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2016 WOWSA AWARDS
Vote in All Four CategoriesThe World Open Water Swimming Association is pleased to present the 2016 WOWSA Award Nominees.
The nominees are presented in the following four categories:
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
The Age Of Exploration In The Open Water Continues
Sam Plum, Jason Betley, Helen Gibbs, Helen Liddle, and Debbie Taylor accomplished what they set out to do: swim the longest lakes in Scotland, England and Wales.
It had never been done before and they wanted to do something different.
Like explorers of previous generations and many others in the annals of open water swimming, they wanted to be denoted as the first to do a swim.
With all the innumerable bodies of water on Planet Earth, they used a bit of creativity, spent a lot of time planning, and then went out and enjoyed the challenge as they reached their goal.
The first swim in their The 3 Lakes Challenge or Loch, Lake, Llyn was 25 miles (41 km) - and 11 hours 47 minutes - across a perfectly tranquil Loch Awe in Bonny, Scotland's longest freshwater loch.
One down - their longest relay swim - they still had two to go and a total of 396 miles of traveling between.
But a new adventure, an unprecedented swim and a record effort were their goals.
After traveling by mini-bus to Lake Windermere over night in the rain, they set out to cross the 10.5 miles (16.9 km) of Windermere. Again, tranquility prevailed across England's largest lake and the quintet finished their second crossing in 5 hours 53 minutes.
Much more exhausted both mentally and physically, they hopped back on the bus and kept driving, literally and figuratively. History was in the works and they only had a short swim across Llyn Tegid (or Bala) in Wales left. Although their shortest swim was only 4 miles (6.4 km), they were exhausted from a lack of sleep. Mother Nature was not going to make their last crossing easy. The two earlier placid swims over glassy surfaces were replaced by irritating chop and strong winds.
But after a tough 1 hour 43 minutes, Plum, Betley, Gibbs, Liddle and Taylor had accomplished something no one else in history had planned, attempted or accomplished. They will always be the first.
Their cumulative swim time was 19 hours 23 minutes over the unprecedented 39.5-mile (63.5 km) course.
For more information on the The 3 Lakes Challenge (Loch, Lake, Llyn), visit here.
Photo shows Helen Gibbs starting across Loch Awe on leg one.
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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.
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