Surviving Shark Attack and Conquering Open Waters: Adherbal de Oliveira Wins Bronze in the WOWSA Awards

Surviving Shark Attack and Conquering Open Waters: Adherbal de Oliveira Wins Bronze in the WOWSA Awards

Adherbal de Oliveira from Brazil has added excitement to the world of open water swimming by securing the bronze in the Performance of the Year category of the WOWSA Awards.

At 52 years old, Adherbal de Oliveira is a true inspiration. Not only did he survive a shark attack, but he also completed the 50 km Travessia da Praia Vermelha à Barra de Guaratiba in 13 hours 57 minutes and the 16 km Travessia do Leme à Barra da Tijucato in 4 hours 25 minutes. With these impressive feats, he became the first swimmer to achieve the LPSA Triple Crown (16 km, 36 km, and 50 km LPSA courses).

Adherbal de Oliveira is also the organizer of the Leme to Pontal Swimming Association (LPSA), an open water swimming organization that governs the Travessia do Leme ao Pontal 36 km course between Leme Beach to Pontal in Brazil. This is a testament to his dedication to the sport and his passion for promoting open water swimming.

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 Adherbal de Oliveira was among the many talented swimmers nominated.

More than 11,400 public votes were cast, with a 75% weighting from the WOWSA Academy and 25% from the general public, to determine the winners in each category.

In a sport that requires determination, fortitude, and a love of adventure, Adherbal de Oliveira truly embodies the spirit of open water swimming. His achievements serve as a reminder that anything is possible with hard work and a positive attitude. Congratulations to Adherbal de Oliveira on his Performance of the Year recognition and for inspiring us all!

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