The Guardians Of The Ice

The Guardians Of The Ice

When an international event like the IISA 4th World Championship Głogów 2022 is held, not only do the world’s most accomplished and fastest cold water swimmers gather, but also so do the world’s most dedicated and experienced ice swimming race officials.

Over the years, International Ice Swimming Association founder Ram Barkai has developed a strong and growing corp of event officials from dozens of countries. They include the following individuals:

Argentina: Victoria Mori

Australia: Benjamin Freeman, Helen Shadforth, Julie Isbill, Nicole Piha, Peter Holley, Pierre Lord, Sam Penny, Steven Pascall, Tim Garrett, Trent Grimsey, Wyatt Song

Austria: Josef Köberl, Yasmine Pliessnig

Belgium: Jan Coulton

Bulgaria: Petar Stoychev

Czech Republic: Jakub Valnicek, Jiri Kurina, Mirka Novotná

Denmark: Sinne Lundgaard

Finland: Antti Mäkinen, Elina Mäkinen

France: Alex Voyer, Alexandre Fuzeau, Jacques Tuset, Laure Latham, Laurence Dalboussiere, Lucie Allemand, Sophie Larivet

Germany: Florian Battermann, Marcus Reineke, Martin Kuchenmeister, Stefanie Reineke

Great Britain: Alison Howard, Alistair Beattie, Andrea Bowen, Andrea Hawkins, Andrea Startin, Bryan Evans, Cath Pendleton, Catherine Hartle, Catherine Sunley, Cerys Thomas, Chris Sifleet, Colin Hill, Debbie Wayman, Elizabeth Harris, Heidi Brice, Helen Plant, Ivan Lewis, Jane Crosby, Jen Tiplady, Jessie Campbell, Joanne Pendlebury, Jonathan Coe, Kareena Parkes, Katherine Short, Leon Fryer, Maretta Robinson, Mark Guest, Mike Alexander, Neal Walker, Pauline Barker, Redy Redfern, Ray Smith, Richard Davis, Robert Hamilton, Rory Fitzgerald, Ruth Williamson, Sharon Nightingale, Shaun Hales, Susan Penaluna, Theo Pearson, Val Smith, Wendy Figures

Iceland: Birna Hrönn Sigurjósdottir

Ireland: Cathy Devlin, Chris Cooke, Claire Ryan, Dee Newell, Deirdre King, Dot Johnston, Fergal Somerville, Frank Hallissey, Ger Kennedy, Geraldine Fox, Ian Conroy, Jack Boyle, Jacqueline McClelland, Kate Cunningham, Mark Dempsey, Martina Ring, Myles McCourt, Noel Grimes, Nuala Moore, Olive Conroy, Oswald Schmidt, Pádraig Mallon, Sarah O’Malley Daly, Sinead Merrigan, Stephanie Lyness

Morocco: Fairouz Chbani, Hassan Baraka, Othmane Ignghazala

Netherlands: Alexander Docter, Alexander Schilder, AnneMarie De Leng, Arno Stap, Christa Hesterman [shown above], Cor Hesterman, D Wajon, Els Wermenbol, Eskil Elfferich, Fergil Hesterman, George Kremers, Henk Labordus, Ingrid Machielse, Irene van der Laan, Johan Wijnker, Karien Lasschuit, Kees Van Dijk, Killian Hesterman, Margot Stenveld, Martine Stam, Merel van Dijk, Michael Smith, Michiel Land, Nico Dijkshoonr, Pascale Leijer, Richard Broer, Sandro Schutte, Simon Edge, Victor Den Heijer, Willem Pals

New Zealand: Jim West, Susan Sherwen

Poland: Leszek Naziemiec

South Africa: Jeanne Guild, Mervyn Bremner, Ram Barkai, Samantha Whelpton, Werner Whelpton

Many of the IISA officials will work at the world championships held in Głogów, western Poland between February 4th – 6th 2022.

For more information on the fourth IISA Ice Swimming World Championship, visit here. The top world championship event officials include referee Leszek Naziemiec, medical officer Michal Legiec, IISA representative Ram Barkai, and event director Piotr Czyz.

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