WOWSA Awards

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Stephen Redmond, 2012 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year after finishing one of the Oceans Seven channels. Photo by Mike Lewis
Drury Gallagher at the United Nations, photo by Skip Storch
Catalina Channel Swimming Federation representatives at the United Nations
noun - The WOWSA Awards, sponsored by the World Open Water Swimming Association, is an annual recognition of the world's best open water swimmers in 4 categories:

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Nominations

The nominees for the World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year and the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year are always an heroic and amazing group of individuals with exceptionally inspirational exploits, histories and lifestyles. The WOWSA Awards not necessarily for the best athlete, but are meant to honor the men and women who:

Locations

The 2008 WOWSA Awards and 2009 WOWSA Awards were held in Huntington Beach, California. The 2010 WOWSA Awards were held in Long Beach, California. The 2011 WOWSA Awards were held in the United Nations in New York City. The 2012 WOWSA Awards were held on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California. The 2013 WOWSA Awards will be held in Cork, Ireland on 11-13 October.

WOWSA Awards Recipients

World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year

World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year

World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year

World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year

==Nominees

2011 WOWSA Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nominees

[Ana Marcela Cunha]] (Brazil) – World Marathon Swimming Champion
Pamela Dickson (New Zealand) – Lady of the Lake
Elizabeth Fry (USA) – Two Times Makes Double
Pat Gallant-Charette (USA) – Nursing Marathon Excellence
Pilar Geijo (Argentina) – World Professional Marathon Swimming Champion
Charlene Wittstock, Her Serene Highness The Princess of Monaco – A Royal Supporter
Marcy MacDonald (USA) – Freestyling Foot Doctor
Angela Maurer (Germany) – Mother of Marathoners
Anna-Carin Nordin (Sweden) – Swedish Aloha In The Channels
Diana Nyad (USA) – Inspiration and Determination Redux
Penny Palfrey (Australia) – Marathon Swimmer Extraordinaire
Keri-Anne Payne (Great Britain) – World Champion and Olympic Favorite

2011 WOWSA Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Nominees

Roger Allsop (Great Britain) – Barrier-Breaker
Bruckner Chase (USA) – Ocean Advocacy and Awareness Visionary
Salvatore Cimmino (Italy) – Champion of the Disabled
Spyridon Gianniotis (Greece) – World Professional Marathon Swimming Champion
Simon Griffiths (Great Britain) – Open Water Swimming Publisher Visionary
Thomas Lurz (Germany) – World Professional Marathon Swimming Champion
Simon Murie (Great Britain) – Open Water Swimming Tour Operator and Enabler
Jamie Patrick (USA) – Adventure Swimmer
Stephen Redmond (Ireland) – Courageous Channel Challenger
Yutaka Shinozaki (Japan) – Founder of the Japan International Open Water Swimming Association
Petar Stoychev (Bulgaria) – World Professional Marathon Swimming Champion
Doug Woodring (Hong Kong) – Ocean Recovery Alliance Visionary

2011 WOWSA Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Nominees

1400K Swim Across Tunisia (Tunisia) – Swimmer of Peace and Bridge Builder
Colleen Blair (Scotland) – Swimming Across the Graveyard of Ships
Bridging The Cayman Islands (Cayman Islands) – Captivating Channel Challenge
Farallon Islands Swimming Association (USA) – Enabling a Renaissance In San Francisco
Julie Galloway (Ireland) – Record-setting Marathon Swimmer
Ray Gandy (USA) – Two Days in the Bay
Japan to Taiwan Ocean Swim Challenge (Japan – Taiwan) – Bridge Across Troubled Waters
Swann Oberson (Switzerland) – Switzerland’s First World Champion
Patagonia Extreme Cold Water Challenge (Chile and Argentina) – Adventure at the Tip of South America
Progetto Adriatico (Italy to Albania) – Learn To Be Free
Rebekah Boscariol (Canada) – Swimming for SickKids
The Swim (United Kingdom) – Charity Relay Across the Irish Sea
Selina Moreno Pasagali (Spain) – Marathon Swimming Cancer Survivor
Special Olympics World Summer Games (Greece) – A Special Global Catalyst of Good
A Swim For The CoastlinesUn Nado Por Las Costas (Dominican Republic) – Coastal Cleanup Crowds
Windermere 12-way Warriors (England) – Dozen Times Better
Forrest Nelson (USA) – Courageous Channel Circumnavigation

2012 WOWSA Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Nominees

1. Benjamin Schulte (Guam) – Fearless Olympic Marathoner 2. Craig Dietz (USA) – The Limbless Waterman 3. Colin Hill (Great Britain) – Olympic Showman 4. [[[Doug Woodring]] (Hong Kong) – Ocean Environmentalist 5. Milko van Gool (Netherlands) – Humanitarian Swimmer 6. Oussama Mellouli (Tunisia) – Olympic Champion 7. Pierre Lafontaine (Canada) – Able & Ambitious Administrator 8. Ram Barkai (South Africa) – Mindful Ice Man 9. Salvatore Cimmino (Italy) – Swimming the Seas of the World 10. Stephen Redmond (Ireland) - Oceans Seven Pioneer 11. Thomas Lurz (Germany) - Ambassador and Gentleman 12. Trent Grimsey (Australia) - English Channel Record Breaker 13. Wayne Riddin (South Africa) – Midmar Mile Director 14. Wayne Soutter (South Africa) – The Unthinkable 15. Yunfeng Wang (Taiwan) – Sun Lake Moon Director[[

2010 WOWSA Awards

The World Open Water Swimming Association sponsored and organized the 2010 WOWSA Awards that were held in conjunction with the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame induction ceremonies at the United Nations Building in New York City.

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