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2011 Global Open Water Swimming Conference

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2010/2011 International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame
Celebration and Awards Presentations

2010 World Open Water Swimming Awards


MAN OF THE YEAR | WOMAN OF THE YEAR | PERFORMANCE OF YEAR

JUNE 17th – 19th 2011


NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
At Columbia University and the United Nations

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The International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame extends a special thank you
to Open Water Source and Swim Free for their sponsorship of the
2011 Global Open Water Swimming Conference and its awards presentations.

Welcome!
The 2010/2011 International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will be held outside of
Fort Lauderdale for the first time in its history.

The induction ceremonies will be held in New York City at the famed Delegate Room in the United Nations Building on
Manhattan Island.

The ceremonies will culminate the three-day 2011 Global Open Water Swimming Conference, a global gathering
sponsored by Open Water Source where open water swimmers, world champions, celebrated marathon soloists, world-
record holders, Olympians, coaches, administrators, officials, physicians, researchers, scientists, documentary directors,
writers and open water swimming enthusiasts.

In addition to the induction ceremonies, the Global Conference will showcase the 28.5-mile Manhattan Island Marathon
Swim, and the 2010 World Open Water Swimming Women of the Year the 2010 World Open Water Swimming Man of
the Year and the 2010 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.

10% of fees will go to Swim Free, a non-profit organization dedicated to health improvement of children and adults
through swimming. Swim Free's mission is to get everybody in the water, safely and comfortably, and is expanding to
support learn to swim programs in New York City.

To register, visit http://www.openwatersource.com/2011-global-open-water-swimming-conference.html

TEN GOALS AND OBJECTIVES OF GLOBAL OPEN WATER SWIMMING CONFERENCE:

1. Recognize the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame 2010/2011 Honorees


2. Recognize the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Certificate of Merit Recipients
3. Recognize the 2010 World Open Water Swimming Women of the Year (Anne Marie Ward, Ireland)
4. Recognize the 2010 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year (Marcos Díaz, Dominican Republic)
5. Recognize the 2010 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year (Ventura Deep Six, USA)
6. Unveil the new trailer of the marathon swimming movie, Swim 22
7. Unveil the Fran Crippen Memorial Quilt
8. Offer Open Water Swimming Certification Programs for Coaches, Race Directors and Race Officials
9. Listen to entertaining retelling of open water challenges by Lewis Pugh, Shelley Taylor-Smith, Martin Strel,
Dr. Penny Dean, Ram Barkai, John Kinsella, Steven Munatones, Anne Marie Ward, Dr. Jim Miller,
Dr. Harry Huffaker, Annette Salmeen Ph.D., and Sid Cassidy.
10. Share technical and operational information among open water swimming enthusiasts.
11. Learn the latest safety protocols, procedures and policies in the open water swimming world.
12. Network among like-minded athletes from five continents.

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SCHEDULE OVERVIEW:
Friday June 17th Inspirational Talks and Certification Program
Saturday June 18th Technical Sessions, Certification Program and the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim
Sunday June 19th Awards Brunch at the Delegate Room in the United Nations Building

HOST HOTEL:
Club Quarters Wall Street Hotel
52 William Street in the Financial District
New York, NY 10005
Telephone: 212-269-6400
Discount Code: ISM617

Day One, Friday June 17th at Columbia University (Dodge Athletic Center)
10:30 am Networking, Registration and the Unveiling of the Fran Crippen Memorial Quilt
11:30 am Swimming Across The North Pole by Lewis Gordon Pugh
12:30 pm Networking and lunch break
1:30 pm The Day The English Channel World Record Was Set by Dr. Penny Dean
Tides, Currents, Wind and Waves by Captain Tim Johnson
Open Water Swimming Coaching Certification Program by Steven Munatones*
2:30 pm Swimming Down The Amazon River by Martin Strel
The World's Most Challenging Channel by Anne Marie Ward
3:30 pm Extreme Swimming In Patagonia by Ram Barkai
The Olympic 10K Marathon Swim by Sid Cassidy
7:00 pm Networking no-host bar at PJ Clarks on the Hudson

* The Open Water Swimming Coaching Certification Program will offer the following content:
Session 1: The Marine Environment and History of Open Water Swimming
Session 2: The Pyramid of Open Water Swimming Success
Session 3: Introducing Young Children, Teenagers and Newcomers to the Open Water
Session 4: Fine-tuning Stroke Efficiency, Pacing and Positioning in the Open Water
Session 5: Equipment Used in Open Water Swimming - from Local Races to the Olympics
Session 6: Officiating and Logistics in Open Water Swimming
Session 7: Refueling and Hydration in Open Water Swimming
Session 8: The Psychology and Physiology of Open Water Swimming
Session 9: Marathon Swimming, Channel Swimming and Solo Swims
Session 10: Safety In Open Water Swimming

Day Two, Saturday, June 18th at Columbia University (Dodge Athletic Center)
9:30 am Start of the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim (South Cove)
11:00 am The Champion Mindset by Shelley Taylor-Smith
11:00 am Open Water Swimming Officials Certification Program by Steven Munatones
12:00 pm Swimming At The Top In the Pool and Open Water by John Kinsella
12:00 pm Keeping Sports Clean by Annette Salmeen, Ph.D.
1:00 pm Networking and lunch break
2:00 pm International Ice Swimming Association by Ram Barkai
2:00 pm Open Water Swimming Race Directors Program by Steven Munatones
2:00 pm Avoiding Hypothermia and Hyperthermia by Dr. Jim Miller
3:00 pm Medical Considerations and Concerns by Dr. Jim Miller
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3:00 pm Swimming Down The Mighty Rivers Of The World by Martin Strel
3:00 pm Women vs. Men In The Open Water by Shelley Taylor-Smith
4:30 pm Finish of first swimmers of the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim
7:00 pm Manhattan Island Marathon Swim celebration dinner (separate fee)

Day Three, Sunday, June 19th at the United Nations Building (Delegate Room)
9:00 am International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame annual meeting
9:30 am Networking at the Delegate Room in the United Nations Building with race directors,
International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame honorees and the World Open Water Swimming
Award winners and channel swimmers
11:00 am Brunch
International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame celebration and awards
12:30 pm World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, 2010 World Open Water Swimming Woman of
the Year and 2010 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year awards

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International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honorees
and Certificates of Merit Recipients
Dr. Harry Huffaker (USA)
Dr. Harry Huffaker is a pioneer in swimming the dangerous channels in Hawaii. Throughout his illustrious career in
the pre-GPS era, Dr. Huffaker has faced sharks, jellyfish, massive ocean swells and strong currents during
unprecedented swims in the tropical waters of Hawaii.

During his 1967 Molokai Channel swim, Dr. Huffaker saw a large shark underneath him and immediately headed for
his escort boat, but the shark then swam between him and his boat, which was too far away for an easy escape. He
continued on and ultimately reached his goal after 16 hours.

Dr. Huffaker was the first person to cross the 30-mile Alenuihaha Channel in 20 hours between the Big Island of
Hawaii and Maui in 1970 after his initial failure of 17 hours. He crossed from Molokai to Oahu in 1967 and was the
first person to cross between Oahu to Molokai in 1972 after a failed 20-hour attempt when he ran into strong
currents, a tiger shark and a brood of Portuguese Man-o-War.

At the age of 50 in 1989, he swam from Lanai to Maui, then Maui to Molokai, then attempted to complete his final Molokai-to-Maui leg before
being pulled after 18 hours. He has swum the Maui Channel three times, is the first person to cross the 9.3-mile Kalohi Channel (1989) from Molokai
to Lanai, has crossed the 8.5-mile Palilolo Channel from Maui to Molokai (1989). A lifetime of success that followed some dramatic failures has
proven Dr. Huffaker to be a true pioneer of Hawaiian Islands channel swimming community.

Yuko Matsuzaki (Japan)


Yuko Matsuzaki is a marathon swimmer with a long track record around the world and two unprecedented lake swims
in Lake Cane, Florida with a 82K swim in 29 hours and 55 minutes and her longest non-stop lake swim of 83K
completed in 33 hours and 24 minutes. Yuko's long international marathon swimming career includes a number of
professional swims in Serbia (the 19K Jarak-Sabac), Greece (the 15K Crossing of Toroeos Gulf and 16K Trichonida
Marathon in 6:29 and the 30K Kalamata-Koroni Marathon Swim in 8:47 and 10:47), Argentina (the 22K and 57K Rosario
Marathons 9 times, 88K Hernandarias-Parana Marathon in 10:27, 10:08, 10:20, 10:47 and 11:04, the 56K Santa Fe-
Coronda Marathon Swim in 9:48 and 9:37, the 25K Mar del Plata), the USA (the 35K Around Atlantic City Marathon
Swim in 8:46, 10:17, 9:08, 9:14, 12:10, 9:26 and 9:13, the 25K Swim Across The Sound in 7:37, 7:30, 8:33, 8:46 and
8:06, Bermuda (the 10K Round the Sound), Canada (a double crossing of Lake Memphremagog and the 40K Traversee
du lac Memphremagog in 11:24, 13:09, 11:01 and 11:48, and 40K lac St-Jean), Italy (the 27K Teraccina Marathon in
9:30, the 35K Riviera Marathon in 10:03 and the Capri-Napoli Marathon in 8:46, 9:42, 9:57 and 11:30) and the

20K Trasimeno Marathon in 4:57), Brazil (the 27K Tapes Marathon in 7:40 and 9:01 and 8:30), France (the 25k Lac Du Bourget) and several 12- and
24-hour non-stop swims on behalf of the YMCA Youth Scholarship Fund.

Anne Cleveland (USA)


After being pulled from the water in her first channel swim attempt at the age of 43 in the Catalina Channel, Anne has
come back from that disappointment in victorious fashion.

Anne has crossed the Maui Channel (4:09 in 2000 and 5:22 in 2001), the Catalina Channel Normal (10:15 in 2001), the
English Channel (12:32 in 2002, a two-way in 28:36 in 2004 and 11:33 in 2007) and the Pacific Swim 10K in Fiji (2:41 in
2008).

She became the oldest person, at the age of 48, to make a two-way crossing of the English Channel for which she
received the Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation Award for the Most Meritorious Swim by a Woman.

She has also participated in a two-way Catalina Channel relay (2000), a one-way Catalina Channel relay (2003), a 52°F
(11°C) relay swim in the Haro Straits in Canada, and relay swims in San Diego. Anne served as President of the La Jolla
Cove Swim Club (2001-2002), as a volunteer Observer for the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation and served as an
Official Observer on English Channel swims in 2002 and 2004.

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Fran Crippen (USA)
26-year-old Fran Crippen was the emotional and inspirational leader of the USA Swimming National Open Water
Swimming Team and a dynamic personality on the professional marathon swimming circuit that began after a
successful transition from the pool.

Besides his quick rise to the top echelon of professional marathon swimming, he was a personable ambassador of
the sport. His love of the sport of marathon swimming was shared with fans, the media, his teammates and rivals.

At the time of his tragic death during a professional marathon race, he was second in the rankings on his first full
season on the FINA 10KM Marathon Swimming World Cup circuit.

He won six national titles in America, two FINA 10KM Marathon Swimming World Cup titles, a bronze in the 2009
World Swimming Championships 10K, a gold in the 2007 Pan American Games 10K, a silver in the 2010 Pan Pacific
Swimming Championships 10K and finished 4th in the 2010 World Swimming Championships 10K in a career that
was cut short.

William "Bill" Goll (USA)


William "Bill" Goll, born about 1908, finished second in the 1930 Manhattan Island Marathon Swim and was seen as
a true pioneer in the sport of marathon swimming. Over the course of his varied and three-decade career, Bill
participated in nine Canadian National Exhibition swims, one of the most prestigious marathon swims of its era,
between 1931 and 1954 with many top five finishes.

In the later stages of his career, Bill also participated in at least five 22.5-mile swims around Atlantic City in New
Jersey between 1954 and 1959, always finishing in the top 10 despite being between 47 and 51 years old. To make
ends meet, he traveled as a high diver with a carnival during the Great Depression between 1935-1939 . Truly an
early pioneer and a rare one, doubling as a high diver.

Richard Campion (Australia)


Richard Campion was a world championship individual and team gold medal coach and has promoted open water
swimming globally since 1967.

After he competed in the 1960 Olympics, he competed on the professional marathon swimming circuit in Italy (1975
and 1976 Capri-Napoli Marathon Swim), Canada (1975 Traversee Internationale du lac St-Jean, 1975 Lac La Tuque 24-
hour Swim, 1976 lac Chibougamau Marathon), He won the 1976 Australian Open Water Swimming Championships in
the year he was elected President of the World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation. He also served as the
President of the Australian Marathon Swimming Federation from 1977-1979 and was a member of the Australian
Open Water Swimming Committee from 1988-2001 during which time he wrote the Open Water Swimming handler
and trainer's 25K manual, suitable for 25k, adopted by Australian Swimming and organized the 1999 Pan Pacific
Open Water Championships.
From 1989-1998, he was the national open water swimming coach for Australia where he coached swimmers to gold, silver and bronze at the 1991
and 1998 World Swimming Championships, the 1991 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships and several international competitions in Italy, France,
Canada and the USA. He designed the Australian Swimming 16K Grand Prix Series and, from 1990-1996, he was the Chief Presenter of Open Water
Swimming Coaching at Australian National Coaching Conferences and coached a 93K world record 4-person relay from Malta to Sicily in 1996 and
English Channel and Manhattan Island Marathon Swim athletes.

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Drury Gallagher (USA)
Drury Gallagher is a visionary who restarted the Manhattan Island Marathon swim, one of the world's most popular
marathon swims. Due to his hard-work in the 1980's and early 1990's, New York City is now a dynamical hotbed of
marathon swimming, world renowned for its Manhattan Island Marathon Swim. As a swimmer, Drury set 27 FINA
Masters world records and later founded the Manhattan Island Swimming Association that will be his legacy as a
memorial to his son, Drury, Jr. who died in a tragic accident. Drury is leaving one big wake - as an athlete and an
open water swimming visionary.

Rottnest Channel Swim Association (Australia)


The Rottnest Channel Swim Association has conducted over two decades of 19.7K solo and relay crossing of the
Rottnest Channel.

Formed in 1989, the Rottnest Channel Swim Association priorities are to observe and authenticate people who
swim the Rottnest Channel, promote safety, advise and encourage swimmers wanting to make an attempt as well
as gathering and preserving historical data from the crossings. Nearly 25,000 individuals have been certified by the
Rottnest Channel Swim Association to have swum the channel as solo and relay swimmers since 1956.

Catalina Channel Swimming Federation


The Catalina Channel Swimming Federation is the governing body in California's Catalina Channel. Its mission is to
promote interest in Catalina Channel Swimming, furnish information to and advise those intending to make the
swim,promote the safety and welfare of the swimmer, observe and authenticate persons who swim the Catalina
Channel and gather and preserve historical Catalina Channel Swimming data. Since the first crossing in 1927, there
have been 199 successful solo swimmers and 70 successful relays.

Tom Hetzel (USA), Inducted in 1980


From 1968 to 1972, Hetzel was an internationally ranked marathon swimmer. He has swum the English
Channel eight times (most by an American at the time). He additionally he captained six English
Channel relay crossings that set three new world records. He completed the Traversée internationale
du lac St-John, the 20-mile Aswan High Dam Swim, the 30-mile Gulf of Baja California swim, the 30-mile
swim from Point Lookout, New York, twelve solo Manhattan Island swims and coached Doc Counsilman
on his record-setting English Channel swim. Tom was a New York policeman and qualified diver who
also coached several athletes that attempted the English Channel.

Certificates of Merit
Besides the Honorees of the Class of 2010, the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame awarded its Certificates of Merit to
Cliff Lumsden of Canada, George Young of Canada, Thomas Hoad of Australia, Claudio Plit of Argentina and Jane Katz of the USA
because they were named International Swimming Hall of Fame finalists.

Additionally, FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee members Jorge Aurelio Delgado Panchana of Ecuador, Zouheir El
Moufti of Morocco and Hatem Seifallah Mohamed Ibraham of Egypt received Certificates of Merit as did the Channel Swimming &
Pilots Federation, the Midmar Mile and Nell Schmidt, the first woman to swim across San Francisco Bay.

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World Open Water Swimming Awards
2010 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year – Marcos Díaz of the Dominican Republic
Marcos circled the globe between May and September in a unique set of five swims on behalf of the United Nations’s
Millennium Development Goals. Through his charismatic personality, humanitarian vision and ability to move wizened
politicians and wide-eyed children, he created bridges between people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds in his Swim
Across The Continents project.

He brought significant global attention to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals with an incredible drive,
entrepreneurial spirit and motto: "One Man - Five Continents - Many Voices". Marcos successfully completed swims
from Papua New Guinea (Oceania) to Indonesia (Asia) (20K in 4:18), from Yemen (Asia) to Djibouti (Africa) (18.6K in
4:55), from Spain (Europe) to Morocco (Africa) (22K in 2:41) and from Alaska (North America) to Big Diomede Island,
Russia (Asia) (5K in 1:05).

2010 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year – Anne Marie Ward of Ireland
The North (Irish) Channel is renowned for being the toughest channel swim in the world - cold, rough, filled with jellyfish
and fraught with unpredictable weather. But it was site to the tenacious efforts of Anne Marie who never quit until she
reached the other side.

An unlikely endurance heroine, Anne Marie joined one of the most elite and exclusive marathon clubs in the world – the
11 members of the North Channel Club. Her never-say-never 18 hour 59 minute effort - on her fourth attempt -
courageously ended in darkness at 3:35 am.

With both the English Channel and North Channel under her belt, Anne Marie completely reversed her previously
unhealthful lifestyle - an inspirational story in itself - and is now one of the world's most accomplished cold-water
channel swimmers. Starting humbly and simply with a 2-mile charity swim, Anne Marie is now deservedly recognized by
her peers and honored for reaching the pinnacle of her sport.

During her first attempt in 2010, she swam for four hours in darkness and encountered horrendous jellyfish conditions.
She was swung with over two hundred stings and had to be hospitalized. To jump back into the sea with that experience
in mind takes a tremendously focused and dedicated athlete.

2010 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year – Ventura Deep Six of the U.S.A.
The Ventura Deep Six successfully completed an incredulous world record ocean relay of 202 miles (325K) along the
rugged California coast during the coldest winter on record.

Tom Ball, Kurtis Baron, John Chung, Jim McConica, Jim Neitz and Mike Shaffer overcame intense fog, cold water that got
as low as 13°C (56°F), large ocean swells, tremendous chop for four straight days. They swam among gigantic pods of
playful dolphin and encountered unexpected flesh-eating fish during their 101 hour 39 minute (or 4 days, 5 hours and 39
minutes) on the high seas constantly rotating in one-hour segments in a traditional English Channel relay format.

For their physical effort and logistical planning in organizing an escort flotilla, including the 135-foot mother ship, that
safely guided them in the open ocean, the six teammates are recognized by their peers because they:
(1) embody the spirit of open water swimming,
(2) possess the sense of adventure, tenacity and perseverance that open water swimmers are known for, and
(3) demonstrated some of the most impressive open water swimming performances of the year.