Monique Blok Wildschut Doubles Up In English And Dutch

Monique Blok Wildschut Doubles Up In English And Dutch

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. The English-language version of Hardships Of A Marathonswimmer written by Monique Blok Wildschut is now available on Amazon. It was originally published in 2015 in Wildschut’s native Dutch, entitled Ontberingen van een marathonzwemster. Wildschut obviously knows her subject matter extremely well. She was inducted in 1993 as an Honour Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and in 2016 as a Honor Swimmer in the International Swimming Hall of Fame. Wildschut dominated the women’s marathon swimming professional circuit from the mid-1980’s to the early 1990’s when she was the six-time World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation champion from 1983 – 1988. She won races including the 22 km IJsselmeer Zwemmarathon in the Netherlands, the 42 km Traversée Internationale du lac Memphrémagog in Canada, the 32 km Traversée Internationale du lac St-Jean in lac St-Jean in Canada, the 36 km Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli in Italy, the 36 km Atlantic City Around The Island Marathon Swim, and completed two fast English Channel crossings: 8 hours 44 minutes in 1982 and 8 hours 19 minutes in 1984. There are only 43 dual inductees in the history of the International Swimming Hall of Fame and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, representing the crème de la crème of the open water swimming world: 1. Captain Matthew Webb (Great Britain), 1963 IMSHOF Honour Swimmer and 1965 ISHOF Honor Swimmer 2. Gertrude Ederle, 1963 IMSHOF Honour Swimmer and 1965 ISHOF Honor Swimmer 3. Johnny Weissmuller, 1965 ISHOF Honor Swimming and 1970 IMSHOF Honour Swimmer 4. Greta Andersen, 1964 IMSHOF Honour Swimmer and 1969 ISHOF Honor Swimmer 5. Cavill Family (Australia), 1967 IMSHOF Honour Swimmers and 1970 ISHOF Honor Contributors 6. Florence Chadwick, 1966 IMSHOF Honour Swimmer and 1970 ISHOF Honor Swimmer 7. Keo Nakama, 1967 IMSHOF Honour Swimming and 1975 ISHOF Honor Swimmer 8. Lynne Cox, 1982 IMSHOF Honour Swimmer and 2000 ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer 9. Annette Kellerman, 1965 IMSHOF Honour Swimmer and 1974 ISHOF Honor Contributor 10. James ‘Doc’ Counsilman, 1976 ISHOF Honor Coach and 1981 IMSHOF Honour Swimmer 11. William Forest ‘Buck’ Dawson, 1993 IMSHOF Honour Contributor and 1986 ISHOF Honor Contributor 12. John Kinsella, 1978 IMSHOF Honour Swimmer and 1986 ISHOF Honor Swimmer 13. Penny Lee Dean, 1980 IMSHOF Honour Swimmer and 1996 ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer 14. Abdul Latif Abou Heif, 1964 IMSHOF Honour Swimmer and 1998 ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer 15. Gerald Forsberg, 1965 IMSHOF Honour Administrator and 1988 ISHOF Honor Pioneer Open Water Contributor 16. Horacio Iglesias, 1968 IMSHOF Honour Swimmer and 2003 ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer 17. Cynthia Nicholas, 1978 IMSHOF Honour Swimmer and 2005 ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer 18. Alison Streeter MBE, 1985 IMSHOF Honour Swimmer and 2006 ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer 19. Shelley Taylor-Smith, 1989 IMSHOF Honour Swimmer and 2008 ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer 20. Herman Willemse (Netherlands), 1963 IMSHOF Honour Swimmer and 2008 ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer 21. Kevin Murphy (Great Britain), 1977 IMSHOF Honour Swimmer and 2009 ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer 22. Paul Asmuth (USA), 1982 IMSHOF Honour Swimmer and 2010 ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer 23. Michael P. Read MBE, 1978 IMSHOF Honour Swimmer and 2011 ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer 24. Chad Hundeby, 1996 IMSHOF Honour Swimmer and 2012 ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer 25. Cliff Lumsdon (Canada), 1969 IMSHOF Honour Swimmer and 2013 ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer 26. Mercedes Gleitze, 1969 IMSHOF Honour Swimmer and 2013 ISHOF Honor Pioneer Open Water Swimmer 27. Sandra Bucha, 2014 IMSHOF Honour Swimmer and 2014 ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer 28. Judith van Berkel-de Nijs, 1964 IMSHOF Honour Swimmer and 2014 ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer 29. Jon Erikson, 1981 IMSHOF Honour Swimmer and 2014 ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer 30. David Yudovin, 1999 IMSHOF Honour Swimmer and 2014 ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer 31. George Young, 1963 IMSHOF Honour Swimmer and 2014 ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer 32. Dale Petranech, 1995 IMSHOF Honour Swimmer and 2014 ISHOF Honor Contributor 33. Claudio Plit (Argentina), 1981 IMSHOF Honour Swimmer and 2014 ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer 34. Irene van der Laan (Netherlands), 1985 IMSHOF Honour Swimmer and 2015 ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer 35. Donald Watson (USA), 2013 IMSHOF Honour Administrator and 2015 ISHOF Honor Coach 36. Drury Gallagher, 2010 IMSHOF Honour Administrator and 2012 International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Administrator 37. Jim Moran, 1985 IMSHOF Honour Administrator and 1995 ISHOF Gold Medallion Award 38. Karlyn Pipes, 2007 IMSHOF (masters) Honor Swimmer and 2015 ISHOF Honor Masters Swimmer 39. Larisa Ilchenko, 2011 IMSHOF Honour Swimmer and 2016 ISHOF Honor Swimmer 40. Desmond Renford, 1978 IMSHOF Honour Swimmer and 2016 ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer 41. Monique Wildschut, 1993 IMSHOF Honour Swimmer and 2016 ISHOF Honor Swimmer 42. Maarten van der Weijden, 2011 IMSHOF Honour Swimmer and 2017 ISHOF Honor Swimmer 43. Petar Stoychev, 2008 IMSHOF Honour Swimmer and 2018 ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer Copyright © 2008 – 2018 by World Open Water Swimming Association