Mexican Open Water Swimmer Mariel Hawley Selected for HERSHEY’S ‘Her For She’ Movement Recognition
Mariel has dedicated her swims to helping transform the lives of Mexican children from low-income families with cleft lip and/or palate conditions, as well as those undergoing cancer treatments, through the “Quiero Sonreír” project. She is the first Mexican woman to achieve the Triple Crown of open water swimming, having completed solo swims of the Catalina Channel, the English Channel, and the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim and well as completing the Oceans Seven..
She has been the National Masters Swimming Champion since 2002 and completed an Ironman in 2010. Mariel has received numerous awards for her contributions to sports and society, including the Pergamino de Oro al Mérito Andrés Henestrosa in the category of “Female Athlete,” the Mont Blanc Award 2013 in the category of “Trailblazing Woman,” and the National Women’s Award 2012 in the category of “Athlete with a Cause.” She also received a Honorable Mention from the National Women’s Institute for her work in sports and was recognized with the Mujer Construye 2011 award from the Observatory for Latin American Women.
“HERSHEY’S ‘Her For She’ movement, which translates to ‘De Ella para Ella’ in Spanish, aims to empower women and celebrate their achievements.
As part of their efforts, HERSHEY’S recently recognized a group of extraordinary Mexican women who have dedicated their lives to helping others. Through their work, these women have had a positive impact on the lives of many more women.
Mariel said on her Facebook:
“With great emotion and affection I share that I was selected by HERSHEY’S as one of the 11 Mexican women of the Her For She Movement, which seeks to give visibility and recognition to many more women and girls.
It’s an honor for me to share with Antonia Vázquez Cruz, La Mena Del Abuelo, Ximbo, Gigi Martinez Gracida. Womerang, Violetta, Sinibi Jipe, Murlota Group Murlota, Netzi Gallardo, Victoria Razo and Sofia Hidalgo. A pleasure to share with you and learn from what each one does and their extraordinary work.”
Originally from Mexico City.
Open water swimmer, lawyer and director of the association Queremos Mexicanos Activos AC
“I love swimming in the sea. I try to make my strokes splash much more than water and inspire thousands of girls and adolescents not to give up and to continue working and striving to achieve their dreams. Among my personal achievements, I was the first person in the world to swim the Oresund Strait, between Denmark and Sweden, I opened 2 swimming routes in Mexico, I became the fifteenth person in the world to complete the Oceans Seven challenge and I managed to be the first Mexican woman to complete the Open Water Swimming Triple Crown.”
Through her remarkable achievements in open water swimming and her impactful work transforming the lives of Mexican children from low-income families, Mariel Hawley is a shining example of how women can inspire and empower each other.
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