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Monday, August 19, 2013

He Had A Great Run. Trent Grimsey Retires

Over the last few years, the open water swimming world has seen a rash of retirements from some of the finest athletes to ever ply their skills in oceans, seas, and lakes.

Edith van Dyke of the Netherlands, Larisa Ilchenko of Russia, Petar Stoychev of Bulgaria, Natalie du Toit of South Africa, and Maarten van der Weijden of the Netherlands.

These athletes not only swam well and swam courageously in conditions of all sorts, but were also personable ambassadors of the sport.

They spoke well in public, they encouraged others in private. They were fierce competitors, but inspired others and shared their passion for the sport in myriad ways.

Today another champion announced his retirement from professional marathon swimming.

"Over the past eight years I have been fortunate enough to travel the world competing in the sport I love. I have met some amazing people and made friends that I’ll have for life. I have absolutely no regrets," announced Australia world champion and English Channel record holder Trent Grimsey.

"I’d like to thank everyone who helped me throughout my career. No matter how big or small your role, you were part of my team and I wouldn’t have achieved as much without you. Above all I’d like to thank my parents for sacrificing so much so I could chase my dream."

And how he chased his dream. He chased it quietly and humbly. When Grimsey won races, he sincerely congratulated his rivals. When he completed a marathon swim, he gratefully thanked his escort crew. When he trained, he shared sympathies and encouraged those around him. But he felt it was time to move on.

"I will now be focusing my attention to my new venture Grimsey’s Adult Swimfit. It’s a way my brother Codie and I can pass on and share all our years of experience and knowledge in open water with other swimmers. I’m really excited about starting this new chapter in my life."

The Daily News of Open Water Swimming had the opportunity to cover Grimsey during races he won, but also observed him in many races where he lost. He was always introspective on what went right and what went wrong during his losses. He was thoughtful when he could have just as easily been upset. He always set out to seek improvement and towards the end of his illustrious career, he achieved what he set out to do.

"A few of the proudest moments in my career include winning the 2008 RCP Tiburon Mile, placing second in the 25 km at the 2009 World Championships, being crowned the 2012 FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix champion, and of course, breaking the world record for the fastest English Channel crossing last year."

But his career unexpectedly swirled with controversy towards the end fueled with an increasingly interconnected open water swimming world. A few in the channel swimming community criticized him for swimming close to his escort boat. Drafting off the bow wave was inconsistent with the spirit of channel swimming was a common call. And even more called for changes in Channel rules when a video surfaced that he discarded his feeding cups in the English Channel during his record swim. Grimsey's actions were heavily chastised for a lack of environmental awareness. In the online social media, drafting off of an escort boat and tossing cups in the Channel were judged to be either embarrassing or unforgivable. In essence, some in the online community gave him a red flag for his actions.

But the reflective man from a family of accomplished swimmers from Queensland is still only 25 years old and he has a lifetime ahead of him to continue sharing his passion and knowledge of the sport. His success was the direct result of hard work, careful planning, and an ability to overcome obstacles, injuries, and mistakes. He will use those traits to establish his mark in other ways and fields.

"I had a great run."

He certainly has. And it is just beginning.

Copyright © 2013 by World Open Water Swimming Association

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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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