Ted Keenan Ulster Open Water Swimmer of the Year
From OpenwaterpediaILDSA Ted Keenan Ulster Open Water Swimmer of the Year Award is given annually by the Irish Long Distance Swimming Association to the swimmer from Ulster who has best represented open water swimming.
The award was created by Seamus Loughran.
Ted Keenan (passed away 24 September 2013) was an Irish open water swimmer from Fermanagh who was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honour Swimmer in 1984. In addition to his channel swims, he also completed several charity swims in the Aid of Cancer Research, and the physically and mentally handicapped. He had been a joiner by trade and looked after various major contracts in his profession as a site agent. He was a site agent on the old Erne Hospital. In ensuing years, he was Area Superintendent for Enterprise Ulster. He retired in ground maintenance with the Western Education and Library Board for Fermanagh and West Tyrone. Keenan and Kevin Murphy are the only individuals to successfully cross the North Channel, English Channel, and Bristol Channel.
Ted Keenan Marathon Swimming Career
- 13 August 1972 - English Channel in 18 hours 11 minutes - first Irishman to complete
- 11 August 1973 - North Channel in 18 hours, 27 minutes, in 8.8-11°C (48-52°F) waters
- 17 July 1975 - Bristol Channel in 14 hours 26 minutes - from Glen Cove in England to Coney Beach at Portcrawl, Wales, its widest point
- Ted Keenan
- History of North Channel Crossings
- North Channel Information
- Google Earth Flyover of Oceans Seven
- The History Of The North Channel - Between Scotland And Ireland
- International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame
- Irish Long Distance Swimming Association on Ted Keenan
- Ted Keenan, Doing Great With Much
- 2013 Irish Long Distance Swimming Award Nominations
- ILDSA Awards 2013 Voting
- Alison Cardwell Receives Ted Keenan Shield