To educate, entertain, and enthuse those who venture beyond the shore. Over 13,715 articles on solo swims, pro races, relays, charity events, eco-swims, stage swims, marathon swims, trends, products, services, personalities, coaches, governing bodies, rules, demographics, books, films, blogs, conferences, camps, clinics, exploits and happenings in oceans, seas, lakes, rivers, dams, canals, channels, fjords, estuaries, lochs, coves, firths, straits, bays, and harbors. Sponsored by WOWSA.org.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Pádraig Mallon To Be Honored In Mount Stuart Castle
The 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference will be held on September 20th - 21st at the famous Mount Stuart Castle on the Isle of Bute in Scotland.
The programme will include a swim in Loch Lomond on the 18th, a Scottish banquet and dinner dance on the 19th, speakers from around the world on the 20th and 21st, the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame induction ceremonies and the WOWSA Awards on the 20th.
The Global Open Water Swimming Conference will, not surprisingly, culminate in a 2 km swim on Sunday, September 21st in the stunning St Ninian's Bay on the Isle of Bute on the 21st.
"At the Mount Stuart Castle on the Isle of Bute, an architectural masterpiece, the WOWSA Awards will give honor to several swimmers who were recognized for their hard-earned swim successes in 2013," said Steven Munatones, founder of the World Open Water Swimming Association. "In addition to the honorees of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and the International Swimming Hall of Fame, the community can come together and celebrate the successes of some of the sport's greatest luminaries."
"The 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year was the successful and renowned ice swimmer, channel swimmer, and open water swimming event organiser Pádraig Mallon of Ireland. The 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year was professional marathon swimmer Olga Kozydub of Russia who won the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix circuit in her second year as a pro. The 2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year was by the incomparable and unprecedented Bering Strait Swim, an international relay with 121 participants (including swimmers + officials + crew). The 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year was the International Ice Swimming Association, a dynamic organization in the cold water world founded by Ram Barkai of South Africa. We cannot speak highly enough of these individuals."
If there is anyone who embodies the spirit of open water swimming while possesses the sense of adventure, tenacity and perseverance that open water swimmers are known for in a genuinely humble and understated manner, it is certainly Pádraig Mallon of Ireland.
The Irish event director, ice swimmer and channel swimmer is multi-talented, multi-faceted and multi-focused. With a sincere humility and obvious joy in his stroke, Mallon put his handprints all over the global open water swimming map throughout 2013.
Mallon became only the third person in history - other than the venerable Kevin Murphy and Allison Streeter - to complete the North Channel and English Channel in the same summer in addition to serving as the chairman and co-organiser with Aoiffe Lynch of the massively successful Camlough Lake Water Festival.
He is also one of the very few ice swimmers to also complete an Ironman triathlon. To be able to complete a full Ironman and swim a mile in 3.5ºC (38.3ºF) is rare achievement and challenges the mind and body in uniquely different ways. He drives himself with profoundly simple but audacious ethos: "If your dreams don't scare you, you are not dreaming big enough." And he achieves his dreams with a lock-down focused goal-setting character: "Mental ability is more important than the physical ability. If the mind fails, you will never make it but if the mind is strong, you have the finish line in sight."
But in addition to pushing himself as an athlete, the double Guinness world record holder (for relays) is also the Vice Chairman of the Irish Long Distance Swimming Association and one of the organisers of the 2013 Irish Marathon Swim Series. Helping others achieve their own dreams is part of his very DNA. His year-round efforts - to either play a part in someone else's success or swim the part to his own success - led to his well-deserved selection as the World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year:
Photo shows Pádraig Mallon with Billy Wallace of the Irish Long Distance Swimming Association.
For additional articles on the 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference, visit:
* Olga Kozydub To Be Honored In Scotland
* 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
* St Ninian's Bay To Host International Swim Conference
* Mercedes Gleitze To Be Honored In Scotland
* The 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference
Copyright © 2014 by World Open Water Swimming Association
A Thank You Gift from WOWSA
|WOWSA is celebrating the|
1-Year Anniversary of the monthly Open Water Swimming Magazine
by giving you a free copy of the anniversary issue.
Open Water Swimming Magazine Anniversary Issue
File Size: 13MB
Download the file to your computer, and then right-click to extract the magazine which is inside the zip folder. The magazine is in PDF format.
CLICK HERE to download your free copy now.
Open Water Swimming Magazine
Open Water Swimming MagazineThe Open Water Swimming Magazine is the monthly magazine entirely focused on open water swimming heroes and heroines of every age, ability, and background. Published by the World Open Water Swimming Association, the Open Water Swimming Magazine is a free benefit to WOWSA members.
WOWSA Member Benefits include 12 issues of the Open Water Swimming Magazine, the annual 276-page Open Water Swimming Almanac, a free listing in Sponsor My Swim, outstanding product discounts from FINIS, an entry in Openwaterpedia and more...
The Other Shore
The Other Shore follows world record holder and legendary swimmer Diana Nyad as she comes out of a thirty-year retirement to re-attempt an elusive dream: swimming 103 miles non-stop from Cuba to Florida without the use of a shark cage. Her past and present collide in her obsession with a feat that nobody has ever accomplished. At the edge of The Devil’s Triangle, tropical storms, sharks, venomous jellyfish, and one of the strongest ocean currents in the world, all prove to be life-threatening realities. Timothy Wheeler’s documentary brings Diana Nyad’s extraordinary adventure to life as Diana sets out to prove that will and determination are all you need to make the unimaginable possible.
2014 Open Water Swimming Almanac
An Almanac for Open Water SwimmingAn almanac is essentially a body of knowledge which is so complete that it enables people in different fields to make predictions about the future of their respective industries.
This, for example, was the purpose of the traditional farmers almanacs. It enabled farmers to determine as accurately as possible which crops to plant for the greatest harvests in a given year.
But the farmers almanac was just one example among many.
There are, of course, many different kinds of almanacs.
In fact, there is even one for open water swimming...
Preview the Open Water Swimming Almanac:
The trends are very clear.
The tide is rising for open water swimming.