Open Water Swimmers To Be Feted At United Nations

Open Water Swimmers To Be Feted At United Nations

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.






It is rare that swimmers are celebrated in such an august setting, but two awards ceremonies will be held at the United Nations on June 19th.

As part of the Global Open Water Swimming Conference in New York City between June 17th – 19th, the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame will hold its annual induction ceremonies in the famous Delegate Room of the United Nations. The ceremonies will also include brunch, a documentary film on channel swimmers and the annual World Open Water Swimming Man, Woman and Performance of the Year awards.

The Conference will be the gathering point of numerous open water swimming athletes, including world champions, celebrated soloists, adventurers, pioneers, world-record holders and Olympians, coaches, administrators, officials, physicians, researchers, documentary directors and writers.

The Conference includes dozens of inspirational and educational talks by luminaries of the sport and is held over the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim weekend. To register and more information, visit here. The schedule is as follows:

June 17th – Sessions and Certification Program at Columbia University
June 18th – Sessions at Columbia University
June 19th – Awards Brunch at the United Nations

On Friday, June 17th at Columbia University, the Conference will offer:

9:00 am – Networking and Registration at Dodge Physical Fitness Center and the Unveiling of the Fran Crippen Memorial Quilt
9:45 am – Swimming On Top Of The World by Lewis Pugh
11:00 am – Keeping Sports Clean by Annette Salmeen, Ph.D., Board Director, U.S. Anti-Doping Agency
11:00 am – Swimming With the Tides and Currents by Captain Tim Johnson, author of The History of Open-Water Marathon Swimming
11:00 am – Open Water Swimming Coaches Certification Program by Steven Munatones and Shelley Taylor-Smith
1:30 pm – The Day The English Channel World Record Was Set by Dr. Penny Dean
1:30 pm – Tactics, Techniques and Training of A World Champion by Erica Rose
1:30 pm – Open Water Swimming Coaches Certification Program by Steven Munatones and Shelley Taylor-Smith
2:30 pm – Online Social Media In The Athletic World by Damien Jordan
2:30 pm – The World’s Most Challenging Channel by Anne Marie Ward
3:30 pm – Extreme Swimming In Patagonia by Ram Barkai
3:30 pm – The Olympic 10K Marathon Swim by Sid Cassidy
7:00 pm – Networking Reception @ PJ Clarks on the Hudson – a 5-minute walk from the host hotel

* The Open Water Swimming Coaches Certification Program will offer a textbook and nearly 400 PowerPoint slides cover the following content:

Session 1: The Marine Environment and History of Open Water Swimming
Session 2: The Pyramid of Open Water Swimming Success
Session 3: Introducing Young Children, Teenagers and Newcomers to the Open Water
Session 4: Fine-tuning Stroke Efficiency, Pacing and Positioning in the Open Water
Session 5: Equipment Used in Open Water Swimming – from Local Races to the Olympics
Session 6: Officiating and Logistics in Open Water Swimming
Session 7: Refueling and Hydration in Open Water Swimming
Session 8: The Psychology and Physiology of Open Water Swimming
Session 9: Marathon Swimming, Channel Swimming and Solo Swims

On June 18th at Columbia University, the Conference will begin after the 9:30 am start of the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim (in South Cove, near the Club Quarters Wall Street host hotel)

11:00 am – The Champion Mindset by Shelley Taylor-Smith
11:00 am – Open Water Swimming Coaches Certification Program by Steven Munatones and Shelley Taylor-Smith
11:00 am – Openwaterpedia by Mike Lewis
12:00 pm – Swimming Down The Amazon by Martin Strel
12:00 pm – The Midmar Mile, The World’s Largest Open Swim by Wayne Ridden
2:00 pm – International Ice Swimming Association by Ram Barkai
2:00 pm – Open Water Swimming Race Officials Certification Program by Steven Munatones and Shelley Taylor-Smith
2:00 pm – Avoiding Hypothermia and Hyperthermia by Dr. Jim Miller
3:00 pm – Medical Considerations and Concerns by Dr. Jim Miller
3:00 pm – Swimming Down The Colorado River by Martin Strel
3:00 pm – Women vs. Men In The Open Water by Shelley Taylor-Smith
4:30 pm – Finish of first swimmers of the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim
7:00 pm – Manhattan Island Marathon Swim celebration dinner hosted by NYC Swim (not part of registration fees)

On Sunday, June 19th, the Conference will culminate in the Delegate Room (shown above) at the United Nations Building overlooking the East River

9:00 am – International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame annual membership meeting
9:30 am – Networking at the Delegate Room in the United Nations Building with International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame honorees and the World Open Water Swimming Award winners and English and Catalina Channel swimmers
11:00 am – Brunch with explanation of Swim 22 film
12:30 pm – World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, 2010 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year and 2010 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year awards

Speakers and guests include:

• Lewis Gordon Pugh, British environmentalist and pioneer swimmer
• Dr. Penny Dean, English Channel and Catalina Channel record holder
• Martin Strel, Renowned Slovenian river stage swimmer, the Big River Man
• Ram Barkai, South African extreme swimmer
• Erica Rose, World champion and professional marathon swimmer
• Steven Munatones, Editor In Chief, The Daily News of Open Water Swimming
• Ventura Deep Six, World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year
• Anne Marie Ward, Irish Channel conqueror, World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year
• Shelley Taylor-Smith, Australian 7-time world champion
• Dr. Jim Miller, World’s foremost open water swimming physician
• Sid Cassidy, Olympic 10K Marathon Swim starter and visionary
• Dale Petranech, Honorary Secretary International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame
• Dr. Harry Huffaker, legendary Hawaiian channel swimmer
• Yuko Matsuzaki, Japanese International Marathon Swimming Hall of fame inductee
• Drury Gallagher, Manhattan Island Marathon Swim founder and IMSHOF inductee
• John York, Catalina Channel record holder
• Annette Salmeen, Ph.D., Board Director, U.S. Anti-Doping Agency
• Captain Tim Johnson, author of The History of Open-Water Marathon Swimming
• Nick Gismondi, Executive Producer of the film Swim 22
• Wayne Ridden, Race Director of the aQuellé Midmar Mile (South Africa)

Registration is here. The host hotel is the Club Quarters Wall Street (at a discounted rate of US$146 excluding taxes)

The cost is US$199 for World Open Water Swimming Association members or US$249 for non-members (includes a one-year Premium Open Water Source Membership).

Interested individuals can also participate as their schedule allows:

US$135 for the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame induction ceremonies and World Open Water Swimming Awards Brunch at the United Nations on June 19th.
US$50 for either Day One (June 17th) or Day Two (June 18th)
US$75 for Days One and Two (June 17th – 18th)





Above are photos of the Delegate Room where our conference and ceremonies will culminate on Sunday, June 19th.

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