Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.
Whether it is Ned Denison in Sandycove or Lynn Kubasek in Laguna Beach, Doug Woodring in Hong Kong or Luis Lima in Rio de Janeiro, open water swimmers of all ages and abilities are drawn to these colorful personalities.
They inspire, they swim, they lead as outstanding ambassadors of the sport.
The same is true with Phil White who is located in the northern reaches of the state of Vermont. The personable attorney sits on the edges of Lake Memphremagog bordering on Canada and thinks of all kinds of endurance events.
White has recruited Charlotte Brynn, Laura Dolgin, and Chris Shaffer to join his Kingdom Games as Assistant Directors and shareholders.
“Brynn will help with the Kingdom Swim, our 9-day, 8-lake Swim the Kingdom Week in August, In Search of Memphre, our 25-mile international swim across the length of Lake Memphremagog, and our other Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming Association events. Laura will help with our biking events and Chris will help with our runs.
All are accomplished in their professional lives and are passionate about their sports. They bring energy, enthusiasm, competence and a sense of joy to endurance athletics. They share the vision that the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and the Eastern Townships of Quebec should be a mecca for running, biking, swimming, triathlon, kayaking, and skating. They are wonderful and motivating coaches and instructors. Each is committed to helping to build the games and support the great good spirit that includes athletes of all ages and all abilities,” gushes White.
Charlotte Brynn is a New Zealander who lives in Vermont. She is the Executive Director of the Swimming Hole and leader of the Stowe Distance Swimmers. She has participated in the Kingdom Swim since it started in 2009 and was the winner of the 2010 Willoughby Swim. In 2011, she was one of four to complete In Search of Memphre and has since gone on to complete the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim and across the Catalina Channel.
“I’m thrilled to join the Kingdom Games. All the events whether running, cycling or swimming have a great community vibe, sense of adventure and a lure that draws both local and international participants alike of all ages and abilities. I’m excited to add my passion for swimming and down under sense of adventure to the mix,” says the Kiwi dynamo.
“As we move into the second year of the games, the challenge is to give them the support they need to grow, to flourish, and to continue long into the future for decades to come. We’re totally psyched that Charlotte, Laura and Chris have decided to join this adventure,” says White. “They will join Kristian Pearson, Peter and Geneve Channell, and Faith Landry, along with Hayley Joseph and well over a hundred volunteers who helped make the 2014 games so successful.”
Kingdom Games have drawn thousands of registrants from 36 different states, 5 Canadian provinces, Great Britain, Ireland, India, Australia, UAE, and Saudi Arabia and hosts over 50 days of running, biking, swimming, triathlon, kayaking, nordic skating, pond hockey, and speedskating events.
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