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Saturday, August 30, 2014

PRSI Expresses Its Gratitude For Its Hall Of Fame Honour

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Ray Sani, a member of the Open Water Swimming Committee of the Indonesian Swimming Federation (PRSI or Persatuan Renang Seluruh Indonesia), will not come to Scotland for the 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference.

But he wrote some heartfelt words to thank those who helped the PRSI become successful and ultimately to be recognized as an Honour Organisation by the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in its Class of 2014.

PRSI hosted the Asian Beach Games and the Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games). Its success is largely due to Amir Husein (Head of Open Water Swimming Committee), Ismail Ning (member), Ari Tribusono (member), Ray Sani(member), and Liza G Januar (Deputy of Secretary General of PRSI).

Sani writes, "It is a great moment and would be a wonderful memorable occasion for us, as part of The Team of Indonesia Open Water Swimming to be receiving this Award from the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.

Our sincerest gratitude goes to the International Marathon Swimming Hall Of Fame who had awarded us this distinguished honor.

Indonesia as a big archipelago country, which is surrounded by water from one island and another, amongst thousands of islands, therefore 'Development Program of Open Water Swimming' will be an interesting challenge for us.

Swimming as the best sport for people’s health, and an inexpensive sport where people can enjoy exercise in open areas with free facilities and no entrance fee. We say, 'The more people swim, the more healthy people we will create.'

Nevertheless, safety is our priority in managing a big event. 'Zero Incidents' is our main focus in achieving a successful event. Thanks to God with His Blessing, we have been introduced to the numerous righteous people and institutions that have never stopped supporting us. We would like to express our thanks to:

- FINA who had introduced Open Water Swimming to Indonesian Swimming Federation with its event and safety regulations.
- Ministry of Youth and Sport that supports us for the hosting of international and national events.
- Indonesia Olympic Committee [IOC], Madam Rita Subowo and Mr. Djoko Pramono who inspired Open Water Swimming at 1st Asia Beach Games 2008 and 26th SEA Games 2011.
- Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economics, specially Mr. Sapta Nirwandar, who had put Open Water Swimming into the yearly Tourism’s Calendar.
- Daily News of Open Water Swimming who had develop our human capital through its website information.
- FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee delegates, who had contributed in training our official human capital including Mr. Dennis Miller as the Technical Delegate on 1st Asia Beach Games 2008, Mr. Ronnie Wong as the Technical Delegate, on 26th SEA Games 2011, and Mr. Chris and Ms. Sue Guesdon who have been introducing and giving us many guidelines and introducing their networks to develop open water swimming in Indonesia.
- All supporting teams from safety groups including national and local Navy, basarnas, fire righting brigade, and the local police.

Moreover to all institutions and individuals that we could not mention one by one, your contribution is a great share and investment in our human capital. Once again, thank you to you all.
"

Photo shows the members of the Open Water Swimming Committee of the PRSI, Persatuan Renang Seluruh Indonesia: Ismail Ning (member), Amir Husein (Head of Open Water Swimming Committee), Ari Tribusono (member) sitting left to right, Ray Sani (member) and Liza G Januar (Deputy of Secretary General of PRSI) setting left to right.

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