ILDSA Awards and HoF-MSI Inductions

This Sunday, 11th March 2018, will be an important day in the Irish open water swimming calendar, a day to acknowledge the achievements of swimmers and contributors during the 2017 season as well as to honour the lifetime achievements of members of the Irish open water swimming community. We will mark these at the Irish Long Distance Swimming Association‘s (ILDSA) Annual Awards and the inaugural induction ceremony of the Hall of Fame – Marathon Swimming Ireland (HoF-MSI), which will be held at the Waterside House Hotel near Donabate in Fingal (North County Dublin), a fitting location on the edge of the Irish sea and looking out at Lambay Island.

After lunch in the Lambay Suite, the awards and induction ceremonies will get underway. To get things started, there will be a welcome address by the Deputy Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Adrian Henchy (FF), after which I will take over as master of ceremonies for the rest of the afternoon. The fact that I’ve been trusted with this duty surely means that I didn’t do too bad a job when I hosted the awards in 2012!

First will be the presentation of medals to all swimmers born or resident on the island of Ireland who successfully completed English Channel crossings in 2017. Carol Finlay, Participation Officer of Swim Ireland, and Maggie Purcell, President of Swim Ireland, will present the medals for solo and relay swims, respectively. Medals will then be presented to all swimmers who successfully completed North Channel Swims in 2017, with medals for solo swims being presented by Billy Wallace, President of the ILDSA, and medals for relay swims being presented by Cllr Henchy and Eoin Gaffney of Leinster Open Sea.

Following the presentation of the English Channel and North Channel medals, we will move on to the presentation of the ILDSA Awards for the 2017 season, which will be presented by Maggie Purcell, President of Swim Ireland. The following is a list of the awards that will be presented:

Between the various medal and award presentations, four speakers will offer us unique insights into different challenges in our sport. Wes Nolan, Ion Lazarenco and Ned Denison will offer us a swimmer’s perspective, while veteran North Channel pilot Brian Meharg MBE will give us a pilot’s slant on things.

The final part of the proceedings will be a very special event: the inaugural induction ceremony of the HoF-MSI. The Class of 2018 will be inducted by Billy Wallace and Ned Denison, who are both Honorees of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (Classes of 1999 and 2012, respectively). The Honour Swimmers and Contributors that will be inducted are:

Just in case that wasn’t enough silverware for everybody, there will be one final presentation. The afternoon’s ceremonies will close with the presentation of a “Special Award”, about which I know precisely naught, so I am sure that we will all be eager to find out whom its recipient will be and wherefore…

Notes:

  1. Places for the lunch and awards can be booked here.
  2. For those traveling by public transport, there will be a shuttle bus service from Dublin City Centre to the venue and back again.
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Swim reconfirmed!

The thick sea mist that cancelled my swim yesterday has lifted and today I received a message from the Leme to Pontal Swimming Association reconfirming my swim for tomorrow morning (starting at 3:00 am Irish time). All of the details that I gave in my original post announcing the start are still valid, apart from the 24-hour delay, obviously… Let’s go!!!

Nado reconfirmado!

O forte nevoeiro que cancelou meu nado ontem já foi embora e hoje recebi uma mensagem da Leme to Pontal Swimming Association reconfirmando meu nado para esta madrugada (de dia 17 para dia 18). Todos os detalhes que eu publiquei na minha primeira post de confirmação continuam válidos, além do atraso de 24h, claro… Partiu!!!

Esperando mais 24h…

Um time de revezamento de duas pessoas chamado Dragão do Mar do Nordeste do Brasil tinha acabado de começar sua travessia do Leme ao Pontal noite passada quando um forte e imprevisto nevoeiro se formou. Infelizmente, isso significou que a travessia teve que ser abortada por motivos de segurança. Eles tentarão novamente hoje à noite, ou seja, na madrugada de domingo. Felizmente, segunda-feira ainda parece nadável, então minha travessia deve ser somente adiada por 24 horas. Fiquem de olho no Facebook e Twitter para confirmação…

24-hour delay…

 

A 2-person relay team called Dragão do Mar from the Northeast of Brazil had just begun their Leme to Pontal swim last night when unforeseen thick fog set in. Unfortunately, this meant that their swim had to be aborted for safety reasons. They will try again tonight, i.e. in the early hours of tomorrow morning. Thankfully, Monday still looks swimmable, so my swim should only be postponed by 24 hours. Keep an eye on Facebook and Twitter for confirmation…

A hora está chegandooo!

Desde que cheguei ao Rio de Janeiro terça-feira de manhã, eu venho aproveitando o mar em Copacabana e conhecendo alguns dos nadadores de lá, além de alguns dos outros nadadores que estão se desafiando na travessia do Leme ao Pontal, inclusive a Sabrina Mazzola (a primeira gaúcha a fazer esta prova, que completou-a na segunda-feira) e o Thiago Toshio Rebollo (paulista que bateu um novo recorde incrível de 7:02:34 hoje de manhã).

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Meu primeiro nado de manhã com a Equipe Navegantes no Posto 6 em Copacabana.

Também tenho ficado de olho na previsão de tempo e em contato com o Adherbal Treidler de Oliveira, secretário da Leme to Pontal Swimming Association. Hoje à tarde, foi confirmado que a minha travessia começará neste domingo (dia 17 de dezembro) a 1h00 horário local (da madrugada do sábado para o domingo). O time todo já está junto aqui no Rio, então estamos quase pronto para entrar na água!

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Toda a equipe finalmente em um lugar só!

O link para acompanhar minha travessia num mapa é track.rs/owenrj. Tweetando em português (e um pouquinho em inglês) será meu namorado, Wagner, na conta dele @wsshernandes. A Leme to Pontal Swimming Association também vai publicar atualizações em português na sua página de Facebook. Tweetando em inglês (e de vez em quando em irlandês) será minha irmã, Amy, na minha própria conta @owenswims93. Meu time de apoio fará seu melhor para manter todos estes modos de comunicação funcionando bem durante a travessia…

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Fiquei muito feliz com esta sunga (presente de Natal cedo) que a família de Souza Siqueira Hernandes me mandou para usar durante a prova!

Vamos lá!!! #partiupontal #owenswimsBR

Good news from Rio!

Since arriving in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday morning, I have been enjoying leisurely swims at Copacabana and meeting some of the regulars there, as well as some of the other swimmers taking on the Leme to Pontal challenge, including Sabrina Mazzola (who completed the swim on Monday) and Thiago Toshio Rebollo (who completed the swim this morning in 7:02:34, setting a new record).

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My first morning dip with Equipe Navegantes at Posto 6, Copacabana.

I’ve also been keeping a close eye on the weather and staying in contact with Adherbal Treidler de Oliveira, secretary of the Leme to Pontal Swimming Association. This afternoon, it was confirmed that my swim will go ahead this Sunday (17th December) at 1:00 am local time (that’s 3:00 am Irish time). All the crew is assembled in Rio now so we’re almost ready for the off!

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All the crew finally in the one place!

The link to track the swim on a map is track.rs/owenrj and my sister, Amy, will be tweeting in English (and a bit in Irish) from my own Twitter account @owenswims93. If you would rather get updates in Portuguese, you can follow my boyfriend, Wagner, on his Twitter account @wsshernandes and also the Leme to Pontal Swimming Association’s Facebook page. They’ll do their best to keep the tracker functioning and keeping everyone updated on progress…

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Delighted with this early Christmas present that the Hernandes family sent for me to use during the swim!

Here we go!!! #partiupontal #owenswimsBR