World Open Water Swimming Association

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noun - The World World Open Water Swimming Association (or WOWSA, pronounced wow-za) is an international organization dedicated to the organization, promotion and recognition of open water swimmers, open water swimming events, open water swimming records and marathon swimming records. It follows swimmers and swimming events in oceans, seas, lakes, rivers, dams, reservoirs, canals, channels, lagoons, fjords, estuaries, basins, lochs, coves, meres, firths, sounds, straits, bays and harbors on the seven continents.

WOWSA also honors athletes, coaches, pilots and administrators through its annual WOWSA Awards and Lifetime Achievement Awards given at the annual Global Open Water Swimming Conference and its 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 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year awards.

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WOWSA Awards

The World Open Water Swimming Association sponsors and organizes the WOWSA Awards, held in conjunction with the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. the 2013 WOWSA Awards will be held in Cork, Ireland on 11-13 October. The 2012 WOWSA Awards were held on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California. The 2011 WOWSA Awards and the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame ceremonies were held in the United Nations in New York City, U.S.A. The 2010 WOWSA Awards were held in Long Beach, California, U.S.A. as part of the USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships. The 2008 and 2009 WOWSA Awards were held in Huntington Beach, California.

The WOWSA Awards include 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.

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

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