Meliah Motchman (Canada) – World Open Water Swimming Association

Meliah Motchman completed an 8-week 80 km stage swim, as well as a 5 km solo lake swim along Vancouver Island in her native British Columbia.


Known as Madame Butterfly with Down’s Syndrome, Motchman is a key member of the Spirit Orcas. Together with coach Susan Simmons and the rest of the Spirit Orcas, she completed an 8-week 80 km stage swim, as well as a 5 km solo lake swim on Vancouver Island in her native British Columbia – with a goal to finish a 10 km marathon swim.

Why she was nominated

For demonstrating what is possible for individuals – with or without Down’s Syndrome in the open water when there is sufficient motivation and commitment, and for always appreciating and supporting her coach, teammates, and volunteer escort crew.




Performance of the Year


Meliah Motchman

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  • CarolJ



    Well done Meliah!! You are such an athlete!



    Fantastic, Meliah. I am so proud of you!

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