Courtesy of Jacqueline Mcclelland, Wild Water Armagh (Conroy Pond), Ireland.

No two races in the open water swimming world are the same.

Even the same race over the same course in the same venue is usually different year to year.

So it makes sense that many awards given to swimmers in the open water world are creatively different and unique.

The IISA Ireland gives a cool award to swimmers who complete an Ice Kilometer at the annual IISA Ireland National Championships.

The IISA Ireland Medal was designed by Pádraig Mallon and made by Brian Muckian.

Jacqueline Mcclelland explains the award, “It is laser cut in aluminum with a hand-sprayed green center, highlighted with a clean white and silver embellished printed ribbon. The design represents the sharpness of the ice, representing all of Ireland in the three cloves of the shamrock and the love of Ireland in the shapes of the heart.”

For unique awards from the SCAR Swim Challenge in Arizona (belt buckles), visit here.

For unique awards from the Race For The Conch Eco-SeaSwim in Turks & Caicos (conch trophies), visit here.

For unique awards from the Kingdom Swim in Vermont (walking sticks and woodals), visit here.

For unique awards given to Triple Crowners (English Channel + Catalina Channel + Around Manhattan Island), visit here.

For unique awards given by the Marathon Swimmers Federation (MSF Spork + MSF Navigator Award), visit here.

Copyright © 2008-2018 by World Open Water Swimming Association