As the name suggests, these awards aim to promote and celebrate the sport of marathon swimming – a unique and historic niche within the increasingly vibrant community of Open Water Swimming. Marathon swimmers – just as our founding father Capt. Webb did nearly 140 years ago – swim long distances in open water without artificial aids.
2012 has been an exciting year for our sport. In addition to the second appearance of marathon swimming at the Olympic Games, numerous solo swimmers have done incredible things in ocean channels, lakes, bays, and rivers across the world.
Few, if any groups – online or in the flesh – are in a more knowledgeable and legitimate position to identify and celebrate these achievements than the MARATHONSWIMMERS.ORG community. At nearly 450 members, the Forum counts a sizeable chunk of the world’s currently active marathon swimmers among its members – and many others who will join their ranks in the coming years.
With that in mind, I look forward to the community’s nominations in the following categories:
- Solo Swim of the Year (female) - the single most outstanding solo marathon swim by a female in 2012.
- Solo Swim of the Year (male) - the single most outstanding solo marathon swim by a male in 2012.
- The Barra Award - the marathon swimmer (male or female) with the most impressive body of work, considered as a whole, in 2012.
Any forum member may submit a nomination. If you’re not yet a member, we welcome you to join today!
Five finalists will be selected from among the nominees in each category. The community will then vote in a private survey. We will be taking numerous precautions against vote-rigging and other biases to ensure the legitimacy of the process.
Read Donal’s announcement HERE.