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Toshio Tominaga

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Toshio Tominaga was nominated for the 2016 WOWSA Awards, a recognition of outstanding men, women, performances and offerings around the globe sponsored by the World Open Water Swimming Association in the category of the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year
Toshio Tominaga at start of Tsugaru Channel crossing in northern Japan
Toshio Tominaga swimming in the middle of the Tsugaru Channel crossing from Honshu to Hokkaido in northern Japan
Toshio Tominaga after finish of Tsugaru Channel crossing in northern Japan

Toshio Tominaga (富永俊夫) in Japanese is a 73-year-old Japanese open water swimmer and former water polo player from Hiroshima Prefecture.

Open Water Swimming Career[edit]

Tsugaru Channel Crossing[edit]

2016 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year nomination[edit]

Tominaga was nominated for the 2016 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.

Toshio Tominaga is a patient man. Quiet and unassuming, the Japanese swimmer and former water polo player from Hiroshima worked for decades as he put this aquatic career on hold. At the age of 62 upon his retirement, he started to make up for lost time. He never lost his feel for the water and started to do channel swims and oceans swim both in Japan and around the world from Turkey to England. But his dream swim was to cross the Tsugaru Channel in Japan. At the age of 73, he finally got himself physically and mentally prepared. On a nearly perfect day, everything came together as he crossed the channel in 9 hours 58 minutes from Honshu to Hokkaido. For his flawless strategy in crossing a technically difficult channel, for realizing his dream to become one of history's oldest successful channel swimmers as a septuagenarian, for serving as a role model and maintaining his health, strength and dreams throughout his long life, Toshio Tominaga's Tsugaru Channel Crossing is a worthy nominee for the 2016 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.

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