WOWSA Update With One Day To Go

WOWSA Update With One Day To Go

HUNTINGTON BEACH. With only one more day of online voting until the WOWSA announcement, the votes of 15,944 people from 107 countries are below.

The WOWSA Awards are given not necessarily to the best athletes, but is meant to honor the individuals who (1) best embody the spirit of open water swimming, (2) possess the sense of adventure, tenacity and perseverance that open water swimmers are known for, and (3) have most positively influenced the world of open water swimming in 2011.

Voting continues until midnight Los Angeles time on December 31st.

1. Petar Stoychev (Bulgaria) – World Professional Marathon Swimming Champion – 1,796 votes (22%)
2. Jamie Patrick (USA) – Adventure Swimmer – 1,720 votes (21%)
3. Salvatore Cimmino (Italy) – Champion of the Disabled – 881 votes (11%)
4. Bruckner Chase (USA) – Ocean Advocacy and Awareness Visionary – 771 votes (9%)
5. Stephen Redmond (Ireland) – Courageous Channel Challenger – 710 votes (9%)
6. Dr. Roger Allsopp (Great Britain) – Barrier-Breaker – 525 votes (6%)
7. Thomas Lurz (Germany) – World Professional Marathon Swimming Champion – 379 votes (5%)
8. Spyridon Gianniotis (Greece) – World Professional Marathon Swimming Champion – 335 votes (4%)
9. Yutaka Shinozaki (Japan) – Japan International Open Water Swimming Association – 332 votes (4%)
10. Simon Murie (England) – Open Water Swimming Tour Operator and Enabler – 291 votes (4%)
11. Doug Woodring (Hong Kong) –Ocean Recovery Alliance Visionary – 237 votes (3%)
12. Simon Griffiths (England) – Open Water Swimming Publisher Visionary (shown above) – 199 votes (3%)

1. Pilar Geijo (Argentina) – World Professional Marathon Swimming Champion – 1,993 votes (22%)
2. Penny Palfrey (Australia) – Marathon Swimmer Extraordinaire – 1,627 votes (18%)
3. Elizabeth Fry (USA) – Two Times Makes Double – 1,052 votes (11%)
4. Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil) – World Marathon Swimming Champion – 992 votes (11%)
5. Diana Nyad (USA) – Inspiration and Determination Redux – 777 votes (8%)
6. Keri-Anne Payne (Great Britain) – World Champion and Olympic Favorite – 766 votes (8%)
7. Pat Gallant-Charette (USA) – Nursing Marathon Excellence – 525 votes (6%)
8. Anna-Carin Nordin (Sweden) – Swedish Aloha In The Channels – 369 votes (4%)
9. Pamela Dickson (New Zealand) – Lady of the Lake – 369 votes (4%)
10. Angela Maurer (Germany) – Mother of Marathoners – 311 votes (3%)
11. Charlene Wittstock, Her Serene Highness – The Princess of Monaco – 265 votes (3%)
12. Dr. Marcy MacDonald (USA) – Freestyling Foot Doctor (shown above) – 162 votes (2%)

1. 1400K Swim Across Tunisia (Tunisia) – Swim of Peace – 2,102 votes (19%)
2. Selina Moreno Pasagali (Spain) – Marathon Swimming Cancer Survivor – 1,736 votes (16%)
3. Patagonia Extreme Cold Water Challenge (Chile/Argentina) – 1,187 votes (11%)
4. Julie Galloway (Ireland) – Round Jersey – 1,150 votes (11%)
5. Windermere 12-way Warriors (England) – Dozen Times Better – 746 votes (7%)
6. Bridging The Cayman Islands (Cayman Islands) – Captivating Channel Challenge – 583 votes (5%)
7. Ray Gandy (USA) – Two Days in the Bay – 467 votes (4%)
8. The Swim (United Kingdom) – Charity Relay Across the Irish Sea – 446 votes (4%)
9. Rebekah Boscariol (Canada) – Swimming for SickKids – 435 votes (4%)
10. Japan to Taiwan Ocean Swim Challenge (Japan/Taiwan) – Charity Relay – 431 votes (4%)
11. Special Olympics World Summer Game (Greece) – Global Catalyst of Good – 400 votes (4%)
12. Farallon Islands Swimming Association (USA) – Renaissance In San Francisco – 330 votes (3%)
13. Forrest Nelson (USA) – Making the Round in Catalina – 270 votes (2%)
14. Colleen Blair (Scotland) – Swimming Across the Graveyard of Ships – 267 votes (2%)
15. A Swim For The Coastlines, Un Nado Por Las Costas (Dominican Republic) – 149 votes (1%)
16. Progetto Adriatico (Italy to Albania) – Learn To Be Free – 137 votes (1%)
17. Swann Oberson (Switzerland) – Switzerland’s First World Champion – 93 votes (1%)

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Wherever these individuals ultimately finish in the WOWSA Awards, they are all wonderful role models of the sport, representing the epitome of everything that is cool, right and good about open water swimming.

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