Courtesy of Matthias Kaßner, Ned Denison.

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 – and not necessarily expensive or extravagant.

When Matthias Kaßner achieved the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming in 2015, he received the first crown awarded to commemorate the honor by Ned Denison. “The crowns were actually paper ones.

The original paper crown were from Burger King [a hamburger fast food restaurant chain] with logos added from the three Triple Crown swims. Now we honor the Triple Crowners a proper plastic store-bought crowns…which, of course, we say are welsh gold.”

Kaßner remembers well receiving the original Triple Crown, “To be honored by getting the paper crown was a highly special moment for me. It was the first time I really recognized that swimming the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming was an achievement and that there are other people in the world who noticed this achievement.”

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 Lake Memphremagog, Vermont (walking sticks and woodals), visit here.

For unique awards given at the IISA Ireland National Championships (IISA Ireland Medal), visit here.

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

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