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Friday, September 20, 2013
Greg Bonann's Work And Life In A Fairy Tale Book, Voted For International Award
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Bonann was a swimmer whose dream was to become a lifeguard. His dream came realized in 1970 and he has remained a lifeguard ever since. After graduating from California State University, Long Beach, he combined his business education with his gift of storytelling and began a career in filmmaking.
He eventually produced and directed the official film for the U.S. Olympic Committee at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics. His “Fire and Ice” went on to win eight prestigious awards. More importantly, the honors gave him the impetus to produce and direct the official films for the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympic Games (“Frozen in Time”), the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympic Games (“Elements of Gold”), and the 1988 Calgary Winter Games (“City of Gold”).
Additionally, Bonann also worked on the production “Steel Chariots” (20th TV/FOX, 1996), “Avalon” (Viacom/UPN, 1999), “Shadow Warriors” (Rysher/Syn, 1997), producer and director in “She Spies” (MGM/NBC, 2002-2004) as well as produced and directed 60 industrial, educational and documentary films on themes touching the environment, ecology, energy, education, technology, culture, religion and science. In 2012, he served as the Chief Judge at the Film International Aquatic History Symposium & Film Festival organized by the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
Where did this road to Hollywood start for the swimmer and lifeguard?
In 1988, he created a music video featuring his lifeguard buddies doing what they do best on a hot beach day to the beat of Don Henley's hit song Boys of Summer. This montage served as the blueprint for what would become Baywatch on American television one year later. Baywatch was seen as the most popular series in television history, with more than 300 episodes screened in more than 100 countries to billions of viewers. Its actors not only became international superstars, but the program also gave prestige to the lifeguard profession. "It helped rescue organizations promote their humanitarian activities and acted as a distance learning education of all viewers on rescue techniques and the dangers that hide in the water," recalls Dr. Stathis Avramidis, a recognized water safety expert. Bonann has directed over 70 episodes of Baywatch as well as most of the action and rescue scenes during its run and directed over 400 of his signature music montages.
During the first year of filming of Baywatch, Bonann used his real-life lifeguard training when he saved a boy from drowning. He made three dives under water to locate the unconscious boy, who had sunk under the surface for more than 5 minutes, for which he received a Medal of Valor.
Over his career, he has also received the Gold Medallion Award presented by the International Swimming Hall of Fame, the Title of Commander in the Order of Lifesaving presented by the Belgian Life Saving Federation, and the appointment to Knight in the Order of Lifesaving by the International Life Saving Federation.
In 1992, he and Tai Collins, a former model and screenwriter for Baywatch, founded Camp Baywatch to giving homeless and at-risk children a better chance to succeed in life. When the series ended, it was renamed to A Chance For Children and has been running for 21 years under its motto, 'Kids go where is excitement...but they stay where there is love'.
Bonann’s personal motto is 'It is easier to built strong children than to repair broken men'. Currently, the pair is shooting in South Africa a new television series SAF3 that aims to repeat the success of Baywatch, by showing action, the relationships, and the emotions of an elite rescue team.
After Dr. Avramidis wrote the book 'A Chance For Children' in which he made references to Baywatch filming, a drowning rescue intervention, and Greg's voluntary work, he nominated Bonann for an award to the International Giuseppe Sciacca Awards (Premio Internazionale Giuseppe Sciacca). This is an international organization endorsed by the European Union, the Presidency of the Italian Democracy, and various National Olympic Committees. Greg was voted in two distinctive categories - cinematography and voluntarism. Due to his demanding schedule in shooting "SAF3", it is hoped that he will find the time to accept this international prestigious honor in November 16, 2014 at the Vatican city.
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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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