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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Memorials & Monuments Of Open Water Swimming Greats

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Open water swimmers have fascinated and inspired many over the last 140 years. Several landmarks and memorials have been named in their honor.

From ferries to swim meets, from parks to statues, from lecture series to leisure centers, from college institutions to marine buoys, the legacy of many open water swimmers have been commemorated in various ways and forms over the decades.

A small sampling of these memorials around the globe include:

1. Two Jim Doty Memorial Clocks [see above] are posted at the clock tower at the L Street Bathhouse (Curley Community Center) in South Boston, Massachusetts. Named after International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer James Doty the clocks aim to help swimmers training in the harbor know how long they have been swimming.

2. Vicki Keith Point is an area at the end of the Leslie Street Spit on Lake Ontario in Toronto, Canada that was named in honor of Vicki Keith. This is place where she made most of her landings after crossing Lake Ontario.

3. The Cliff Lumsdon Park is a park in Toronto, Canada named in honor of Cliff Lumsdon, a famed professional marathon swimmer from Canada.

4. McConica Cove is a small cove on Catalina Island named on 11 August 1989 in honor of Jim McConica, a famed American pool and open water swimmer, who participated in a record-setting relay across the Catalina Channel.

5. Webb Crescent is a road in Dawley named in honor of Captain Matthew Webb, the first person to successfully swim across the English Channel.

6. The Captain Webb Primary School is a primary school, nursery and day care center located on Webb Crescent in Dawley, Telford, Shropshire, England that was named after Captain Matthew Webb.

7. Captain Matthew Webb has a memorial in Dawley, England with an inscription "Nothing great is easy" placed in honor of his 1875 crossing of the English Channel.

8. The Webb House is the youngest of the houses at Adams' Grammar School in England that was named after Captain Matthew Webb.

9. Cape Lynne Cox is a cape on Siberia's famed Lake Baikal located near the Angara River where Lynne Cox became the first person to swim 7 miles from cape to cape in 4 hours 19 minutes in August 1988.

10. There is a federal plaque erected by the Canadian Historic Sites and Monuments Board near the site of Marilyn Bell's finish on her 1954 crossing of Lake Ontario in Canada.

11. A plaque is mounted on the base of a statue of a lion along Lake Shore Boulevard by the Government of Ontario Building of the Canadian National Exhibition commemorating Marilyn Bell's Lake Ontario crossing in 1954.

12. Marilyn Bell Park is a park on Lake Ontario near the finish of Marilyn Bell's Lake Ontario crossing in 1954.

13. The Marilyn Bell 1 is a ferry boat that serves the Billy Bishop Toronto Island Airport and named after Marilyn Bell. The name was chosen as the top name in a contest held by the Toronto Port Authority.

14. The Bert Thomas Monument is a rock structure and plaque on Ediz Hook in Port Los Angeles, Washington that commemorate the site where Bert Thomas entered the Strait of Juan de Fuca on the first successful crossing on July 8th 1955.

15. A statute of Jacques Amyot is located near the finish of the Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean in Roberval, Quebec, Canada on lac St-Jean to commemorate the first person to cross lac St-Jean.

16. In 1946, the inaugural Keo Nakama Invitational was held in the salt water of the War Memorial Natatorium near Diamond Head Volcano on Oahu, the longest-running annual pool swimming meet in the United States named for Keo Nakama, the first person to cross the Molokai Channel.

17. Similarly, the Lakeshore Swimming Club of Toronto held the first Marilyn Bell Swim Classic, a meet sanctioned by Swim Ontario, in 2009.

18. Byron's Stone near Tepelene, Albania is a memorial to Lord Byron, an Honour Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.

19. Byron's Cave or La Grotta di Byron in Portovenere, Italy is another commemoration to Lord Byron.

20. The Statue of Lord Byron in Athens, Greece is another memorial to Lord Byron.

21. The Lord Byron Memorial Stone in Westminster Abbey is a memorial to Lord Byron in the Poets' Corner / South Transept.

22. The Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center (CBAC) is the home to Indiana University swimming, diving and water polo programs and named after famed Olympic swimming coach and English Channel swimmer James 'Doc' Counsilman.

23. The Doc Counsilman Memorial Lecture Series is an annual lecture given by luminaries outside the swimming community at the American Swimming Coaches Association's annual World Clinic and was named after James 'Doc' Counsilman.

24. Buddy’s Buoy has been a fixture in the Pacific Ocean for over 40 years and is a marine buoy located off of the Newport Pier in Newport Beach, California located in front of the Newport Lifeguard Headquarters and named for famed California waterman Buddy Belshe.

25. Dowling College was named after Robert Dowling, the first person to swim around Manhattan Island. Dowling provided a grant of $3 million in 1968, which allowed the Adelphi University campus in Oakdale, New York to become Dowling College.

26. The Gertrude Ederle Recreation Center is a New York City recreation center named after famed English Channel swimmer and Olympic swimmer Gertrude Ederle.

27. A bust of Gertrude Ederle, the famed American English Channel swimmer, was planned for the Sirene Hotel in Cap Gris Nez, France.

28. The Memorial to Commander Charles Gerald Forsberg [see above] is a monument in Morecambe, England to Commander Gerald Forsberg, an inductee in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and renowned marathon swimming author and administrator.

29. Annette Kellerman's plaque and collection transferred from the Dennis Wolanski Library and Archive of Performing Arts at the Sydney Opera House to the Powerhouse Museum in commemoration to Annette Kellerman, an Honour Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.

30. Des Renford Aquatic Centre is an award-winning facility located in Heffron Park, Maroubra, Australia that is named after the former King of the Channel®, Des Renford.

As open water swimming historian and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame inductee Timothy Johnson says, "I also accompanied members of the Channel Swimming Association to a dedication of a historical time line for Dover in a park near the [English] Channel museum.

Right there with the Romans invasions, the building of the lighthouse and the bombardment during World War II, was the marker for the formation of the Channel Swimming Association
."

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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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