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2010 Global Open Water Swimming Conference Impressions


I wanted to personally convey my appreciation for the hospitality that you forwarded to me whilst I was in LA. I really appreciated the efforts you went to, ensuring that I was looked after and made to feel a part of the conference and meet. I cannot express how much I enjoyed the experience and I only hope that I can return the hospitality and respect that was given to me. Additionally I also wanted to congratulate you on the outstanding work you did in putting together the Global Open Water Swimming Conference and USA Open Water Swimming Trials. Both were an outstanding success and you should be commended for the professionalism and passion that you brought to both activities. You bring a lot of knowledge and credibility to our sport and I can tell you that on behalf of both our athletes and I, we are grateful for this support and wish you all the best for the future. Greg Towle, Olympic and National Open Water Swimming Coach, Swimming Australia Ltd. I wanted to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks for all your efforts during the USA Swimming Open Water National Championships and World Championship Trials at Long Beach Marine Stadium. The Global Open Water Swimming Conference was a spectacular event, the first ever to bring together this far-flung community. You've done a great service to the sport. Many thanks for putting in the mountain of dedicated work to make it possible. I learned a lot and enjoyed seeing old friends and meeting new ones. Congratulations! David Clark, International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame inductee and board director Great work last weekend. Congrats on a great Open Water Swimming event at USA National Open Water Swimming Champs this weekend in Long Beach, USA. In a word WOW! What a week. Fun friends and fellowship with my passionate open water mates. Thank you so much to for your amazing hospitality! Cheers. Shelley Taylor-Smith, Champion Mindset Consulting Founder and 7-time World Marathon Swimming Champion I would like to say THANK YOU!! for the great job you did. The Conference was great and we (Mexico) learned a lot!!! Mauricio Garduo, Mexico Swimming Federation and Acutica Nelson Vegas
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For someone that started swimming about four years ago, the conference was very insightful and my wife, Victoria Rian, and I would attend future conferences if circumstances allowed. As Victoria continues her training for the Catalina Channel, some of the sessions really relieved some of her concerns over the venture. Thanks again for a job well done. I especially enjoyed the two sessions I attended with Jim Miller and Ram since he was a swimmer I could relate to since we both did not grow up in a pool and tool up open water later in life. Herman Arrivillaga, fitness swimmer Thanks again for putting this all together. I got a great deal of information, direction and help really from Matt Dixon and Gerry Rodrigues. Swimmingly, Lyle Nalli, masters swimmer I enjoyed the conference, especially the networking. Great job. Blessings to you and many swims with Dolphins! Kim M. White, President, Cabrillo Beach Polar Bears and USA Triathon Level I Coach & Race Director What an incredible experience you offered in Long Beach. I am still digesting the fact that I brushed shoulders with such legendary people. I will never forget Penny Deans whispered workshop and the brownies she brought! I want to especially thank you for the incredible Almanac. What a humongous collection of resources. Thank you so much for developing this...what a labor of love. The collection of experts and open-water swimming wisdom was absolutely unbelievableI will never forget this experienceit was an AMAZING experience. Thank you!! Guila Muir and Associates, Developing Trainers, Presenters, and Facilitators to Make a Difference That was fantastic; the conference; the races; the people; the fun; THANKS! Eney Jones, former professional triathlete, nationally-ranked swimmer and coach THANK YOU for the opportunity to meet so many people. I sat in awe as Gerry described modern open water race training, as Penny detailed her day in Dover, and Dr. Jim Miller was meticulous about healthy nutrition for athletesespecially swimmers. It will be one of those days (out of the water) I'll remember for a
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lifetime. And thank you for inviting me too speak. TO imagine that Penny, John York and Philip Rush took the time to listen is just simply astounding...if only there was some way to bottle Shelley's enthusiasm and distribute it... Forrest Nelson, English Channel, Molokai Channel, Catalina Channel and Cook Strait swimmer The conference was great, I see it growing over the next few years. Kara Robertson, Swim Las Vegas Thank you so much for inviting Ram and myself. Well done on a great networking and information sharing opportunity. As an event organizer, I made invaluable contacts and am looking forward to future collaboration with many of my new colleagues. Many thanks once again and best regards. Craig Doonan, Cadiz Freedom Swim, South Africa Your work this last week was nothing short of phenomenal. Mike Saltzstein, former Vice President, USA Swimming Know that you did an incredible job putting all together for this weekend extravaganza. Lots was simple event management, conference management and all. But the way you put everything together was quite a tribute to who you are, your passion and your education. YOU ROCK!!! Great job. Your vision and your dedication to your sport is incredible. Others may have the vision but implementing it is what you have done. Kaia Hedlund, President, Waikiki Roughwater Swim Committee and Kaico Sports Thank you so much for all of the follow up emails from the event this weekend. I really enjoyed my first viewing of open water and meeting some of the passionate and amazing people within the system. Lisa Wemhoff, USA Swimming, National Team Performance Support I really enjoyed the conference, thank you for setting it up! There were so many interesting sessions but as we could only be in one place at a time, if any of the sessions were taped will we eventually be able to enjoy them online? Lori Christensen, viXen training LLC

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Thank you so much for having me down at the conference. It was great to meet so many people and I enjoyed many talks. Wish I could have stayed for dinner. I must say that I thought you are Steve put on a wonderful conference. While it is not 'my world' on enjoyed it, and was also highly impressed with the organization and effectiveness of the conference. Well done. Matt Dixon, MSc, Founder Purple Patch Fitness An amazing job! Your passion for open water swimming is obvious and people love your sweet nature. I kept hearing "You're Steve's sister? He's the nicest guy". Congratulations! Stacey Munatones Hensley PLENTY of people around the world appreciate your Herculean efforts great job . Keep it up. Sid Cassidy, former FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee chairman Just wanted to take some time to say thank you for pulling together the event. It was great being there and think you did a great job. I hope you felt good about the event; I did hear a lot of positive things from coaches. Mariejo Pasion, Sports Performance Consultant, USA Swimming Thanks for the airport lift and for organizing the Conference etc. Much appreciated. If you want me to speak next time, I would be prepared to talk about 2006 2008 and the lead up to Beijing. Mark Perry, Open Water Performance Manager, British Swimming Thank you very much for putting this wonderful event together and including everyone who loves the sport. I learned a great deal about the sport, and I hope to explore more about Open Water Swimming. Dr. Aziz happened to be a long time friend of my dad, Shinji, and he was very emotional when he met me yesterday. The moment like this is so valuable today when we are addicted to the digital world. Naya Higashijima, Japan International Open Water Swimming Association Congratulations today! The event was great and your presentation at dinner was very impressive. I am glad to have come! Thanks for inviting me. I learned a lot.
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Pedro Rego Monteiro, Co-Founder, King and Queen of the Sea and President of Effect Sport, Brazil Thanks for a great weekend back in New Zealand now 6 windy and very wet. There is a lot to learn from Greg and Mark when they want to let it on. There was a great deal of interest for Cook Strait. Take care. Philip Rush, Open Water Programme Manager, Swimming New Zealand Thanks for a great weekend of events and knowledge... you are on a roll! Keep up the great work! I hope your swim went well too! I had to bolt to the airport, and am now in Monterey for another event. Thanks again for the energy you put into all of this! Doug Woodring, Co-Founder Project Kaisei Awesome experience. It was an honor to attend the swim conference. I totally enjoyed every minute. You did an incredible job. Thank so very very much. Aloha. Linda Kaiser, famed Hawaiian Island Channel swimmer Thank you both for swimming with Sam as well. It really meant the world to him. Not only did he have a tear in his eye after the swim, travelling home it was all he could talk about. He was very proud of himself. Again, thank you for allowing him to participate! Christine Wilson, Director Special Events, Special Olympics Northern California Thank you so very much for a fantastic weekend. It is inspiring to watch someone put so much energy, effort and heart into something and it is appreciated by me and so many. Thank you for all you do. We made a lot of progress this weekend. Aside from making some wonderful connections for future follow up and promoting open water within Special Olympics, Sam being present was in large a wonderful way to touch those who had never experienced Special Olympics at any level. Thank you for giving us this opportunity! Thank YOU so much for organizing this event, it really was spectacular and wellrun. I'm so impressed with the amount of work you put in and it definitely showed in the quality of the conference. Thanks again for having me. I'd love to see some of the talks I missed. Thanks and talk to you soon! Jen Schumacher, Catalina Channel and Manhattan Island Marathon Swimmer

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I think that I can speak for the rest of us by saying that we are all in awe of the work that you put in to get us all together and host the Conference. It is the first of its kind and I am sure it will not be the last, due to your work. I enjoyed meeting all of the other lecturers and always come away from something like this excited about our sport. IN addition to all of this, serving as meet director is really over the top. Great work! Jim Miller, MD, FINA Sports Medicine Committee We were truly in awe as you brought together all corners of the Open Water community together to pull off a great conference in the middle of a world class competition. It was a tremendous weekend for Open Water Swimming and Special Olympics in general but seeing the joy and gratitude expressed by Sam for being provided the opportunity to participate with world champion swimmers was a poignant moment for sport. Thank you for making this happen. Christine and I will fill you in on our numerous follow-up items to build on the positive momentum and goodwill generated this weekend as we move towards the inaugural Open Water Swimming demonstration at the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece. Jon-Paul St. Germain, Director, Sports Development and Competitions, Special Olympics Thank you so much for the time and effort you spent organizing the conference. It was the first conference I have attended and being diagnosed with severe ADHD a year or so ago, I thought I would spontaneously combust if I had to sit still for more than an hour. The information was extremely useful (and has been applied) and it really made the time seem fractioned. Thank you. Drew Porter, Quixotic Racing Great event - I can't wait till next year! Brennan Lindner, Founder, Generic Events Congratulations on a very well received conference and swimming event. I appreciate you introducing me to your world of swimming and allowing me to get involved over the weekend. The conference was definitely worth the money, and being on site yesterday got me thinking about my interest in Hawaii Open Water Swimming as well as WOWSA. I am very interested in getting involved on the ground floor. Thanks again. Mahalo, Brent Imonen, Founder Pacific Rim Sports

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Really appreciated being included in your conference this weekend and congratulates you on a very well produced event. There was a great buzz from all who participated. You should be proud and should consider repeating it maybe it should be part of all future Open Water Nationals. Bob Placak, Founder RCP Tiburon Mile and RCP Tiburon Sprint Classic Thank you for the invitation which allowed me attend the Global Conference on Open Water Swimming. It was a highly successful conference. The list you provided will be helpful. It was the first of its kind. I only wish that it could be bigger and better. Dr. Khwaja Aziz, former FINA Sports Medicine Committee and current FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee member Thank YOU for putting on such an incredible event! Everything, from the USA Championship races to the Open Water Conference was a brilliant success and I feel very privileged to have been a part of it. It was quite a weekend! Anne Cleveland, Catalina Channel and English Channel swimmer You did such an awesome job with everything this weekend Steve! It was so much fun! Lexie Kelley Thanks for putting together such an awesome event! I had a great time! Mallory Mead, English Channel swimmer Quite a weekend Steve - nice show! Hank Wise Thank you very much Steve. It was really a great weekend. Nelson Vargas Jr., CEO Acutica Nelson Vegas Long Beach was awesome, Nationals, the Clinic and the Conference. Great job!! Ken Schuh, USA Swimming Open Water Swimming Official

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I want to say great thanks to both of you for the effort you guys put out to host this conference, along with the 10 K Champs. I enjoyed watching the 10K from a gondola, meeting new people, and meeting up with past friends and acquaintances. There was so much information presented----really, too much info to squeeze into the time available. Still, very enjoyable and fun! I especially enjoyed Ram's and Penny's presentation. Penny should be honored and remembered as one of the greatest open water swimmers for her incredible E.C. crossing in 1978. Absolutely amazing!! Thanks, again, for your efforts and I look forward to the next open water conference. Joel Wilson, Santa Cruz Masters I am very remiss in tell you that I thought that the Open Water conference in Long Beach was great. I was very happy to be able to attend even though I had to fly in and fly out on Saturday. I was amazed at the talented speakers and guests. I hope that its the start of a long series of conferences over the upcoming years!! I'd be happy to help with future conferences especially if it means that I can help to escort Greta Anderson or some other amazing swimmer :-) Your website is fab as well. Thanks for putting so much energy to raising the awareness of the sport and for bringing people together. I can't tell you how much I learn from reading the posts and am continually inspired. Patti Bauernfeind, Lake Tahoe world record holder Thanks.and congratulations again. It was a great event and you did a phenomenal job in getting strong participation. Thanks for bringing them to Long Beach. It was much appreciated by all! Were also looking forward to working with you on your other competitions that you have plans forin hearing at the reception the number of e-mails that you send out to those in FINA and your sportyou are an amazing catalyst! Thanks again Steve Goodling, President/CEO, Long Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Words cannot begin to describe how professionally run the Open Water Nationals and Global Open Water Conference was in Long Beach. My participation gave me incredible insight and experience into the organization and execution of USA Swimming's premier Open Water event. Many thanks to you for allowing me to be part of this experience. Chip Carrigan, USA Swimming Ohio Local Swim Committee official

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Thank you so much for letting me experience the Open Water Nationals at first hand. It was a terrific fun and I was very impressed by the athletes and the organization. You worked really hard to make everything happen and I hope it was a success for you. Simon Gowen of The Simon Gowen Triathlon Show I wanted to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks for all your efforts during the USA Swimming Open Water National Championships and World Championship Trials at Long Beach Marine Stadium. The venue set-up has absolutely raised the bar for future USA Swimming Open Water Championships. Because of your efforts we were able to select an outstanding team to represent the U.S. at the World Championships in Roberval, Canada. It was a pleasure working with you in Long Beach, and I look forward to seeing you again in August. Dean M. Ekeren, USA Swimming National Events & Marketing Director

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