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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Mercedes Gleitze To Be Honored In Scotland

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Given the era, circumstances, and global expanse of her swims, there has been arguably no greater aquatic adventurer than Mercedes Gleitze. From Ireland and Spain to South Africa and Australia, she went often went swimming where no man (or woman) went before her.

Without jet transportation, GPS, or others to pave the way before her in many of her swims, Gleitze set forth to do many unprecedented swims that had to be mind-bogggling at the time, both physically and logistically.

Like Tesla in technology and Edison in electricity, Gleitze was well ahead of her time and visionary in her exploits and attempts in all kinds of conditions and venues from the British Isles to Down Under.

At the 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference between September 19th and 21st at the Mount Stuart House on the Isle of Bute in Scotland, Gleitze will be one of the individuals honored by the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, an honor that was also previously granted upon her by the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.

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

Photo of Mercedes Gleitze courtesy of her daughter Doloranda Pember.

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