Nejib Belhedi's Swim Across Tunisia Wins 2011 World Open Water Swimming Performance Of The Year

Nejib Belhedi’s Swim Across Tunisia Wins 2011 World Open Water Swimming Performance Of The Year

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Nejib Belhedi‘s solo stage swim, which began on June 22nd on the island of Djerba, has captured the attention of his native Tunisia.

Similar to other cross-country endurance events, the passion, commitment and logistics behind Nejib’s 1400K Swim Across Tunisia are at a scale nearly unimaginable.

Nejib has inspired many fellow Tunisians of all ages to take up swimming and has inspired others to continue his dream across other countries in the Middle East. As Nejib strokes on towards his goal, others will continue on in the spirit of Ouma across the Middle East.

His 1400K Swim Across Tunisia was selected by a poll of individuals from 108 countries as the 2011 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year. His performance embodies the spirit of open water swimming, possesses the sense of adventure, tenacity and perseverance that open water swimmers are known for, and positively influenced the world of open water swimming.

And like Nejib, all the WOWSA nominees and, indeed, all the individuals around the world, who attempt open water swims of their own scale embody the spirit of the sport, possess the requisite sense of adventure, tenacity and perseverance that the sport demands, and positively impact the global community of open water swimming.

The final vote tally is as follows:

1. 1400K Swim Across Tunisia (Tunisia) – Swim of Peace – 2,341 votes (19%)
2. Selina Moreno Pasagali (Spain) – Marathon Swimming Cancer Survivor – 1,898 votes (15%)
3. Patagonia Extreme Cold Water Challenge (Chile/Argentina) – 1,274 votes (10%)
4. Julie Galloway (Ireland) – Round Jersey – 1,187 votes (10%)
5. Windermere 12-way Warriors (England) – Dozen Times Better – 1,115 votes (9%)
6. Bridging The Cayman Islands (Cayman Islands) – Captivating Channel Challenge – 645 votes (5%)
7. Ray Gandy (USA) – Two Days in the Bay – 523 votes (4%)
8. Rebekah Boscariol (Canada) – Swimming for SickKids – 474 votes (4%)
9. The Swim (United Kingdom) – Charity Relay Across the Irish Sea – 461 votes (4%)
10. Japan to Taiwan Ocean Swim Challenge (Japan/Taiwan) – Charity Relay – 455 votes (4%)
11. Special Olympics World Summer Game (Greece) – Global Catalyst of Good – 451 votes (4%)
12. Farallon Islands Swimming Association (USA) – Renaissance In San Francisco – 384 votes (3%)
13. Forrest Nelson (USA) – Making the Round in Catalina – 304 votes (2%)
14. Colleen Blair (Scotland) – Swimming Across the Graveyard of Ships – 293 votes (2%)
15. Progetto Adriatico (Italy to Albania) – Learn To Be Free – 189 votes (2%)
16. A Swim For The Coastlines, Un Nado Por Las Costas (Dominican Republic) – 162 votes (1%)
17. Swann Oberson (Switzerland) – Switzerland’s First World Champion – 107 votes (1%)

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