Randy Nutt and Edith van Dijk were selected as the 2008 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year and the 2008 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, respectively. These awards were based on the public poll posted at 10Kswimmer.

These annual awards are not necessarily for the best athletes, but are meant to honor the man and woman who (1) best embody the spirit of open water swimming, (2) possess the sense of adventure, tenacity and perseverance that open water swimmers are known for, and (3) have most positively influenced the world of open water swimming.

While the nominees have enjoyed long remarkable careers in the sport of open water swimming as athletes, coaches, promoters, writers, directors and/or administrators, their selection were based on their achievements during 2008.

The 2010 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, 2010 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year and 2010 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year will be announced on January 1, 2011. This award will be based on an online global public poll.

The top vote-getters in each region will also be honored in their own regions (Africa, Asia, Oceania, Europe and the Americas).

The nominees for the 2010 World Open Water Swimming Man, Woman and Performance of the Year are a truly heroic and amazing group. These select individuals, their exploits, histories and lifestyles are incredibly inspirational to read.