Stephen Redmond from Ballydehob, Ireland received the Celtic Ross West Cork Sports Star of the Month award for December.

The December monthly award was presented to Stephen who is still on course to become the first man to complete the Oceans Seven — open water swimming’s equivalent of the Seven Summits. Except hundreds have achieved the Seven Summits and no one has yet achieved the Oceans Seven.

348 people have climbed Kilimanjaro (5,892m / 19,340 ft) in Africa, Vinson Massif (4,892 m / 16,050 ft) in Antarctica, Kosciuszko (2,228m / 7,310 ft) or Carstensz Pyramid (4,884m / 16,024 ft) in Australia, Everest (8,848m / 29,035 ft) in Asia, Elbrus (5,642m / 18,510 ft) in Europe, Mount McKinley (6,194m / 20,320 ft) in North America, and Aconcagua (6,962m / 22,841 ft) in South America. And the race is on for the Oceans Seven.

: English Channel (England/France), North Channel (Scotland/Ireland, Catalina Channel (California, USA), Molokai Channel (Hawaii, USA), Tsugaru Channel (Japan), Cook Strait (New Zealand) and Strait of Gibraltar (Spain/Morocco).

Stephen has completed four of the Oceans Seven (English Channel in 2009, North Channel in 2010, Strait of Gibraltar and Catalina Channel in 2011) and is planning his final assault on the Molokai Channel, Tsugaru Channel and Cook Strait in 2012.

The announced schedules of the leading contenders for the Oceans Seven are posted here.

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