Friday, January 7, 2011

Open Water Swimming Women

Anne Marie Ward pic Sports News Ireland
Irish woman Anne Marie Ward was named as the World Open Water Swimmer of the Year. 

Ward swam for 18 hours and 59 minutes to cross the Northern Channel between Ireland and Scotland in her second attempt at the crossing.  As someone who never even goes for a quick dip in Ireland without freezing, can we just say impressive. More details here on Sports News Ireland.

The awards are to "honor the woman who (1) best embodies the spirit of open water swimming, (2) possesses the sense of adventure, tenacity and perseverance that open water swimmers are known for, and (3) has most positively influenced the world of open water swimming in 2010."

I've posted about another nominee American swimmer Diana Nyad before here and here. You can read about the other ten nominees here on Open Water Source - maybe you'll find some inspiration to get in the water ...or not, so cold!

What's your long distance swimming record? Or shortest!


Tina said...

Open-water swimmers never cease to amaze me! The psychology that must be involved in that is fascinating (let alone the physical fitness!)

niamh said...

It is a long way to swim alone, even tougher than doing a marathon as you can't talk or really communicate at all for the whole swim. And these women who do it in freezing waters ...!