Adherbal Treidler de Oliveira Is 2019 World Open Water Swimming Man Of The YearCourtesy of WOWSA, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Adherbal Treidler de Oliveira is one of the few channel swimmers over the last 140 years who has had to endure a mass of flesh and muscles being ripped from his body, leaving a permanent gaping hole in his upper leg.
During his crossing attempt of the Molokai Channel in Hawaii, Adherbal was hit by a cookiecutter shark.
Bill Goding described the shark attack, “He began his Molokai Channel crossing at 4:23 pm off the west coast of Molokai and was struck at 10:25 pm. He was hit on the inner thigh.
His boat pilot, Matt Buckman, and crew handled the situation well, and saved him.
“Adherbal is a hero in the open swimming community,” said Steven Munatones. “He founded the 36 km Travessia do Leme ao Pontal in Rio de Janeiro, enabling many swimmers from around the world to get their first taste of marathon swimming. He never stopped helping others during his rehabilitation and recovery.
Despite all the pain he has endured and medical treatment he has received, he keeps on going helping others. His efforts fits exactly to the purpose of the WOWSA Awards that is meant to honor the individuals who best embody the spirit of open water swimming, possesses the sense of adventure, tenacity and perseverance that open water swimmers are known for, and who has most positively influenced the world of open water swimming during the year.”
Adherbal said, “[The shark attack] was a big scare, but I counted on a quick rescue.”
Good for him and great for the rest of the open water swimming community that voted him as the 2019 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.
The WOWSA Awards nominees this year – as always – included a small representation of the inherent greatness that is demonstrated by the many men who compete and do various disciplines in the open water swimming world – from charity swims and channel swims to ice swims, relays and marathon swims.
The nominees for the 2019 World Open Water Man of the Year, listed alphabetically included the following icons of the sport:
1. Adherbal Treidler de Oliveira (Brazil)
2. Alex Fong Lik-sun (Hong Kong)
3. André Wiersig (Germany)
4. Attila Mányoki (Hungary)
5. Fergil Hesterman (Netherlands)
6. Florian Wellbrock (Germany)
7. Ger Kennedy (Ireland)
8. Masayuki Moriya (Japan)
9. Paul Georgescu (Romania)
10. Petar Stoychev (Bulgaria)
11. Robert McGlashan (Canada)
12. Thomas Pembroke (Australia)
13. Maarten van der Weijden (Netherlands)
WOWSA Awards founder Steven Munatones explained why many voted for Adherbal, “Leme ao Pontal’s Brazilian music has inspired a beautiful, challenging and enjoyable marathon swim along the Rio de Janeiro coast in the Atlantic Ocean, primarily due to the tremendous efforts of Adherbal. He created the Leme to Pontal Swimming Association which governs the Travessia do Leme ao Pontal Crossing, a 36 km coastal swim in Rio de Janeiro.
The coastal marathon starts at night usually under a starlit sky and along a coastline of one of the world’s liveliest cities that shines brightly at night. Adherbal oversees each swim with precision and logistical and operational professionalism. He communicates very well, puts his total focus and priority on each swimmer while sharing his own experiences as they wish. He creates a festive finish with a memorable trophy along with immediate ratification and a commemorative video. He organizes a uniquely special day in the life of swimmers who challenge themselves from Leme to Pontal.
His dedication to the sport is symbolized as he continues to work for others and organize the Leme to Pontal Swimming Association even after his Molokai Channel attempt ended due to a shark attack and a serious injury.”
World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Recipients:
* 2008 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year: race director and swimming advocate Randy Nutt (U.S.A.)
* 2009 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year: professional marathon swimmer Petar Stoychev (Bulgaria)
* 2010 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year: United Nations Millennium Development ambassador Marcos Diaz (Dominican Republic)
* 2011 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year: swimmer, event organizer, crew member and governing body administrator Jamie Patrick (U.S.A.)
* 2012 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year: Oceans Seven swimmer Stephen Redmond (Ireland)
* 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year: channel swimmer and endurance athlete Pádraig Mallon (Ireland)
* 2014 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year: ice swimmer Henri Kaarma (Estonia)
* 2015 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year: Antonio Argüelles Díaz-González (Mexico)
* 2016 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year: Nejib Belhedi (Tunisia)
* 2017 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year: Antonio Argüelles Díaz-González (Mexico)
* 2018 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year: Ion Lazarenco Tiron (Republic of Moldava)
* 2019 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year: Adherbal Treidler de Oliveira (Brazil)
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