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2013 Global Open Water Swimming Conference

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The Poseidon Award winners at the 2013 International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in Cork, Ireland

noun - The Global Open Water Swimming Conference is an annual celebration and global get-together of luminaries in the sport of open water swimming. The 2013 Conference was held in Cork, Ireland and was co-hosted by Oswald Schmidt, Paschal Horgan and Ned Denison. The Conference included the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF) induction ceremonies and the World Open Water Swimming Association WOWSA Awards in additional to presentations, speeches and talks by experts in the field. The Conference presented speakers of sporting, scientific and environmental interest to open water swimmers. The Conference also included at least one lap of Sandycove Island on 13 October weather and safety permitting. It was nominated for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year award.

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Organising Committee[edit]

The 2013 Global Open Water Swimming Conference organising committee included Oswald Schmidt, Paschal Horgan, Ciaran O'Connor, Captain Tom McCarthy, Finbarr Hedderman, and Ned Denison. The Organising Committee was presented with the Poseidon Award from the International Swimming Hall of Fame at the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame ceremonies held in Cork, Ireland.

Presenters[edit]

The presenters at the 2013 Global Open Water Swimming Conference included Professor Tom Doyle, Trevor Woods, Dr. Angel Yanagihara, Dr. Lunt & Dr. Sarah Adams, Fergal Somerville, Kevin Murphy, Niek Kloots, Sally Minty-Gravett, and Wayne Soutter in addition to special guests Dale Petranech, Honorary Secretary of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.

Schedule[edit]

  • 11 October - Full Conference including Friday Reception and Saturday Lectures, Lunch, WOWSA Awards, Tea, Coffee, Wine Reception, Gala Dinner and IMSHOF Awards, €100.
  • 12 October - Gala Dinner, Wine Reception and IMSHOF Awards, cost €50.
  • 12 October - Conference only including Saturday Lectures, Lunch, WOWSA Awards, Tea, Coffee €50.
  • 13 October - Sunday Swim at Sandycove Island including Soup and Sandwiches and Bus Transfer to and from the City, €35.

Location[edit]

  • Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork, Ireland

History[edit]

  • 2010 - Marriott Hotel, Long Beach, California, USA
  • 2011 - Delegates Room, United Nations Building, New York, USA
  • 2012 - Queen Mary, Long Beach, California, USA,br/>
  • 2013 - Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork, Ireland

International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame[edit]

The IMSHOF is a global celebration of marathon swimming luminaries, heroes and heroines. The International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame was established in 1961 and is an affiliate organization to the International Swimming Hall of Fame. Its mission is to recognize the marathon swimmers throughout the world and is governed by an international selection committee of marathon swimming experts.

The International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, supported entirely by donations, recognizes not only the world’s most successful swimmers in competitive races, but also individuals for their solo swim exploits around the world. It is a non-profit educational sports hall of fame devoted to marathon swimming and is dedicated to promoting the athletes, coaches, administrators, pilots, reporters, volunteers, organizations, race directors and associations affiliated with marathon swimming. It immortalizes online the achievements and contributions of those who have distinguished themselves in this sport.

World Open Water Swimming Association[edit]

WOWSA or the World Open Water Swimming Association 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.

Video of Sandycove Island Swim[edit]

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