Haley Shapley Discusses Strong Like Her On WOWSA Live
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Strong Like Her. A Celebration of Rule Breakers, History Makers and Unstoppable Athletes is a new book by journalist Haley Shapley of Seattle, Washington.
In her first book, Shapley shares stories of various female athletes with larger-than-life characters and historic achievements that were mind boggling and record-shattering. She tells the history of female strength to understand more profoundly how the physical power, stamina, endurance and creative vision of women can be encouraged and celebrated from the early 20th century to contemporary times. Among the many athletes she highlights in the book, one chapter tells of the lives and accomplishments of four celebrated open water swimmers Annette Kellerman, Rose Pitonof, Gertrude Ederle and Jaimie Monahan.
The annual WOWSA Awards are sponsored by the World Open Water Swimming Association and serve as an annual public recognition of the best in the world’s open water swimming community. There are four categories:
“The mission of the World Open Water Swimming Association is to educate, enthuse and entertain those who venture beyond the shoreline,” says Steven Munatones. “There were 22 nominees from 11 countries for the 2020 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year. In a year unexpectedly wracked with government closures, mandates, stay-at-home orders, lockdowns and quarantines, the number of organized swimming events fell dramatically. But the open water swimming community did not cease to exist. Rather, open water swimmers not only got busier on dryland, but also shorelines around the world got more crowded with more people venturing out into the open water. During this past crazy year, swimmers got very creative and produced a larger-than-normal number of books, films, virtual swims, podcasts and all kinds of online properties. It certainly was a year like no other.
Over the history of the WOWSA Awards, established in 2008, the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year winners are represented by individuals who clearly and passionately educate, enthuse and entertain others who venture beyond the shoreline with their innovative products and services.”
The annual winners of the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year include:
2016: Samsung Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swim event in Turkey
The 2019 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year Travesía Interminable (or its English-language edition, The Forever Swim) is an example of the purpose of the WOWSA Awards. The World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year is meant to identify unique products, services, events and organizations that:<br/><br/>
(1) best support and assist open water swimmers achieve their goals
(2) are innovative, unique and beneficial to open water swimmers, race directors, coaches or administrators
(3) have made the most positive impact on the world of open water swimming during the calendar year
Munatones added, “This year, the number of 2020 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year nominees was increased due to the uptick in creativity and production of all kinds of innovative services and products.” The 2020 nominees include the following:
To vote for the 2020 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year, visit here.
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