2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference

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Olga Kozydub after winning the 2013 FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix circuit, together with her two coaches including Oksana Verevka
Elizabeth Fry, Honour Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame. Photo courtesy of Kevin Hagan of the Daily News

noun - The 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference is a global conference celebrating the sport of open water swimming, marathon swimming, and swimming during triathlons and multi-sport endurance events.

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Location

The conference is held on the Isle of Bute in Mount Stewart House in Scotland.

Attendees

The annual Global Open Water Swimming Conference has been attended by open water swimming and triathlon enthusiasts and luminaries from 6 continents.

Mission

The mission of the annual Global Open Water Swimming Conference is to provide information about the latest trends, race tactics, training techniques, equipment, psychological preparation, race organization and safety practices used in the sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming, and triathlons. Additionally, the global gathering provides opportunities to listen and meet many of the world's most foremost experts in open water swimming, and to meet and discuss the sport among swimmers, coaches, administrators, event organizers, sponsors, vendors, officials, escort pilots, and volunteers from kayakers to safety personnel.

Presentations

Presentations at the 2014 Conference at the Mount Stuart House will cover numerous aspects of the vast and growing world of open water swimming where attendees can learn and share the latest trends, race tactics, training modalities, swimming techniques, equipment, race organization, logistics, operations, and safety practices for open water swimming as a solo swimmer, competitive swimmer, fitness swimmer, masters swimmer, triathlete, multi-sport athlete, administrator, race promoter, sponsor or referee.

Speakers at the conference include English Channel swimmers, ice swimmers, record holders, renowned coaches, world champions, professional marathon swimmers, renowned race directors, officials and administrators from the Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.

History

The annual Global Open Water Swimming Conference was first held in Long Beach, California as part of the 2010 USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships. It has since been held on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, at Columbia University and the United Nations in New York City, and in Cork, Ireland.

Awards

The annual Global Open Water Swimming Conference also includes the induction ceremonies of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and the WOWSA Awards where recipients of the World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year, and the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year are honored. Special Lifetime Achievement Awards are also occasionally presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the sport over their career.

2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference Programme

Wednesday, September 17th
Leave Glasgow to commence 2-day tour of Scotland [closest international airport is Glasgow]

Thursday, September 18th
Stay Mainland, North of Scotland

Friday, September 19th
14:00 - Swim Loch Lomond
17:00 - Head to Isle of Bute
19:30 - Scottish Banquet
21:30 - Dinner Dance

Saturday, September 20th
09:00 - Registration & Coffee
10:00 - Speeches
12:20 - Lunch and WOWSA Awards

13:40 – Speeches
15:40 - Round Table
19:00 - International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony

Sunday, September 21st
09:00 - Registration & Coffee
10:00 - Speeches
14:30 - Swim in St Ninian's Bay on the Isle of Bute

2014 Honourees

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