The Global Open Water Swimming Conference is part of a three-day open water swimming extravaganza will offer 2 award ceremonies, book signings, an open water swimming safety panel, a marine artwork exhibition, inspirational and educational presentations by luminaries of the sport, and open water swims that replicate the Olympic Games triathlon swim leg and the marathon swim course.

Open water swimming luminaries and athletes of every ability will gather in Long Beach, California on the RMS Queen Mary to participate in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame induction ceremonies and the Global Open Water Swimming Conference on September 21nd – 23rd. Swimmers from 17 countries have already indicated their participation.

The International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame ceremony will honor the following individuals and organizations:

• Larisa Ilchenko (Russia), 2008 Olympic 10K Marathon Swim Gold Medalist
• Maarten van der Weijden (Netherlands), 2008 Olympic 10K Marathon Swim Gold Medalist & leukemia survivor
• Sri Chinmoy (India), teacher, poet and endurance athlete posthumously inducted as Honour Administrator
• Ned Denison (Ireland), marathon swimmer and Honour Administrator
• David Parcells (USA), channel swimmer posthumously inducted as an Honour Swimmer
• Faros Maratón Swim (Croatia) as an Honour Organisation
• Irish Long Distance Swimming Association (Ireland) as an Honour Organisation
• Marcos Díaz (Dominican Republic), marathon swimmer and United Nations Swimming Ambassador
• Drury Gallagher (USA), Founder of the Manhattan Island Swimming Association
• Chad Hundeby (USA), English Channel and Catalina Channel record holder
• Eleanor Studley Hurd (USA), first woman to swim between Europe and Asia posthumously honored
• Des Renford (Australia), former King of the Channel® (19-time English Channel swimmer) posthumously honored

The 2011 World Open Water Swimming Awards will honor the following individuals:

• Nejib Belhedi (Tunisia) World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year for 1400K Swim Across Tunisia
• Pilar Geijo (Argentina), World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year
• Jamie Patrick (USA), World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year

Conference speakers include (partial list):

• Wayne Riddin (South Africa), race director of the world’s largest open water swim, the Midmar Mile
• Mark Perry (UK), head coach of British Swimming
• Michael Read MBE (UK), President of the Channel Swimming Association
• Colin Hill (UK), Technical Director of the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim at the 2012 London Olympics
• Forrest Nelson (USA), President of the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation
• Diana Nyad (USA), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame inductee
• Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia), 7-time world professional marathon swimming champion
• Forrest Nelson (USA), Catalina Channel Swimming Federation president and channel swimmer
• Dr. Marcy MacDonald (USA), 12-time English Channel swimmer
• Martin Strel (Slovenia), Big River Man
• Yutaka Shinozaki (Japan), Founder of Japan International Open Water Swimming Association
• Craig Dietz (USA), Limbless Waterman
• Greta Andersen (USA), Olympic Gold Medalist and International Swimming Hall of Fame inductee
• Dr. Khwaja Aziz (Bangladesh), FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee
• Ricardo Ratto (Brazil), 2012 London Olympic Games marathon swimming official
• Ben Lecomte (France/USA), The Longest Swim from Tokyo to San Francisco
• Ram Barkai (South Africa), Founder of the International Ice Swimming Association
• Vito Bialla (USA), Founder of the Farallon Islands Swimming Association
• Lewis Pugh (South Africa), Extreme Swimming Pioneer (North Pole, Antarctica, Mount Everest)
• Janel Jorgenson (USA), Olympian and President of Swim Across America
• Forrest Nelson (USA), President of the Catalina Channel Swimming Association
• Dr. Lisa Stansbie (England), Head of The Department of Art & Communication at The University of Huddersfield
• Ricardo Ratto (Brazil), Olympic marathon swimming official

On Friday, September 21st there will be a welcome reception and book signings on the RMS Queen Mary.

On Saturday, September 22nd, the 2012 Global Open Water Swimming Conference will include the World Open Water Swimming Awards luncheon and the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame induction ceremony and dinner.

World Open Water Swimming Awards recipients include:

• Nejib Belhedi (Tunisia) 2011 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year • Pilar Geijo (Argentina), 2011 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year • Jamie Patrick (USA), 2011 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year

The keynote speeches will include Diana Nyad (USA) and Craig Dietz (USA) with a special satellite video conference with Benoit Lecomte (France/USA) who will be swimming en route from Tokyo to San Francisco.

Other speeches include a discussion about the recent 2012 London Olympic Games marathon swim won by Ous Mellouli (Tunisia) and Eva Risztov (Hungary) over 4 tenths of a second over Haley Anderson (USA). Colin Hill (UK) via video will join race officials to discuss the operations, logistics and majestry of the event: Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia), Ricardo Ratto (Brazil), and Dr. Khwaja Aziz (Bangladesh).

Forrest Nelson (USA) will join other luminaries in the sport Ned Denison (Ireland) and Dr. Marcy MacDonald (USA) and other members of the open water swimming and channel swimming community to discuss safety in open water swimming. Steven Munatones (USA) will give an overview of the increasing number of incidents and deaths that have recently plagued the sport.

Lewis Pugh (South Africa/UK) will discuss Extreme Swimming.

Janez Maroevic (Croatia) will discuss the Faros Maratón Swim while Ricardo Ratto (Brazil) will present the incomparable Travessia dos Fortes and Marcos Díaz (Dominican Republic) will give some insight on his Swim Across The Continents.

Stephen Coulter (Australia) will explain iSwimToo while John Mix (USA) will present FINIS technology products and Steven Munatones (USA) will give a brief overview of Openwaterpedia.

Pilar Geijo (Argentina), the reigning World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, will discuss her lifestyle and experiences on the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix circuit where she swims dozens of marathon swims in lakes, rivers and oceans.

Jamie Patrick (USA), the reigning World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, will show his documentary on his Lake Tahoe swim and explain the Lake Tahoe Swimming Society.

Lt. Colonel Nejib Belhedi (Tunisia) will discuss his 1,400ikm Swim Across Tunisia which was judged to be the 2011 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.

Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) will host the WOWSA Awards where Geijo, Patrick and Lt. Colonel Nejib Belhedi will be honored in the Grand Ballroom of the Queen Mary.

Wayne Riddin (South Africa) will explain the Midmar Mile, the world’s largest open water race from the perspective of a race director while Janel Jorgenson (USA) will introduce the largest charity swim organization, Swim Across America.

Mark Perry (Great Britain) will discuss coaching elite athletes and long-term planning done by British Swimming while Ned Denison (Ireland) will discuss helping amateur athletes of all ages and abilities at his Distance Training Camp.

Martin Strel (Slovenia), known as the Big River Man, will discuss his stage swims in the Amazon and other swims in America, Europe and China.

Diana Nyad (USA) will explain the recent innovations in the creation of serum that can blunt the stings of a box jellyfish.

Dr. Khwaja Aziz (Bangladesh) will discuss the perils that many face in the Third World around the open bodies of open water.

Greta Anderson (USA) will discuss professional marathon swims and channel swimming in the 1950s and 1960s.

Erik van Loon (Netherlands) will discuss the King of the Rivers.

Medical professionals from the Todd Cancer Institute (Long Beach MemorialCare) will discuss how to protect your skin.

Dr. Lisa Stansbie of the University of Huddersfield will present the relationship between art and the open water.

The International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and dinner will culminate the evening.

To register, visit imATHLETE.com here.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23rd

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