Immediate Future Of Open Water Swimming On WOWSA Live
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health published its findings in the journal Science that included prolonged or intermittent social distancing may be necessary into 2022. Dr. Jonathan Reiner, a cardiologist from George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences, reiterated those recommendations on CNN today and advocated waiting to open up schools and the economy until a vaccine becomes available.
Those findings and recommendations for a lengthy continuation of shelter-in-place ordinances would be a huge shock to the American economy. All aspects of society will be profoundly impacted if the reopening of America were halted until a COVID-19 vaccine were developed, tested and administered to every American.
While President Trump and state governors have plans to kick start the economy and move society forward in this new age much sooner than some doctors and researchers recommend, the negative impact on all athletic events and swimmers would be overwhelming if gyms, pools and beaches remained closed until 2022 due to prolonged social distancing regulations.
Ned Denison, chairman of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, and Bruckner Chase, ocean advocate, endurance athlete and event organizer, will be the featured guests on WOWSA Live this week.
The duo will address the current and potential scenarios of the future. They will discuss various topics:
* What is the state of swimming in Ireland and New Jersey in the USA right now?
* How are people in general and swimmers specifically handling this lockdown?
* When might pools and coastlines reopen in Ireland and New Jersey?
* What must be done to reopen coastlines, especially the popular summer spots?
* What can swimmers – ice, marathon, professional – do now to prepare for the future?
* When pools and coastlines reopen, what are some possible scenarios and future changes in the sport?
* With more time on the hands of swimmer, how can people help their sport grow and prosper?
* How are coaches being paid or lifeguard trained in this interim period?
* What happens when events are cancelled? Will event sponsors come back?
* What are some concrete things swimmers can do for others and for their sport?
WOWSA Live host Steven Munatones says, “These two gentlemen really have a pulse on the sport of open water swimming from the perspective of an athlete, an event organizer, a coach, a volunteer, and a leader. It will be a fascinating and enlightening talk.
I also think this message about what can swimmers can do for others and for their sport cannot be stressed enough. Both Ned and Bruckner have some great ideas and concrete things swimmers can do.”
Their WOWSA Live interview will be between 7:00 – 7:30 am California time / 10:00 – 10:30 am New York time / 3:00 – 3:30 pm GMT on Wednesday, April 14th. Listeners can join the Zoom Meeting here (https://us04web.zoom.us/j/2827965029?pwd=S2dvWXNIZmg5WG5QeGFnemxXZDZDUT09). The Meeting ID is 282-796-5029 with password 102833. To call in, use +1-253-215-8782 or +1-301-715-8592.
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