Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Seti Afoa of Samoa Events announced the nominees for the Samoa Events Male Athlete of the Year that included two ocean swimmers Voting will open next week using a Monkey Survey link.

Sitivi So’oa’emalelagi, a 17-year-old Samoan from Vailele, participated in the 22.3 km Apolima Strait Swim from Upolu to Savai’i in 5 hours 37 minutes to become not only the younger person to complete a crossing of the channel, but also became its overall champion at the age of 16.

Ray Winstanley, a 31-year-old living in Tasmania, Australia is also up for the honor. He won the 5 km and 10 km races at the 2017 Pacific Open Water Challenge as well as the Samoa Swim Series that included three 4 km ocean swims over 3 days.

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