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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Nearing 90, Lorna Cochran Is An Unparalleled Inspiration

In the world of open water swimming, there are innumerable popular personalities and colorful characters. These individuals have charisma. They light up a room with their smiles, comments and laughter.

Such is the case with Lorna Cochran. At the age of 89, Cochran is a strong and vibrant woman who enthralls family, friends and fans alike. She enjoys what she does and is often the subject of the comment, “When I am her age, I wish I could do what she does.”

But at her age, she is unparalleled and humbled by the heaps of attention on her accomplishments as she continues to participate in open water swims as a near-nonagenarian.

After first entering South Africa’s aQuellé Midmar Mile at the age of 74, Cochran is still competing every year as she approaching 90. As such, she was nominated for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year. Her nomination reads, “At the age of 89, Lorna Cochran shows the joys and benefits of open water swimming as clearly anyone on the planet. She emerges from the open water with a smile as wide and bright as can be. She is gracious to all, she is eloquent with the media. She is a late bloomer to the sport who is cheered on by her 7 children, 24 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and numerous respectful fans. After she started competing in South Africa’s aQuellé Midmar Mile at 74, she kept on competing year after year – proving that some things do get better with age. For her passion for healthful living, for her continued participation in the world’s largest competitive race, for the inspirational example of healthful, meaningful living she represents, Lorna Cochran is a worthy nominee for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.

Cochran brings life and personality to the open water swimming world like few others. Along with Cochran, the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year nominees include:

1. Anna-Carin Nordin, The Oceans Seven First (Sweden)
2. Charlotte Brynn, Channel Swimmer and Aquatic Adventurist (New Zealand)
3. Diana Nyad, Xtreme Dreamer (U.S.A.)
4. Kimberley Chambers, Ballerina Soars in the Open Water (New Zealand)
5. Lorna Cochran, Near-nonagenarian Navigates Nirvana (South Africa)
6. Lynn Kubasek, Volunteer Extraordinaire In The Pacific (U.S.A.)
7. Martina Grimaldi, World Champion Racer (Italy)
8. Michelle Macy, Reaching the Summit of the Oceans Seven (U.S.A.)
9. Nadia Ben Bahtane, A Maternal Moroccan Miracle (Morocco)
10. Nuala Moore, Going to the Extremes (Ireland)
11. Olga Kozydub, Professional Marathon Swimming Champion (Russia)
12. Poliana Okimoto, 3-time World Championship Medalist (Brazil)
13. Sarah Thomas, Double Crosser (U.S.A.)
14. Sally Minty-Gravett, 5 Decades in the Making (Jersey)
15. Shelley Taylor-Smith, Serving with Distinction (Australia)

The previous World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year recipients include:

* 2008: World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year - Edith van Dijk (Netherlands) shown above
* 2009: World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year - Poliana Okimoto (Brazil)
* 2010: World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year - Anne Marie Ward (Ireland)
* 2011: World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year - Pilar Geijo (Argentina)
* 2012: World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year - Annaleise Carr (Canada)

Online voting for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Yeartakes place here.

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