Avram Iancu is a WOWSA Award Winner: 2021 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year

Avram Iancu is a WOWSA Award Winner: 2021 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year

Avram Iancu of Romania joins Paul Georgescu of Romania (World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year), Kate Steels of Great Britain (World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year), Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli of Italy (World Open Water Swimming Event of the Year), and Aloo of Mexico (World Open Water Swimming Product or Service of the Year), as the 2021 WOWSA Awards winners.

As with every edition of the WOWSA Awards, the Performance of the Year nominations are each and every incredibly remarkable. Avram has swam long distances in his stage swims before, but he swam 26.35 km upstream in the Danube River in Romania, starting from the Iron Gate Dam and finishing in 18 hours 30 minutes to win the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Award.

The winners and nominees of the 2021 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Award included:

Winner: Avram Iancu (Romania)
First Runner-up: José Eduardo do Amaral Ferreira (Brazil)
Second Runner-up: Jordan Leckey (Ireland)
4. Krzysztof Gajewski (Poland)
5. Meliah Motchman (Canada)
6. Courtney Moates Paulk (USA)
7. Rusya – Türkiye Uluslararasi Karadeniz 320 km Açik Deniz Yüzme Maratonu (Russia – Turkey)
8. Jennifer Dutton (USA)
9. John Batchelder (USA)
10. Serge Gellé and Andrianarison Jimmy Laitsara (Madagascar)
11. Qing Li (USA)
12. Défi Titicaca (France)
13. Anna Brown (Andorra)
14. Oceane Cassignol (France)
15. Matan Roditi (Israel)

The past winners of the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Award include the following individuals and events:

The video of the 2021 WOWSA Awards above where Avram gives his acceptance speech, along with the other WOWSA Awards winners, features “Heroes and Dreamers”, a song by Pinkzebra. Its lyrics are poignant to the achievements of the winners, nominees and many open water swimmers around the world:

We control our fate
Destiny awaits
We are all the actors in the stories we create
Hope will be our guide
We’ll no longer hide
When we roar like thunder
Feel the wonder from inside
We are heroes and dreamers
We are restless believers
Stronger than ever
Never say never
Don’t look back now
Don’t look back now

Rise up
Stand with each other
We are sisters and brothers
Finding our place and
Running the race

We’ll take our chance and seize the moment
Hold on tight
And don’t let go and
All your hopes and dreams that light the way

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Steven Munatones