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Chris Guesdon

IMSHOF Annual Induction Ceremony is Near
With honoree classes starting with 1963,  The International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame has been recognizing superb marathon swimmers and marathon swimming contributors for seemingly unbelievable feats of swimming endurance, or organization ability from administrators. 
On November 4, 2016, we continue that tradition with the latest four inductees to be included on the honor roll: Chloë McCardel (AUS), Tomi Stefanovski (MKD), Attila Mányoki (HUN), and Charlie Gravett (UK). 

We invite you to join in the celebrations and festivities.

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Honoree Reflections
Antonio (Toño) Argüelles Díaz-González with his mother at IMSHOF 2015
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by Antonio Argüelles Díaz-González (MEX)
IMSHOF Inductee Class of 2015

T he notice of my induction into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame came as a total surprise. It had been many years since Steven Munatones had recommended me.

Different feelings and thoughts arose at the time, but there were two in particular that I enjoyed tremendously.

Firstly, the induction would be an opportunity to thank my family for all their support during my life, first as a competitive swimmer, and later as an open water swimmer and sports enthusiast.
More importantly, I would be able to dedicate this day to my mother.

Secondly, I was excited about the fact that the ceremony would take place in California, the place to which I migrated 40 years ago in search of the Olympic dream. 

I never made it to the Olympics, so this award felt like a long-earned prize for my perseverance in the sport....  Read the complete story here


5:30 pm
November 4, 2016
San Pedro, Doubletree Hotel
1 hr from Los Angeles
California. USA

The weekend of November 4,5 & 6 will bring together honorees, members, family and friends of IMSHOF, ISHOF, Catalina Channel Swimming Federation, the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Federation and The Marathon Swimmers Federation.
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A Conversation with
Sally Minty-Gravett, M.B.E. UK. Honor Class of 2005

By Ned Denison, September 2016

Fast Facts:

English Channel Double and Solos in five different decades (and 2020 booked for six!), Chair of the Jersey Long Distance Swimming Club for 25 years and taught/mentored the world's largest marathon community (26 English Channel Swimmers - some with several swims) with the smallest general population of 100,000 .

Early swimming days, the move to Open Water and the Open Water Swimming community in the early days:

Sally moved from Africa to Jersey (in the Channel Islands near France) at age of 3.  She learned to swim in the only pool - a lido in the sea. The first indoor pool came at age 12 and hence winter training, more swimmers and speed.

Sally moved to longer distances through the challenges of mentor Morris Lakeman: "Let's see of if you can swim 4 miles from here to way over there." By age 17 she completed the 10.5 mile Lake Windermere swim - her first "epic" marathon.

Chloë McCardel's Prepares for the IMSHOF 2016 Induction Ceremony

Chloë (2016 IMSHOF inductee) has had a busy couple of months leading into the annual IMSHOF awards. Not content with her triple solo crossing of the English Channel plus 3x single solo crossings within one week of the English Channel in 2015 - she decided to come back for another big year of English Channel swimming in 2016! 

At the time of printing she had swum 5x single crossings of the English Channel in 2016. The water temperature for her first solo of the season averaged just 12.2 Celsius. Her aim was to swim 7x crossings over the 2016 English Channel swimming season (taking her tally to 20 crossings) to surpass the legendary late Des Renford who was King of the Channel between 1975-1979 and for a period in 1980. Des finished his career at 19 crossings. When Chloë reaches 20x crossings she will take the Aussie crown for most English Channel crossings. 
Chloë's husband, Paul McQueeney (English Channel 2009 solo swimmer), will be supporting and crewing Chloë's 19 th & 20 th crossings.

After her Channel campaign Chloë and Paul head straight to California to honour Des Renford at the ISHOF awards ceremony in Santa Clara Oct 29th.  Starting that very same day Chloë is organising an 8 day grand tour of California. The tour includes swims (Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz to mainland) and sightseeing in San Francisco to exploring and swimming along the Highway One coastal drive as the Tour cruises through Santa Cruz, the Big Sur, Nepenthe, Hearst Castle, Carmel-by-Sea, Monterey Bay and SLO to name but a few...  

Chloë and Paul
The pinnacle of the swimming on the Tour will be the swims from Anacapa to the mainland on Nov 3 rd . Swimmers have chosen to complete this 12.5 mile (20km) swim solo or in a duo (a two-person team). To finish off our grand Tour and celebrate in style the Tour will all be attending the 2016 International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF) Banquet in San Pedro.

Chloë looks forward to bringing her 2016 California Swim Tour to IMSHOF and running future swim tours in the UK, Europe, USA and even Australia!

IMSHOF Group Photo 2015
IMSHOF Induction Ceremony 2015

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