MV Christena Memorial Swim with Valérie Grégorio, Jane Hansom, Mary Parks, Geoff Folsom
Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.
Valérie Grégoire is a marine biologist, coach, triathlete, open water swimmer, scuba dive instructor, Reef Check coordinator, a PADI Instructor, and the head swimming coach for the Special Olympics St Kitts athletes.
Grégoire started the MV Christena Memorial Swim, an 8.6 km memorial swim between Nevis and St Kitts in the West Indies in the Caribbean Sea that commemorates the MV Christena Disaster. The swim was established to honor the victims of the worst maritime disaster in the English-speaking Caribbean Sea. When the MV Christena went down off St Kitts, only 91 of the 320 people on board survived in 1971.
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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.