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2014 WOWSA Awards Nominees

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To vote, register here, courtesy of WOWSA.

The nominees come from around the world.

Some are young teenagers, some are much older. But from all walks of life, but they possess the same mission and mindset: exceptional open water swimming.

19 countries including Brazil, India, South Africa, Australia, Ireland, U.S.A., New Zealand, Russia, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Canada, Great Britain, Estonia, France, Macedonia, Curaçao, Israel, Spain, and Lithuania are represented by the 2014 WOWSA Awards nominees.

The WOWSA Awards, sponsored by the World Open Water Swimming Association, is an annual public recognition of the world's best open water swimmers and products and services in 4 categories:

The WOWSA Awards are given at the annual Global Open Water Swimming Conference and voted online upon by tens of thousands of swimmers and fans in a public poll.

The nominees for the World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, and World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year are always an heroic and impressive group of individuals with exceptionally inspirational exploits, histories and lifestyles. The WOWSA Awards are not necessarily for the best athlete, but are meant to honor the men and women who:
  • best embody the spirit of open water swimming,
  • possess the sense of adventure, tenacity and perseverance that open water swimmers are known for, and
  • have most positively influenced the world of open water swimming

The nominees for the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year are among the products, services, events and organizations that

  • best support and assist open water swimmers achieve their goals,
  • are innovative, unique and beneficial to open water swimmers, race directors, coaches or administrators,
  • have made the most positive impact on the world of open water swimming during the calendar year.

The World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year award was given to the following men:
  • 2008 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year was Randy Nutt of the USA.
  • 2009 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year was Petar Stoychev of Bulgaria.
  • 2010 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year was Marcos Diaz of the Dominican Republic.
  • 2011 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year was Jamie Patrick of the USA.
  • 2012 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year was Stephen Redmond of Ireland.
  • 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year was Pádraig Mallon of Ireland.

The World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year award was given to the following women:
  • 2008 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year was Edith van Dijk of the Netherlands.
  • 2009 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year was Poliana Okimoto of Brazil.
  • 2010 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year was Anne Marie Ward of Ireland.
  • 2011 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year was Pilar Geijo of Argentina.
  • 2012 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year was Annaleise Carr of Canada.
  • 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year was Olga Kozydub of Russia.

The World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year award was given to the following individuals:

  • 2009 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year was by Andrew Smilley of the Cayman Islands.
  • 2010 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year was by Ventura Deep Six of the USA.
  • 2011 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year was by Nejib Belhedi of Tunisia.
  • 2012 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year was by Juan Ignacio Martínez Fernández-Villamil of Spain.
  • 2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year was by the Bering Strait Swim, an international relay with 121 participants (swimmers + officials + crew).

The World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year award was given to the following individuals:
  • 2012 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year was the SWIM Channel, produced by Patrick Winkler of Brazil.
  • 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year was the International Ice Swimming Association, founded by Ram Barkai.

This year, the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year nominees include:

1. Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil), FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup Champion
2. Bhakti Sharma (India), Marathon Swimmer & Educational Reformist
3. Carina Bruwer (South Africa), Freestyling Flautist
4. Chloë McCardel (Australia), Marathon Swimmer & Coach
5. Colleen Mallon (Ireland), Channel Swimmer & Volunteer
6. Elaine Howley (USA), Communicator, Organizer, Swimmer
7. Kimberley Chambers (New Zealand), Oceans Seven Swimmer
8. Nataliya Fatyanova, M.D. (Russia), Ice Swimming Researcher & Physician
9. Pilar Geijo (Argentina), FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix Co-Champion
10. Sharon van Rouwendaal (Netherlands), 2-time European Champion
11. Sylvia Rybárová (Czech Republic), FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix Co-Champion
12. Susan Simmons (Canada), Marathon Swimmer with Multiple Sclerosis

The 2014 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year nominees include:

1. Adam Walker (Great Britain), Oceans Seven Swimmer
2. Allan Lopes Mamédio do Carmo (Brazil), FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup Champion
3. Colin Hill (Great Britain), Race Director & Open Water Ambassador
4. Ferry Weertman (Netherlands), 2-time European Champion
5. Henri Kaarma (Estonia), Ice Swimmer & Cold Water Ambassador
6. Joanes Hedel (France), FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix Champion [shown above]
7. Joseph Locke (U.S.A.), Farallons Freestyler
8. Lewis Pugh, OIG (Great Britain), Ocean Advocate
9. Otto Thaning, M.D. (South Africa), Oldest English Channel Swimmer
10. Phil White (U.S.A.), Outstanding Organizer
11. Tomi Stefanovski (Macedonia), Traversée Internationale du lac St-Jean Co-Champion
12. Xavier Desharnais (Canada), Traversée Internationale du lac St-Jean Co-Champion

The nominees for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year nominees include the following individuals.

1. Beyond Avalon by Dan Henry, Dave Speier, William Miller, Steve Miller, Lee Grove, Dana Selles, Mark Zambon, Penny Nagel, Chris Gibson, Jon Rodley, Jonathan Hands, Nick Jeffery, Terry Hirt (U.S.A.)
2. Curaçao Channel Crossing by Niko Kluyver, André Nottelman, Erwin Ruijsink (Curaçao)
3. Cyprus Israel Swim by Udi Erell, Doron Amosi, Ben Enosh, Ori Sela, Oded Rahav, Luc Chetboun (Israel)
4. Diomede Islands Swim by Alexandr Brylin and Grigorii Prokopchuk (Russia)
5. English Channel Crossing by Cyril Baldock (Australia)
6. Great Lake Adventure by Vicki Keith, Abi Tripp, Nick Streicher, Michelle Sempowski, Natasha Dobson, Harley Bolton, Natalie Lambert, Jenna Lambert (Canada)
7. International Winter Swimming Festival Argentina by Matías Ola (Argentina)
8. Lake Ontario Crossing by Trinity Arsenault (Canada)
9. Madagascar Swim by Thane Guy Williams and Jonno Proudfoot (South Africa)
10. Manhattan Island Marathon Swim by Kristian Rutford (U.S.A.)
11. Mallorca 360° Circumnavigation Swim by Richard Krugel (South Africa)
12. Monterey Bay Crossing by Patti Bauernfeind (U.S.A.)
13. Prison Island Swims by Jacques Tuset (France)
14. Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming by Charlotte Samuels (U.S.A.)
15. U.S. Lifeguarding Champions by Monmouth County Lifeguards (U.S.A.)

The 2014 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year nominees include:

1. 24 Hour Swim in San Francisco by Suzie Dods (U.S.A.)
2. BlueJourney-Amerika Samoa-Stronger Together: The Waterman's Way by Bruckner Chase (U.S.A./Amerika Samoa)
3. Step Out Of The Ordinary Blue Letter Campaign by Pádraig Mallon (Ireland)
4. Catalina Channel Swimming Federation (U.S.A.)
5. Dancing In The Water by Wayne Ewing and Matthew Moseley (U.S.A.)
6. L.O.S.T. Swimming (Lake Ontario Swim Team) by Rob Kent (Canada)
7. Morrison Report by Evan Morrison for Marathon Swimmers Federation (international)
8. Nadandolibre Radio Show - Marcador Show by José Díaz and Alessi Pérez (Spain)
9. Ola Vista Photography by Mike Lewis (U.S.A.)
10. Rei e Rainha do Mar (King and Queen of the Sea) by Pedro Rego Monteiro (Brazil)
11. S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge by Kent Nicholas (U.S.A.)
12. The Greatest Englishman by Marathon Films (Great Britain)
13. The Torture Swim by 60 Minutes Sports (U.S.A./Ireland)
14. The Vertical Swim Trainer by Genadijus Sokolovas (U.S.A./Lithuania)
15. Uaimh an tSolais & Uaimh na nÉan by Sam Krohn with Donal Buckley (Australia/Ireland)

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