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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Don Riddington Gets Spirited Away In The English Channel

68-year-old Don Riddington had achieved many things in life, but in the open water swimming world, he was a newbie.

The Australian owner of a kayaking company called Spirited Away wanted to do something out-of-the-ordinary and special. So he turned to Grant Siedle and asked how he could swim the English Channel. He listened and learned. For 3 years, they worked together on this dream. Slowly, stroke-by-stroke they never blinked and transformed a dream into a reality on July 15th this year.

In support of Autism Awareness, Riddington crossed the English Channel in 19 hours 45 minutes to become the third oldest person to swim across. "The neat fact about the swim was my time of 19:45 matching my birth year of 1945 – I think the pilots must do that so we can remember our time!"

The full list of English Channel Half Century Club members is below:

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. Don Riddington, 68 years and 38 days, E/F in 19:45 in 2013
4. Clifford Batt (Australia), 67, France-to-English in 18:37 in 1987
5. Ashby Harper (USA), 65, E/F in 13:52 in 1982
6. Joe Smith (England), 65, E/F in 14:09 in 1999
7. Roger Allsopp (England), 65, E/F in 15:30 in 2006
8. Sue Oldham (Australia), 65, E/F in 17:11 in 2010
9. Michael Read (England), 63, E/F in 15:29 in 2004
10. Veljko Rogosic (Croatia), 63, E/F in 11:27 in 2004
11. Robert West (USA), 61, E/F in 15:35 in 1996
12. Sue Oldham (Australia), 61, E/F in 16:03 in 2006
13. Jean-Paul Madelenat (France), 60, E/F in 14:46 in 2002
14. Pat Gallant-Charette (USA), 60, E/F in 15:57 in 2011
15. Linda Ashmore (England), 60, E/F in 15:11 in 2007
16. Vijaya Claxton (USA), 59, E/F in 22:27 in 2007
17. James "Doc" Counsilman (USA), 58, E/F in 13:07 in 1979
18. Mo Siegel (USA), 58, E/F in 14:18 in 2010
19. Barbara Held (USA), 58, E/F in 12:10 in 2012
20. Carol Sing (USA), 57, E/F in 12:32 in 1999
21. Kevin Murphy (England), 57, E/F in 15:14 in 2006
22. Alan Macleay (England), 57, E/F in 22:14 in 2006
23. Richard Haan (Czech Republic), 57 in 14:07 in 2005
24. Peter Urrea (USA), 56, E/F in 14:38 in 1996
25. Kevin Murphy (England), 56, E/F in 13:35 in 2005
26. Jackie Cobell (England), 56, E/F in 28:44 in 2010
27. Duke Dahlin (USA), 55, E/F in 14:37 in 2003
28. Christopher Blakeslee (USA), 54, E/F in 14:44 in 2004
29. Michael Miller (USA), 54, E/F in 16:10 in 2008
30. Roger Finch (South Africa), 54, E/F in 12:39 in 2011
31. Marilyn Korzekwa (Canada), 54, E/F in 16:28 in 2011
32. George Hunihan (USA), 54, E/F in 16:30 in 2008
33. Otto Thaning (South Africa), 53, E/F in 10:29 in 1994
34. Klaus Stutzer (Germany), 53, E/F in 14:09 in 1997
35. Morris Finkelstein (USA), 53, E/F in 15:21 in 2003
36. Bill Hoehn (USA), 53, E/F in 15:53 in 2004
37. Hugh Tucker (South Africa), 53, E/F in 13:37 in 2004
38. Tom Hecker (USA), 53, E/F in 15:21 in 2005
40. Steven Smith (England), 53, E/F in 14:28 in 2005
41. Vasanti Niemz (Germany), 53, E/F in 16:50 in 2010
42. Dan Richards (USA), 53, E/F in 12:32 in 2010
43. Doug McConnell (USA), 53, E/F in 14:18 in 2010
44. Kathy Batts (UK), 53, E/F in 22:30 in 2013
45. Kevin Blick (UK), 52, E/F in 14.06 in 2012
46. Kevin Blick (UK), 52, E/F in 15.54 in 2012
47. Henry Eckstein (USA), 52, E/F in 14:24 in 2000
48. Peter Jurzynski (USA), 53, E/F in 17:18 in 2004
49. Peter Jurzynski (USA), 52, E/F in 14:57 in 2003
50. Dennis Dressel (USA), 52, E/F in 12:08 in 2003
51. Jorge Rikarday (Mexico), 52, E/F in 20:24 in 2003
52. Tim Cheesman (England), 52, E/F in 15:07 in 2007
53. Elizabeth Fry (USA), 52, E/F/E in 24:39 (two-way in 13:20 + 11:19) in 2011
54. Tim Cheesman (England), 52, E/F in 15:07 in 2007
55. Gilles Chalandon (USA), 52, E/F in 14:31 in 2010
56. Mark Stone (USA), 52, E/F in 13:07 in 2009
57. Kevin Murphy (England), 51, E/F in 14:29 in 2000
58. Peter Jurzynski (USA), 51, E/F in 17:08 in 2002
59. Anne Cleveland (USA), 51, E/F in 11:33 in 2007
60. Michael Ball (England), 51, E/F in 12:55 in 2009
61. Paul Downie (Australia), 51 E/F in 12:39 in 2011
62. Nancy Steadman-Martin (USA), 50, E/F in 11:20 in 2004
63. James Fitzpatrick (USA), 50, E/F in 14:32 in 2005
64. Frank Chalmers (Scotland), 50, E/F in 16:48 in 2005
65. Tim Cheesman (England), 50, E/F in 16:14 in 2005
66. Terry O'Brien (Australia), 50, E/F in 15:50 in 2006
67. Antonio Argüelles (Mexico), 50, E/F in 12:54 in 2009
68. Jim Bayles (USA), 50, E/F in 10:59 in 2002
69. Jim Boucher (Ireland), 50, E/F in 16:51 in 2011
70. Andrew Hunt (Australia), 50 E/F in 13:54 in 2011



Photos courtesy of Don Riddington's England2France website.

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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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