World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year

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Stephen Redmond, 2012 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year after finishing one of the Oceans Seven channels
Jamie Patrick, 2011 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year
Marcos Diaz, 2010 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year
Petar Stoychev, 2009 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year
Randy Nutt, 2008 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year
noun - The World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year award is meant to honor the individual(s) who (1) best embodies the spirit of open water swimming, (2) possesses the sense of adventure, tenacity and perseverance that open water swimmers are known for, and (3) has most positively influenced the world of open water swimming during the year.

The World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year is awarded together with 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 as part of the WOWSA Awards. The WOWSA Awards are presented by World Open Water Swimming Association.

The 2010 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year and the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year ceremonies were held in the United Nations in New York City. The 2011 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year and the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year ceremonies were held on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California.

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Recipients

2012 World 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 in the Seas of the Globe
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. Morrie Chiang (Taiwan) – Sun Lake Moon Director

2011 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Nominees

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

Acceptance Speech at the United Nations of Marcos Diaz

Video of Stephen Redmond, 2012 Nominee

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