Sarah Thomas Shines as Performance of the Year Gold Winner at the WOWSA Awards

Sarah Thomas Shines as Performance of the Year Gold Winner at the WOWSA Awards

USA’s Sarah Thomas is winner of Performance of the Year at the WOWSA Awards. She has set a new standard of excellence in the sport with her extraordinary open water marathon swims.

Sarah Thomas, a 40-year-old American open water swimmer from Colorado, has made waves in the open water swimming world with her incredible achievements. Inducted as an Honor Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 2018 and the Vermont Open Water Swimming Hall of Fame in 2017, Sarah stunned the open water swimming community with her historic 70 km two-way crossing of the North Channel between Scotland and Northern Ireland. She completed the crossing in an unprecedented 21 hours 48 minutes, with a first leg of 10 hours 4 minutes and a second leg of 11 hours 42 minutes from Northern Ireland to Scotland.

Sarah’s incredible performance serves as a testament to the beauty and power of open water swimming. Her achievement serves as a source of inspiration for all swimmers and demonstrates that dedication and determination can conquer even the toughest challenges.

The WOWSA Awards, an annual recognition of excellence in open water swimming, celebrates individuals and offerings that embody the spirit of open water swimming and have made a positive impact on the community. Over 143 nominations were evaluated by the 97 members of the WOWSA Awards Voting Academy, and Sarah Thomas was one of the 10 finalists chosen from 23 different countries for the Performance of the Year category.

Sarah Thomas’ remarkable journey serves as a shining example of determination and the power of the human spirit. Her historic two-way crossing of the North Channel was selected for its remarkable display of endurance and fortitude, solidifying her place as one of the greatest open water swimmers of our time.

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