DNOWS Header

Image Map

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Sharon Beckman, From Title IX To 8 Pages And Beyond

Photo courtesy of Jess Rivilis, Boston College | The Heights, Massachusetts.

Sharon Beckman has encountered and engaged with icons across various fields during her career. She not only received a single-spaced, 8-page letter with instructions on how to swim the English Channel by International Swimming Hall of Famer Jon Erikson, but she also clerked for the first female on the U.S. Supreme Court Sandra Day O'Connor.

Along the way, Beckman swam a 9 hour 6 minute crossing of the English Channel in 1982 (an era without the benefit of techsuits or GPS), graduated from Harvard University, and became a law professor at Boston College.

She also sets records as a masters swimmer, competed in a 16.1 km Lake Michigan swim, won the 12.8 km Boston Light Swim in 1982 in 3 hours 7 minutes, competed in the 38.6 km Atlantic City Around The Island Swim in 1983 and the 42 km Traversee internationale du lac Memphremagog in 1983.

But even prior to her educational and marathon swimming exploits, she had a separate - but related - brush with history. In 1972, Title IX in the United States was passed that mandated equal opportunities for both men and women in American schools. The landmark law allowed Beckman to join her high school swim team and continue her swimming career that ultimately culminated in crossing the English Channel and finished 3rd in the 1983 World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation circuit.

For an in-depth profile on Professor Beckman, read Out of the Channel and Into Criminal Justice Reform here.

Copyright © 2008-2019 by World Open Water Swimming Association

No comments:

Post a Comment

Thank you very much for your interest in the world of open water swimming.

World Open Water Swimming Association

A Thank You Gift from WOWSA

WOWSA is celebrating the
1-Year Anniversary of the monthly Open Water Swimming Magazine
by giving you a free copy of the anniversary issue.

Open Water Swimming Magazine Anniversary Issue
File Size: 13MB


Download the file to your computer, and then right-click to extract the magazine which is inside the zip folder. The magazine is in PDF format.

CLICK HERE to download your free copy now.

Open Water Swimming Magazine

Open Water Swimming Magazine

The Open Water Swimming Magazine is the monthly magazine entirely focused on open water swimming heroes and heroines of every age, ability, and background. Published by the World Open Water Swimming Association, the Open Water Swimming Magazine is a free benefit to WOWSA members.

WOWSA Member Benefits include 12 issues of the Open Water Swimming Magazine, the annual 276-page Open Water Swimming Almanac, a free listing in Sponsor My Swim, outstanding product discounts from FINIS, an entry in Openwaterpedia and more...

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 Swimming

An 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.

But the farmers almanac was just one example among many.
There are, of course, many different kinds of almanacs.

In fact, there is even one for open water swimming...

Preview the Open Water Swimming Almanac:

The trends are very clear.
The tide is rising for open water swimming.


Open Water Swimming Event Sanctioning

World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation

Open Water Race Calendar

Coaches Education Program