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Monday, December 2, 2013
Aditya Santosh Raut Continues To Break Barriers
The prolific marathon swimmer, born in 1993, started off in 2002 on a 70 km swim in the Indian Ocean when he completed a two-way crossing of Dharamatar Channel from Mumbai's Gate Way of India to Dharamtar and back. The 9-year-old, escorted by his coach Vinay Marathe and father Santosh Raut, took 21 hours 28 minutes to complete his first marathon swim. While there have been many other young swimmers in India who have swum marathon swimmers, Aditya is different as his career has continued and his goals have gotten progressively difficult.
With a goal to become the first swimmer from India to represent his country in the Olympics at the 10K marathon swim, Aditya has been preparing for the 2016 and 2020 Olympics by completing numerous marathon swims around the world in addition to building speed in his pool events.
At the age of 10 in 2004, Aditya completed a Robben Island swim from Three Anchor Bay to Robben Island and Blouberg, a distance of 18 km that he completed in 6 hours 42 minutes. He attempted to swim 10 km from Simanstowm to Muizenberg which he succeeded, but a second swim had to be called off due to sharks.
At the age of 11 in 2005, Aditya completed a Cook Strait crossing from the North Island to the South Island in New Zealand and the Toroneos Gulf in Greece. At 12, he completed a Catalina Channel crossing in 11 hours 55 minutes in 2006 and completed 7 swims in 7 days at the Tethys Challenge Formula 7777 event. At 13, he competed in the 26 km International Self-Transcendence Marathon Swim from Rapperswil to Zurich and 15 days later completed a Strait of Gibraltar crossing in 3 hours 28 minutes.
In 2009 at the age of 16, Aditya crossed the English Channel in 14 hours 55 minutes and then set his sights on the FINA World Championships and Olympic 10K Marathon Swim. After training all his live in Pune, Aditya is currently training in Bangalore, India where he concentrates on his education of Business Management.
His current aim to reach the FINA standard of 15:59.33 in the 1500m freestyle to represent India and ultimately to participate in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro or the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
His father Santosh has been on nearly all of this swims. "[When Aditya was young], I wasn't nervous for his safety because I was always on his swims with coach Vinay Marathe. We were always with him," recalls Santosh.
"We studied every swim and safety was our top priority. [As a father], Aditya's safety is much more important than his swim. But he does not have the advantage of getting in cold water swims for practice. Hence, we needed to go earlier to every swim in order to get acclimated to the weather and water temperatures.
Aditya, on his first cold water swim in Cape Town, South Africa was seared due to cold water. This was the very first time he entered the cold water. In that situation, I personally entered the water with him. This gave him confidence and some tips on how to swim in the cold water. My entry in the cold water with him on that day boosted his confidence. But he has faced cold water down to 10ºC (50ºF)."
The young man from Bangalore has grown and developed in ways that few humans have experienced. With his trajectory in the sport and his focus on increased speed, he may very well be India's first representative to qualify for the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim at the 2015 Rio Olympic Games or the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference
Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.
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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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