Disabled Swimming Relay Makes History with Silver Performance of the Year at WOWSA Awards

Disabled Swimming Relay Makes History with Silver Performance of the Year at WOWSA Awards

The WOWSA Awards just got more inspiring with the announcement of the Performance of the Year winners, and we are overjoyed to announce that Team Bits Missing from the United Kingdom has claimed the silver medal.

The team, consisting of five above-knee amputees, Catherine Sunley of England, David Burke of Northern Ireland, Andrew Smith of England, Mary Clewlow-Self of Wales, and Jonty Warneken of England, accomplished the remarkable 35 km North Channel crossing in just 15 hours 8 minutes. This was a landmark moment for the world of open water swimming as the team pioneered an unprecedented disabled channel swimming relay.

Jonty Warneken team captain:

The WOWSA Awards, an annual recognition of excellence in open water swimming, celebrates individuals and offerings that embody the spirit of open water swimming and have made a positive impact on the community. Over 143 nominations were evaluated by the 97 members of the WOWSA Awards Voting Academy, and Team Bits Missing was one of the 10 finalists chosen from 23 different countries for the Performance of the Year category.

More than 11,400 public votes were cast, with a 75% weighting from the WOWSA Academy and 25% from the general public, to determine the winners in each category. Team Bits Missing was selected for its ability to showcase the determination, fortitude, and sense of adventure that is at the heart of open water swimming.

Team Bits Missing’s outstanding performance is a testament to the courage and perseverance of these individuals, who have overcome their disabilities to achieve this remarkable feat. They are a true inspiration to all those involved in the world of open water swimming and a shining example of what can be achieved with hard work and determination.

We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Team Bits Missing for their fantastic performance and for being part of the WOWSA Awards Performance of the Year winners list.

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