It Is The Little Things That Are Valuable
Quite often, we view the luminaries in the sport like Ned Denison as doing visionary, visible activities day in and day out.
But it is often the little things that he and others like him – from Leslie Thomas to Charlotte Brynn – do that make the sport of open water swimming so magnificent. From carrying boxes to an event to storing equipment in their homes, so many activities of these individuals go unnoticed and unappreciated.
Phil White, director of the Kingdom Games, is one race director who is always appreciative of their efforts and commitment to the sport. “For the Kingdom Swim, Ned Denison, Leslie Thomas, Charlotte Brynn, Peter Stuart and a few other local volunteers have been on the Organizing Committee from Day 1. They have brought a wealth of experience and competence to the project of building this swim. In Search of Memphre also has a robust organizing committee. I have counted on these volunteers and relied on their wisdom as we shaped these events.
Our events are more like high-level pick-up games rather than sanctioned, tightly strung races with cash prizes. We intend to keep the character of our events.”
With gratitude to the slew of volunteers and visionaries who make it all happen.
Copyright © 2013 by World Open Water Swimming Association
Southern California native, born 1962, is the creator of the WOWSA Awards, Oceans Seven, Openwaterpedia, Citrus Corps, World Open Water Swimming Association, Daily News of Open Water Swimming, Global Open Water Swimming Conference. He is Chief Executive Officer of KAATSU Global and KAATSU Research Institute. Inductee in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (Honor Swimmer, Class of 2001) and Ice Swimming Hall of Fame (Honor Contributor – Media, Class of 2019), recipient of the International Swimming Hall of Fame’s Poseidon Award (2016), International Swimming Hall of Fame’s Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award (2010), USA Swimming’s Glen S. Hummer Award (2007, 2010) and Harvard University’s John B. Imrie Award (1984). Served on the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee and as Technical Delegate with the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games, and 9-time USA Swimming coaching staff.