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Thursday, August 8, 2013
Standing Up To The Tests Of Time
His record was enticement for Professor George Thorton who gave a valiant attempt today before pulling out in 9 hours 18 minute and boarding Eddie Spelling's escort boat Anastasia.
Next up on the senior scale in the English Channel is South African heart surgeon and renowned endurance swimmer Dr Otto Thaning.
Dr Thaning has established a long-term pedigree in the sport. The 72-year-old last successfully swam the English Channel in 1994 in 10 hours 29 minutes at the age of 53 years.
He explains, "I am not attempting to swim across the English Channel not to be the oldest, but to show what's possible."
In addition to his English Channel swim, he has also set a record in Lake Malawi in Mozambique when he crossed in 10 hours 5 minutes in 28°C when he was 51 years old.
Warm or cold, calm or rough, he has succeeded under all conditions.
He also completed the Strait of Gibraltar from Spain to Morocco in 4 hours 0 minutes in 19°C at the age of 63 years old in 2004. He has also swum from Robben Island to Blouberg numerous times including a swim of 2 hours 37 minutes at the age of 66 years old in 2007 and another swim at the age of 72 in 2012.
Throughout his life whether as a swimmer or a surgeon, Dr Thaning has frequently demonstrated what is possible as has the members of the Half Century Club in the English Channel (listed below:
What we find interesting is that two men - Dr Roger Allsopp and Dr. Thaning - who are renowned among the Half Century Club are physicians. These men see on a daily basis the frailties and strengths of the human body, especially as those frailties and strengths are based on one's lifestyle. These men are outstanding examples of how swimming can produce a number of long-term physiological, psychological and emotional benefits.
1. Roger Allsopp (England), 70 years and 4 months, England-to-France in 17:51 in 2011
2. George Brunstad (USA), 70 years and 3 days, England-to-France in 15:59 in 2004
3. Clifford Batt (Australia), 67, France-to-English in 18:37 in 1987
4. Ashby Harper (USA), 65, E/F in 13:52 in 1982
5. Joe Smith (England), 65, E/F in 14:09 in 1999
6. Roger Allsopp (England), 65, E/F in 15:30 in 2006
7. Sue Oldham (Australia), 65, E/F in 17:11 in 2010
8. Michael Read (England), 63, E/F in 15:29 in 2004
9. Veljko Rogosic (Croatia), 63, E/F in 11:27 in 2004
10. Robert West (USA), 61, E/F in 15:35 in 1996
11. Sue Oldham (Australia), 61, E/F in 16:03 in 2006
12. Jean-Paul Madelenat (France), 60, E/F in 14:46 in 2002
13. Pat Gallant-Charette (USA), 60, E/F in 15:57 in 2011
14. Linda Ashmore (England), 60, E/F in 15:11 in 2007
15. Vijaya Claxton (USA), 59, E/F in 22:27 in 2007
16. James "Doc" Counsilman (USA), 58, E/F in 13:07 in 1979
17. Mo Siegel (USA), 58, E/F in 14:18 in 2010
18. Barbara Held (USA), 58, E/F in 12:10 in 2012
19. Carol Sing (USA), 57, E/F in 12:32 in 1999
20. Kevin Murphy (England), 57, E/F in 15:14 in 2006
21. Alan Macleay (England), 57, E/F in 22:14 in 2006
22. Richard Haan (Czech Republic), 57 in 14:07 in 2005
23. Peter Urrea (USA), 56, E/F in 14:38 in 1996
24. Kevin Murphy (England), 56, E/F in 13:35 in 2005
25. Jackie Cobell (England), 56, E/F in 28:44 in 2010
26. Duke Dahlin (USA), 55, E/F in 14:37 in 2003
27. Christopher Blakeslee (USA), 54, E/F in 14:44 in 2004
28. Michael Miller (USA), 54, E/F in 16:10 in 2008
29. Roger Finch (South Africa), 54, E/F in 12:39 in 2011
30. Marilyn Korzekwa (Canada), 54, E/F in 16:28 in 2011
31. George Hunihan (USA), 54, E/F in 16:30 in 2008
32. Otto Thaning (South Africa), 53, E/F in 10:29 in 1994
33. Klaus Stutzer (Germany), 53, E/F in 14:09 in 1997
34. Morris Finkelstein (USA), 53, E/F in 15:21 in 2003
35. Bill Hoehn (USA), 53, E/F in 15:53 in 2004
36. Hugh Tucker (South Africa), 53, E/F in 13:37 in 2004
37. Tom Hecker (USA), 53, E/F in 15:21 in 2005
38. Steven Smith (England), 53, E/F in 14:28 in 2005
39. Vasanti Niemz (Germany), 53, E/F in 16:50 in 2010
40. Dan Richards (USA), 53, E/F in 12:32 in 2010
41. Doug McConnell (USA), 53, E/F in 14:18 in 2010
42. Kevin Blick (UK), 52, E/F in 14.06 in 2012
43. Kevin Blick (UK), 52, E/F in 15.54 in 2012
44. Henry Eckstein (USA), 52, E/F in 14:24 in 2000
45. Peter Jurzynski (USA), 53, E/F in 17:18 in 2004
46. Peter Jurzynski (USA), 52, E/F in 14:57 in 2003
47. Dennis Dressel (USA), 52, E/F in 12:08 in 2003
48. Jorge Rikarday (Mexico), 52, E/F in 20:24 in 2003
49. Tim Cheesman (England), 52, E/F in 15:07 in 2007
50. Elizabeth Fry (USA), 52, E/F/E in 24:39 (two-way in 13:20 + 11:19) in 2011
51. Tim Cheesman (England), 52, E/F in 15:07 in 2007
52. Gilles Chalandon (USA), 52, E/F in 14:31 in 2010
53. Mark Stone (USA), 52, E/F in 13:07 in 2009
54. Kevin Murphy (England), 51, E/F in 14:29 in 2000
55. Peter Jurzynski (USA), 51, E/F in 17:08 in 2002
56. Anne Cleveland (USA), 51, E/F in 11:33 in 2007
57. Michael Ball (England), 51, E/F in 12:55 in 2009
58. Paul Downie (Australia), 51 E/F in 12:39 in 2011
59. Nancy Steadman-Martin (USA), 50, E/F in 11:20 in 2004
60. James Fitzpatrick (USA), 50, E/F in 14:32 in 2005
61. Frank Chalmers (Scotland), 50, E/F in 16:48 in 2005
62. Tim Cheesman (England), 50, E/F in 16:14 in 2005
63. Terry O'Brien (Australia), 50, E/F in 15:50 in 2006
64. Antonio Argüelles (Mexico), 50, E/F in 12:54 in 2009
65. Jim Bayles (USA), 50, E/F in 10:59 in 2002
66. Jim Boucher (Ireland), 50, E/F in 16:51 in 2011
67. Andrew Hunt (Australia), 50 E/F in 13:54 in 2011
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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference
Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE
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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