On June 19th 2012 thousands of people around the world followed my swim tracker while I swam for over 41 hours straight in the challenging waters of the Florida Straits between Cuba and Florida. I was devastated when my team gave me the bad news that I had to leave the water because it would impossible to reach Florida due to strong adverse currents.
At that time I’d swum 80 miles, the equivalent of four out of the five distances equivalent to the English Channel to reach my goal, further than any other person in history in these water without the use of a shark cage.
Then just a few weeks later I was in 12/13C cold water for 11 ½ hours attempting to become only the 14th person in history to swim the North Channel, between Ireland and Scotland and complete the seven swims know as the Ocean’s Seven.
If you were one of those people who stayed up at night and cheered me on, or watched my tracker as you left for work and was amazed when I was still swimming when you came home. If you were inspired to get off the couch and do a little more with your day then please consider voting for me in this year’s world open water swimming awards.
Follow the links below to read about the nominees in the men’s, woman’s, performance and offerings for 2012 and a little more information about my swims this year and why I was considered worthy of a nomination in the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Associations performance of the year awards.
I had an amazing team behind me, their support in the USA, Cuba and Ireland was rock solid and incredible. So whilst this nomination has my name on it, to me this is acknowledgment of their commitment and hard work as well as my own, so a vote for me is a vote for them, should you consider me worthy of your vote, thank you very much!
The 2012 World Open Water Swimming Association voting is now open, please feel free to tell your family and friends every vote counts.
You, your family and friends can also make comments on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. It’s nice for the global aquatic community to know about all the nominees and their accomplishments during 2012. Congratulations to all the nominees this year.