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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Salvatore Cimmino Breaking Barriers On The World's Stage

Salvatore Cimmino has swum around the world on his unique Swimming in the Seas of the Globe (A Nuoto nei Mari del Globo).

He has swum 17 km across Lake Lake Tiberias (Sea of Galilee) in Israel, 21 km across Trieste/Koper in Italy/Slovenia, 42 km down the Rio Paranà in Argentina, 15 km through the Sumidero Canyon in Mexico, 20 km in Vancouver in Canada, across the Cook Strait in New Zealand, 20 km in Brisbane, Australia, 40 km across Lake Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and is preparing himself for a 48 km circumnavigation around Manhattan Island in New York this June.

His swim around Manhattan will be both a culmination of his world-wide tour of stereotype-breaking swims and a continuation of his awareness campaign.

"Starting from my disability, I developed this ambitious project in order to break down all the barriers that prevent people with disabilities a real integration, as well as a full, dignified, satisfying and productive life. The goal can be achieved through the liberalization of the technologies of the leading research centers for becoming the subject of programs, as well as accessible to people with disabilities."

On June 28th Cimmino will begin his last leg of his long journey and successful tour of the world in New York City. The United Nations will organize a round table to support his message. "I hope that all of the highest representatives of science, industry, high-tech, and politics will be at this table, and that all together in synergy will be able to trace a path that contributes to the independence of people with disabilities, making our world accessible at all."

The Italian Embassy at the United Nations has been very supportive of Cimmino's endeavor.

But it is truly at the grassroots level where Cimmino has touched the hearts of many people including those with disabilities due to warfare, injuries and illnesses. When he crossed Lake Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, local handicapped shop owner Kalindi Dunia Blaise said, "We came to accompany Salvator. It is truly miraculous, never seen nor heard. Before we came, many people did not believe he would swim for all that long because he is disabled. We just witnessed a miracle today. Before, I thought I could not do much. But when I see what Salvator Cimmino has done, I have the hope to do great things, too. Because even some able-bodied people here in Goma cannot swim 43 kilometres. It really gives me a lot of courage."

Daniela Bas, Director of the Division for Social Policy and Development with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs is organizing a panel discussion at the UN headquarters called “Sport for Inclusive Development: empowering persons with disabilities trough sport and technologies” and it would take place at the United Nations Headquarters a few days after Cimmino's swim around Manhattan. "The panel discussion will help raising awareness on the needs of persons with disabilities and it would emphasize the commitment of the United Nations in achieving a society for all."

"We must have the will to create a different world, with equality, democracy and real and genuine opportunities in terms of well-being for everyone. An inclusive world where disabilities are valued and celebrated," says Cimmino who is using his swimming skills to help make a significant difference in the world.

For more information, visit here. His nomination for the World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year is below:



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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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