H2Open Magazine announced its short list of names for its inaugural Open Water Swimming Awards. The Awards, celebrating achievement in the sport of open water swimming in 2011. Nominations were invited from readers and then sent to a multi-national judging panel for a blind vote to create the short list.
As fans in Great Britain know well two prominent names included the indominable Roger Allsopp and David Walliams whose name appears in both the Charity Swim of the Year and the Inspirational Swim of the Year categories.
But voters in the open water swimming world often vote for youth. And youth was uniquely served once again in the open water swimming community:
The judges included the following who abstained if there was a category or nominee in which they had a personal or professional connection:
• Cassandra Patten, 2008 Beijing Olympics marathon swim bronze medalist
• Kate Rew, founder of Outdoor Swimming Society
• Nick Adams, President of the Channel Swimming and Piloting Federation
• Colin Hill, Marathon Swimming Technical Manager for the 2012 London Olympics
• Duncan Goodhew, Olympic gold medalist and swimming ambassador
• Steven Munatones, founder of Open Water Source
The winners will be chosen from the shortlist and will be announced at a ceremony at the Reading Lake Hotel on April 28th The ceremony is the culmination of H2Open Day, a day of open water activities, exhibits, demonstrations and seminars organised by H2Open Magazine in partnership with Triathlon Racing.
International Swim of the Year Shortlist:
• 2011 European Open Water Swimming Junior Championships at Navia (Spain)
• Lorne Pier to Pub Swim (Australia)
• Rottnest Channel Swim (Australia)
• The Hellespont (Turkey)
Coach of the Year Shortlist:
• Bernd Berkhahn
• Dan Bullock
• Kari Furre
• Paul Newsome
Innovation of the Year Shortlist:
• AquaPulse Waterproof Heart Rate Monitor from FINIS
• Queenford Lake Relays
• Swimovate Poolmate
• Zoggs Predator Flex – Polarized
For more information, to participate in the H2Open Day, to sponsor or exhibit, visit www.h2openmagazine.com.
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