Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The Daily News of Open Water Swimming had the wonderful opportunity to spend the day with Dale Petranech, currently the Honorary Secretary of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and formerly of the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee. The renaissance that open water swimming is enjoying is based on the untold dedication of people like Petranech…and John Slater.

In 2004, Slater tragically suffered a massive heart attack during a masters swim in Barcelona, but his legacy lives on.

Bryan Finlay of Solo Swims wrote eloquently of Slater’s legacy:

“…raised in Otley in Yorkshire, England, John Slater was a prime force in the development of competitive, open water, long distance swimming in Great Britain. Slater was Founding Secretary for the British Long Distance Swimming Association and, in that role, guided it through its first 22 years of development from 1956 to 1978 … read here.”

It is on the shoulders and in the wake of these unselfish individuals who dedicate their considerable time and talents to the sport that we all benefit and currently enjoy.

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