Denison’s early aquatic years were spent as a seven-time All-American water polo goalie with teams in New York City, Berkeley, California and London, England.
Denison was inducted on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California at the annual International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame ceremonies as a member of the Class of 2012 as an Honour Administrator. He also received the Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award from the International Swimming Hall of Fame in the Class of 2013 where was honoured in Cork, Ireland at the annual International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame ceremonies. He serves on the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Board of Directors.
Denison was also one of the recipients of the Poseidon Award from the International Swimming Hall of Fame together with Oswald Schmidt, Paschal Horgan, Captain Tom McCarthy, Ciaran O'Connor, and Finbarr Hedderman as part of the Global Open Water Swimming Conference Cork 2013 organisation committee.
His 9 marathon swims during 2013 were collectively nominated for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year. The collective efforts of the organizing committee for the 2013 Global Open Water Swimming Conference which Denison played a key role, is nominated for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.
Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association
A founding member of the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association (2006 and on Board until 2012). Commenting on his Santa Barbara Channel swim: "I was absolutely taken in by the city and hosted in fine fashion by the other Board members, kayakers and three Honourees of the IMSHOF: Alison and Freda Streeter and David Yudovin. On the day the sun was fantastic and the playful seals and majestic manta rays were the best aquatic life I have ever seen on a swim."
Cork Distance Week
Denison helps organise several of the longer swim in Ireland and leads the annual Cork Distance Week, which draws more than 50 swimmers. He is an excellent contact (email@example.com) for American swimmers looking to Europe.
Denison's Cork Distance Week was nominated for the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year award. Its World Open Water Swimming Association nomination reads, "A tiny part of the world – Sandycove Island in Ireland – has become a must-do and must-see in the channel swimming world. Sandycove plays host to the Cork Distance Week, the absolutely most brutal, the most unforgiving, the downright dastardly difficult open water swimming camp in the world. Led by a mountain of a man who has pushed himself to the brink, the Cork Distance Week has a tremendous record of channel swimming success. Offered for an unbelievable reasonable price in elements that can be completely and thoroughly unreasonable, the Cork Distance Week prepares all-comers for anything and everything in the open water. For its 8-day high mileage of intense preparation, for its unyielding psychological and physiological stress that it offers, for its unequaled record of success, the Cork Distance Week by Ned Denison is a worthy nominee for the 2012 WOWSA Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year."
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