly cool, calm and collected. Their aspirations are unique and challenging, and few distractions or obstacles tend to sideline them. But they constantly face new struggles as they strive to achieve increasingly more difficult goals. With their independent streak aimed at their goals unattainable by others, they tend to be more dominating than others in a crowd. Their egos are large, but with a respectful, charismatic sheen and friendly demeanor. Once they get something in their heads they can't rest until they finish the task and strive to create an ambiance of positive self-belief.

Adventure Swimmers are nature-loving, risk-taking individuals who are sensitive and protective of Mother Nature. They are extroverts and experimenters who are motivated to break barriers. Concurrently, they also understand that they often must stand alone with a mindset and a lifestyle that borders between unusual and non-traditional. Their life is an ever-changing experience of different scenarios where the unexpected is expected and the predictable is unpredictable. Time management is less of a priority than accomplishment of their goals, however long they take to achieve them. They love being social and around others, especially those of the same mindset where similarly minded individuals can feed off the energy of their peers.

Channel Swimmers are reserved, intelligent introverts who understand and accept fate, but who are always hopeful for the best. They are deep thinkers who demonstrate patience in all aspects of their lives. They are relentless in their ambitions with the anticipation that minute changes in their life lead to major improvements over the long run. They are fiercely protective of their own kind with a naturalistic perspective of the world. When they judge issues to be minor, they can be adamant and slightly obstinate in order to resolve the situation they face. But when the inevitable intervenes, they can quickly shift gears to determine a new course of action.

Marathon Swimmers are patient and confident in their abilities, and succeed in life due to a unique blend of self-orientation and teamwork. They are more gentle-spirited than gregarious, more respectful than rambunctious; more intellectual than impulsive. They decide upon a goal and go after it full-bore with a depth of stubbornness, intensity, and commitment that can shock or inspire those around them. They are more likely introverts with a deep-seated courage, known as strong and silent types who establish intense relationships over time. They are very in tune with their abilities and emotions, but rarely display them. They see the world as cut-and-dry, black-and-white, and will stand beside a friend until they reach the other shore…and beyond.

Triathletes are restless, relentless individuals who possess more self-confidence than self-doubt. They are decisive and ambitious go-getters with little time or patience for those who are neither. They appreciate hard work and diligence that is augmented by superior intellect and ambition that combines to help them achieve their goals. Their love of gadgetry is matched with their appreciation of data, yet the age-old challenge of physical endurance is their driving passion. Time management is important to them as is adaptability and flexibility to situations and conditions that they may encounter at home, at school, and on the road. Efficiency of action and self-motivation are two more guiding principles for these athletes who groom themselves for success in every aspect of their lives.

Individual Medley Swimmers are well-rounded jack-of-all-trades who is always working on their weakness in a pursuit of higher goals. They are flexible and always end up doing well when the unexpected hits. They can change their minds, opinions, and directions as often they train. Boredom is not their friend and sameness and uniformity often makes them turn and look for other avenues of excitement and entertainment. They are spontaneous and especially enjoy new adventures and challenges to keep their intensity levels up. They are doers, not dreamers who push themselves to achieve a variety of goals. For all the little things that they can do and the balls that they juggle concurrently, they are widely respected by others.

Butterflyers are fiercely passionate, emotion-filled, iron-willed individuals who love winning, but do not mind minor setbacks. They seek and respect strength with a significantly less appreciation for grace and serenity. They do not mind chaos and confusion, especially when they can discern order out of the uncertainty of their surroundings. They cannot hide their emotions, but they also possess the soft-spoken ability to communicate either through their innate verbal or written talents. They are far from perfectionists, but they are demanding of themselves and know what must be done to achieve their goals. They strive to be realistic and practical and take life for what it is, although they are workaholics who push themselves too much too far too often.

Backstrokers are trustworthy and trusting individuals who look at things from a completely different perspective than others. As such, they possess impeccable reliability. Once they head off in a direction, their commitment is unquestionable. But they can be vulnerable and unsuspecting as they believe in and trust others so readily. They are also forgiving and understanding of other’s faults and weaknesses, but their humor can mask frustration, disappointment, and fear. They are even-keeled, and rarely let their emotions surface. They are not shy or bashful, but they are also not the loudest or most extroverted among their crowd. Their honesty and loyalty are well-respected among family, friends, and teammates.

Breaststrokers are patient old-school traditionalists with healthy doses of strength and grace. They are grounded with balance and an intellectual matched with physicality. They are technically-oriented individuals who enjoy engineering solutions to the uncertainty of the workplace or the unexpected changes of life. They are usually calm, cool, and collected as they always are looking forward with an eye towards the future. Characterized by long-term vision as they are always looking forward, they are dependable and sincere goal-setters. They enjoy being tidy, neat, and orderly with the understanding that everything has its proper place. They possess the uncanny ability to efficiently process reams of information and emotions in order to arrive at a prudent decision one.

Freestylers are dependable individuals who show a deep loyalty to those who demonstrate reliability. They are emotionally-balanced people who are founded in strength both physically and emotionally. Their lightheartedness is enhanced by their intellectualism; their love of human interaction in enhanced by superior communication skills. They love speed as well as appreciate endurance in equal parts. They are naturally inquisitive, but can also be restless and impatient to get to where they are going. Their popularity and high emotional intelligence enables them to mix in well with any crowd. They occasionally take in stray pets and love cheering up a friend or family member.

Water Polo Players are friendly, jovial, and fun-loving with an unparalleled sense of teamwork and camaraderie. They appreciate objectivity and dislike any degree of subjectivity or unfairness. They are more competitive than compassionate, but within their family, school, neighborhood and community, they are fiercely loyal and dependable. They dislike being alone and prefer group dynamics. Due to their social outlook that is based on communal action, their highs tend to be higher and their lows tend to be lower than most. They have the ability to fit in and quickly adjust to their surroundings.

Photo above shows Rebecca Soni, an Olympic champion and open water swimmer.

Copyright © 2013 by Open Water Swimming

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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference Agenda

Friday, 19 September



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



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



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



Christopher Guesdon (Australia) on Multidimensional Roles In The Sport



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



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



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



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)



Coffee and Break



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]



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



Sally Minty-Gravett (Jersey) on Motivating Swimmers



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



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



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



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]



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






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



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



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



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



Ned Denison (Ireland) on Swimming The World



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



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



Survey distribution and group photo-taking



Swim at Stravvana Bay, Isle of Bute


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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