Swim was a
56-mile relay across the Irish Sea that was done in support of UK Cancer
Research. With the celebrities in neoprene working hard to bring media
attention to the sport and donations to the cause and experienced
marathon athletes swimming traditionally, The Swim was an example of seamless
teamwork between newcomers, veterans, pilots, crew and media to get everyone
safely across the rough Irish Sea.
Liane Llewellyn, Olly White, Nikki
Fraser, Becky Lewis, Colm O’Neill joined Jonathan Openshaw, Ronan Keating,
Jenny Frost, Pamela Stephenson, Jason Bradbury and Steve Parry in a non-stop
swim of 35 hours and 18 minutes. The team effort was documented and
televised to raise money and awareness as well as to motivate and
inspire. The combination of celebrity status and athletic achievement
were utilized creatively to do good for others and raise over £255,000 as a
worthy nominee for the 2011 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.
WOWSA aims to promote open water swimming as a global sport for those of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. It hosts the World Open Water Swimming Awards to recognize the open water swimming’s heroes and heroines.