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| Chris Guesdon, Chairman

Firstly, thank you for your interest in reading our March newsletter. Our communications have been beefed up and during the year we will keep you updated on the  latest happenings at IMSHOF via our newsletters.

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I nnovate, Connect and Prosper

The challenge for marathon swimming in 2016 is to have open water swimming connect with our pool cousins around the globe who administer and operate the 209 national swimming federations that are affiliated with FINA. 

Talking it up but never engaging! If you want to change the world you have to have lived in it first.

Open Water Swimming attracts approximately 20% of those who swim in pool events run by the Federations to the open water competitions at World Titles and at the Olympic Games. This is unfortunate. The percentage should be so much higher.

Instead, there are many organizations all around the world starting to pop up and cater for open water swimming; most are not affiliated in any way to a National Swimming Federation.

We are talking about the hundreds of organizations that are setting up and hundreds of thousands of swimmers from the four corners of the globe swimming under their banners. 

The big question is why the lack of interest in open water swimming by the National Federations?

This ennui is epidemic throughout the pool-centric governing bodies.
Whilst Open Water numbers are growing around the world at a shade over 100% in five years, FINA's affiliated bodies still do not have a plan to capture some of these Open Water events along with their multitudinal ocean and marathon competitors
If we don't respect the past then we will find it difficult to build a future.
With the final 10k marathon Olympic trial for Rio coming up this June hopefully more countries will have swimmers line up at the start.

Announcement - 2016 Awards Ceremony
IMSHOF Awards Ceremony Friday November 4, 2016

It is confirmed that the annual IMSHOF award ceremony will be held at San Pedro, Los Angeles, USA. T he weekend of November, 4,5 & 6 will bring together honorees, members, family and friends of IMSHOF , ISHOF , Catalina Channel Swimming Federationthe Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Federation and The Marathon Swimmers Federation
And the 2016 IMSHOF Awards Go To...
Attila Mányoki  (HUN)

Honoree Swimmer
Attila Mányoki  is an award winning, prolific World Cup swimmer active in major marathons since 1991 and continues with the Seven Oceans as his next goal.  

While most of his competitions were in the warmer waters, he also proved himself in the colder waters of the USA, Canada and UK .
Chloë McCardel (AUS)

Honoree Swimmer 
Chloë McCardel  (born 10 May 1985) is an accomplished  open water swimmer  from Australia who has completed a total of 13  English Channel   crossings , including 2  two-way   crossings  and one  three-way   crossing

In 2010, she won the  Manhattan Island Marathon Swim  in 7:53, winning in a dramatic 5-second victory over second-place  Jaime Caballero  of Spain. 

She was nominated for the 2014 and 2015  World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year  and was featured in the 2016  Marathon Swimmers Federation Calendar

Chloë won the  Marathon Swimmers Federation   Solo Swim of the Year  award for the most outstanding solo marathon swim of 2015..

  Read extensive biography here
Tomi Stefanovski (MAC)

Honoree Swimmer
Tomi's marathon career spans four decades and he has achieved 30 podium marathon finishes (16 wins).

Incredibly his best years came after turning 40 - 
 2 wins;  2 second places; 3 third places in the FINA Grand Prix series.   A
t 43, Tomi set the record as the oldest ever winner of a G rand Prix marathon and he was ranked 2nd in the series.   

Read more here
Charlie Gravett (UK)

Honoree Contributor
Charlie Gravett is an  escort pilot  and Vice President of the    Jersey Long Distance Swimming Club  located on the isle of Jersey.

He is affiliated to the Amateur Swimming Association SER,  British Long Distance Swimming Association  and the  Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation

David Yudovin (USA)

Irving Davids/Captain Roger W. Wheeler Memorial Award 

David Yudovin is recognized as one of the most prolific open water marathon swimmers in history. He is known for pioneering channel swimming firsts that span the globe. 

An American marathon swimmer, Yudovin is1999 Honour Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame; 2014 Honor Open Water Swimmer in the International Swimming Hall of Fame; a lifetime member of the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation; a lifetime member of the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association, and a member of the Half Century Club.

Read more here
Chloë McCardel (AUS)

Poseidon Award 

In a single calendar year, Chloë posted an unprecedented set of marathon swimming accomplishments:
2015: Triple crossing of the English Channel - 36 hours 12 minutes

This has not been accomplished in the previous 25 years. Chloë became the fourth swimmer to accomplish this feat joining IMSHOF honour swimmers: Alison Streeter, Philip Rush and Jon Erikson.
2015: Established record for fastest female.  Three solo crossings (making a total 6 crossings for the season) of the English Channel in one week (no other swimmer has accomplished the same) - all under 10 hours. 

She has been active in marathon swimming since 2009 with other noted accomplishments

Read More Here
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