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2016 WOWSA AWARD WINNERS
2016 WOWSA Man of the Year – Nejib Belhedi
2016 WOWSA Woman of the Year – Jaimie Monahan
2016 WOWSA Performance of the Year – Sarah Thomas’ Lake Powell Swim
2016 WOWSA Offering of the Year – Samsung Bosphorus Cross Continental Swim
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Jackie Cobell Continues Swims In Unprecedented Locations
It is not often that a swimmer completes two historic, unprecedented swims that require international diplomacy within one calendar year.
But Jackie Cobell is just not any swimmer. She is unique. She is at the top of her game. She has a personality and charisma that is infectiously positive.
Earlier in the year, Cobell swam with Matías Ola in the dual tandem swim called the Malvinas/Falklands Islands Challenge in 6ºC water between the two main islands of the Islas Malvinas (Falkland Islands).
The Malvinas/Falklands Islands Challenge between West Falkland to East Falkland was completed in 2 hours 37 minutes. "It was brilliant. It was an expedition," said Cobell in an interview on BBC South East Today (see here).
This week, she followed up her Malvinas/Falklands Islands Challenge with the 16 km Dead Sea Swim between Jordan and Israel together with South Africa's Madswimmers, the Cyprus Israel Swimmers and others from Palestine, Denmark, New Zealand, and Spain in 7 hours 9 minutes.
Whether the 62-year-old Cobell is participating in the 6-day Bering Strait Swim relay, a 53-mile (86 km) relay from Cape Dezhnev in Chukotka, Russia, to Cape Prince of Wales in the state of Alaska or racing a 1000m swim at the 2012 Russian Winter Swimming Championships in water temperatures of 0.3°C and air temperatures between - 30°C and -33°C in Tyumen or swimming along the lowest place on Earth in the Dead Sea, she is embodies the courage that open water swimmers have, always enhanced with her bright smile and sparkling eyes.
Cobell was nominated for the 2016 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year together with Matías Ola among these individuals:
1. Toshio Tominaga (Japan) Tsugaru Channel Crossing
2. Craig Dietz (Kingdom Swim Marathon Swim)
3. Sarah Thomas (USA) Lake Powell Crossing
4. Jennifer Figge (USA) Bermuda Triangle Swim
5. Pieter Christian Jongeneel Anderica (Spain) Double Manhattan Circumnavigation
6. Dan Canta (Romania) Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming
7. Sean Conway (Great Britain) Swim Leg of the World's Longest Triathlon
8. Hudson Brothers (Great Britain) Into the Maelstrom
9. Cristian Vergara (Chile) Easter Island Circumnavigation
10. Jarrod Poort (Australia) Olympic 10K Marathon Swim
11. Javier Mérida Prieto (Spain) Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming
12. Patrick McKnight (USA) Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming
13. Spyridon Gianniotis (Greece) Olympic 10K Marathon Swim
14. Malvinas/Falklands Islands Challenge by Matías Ola (Argentina) and Jackie Cobell (Great Britain)
15. Stephanie Hopson (USA) English Channel Crossing
16. Carol Schumacher Hayden (USA) Catalina Channel Crossing
17. Vasilly Mosin (Russia) Winter Swimming
To vote for the WOWSA Awards, visit here. Online voting continues until December 31st 2016.
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