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Ganga Avahan

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Ganga Avahan is nominated for the 2015 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year

Ganga Avahan is a 3-person, 35-day 2,800 km stage swim to promote Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (or Clean India Mission in English) in the river Ganga from Devprayag to Gangasagar.


The campaign was launched at the Defence Services Staff College in partnership with the Ministry of Urban Development. Lt. Gen. S.K. Gadeock and the Minister for Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu kicked off the stage swim that will begin on 8 October 2015. It is part of the Clean India Mission, the largest cleanliness campaign in India's history.


2015 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Nominee

Ganga Avahan is nominated for the 2015 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year by the World Open Water Swimming Association along with the following nominees:

1. Andreas Fath (Germany) Swim for Science
2. Andrea Fazio (Italy) Like Father, Like Son
3. Christian Reichert (Germany) FINA World Cup Champion
4. Dan Projansky (U.S.A.) Butterflying Marathoner
5. Jim Clifford (U.S.A.) Oldest Triple Crowner
6. Fast and Frozen by Henri Kaarma (Estonia), Ryan Stramrood (South Africa), Anna Carin-Nordin (Sweden), Patrick Corcoran (Ireland), Zdeněk Thalmika (Czech Republic), Elina Makïnen (Finland) Two-way North Channel Relay
7. Ganga Avahan by by Paramvir Singh, Gullupilli Narahari, Saripilli Srihari (India) Stage Swimmers
8. Jordan Wilimovsky (U.S.A.) Olympian & World Champion
9. Kelly Gneiting (U.S.A.) Sumo Swimmer
10. Kimberley Chambers (New Zealand) Farallon Freestyler
11. Matthew Moseley (U.S.A.) Trifecta Lake-Ocean-River Swimmer
12. Mike Arbuthnot (South Africa) Midmar Mile Founder
13. Nejib Belhedi (Tunisia) Camel Swim
14. Night Train Swimmers by Grace van der Byl, Dave Holscher, Kimberley Chambers, Adam Eilath, Ashley Horne, Vito Bialla (U.S.A./New Zealand) NT300 Relay
15. Oceans Seven Relay by Rick Gaenzle, Chris Kraus, Brian Ross (U.S.A.) Triumphant Trio
16. Susan Simmons (Canada) Swimming with Multiple Sclerosis
17. Swim The Eden Expedition by Calum Hudson, Jack Hudson, Robbie Hudson (Great Britain) Brotherly Wild Swim
18. Team Nadadores Locos by Amy Appelhans Gubser, Kirk McKinney, Les Mangold, John Sims, Jeff Everett, Andrew McLaughlin (U.S.A.) Two-way Farallon Islands Relay
19. The Old Men And The Sea Relay by Don Baker, Dr. Bill Spore, Dave Radcliffe, Graham Johnston, Bob Best, Bob Beach, Norm Stupfel (U.S.A.) Catalina Cruisers
20. The Deep Enders by Jim McConica, Tom Ball, John Chung, Zach Jirkovsky, Tamie Stewart, Stacey Warmuth (U.S.A.) San Nicholas Channelers
21. Theodore Yach (South Africa) Robben Island Swimmer
22. Trent Theroux (U.S.A.) Comeback Circumnavigation
23. Wendy Trehiou (Jersey) Saint Malo to Jersey

2015 WOWSA Award Nomination

Ganga Avahan's 2015 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year nomination reads as follows:

Ganga Avahan by Paramvir Singh, Gullupilli Narahari and Saripilli Srihari (India) Stage Swimmers
Wing Commander Paramvir Singh, Sergeant Gullupilli Narahari and Sergeant Saripilli Srihari plan to take 35 days to swim 2,800 km (1,740 miles) down the river Ganga from Devprayag to Gangasagar on a tandem swim expedition, called Ganga Avahan, where they will swim up to 12 hours per day. As they traverse 60 to 80 km each day during daylight hours, they will encounter long, violent rapids up to Grade V that will expose them to significant risk. The swim is dangerous where rescue is difficult, even for their Army, Navy and Air Force medical and support teams. For the courage to face gharials, snakes, quicksand, rocks, swift currents, and hyenas, for their willingness to promote Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission), and for their unprecedented tandem swim of 2,800 km through India, Ganga Avanhan is a worthy nominee for the 2015 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.

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