David O’Brien Talks About Keep Turning Over On WOWSA Live

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International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Swimmer David O’Brien competed on the professional marathon swimming circuit for years after representing Australia in both pool swimming and surf lifesaving at the international level.

The 52-year-old O’Brien has achieved so many accolodes over his career including winning a bronze medal in the inaugural 1991 FINA World Championships 25 km prior to competing from the Maratón Acuática Internacional Santa Fe – Coronda to the Maui Channel Swim.

Chris Guesdon, who recently oversaw his induction in the Australian Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, described O’Brien, “David is a much heralded elite Australian marathon swimmer with a remarkable career at the top level of world racing. David was for years Australia’s top and fastest marathon swimmer. Because of his successes and leadership qualities, he was named as Captain of the gold medal winning Australian national open water swimming team at the FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships.”

For his international success in 3 different disciplines and his leadership skills, O’Brien was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the Australia Day honours. He also, very importantly, constantly given back to his community and his sport by serving as a volunteer surf lifesaver with the Cronulla club for 4 decades and was honored by the Rottnest Channel Swim Honour Board and was awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 for his many contributions.

Ned Denison of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame interviewed O’Brien on today’s WOWSA Live program. He talked about:

* representing Australia in pool swimming and surf lifesaving
* being pushed by John Koorey to add marathon swimming in 1990
* working full-time 40-44 hours per week while training 70,000 meters in order to compete internationally at the world-class level
* kicking off his season in February at the Rottnest Channel Swim, a race he won 4 times
* competing in the Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli and impressing the Italian crowd with sartorial excellence
* racing against Diego Degano including at the 88 km Maratón Hernandarias-Paraná in Argentina
* completing an 33 km unprecedented solo swim from Kurnell to Sydney in 7 hours 54 minutes in February 1994 called the Settlement Marathon Challenge
* building two shark cage that both sank before the Settlement Marathon Challenge
* swimming in the Maui Channel Swim in 1985, 1986, 1989 and 1990

He talked about swimming REALLY fast, faster than cars in the Maratón Hernandarias-Paraná:

He talked about swimming next to REALLY big ships and near submarines and massive pods of dolphins:

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