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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Stéphane Lecat Wins Irving Davids-Wheeler Memorial Award

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Stéphane Lecat added another honor to his career. He is the recipient of the International Swimming Hall of Fame's 2018 Irving Davids/Captain Roger W. Wheeler Memorial Award for his extensive contributions to open water swimming.

The Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award was established in 1970 by the New England Marathon Swimming Association to honor and recognize the contribution of individuals and groups making major contributions to marathon swimming and to serve as a perpetual memorial to Irving Davids and Captain Roger Wheeler.

Lecat was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 2007 as an Honour Swimmer and was named as one of the 101 Movers And Shakers In The Open Water Swimming World. He currently serves as the Directeur de L'Eau libre for the Fédération Française de Natation (French Swimming Federation).

Photo above shows Lecat in his prime in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s when he was the FINA World Cup Series champion in 1997, 1999 and 2000. He won the 2000 European 25 km (15.5-mile) championship and 15 km (9.3-mile) Mediterranean Championship in 1997. He won the 34 km (21-mile) Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean professional marathon swim in Canada in 1996, 1999, and 2000; the Maratón Acuática Internacional Santa Fe - Coronda, a 57 km (35-mile) FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix race held in the Coronda River in Argentina in 1996, 1997, 1999 and 2000, the 42 km (26-mile) Traversée Internationale du Lac Memphrémagog swim in Canada in 1995, 1996 and 2000 and the 36 km (22.5-mile) Around-the-Island Marathon Swim in Atlantic City, USA in 2001. Overall, he won 13 FINA World Cup professional races, placed third at the 2001 25 km FINA World Championships in Japan and won the 2000 European 25 km Championships in Finland, second in the 1997 European 25 km Championships in Spain and third in the 1995 European 25 km Championships in Italy. He also swam the English Channel in 8 hours 19 minutes in 2003.

And now he is sharing his knowledge, expertise and passion with the next generation of swimmers.

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